Sixteen weeks have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine. Ben Hodges, former commanding general of the United States Army in Europe, reminds LA RAZÓN that casualties number in the thousands, since it is a high-intensity combat. Hodges, who holds Pershing Chair for Strategic Studies at Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), reveals that Putin wants to destroy Ukraine’s economy so it can no longer integrate with the West.
What has happened to the main goals of the Russian military?
The Ukrainians have defeated Russians on all flanks, while the Russians have stalled, and are unable to sustain offensive operations. So they are aiming for a smaller target.
What if the Russian President Vladimir Putin is unable to stop them assuming they have control over the whole Donbas?
Believes RussiaYou thought it would be easy to win the war? But what about the conquests of kyiv in a few short days?
Evidently, the Russians believed they could achieve their goals in just a few days.
Why is Russia attacking so many civilian targets, such as shopping malls and maternity hospitals?
This is Russia’s way of fighting war. They are against international law and they don’t respect human life. Putin wants to punish Ukraine, and destroy its economy, so it cannot integrate with the West.
What do the Ukrainian Army have to do to resist the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
Long-range artillery, missiles and long-range artillery to destroy Russian Navy ships. They should also be able strike Sevastopol, Crimea and prevent Russian missiles escaping their cities.
Poor logistics planning. Combat ammunition costs are often higher than anticipated.