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How can Russia win?
By Curt_Anderson
April 19, 2022 8:53 am
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The definition of winning depends on whether you are the attacking country or the country being attacked.

Winning for Ukraine means stopping the Russian onslaught and surviving as a nation.

Winning for Russia means swallowing up the Ukraine making it part of Russia and governing it. After Russia's brutality, their attacking and killing citizens and other war crimes it's impossible for me to imagine Ukrainians ever tolerating the yoke of Russia. Not to mention the Russians are physically destroying that physical structures and the infrastructures of the cities they hope to capture. I believe Russia will find Ukraine ungovernable.

On top of that, not many countries in the world will look kindly upon Russia and want to do business with them. Putin is turned Russia into a pariah state.

Ukraine on the other hand now has an excellent reputation thanks to Zelenski and the many articulate Ukrainian spokespeople. I am not sure that many westerners thought of Ukraine as being a modern democracy before recently.

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on April 19, 2022 9:01 am

    Remembering the reputation Ukraine had for corruption before Russia's attack, I think what Zelensky has done is historically meaningful. I'm not certain that Ukraine is as pure as the driven snow as many now think.

  2. by Donna on April 19, 2022 9:19 am
    One man won't be able to entirely de-corrupt a nation. That goes for any head of state, especially in a young republic like Ukraine that has a history of overt corruption.

    I read an article yesterday where the author cited that most of the world's governments have taken a neutral stance on the Russia-Ukraine war because they're protecting their own interests.

    Many Americans on the left are quick and correct to point out that the US has committed its own share of atrocities going back to before I was born, mostly in the Middle East and Global South. Not coincidentally, many of the counties I just alluded to are located in those areas.

    The US has refused to join the International Criminal Court or join the international ban on cluster bombs. That's because the the US has had its own share of alleged war criminals (like Henry Kissinger), has used cluster bombs, and has targeted civilian populations just as Russia is doing now.

    So while I deplore the actions of Putin's Russia and support my country's support of Ukraine -- actually I wish we would do more -- I also deplore many of the military operations the US has engaged in. Recently, Jake Tapper (CNN) brought that up in one of his segments on Ukraine, which I applaud.

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