The Kremlin is likely to achieve land seizure, despite sluggish military performance: US security experts

Jim Hanson, a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces and president of the Security Research Group, said in his assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans in Ukraine have been frustrated by the Russian army. Except, he said it was developing according to Putin’s original goals.

“I knew what his ultimate goal was from the beginning, and it gained the recognition of Crimea, took official control of the two Russian-speaking states, and at that point, Negotiation tip to lift sanctions that was to use further invasion of Ukraine as appropriate ” Hanson told the host of NTD’s Capitol ReportSteve Bruns, in an interview on March 8th.

“I think this is working as well as Vlad expected, except for the fact that his army was significantly sluggish.” He needed Ukraine to undermine the Russian army. He said he was using anti-aircraft equipment.

“But what they have is that the Russians weren’t particularly good at the tactics they’ve used. So one of the most famous shots is that attack helicopters are ambushed. And you can’t ambush an attack helicopter unless you’re flying the route that the attack helicopter is supposed to take. “

“So I think the Russians are making some mistakes. And the skills and abilities that Ukraine had and have been given are that the Russians can fly without resistance. I think it made thinking much more dangerous. “

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Russian military vehicles will be seen in Armiansk on the Crimean Peninsula on February 25, 2022. (Stringer / AFP via Getty Images)

Hanson said the offer to provide the United States with a fighter from NATO member Poland makes the war more dangerous by providing the jet to Ukraine.

“It absolutely increases tensions between the United States and Russia, because … at some level they are NATO aircraft. That is, Poland passed them to Ukraine,” Well, this is a NATO member. It’s outside our capabilities. ” Putin doesn’t see it that way, and he doesn’t have to. I think it greatly increases the risk. “

The Kremlin demands that the Kremlin take the Crimean Peninsula and the two states of Luhansk and Donetsk like an off-ramp of war because the land Putin is seeking is already in line with or under its control. I’m watching.

“Crimea is definitely part of Russia at this point. For all intents and purposes, the two Russian-speaking states are all but names, and now they are seeking independence. And at that point, if they were independent, they would almost certainly join the Russian Federation. “

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Map showing parts of Ukraine dominated by Russian and pro-Russian separatists. Crimea was annexed by Russia, and the southeastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are dominated by pro-Russian separatists. (DDIS Intelligence Risk Assessment)

Hanson said Putin’s other requirement was that Ukraine would not join NATO. So far, Ukraine has rejected Russia’s request. Hanson believes that the Ukrainians have shown that Putin will not submit to his violent attempts to seize their country.

“I don’t think it really was ever [Putin’s] Other than Afghanistan, if we could defeat the government, we couldn’t imagine a place that would cause a stronger and more dangerous rebellion. “

“The cost of blood and treasure will be very high,” Hanson said when Russia tried to occupy Ukraine.



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Steve Bruns is the host of the Washington, DC-based political news program Capitol Report, which aims to provide a direct channel to the voices and people who shape American policy. The Capitol report features all the political news of the day with expert interviews and analysis.