Former NATO Supreme Commander for Europe, James Stavridis, assured that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will probably end in four or six monthsafter becoming a “frozen conflict” which will end in a similar way to the Korean War.
“The Ukrainians are presenting a very strong fight”said Stavridis during an interview on American radio WABC 770AM, quoted by Business Insider. “The War Plans of [Vladimir] Putin have proven not to be particularly effective. It has gained a bit of territory over what started the conflict.”
The former high command compared the situation with the Korean warwhich got rid between North Korea and South Korea between 1950 and 1953, with the then Soviet Union supporting North Korea while South Korea had the help of the United States. That conflict ended with an armistice in July 1953, which created a demilitarized zone. Formally, the two countries are still at war.
“I see that this one is heading towards an end to the Korean War, that is, an armistice, a militarized zone between the two parties, a continuous animosity, a kind of frozen conflict”Stavridis said. “I see it in a period of four to six months. Neither side can keep it much beyond that.”
July 24 will be 6 months since the start of the warwithout there currently being a global balance of the victims left by this conflict.
In May, Stavridis had also referred to the unprecedented number of casualties that Russia suffers among its high command.
“In modern history, there is no comparable situation regarding the death of generals. Here on the Russian side, in a two-month period, we have seen at least a dozen, if not more, Russian generals killed.”, he said then.
Stavridis added that “not a single general was lost in actual combat” While the United States participated in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Still, in recent days Moscow is stepping up operations. This Monday, a shell attack on a building in Toretsk, a city of about 30,000 inhabitants in the Donetsk region, killed six people, according to local officials. Donetsk is one of two provinces that make up the Donbas mining basin, which Moscow seeks to control.
In the last 24 hours, two more people were killed by Russian bombing. in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s second city closest to the Russian border, according to Governor Oleg Sinegubov.
They were also recorded attacks in Mykolaiv and in the Odessa regionin the south of Ukraine, and in Nikopol, in the center of the country, on the banks of the Dnieper River.
For his part, the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor KonashenkovHe reported that 250 “foreign mercenaries” they died in a Russian bombardment in the city of Konstantinovka, in Donetsk, without giving more details.
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