Vladimir Putin has beaten Ukraine. For
five years, Russia has occupied seven percent of the country and extracted a
staggering 5 to 7 percent from Ukraine’s economy in defense costs each year. To
date, some 13,000 Ukrainians have died, tens of thousands have been wounded,
and 1.6 million dispossessed.
But this is not an absolute victory.
This is a stalemate, thanks to Ukraine’s valiant military. So, there is no
reason to surrender, but neither is there reason to enter into hasty
negotiations with the enemy.
I sympathize with Ukrainians protesting on the streets, but attitudes must change. They must disavow themselves of the delusion that anything other than …read more
Source:: Atlantic Council