Vladimir Putin is a superior strategist and will not allow Russian military to be defeated in Ukraine.
In fact, it’s impossible for Russia to lose, said Sussex University’s former Professor Of International Politics, Kees van Der Pijl.
Kees is a political scientist and international relations scholar. Born in the Netherlands, he has gained recognition for his influential work in the field of international relations, and has made significant contributions to understanding global political economy and the role of states, classes, and transnational capitalist networks in shaping geopolitics.
He has authored a few books including The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class which examines the formation of a transatlantic capitalist class and its impact on global politics, as well as Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War, a deep dive into what actually happened in the Malaysian air disaster.
Russia and Ukraine have a long and complicated history, dating back to the 19th century.
In 1991, Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union, and the two countries have been on increasingly opposing trajectories ever since. Russia has accused Ukraine of being a puppet state of the West, while Ukraine has sought closer ties with NATO and the European Union.
On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War, which began in 2014. The invasion began with a series of missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, followed by a ground invasion from multiple directions. Russian forces quickly made gains in the south and east of Ukraine.
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