As of the morning of September 4, international publications are focusing on such topics.
Can there be a plan C in the war in Ukraine?
On this issue is thinking Politico in the context of the counteroffensive movement and possible increased pressure for negotiations. The publication recalls what American General Mark Milley said last November, when he compared the war in Ukraine with the First World War. “You have a war that can no longer be won by military means,” Milli’s words are recalled in the publication. Here, Politico turns to history and highlights the terrible toll of World War I, which left its mark on virtually every European family.
Meanwhile, a new November is approaching in Ukraine, the media emphasizes: “Autumn rains will soon come to Ukraine, which will greatly complicate military maneuvers. The signs indicate that if Ukraine does not secure a breakthrough on its southern front and break through all three levels of the Russian “line Surovikin” by that time – what the Ukrainian troops have so far failed to do during three months of fierce fighting – calls for negotiations will intensify.”
Currently, all attention is focused on Zaporizhzhia, which Ukrainians and Western countries have high hopes for after the breakthrough near the village of Robotyne. However, Politico believes that the fact that Ukrainian forces have managed to recapture only 108 square kilometers of occupied territory since the counteroffensive began in early June prompts caution. The publication also emphasizes the Pentagon’s skeptical attitude to the counteroffensive and talks in Kyiv about a long war.
“If Ukraine doesn’t make much more progress on the ground by November, Milli’s warning will be revived, and this time it risks becoming a chorus where more and more people question whether this war is winnable. But then we face a problem that has dogged the West allies from the very beginning: they never defined clear goals of the Ukrainian war,” Politico notes.
According to the media, alongside the grandiose rhetoric about democracy at stake, the Allies were evasive, evasive and evasive when it came to clear targets. This was partly due to an attempt to reach a unanimous agreement between the allies, another reason was the ghostly fear of nuclear escalation.
However, these factors are not the only ones. Probably, the fact that deep down the allies of Ukraine never felt that their own democratic destinies were actually at stake, and despite all the horrors of the war in Ukraine that they could see, the population of the allied countries did not feel this either.
“After all, if the big Russian bear can’t conquer its smaller immediate neighbor, how can it take over NATO countries, not to mention the threat to the United States,” Politico explains this position.
According to the media, the call for negotiations will only intensify if the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces does not lead to a military breakthrough that would be of great importance.
“Russia and Ukraine have one thing in common – their allies do not believe that either side can win a complete victory,” the newspaper believes.
A protracted war is not beneficial to anyone, not the allies, not Ukraine itself, perhaps only Beijing, as it diverts the maneuver for the West and weakens Russia, to which it assigns the role of a junior partner in joint affairs.
“The other problem is that even if Zelensky agrees to negotiate – and there are no signs that he is willing to do so – ordinary Ukrainians have no desire to negotiate with Russia, which indiscriminately bombs their homes, kills, tortures and kidnaps children , – stresses Politico. – Moreover, Putin may well agree to start negotiations, but we have already seen how negotiations with him ended.”
After all, for the Russian dictator, negotiations are another weapon that is used to distract, drag out time, give time to maneuver for military and diplomatic purposes, and lure into a trap.
So is there a plan C in the war in Ukraine? The publication will continue to leave this question open, emphasizing at the same time its necessity in the situation that is developing on the battlefield and in the international arena.
Photo: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Zelensky replaces the Minister of Defense
Zelensky changed the Minister of Defense, referring to the need for “new approaches”, write The New york Times.
“This was the biggest change in the Ukrainian government since the full-scale invasion of Russia,” the NYT emphasizes.
Zelensky noted in his statement that he will be replaced by the head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine, Rustem Umerov.
“Aleksii Reznikov went through more than 550 days of full-scale war,” Zelenskyi is quoted as saying by the publication. “I believe that the ministry needs new approaches and other formats of interaction both with the military and with society in general.”
The NYT also shared the likely reasons for the resignation, obtained from an official in the president’s office who was not authorized to speak publicly about the resignation. Among them is the understanding that Ukraine will need a new leadership in connection with the prolongation of the war, criticism from Ukrainian public organizations and mass media regarding scandals with the conclusion of contracts, as well as Reznikov’s own request to resign.
The publication also emphasizes that despite these changes, stability in Ukraine during the invasion remains at a much higher level than in Russia, where there has already been more than one change of military leadership and even a rebellion.
A number of large international publications also write about the change of the Minister of Defense in Ukraine, in particular BBC, The Guardian, Politico and other.
Russia is hitting Ukrainian ports
Russian troops carried out a massive drone attack on the Ukrainian coast of the Danube, the attack was aimed at civilian infrastructure objects. It came a day after Russia carried out a drone attack on the Danube port of Reni, which Ukrainian officials said killed two people. informs CNN.
As the publication emphasizes, this happened just before Putin is to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi to discuss the grain agreement from which Russia withdrew.