(OPINION) Will Vladimir Putin launch the largest military operation that the world has seen in decades in a desperate attempt to win the war in Ukraine before he dies? And if Russia does conduct such an offensive, how will the U.S. and Ukraine’s other western allies respond?
U.S. financial support for Ukraine “is now approaching $100 billion”, and it does not seem likely that our leaders in Washington will just throw their hands in the air and give up after having invested so much in this war.
Our politicians have repeatedly told us that “we are in it to win it”, and so a Russian victory in Ukraine cannot be permitted under any circumstances. But if both sides just keep escalating matters, it won’t be too long before we find ourselves on the brink of a nuclear conflict.
According to the Daily Mail, the head of military intelligence in Ukraine believes that Vladimir Putin “is terminally ill with cancer”… Vladimir Putin is terminally ill with cancer and will die very soon, Ukraine’s military intelligence head has claimed. Kyrylo Budanov, without providing evidence, said he knows the Russian despot’s death is imminent due to an ongoing illness from cancer.
When asked how soon Putin might die, Budanov stated that he thinks that it will come “very fast”… Asked when he thinks Putin’s death will come, Budanov said that he thought it would be very soon.
‘I think very fast. I hope.’ Speculation about Putin’s health has been ongoing for several years. The 70-year-old Russian leader has been rumoured to be suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and numerous other ailments.
Reading that article really got my attention, because I have an entire chapter in my new book that is dedicated to talking about Vladimir Putin’s coming death. Right now, Putin is surrounded by officials that are even more hawkish than he is.
Many in the western world will greatly rejoice when Putin dies, but the truth is that whoever replaces Putin will almost certainly be less inclined to engage in peace talks.
If our leaders were wise, they would be pushing for peace talks with Russia while Putin is still around. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen. At this point, the Russians realize that this war is going to drag on and on until someone makes a really big move to end it. In recent weeks the Russians have been mobilizing large numbers of troops and vast amounts of military equipment in Belarus. Joint military exercises are being conducted, and many are concerned that the stage is being set for something really big…
Russia and Belarus have expanded their joint military training exercises in Belarus, the country’s defence TV channel said on Sunday, as concern grows that Moscow is pressuring its closest ally to join the war in Ukraine. The two countries added weapons, soldiers and specialised equipment to the exercises and were doing drills drawing on Russian experience in Ukraine, Reuters reported.
On Friday the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, visited a military base where Russian troops are stationed to meet troops and discuss the joint military drills. In fact, Reuters recently suggested that the Russians could soon “launch a new ground invasion of Ukraine from the north”…
Russia and Belarus have beefed up their joint military grouping in Belarus with weapons, soldiers and specialised equipment, and plan to hold joint aviation drills, the Belarusian Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
Ukraine has repeatedly warned that President Vladimir Putin may try to use Belarus to launch a new ground invasion of Ukraine from the north, a step that would open a major new front in the war. If the Russians do conduct such an invasion, it won’t be with a limited number of troops like we saw at the beginning of the war.
Back then, the Russians intended to force the Ukrainians to the negotiating table, and obviously, that did not work. If the Russians decide to pull the trigger on another invasion, this time it will be a hammer blow of overwhelming force.
Hundreds of thousands of Russian troops would come pouring in from the north, and I believe that they would attempt to completely cut off the flow of arms and mercenaries from Ukraine’s western allies.
Now that the ground in Ukraine is freezing, the next couple of months would provide an ideal time for a major new Russian offensive. We will just have to wait and see whether it actually happens or not. But what we do know is that social media is filled with videos of Russian tanks and military vehicles being shipped into Belarus by train. (READ MORE)