US Secretary of State Antony Blinken just said that he believes that no matter Russia’s military might and any battle victories, that ultimately the superpower and its authoritarian leader Vladimir Putin will suffer “strategic defeat” in Ukraine.
“I’m convinced that Putin will fail and Russia will suffer strategic defeat” in Ukraine, he said, at an ongoing press conference with Britain’s foreign secretary Liz Truss, in Washington DC.
He signaled, however, that that does not mean Ukraine is going to win this military conflict, as the attacks on Ukrainian cities continue and Russia gathers its forces for whatever is the next stage of its offensive.
“You can take a country but you cannot take the hearts and minds of its people,” Blinken said, with an ominous message wrapped up in a defiant top line.
Observers are contemplating the longer term prospect of Russia defeating the Ukrainian military and leadership and imposing a Russian-backed puppet regime to run an essentially-occupied Ukraine.
Blinken said that Putin “has a clear plan to brutalize Ukraine, but to what end? He is now turning to a strategy of laying waste” to Ukrainian cities.
He warned that if even if Putin succeeds in installing a puppet regime in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Ukrainians will not acquiesce.
“I think it’s pretty evident that they will never accept that,” he said.