The next several weeks for Ukraine will be horrendous. But the long-term future for Putin is growing darker and darker. Bill Burns, the Director of the CIA, said it clearly: President Vladimir Putin “has no political end game to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the face of fierce resistance from Ukrainians.”
Burns testified on Tuesday before the House Select Intelligence Committee. He focused on threats to national security. Rep. Adam Schiff questioned Burns on how he believed the conflict in Ukraine would end. He said that he did not know, but he believe that Putin’s assumptions were “profoundly flawed.”
“He failed to see how he could sustain a puppet regime or a pro-Russian leadership that he tried to install in the face of what is a massive opposition from Ukrainian people. I fail to see how he can produce that kind of an end game,” the CIA Director said.
Burns does believe that in the next few weeks Putin will “double down” on Ukraine. It will get “ugly” for a while as Putin tries to seize the land, but Burns is convinced that the Ukrainian people will keep fighting and be effective.
Burns said that according to western officials, this resistance from Ukrainian people along with logistical issues has caused Putin to become “angry and frustrated.” Putin continues to be overshadowed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On day 12 of the invasions, President Zelensky posted a video from his office declaring that he would not leave, he said that he was staying on Bankova Street, he wasn’t hiding, and he was not afraid of anyone.
The president said that every day in this war, Ukraine’s resistance creates better conditions. He vowed to guarantee the country’s future in peace when the war was done.
And the next day, Zelensky gave an emotional speech to UK’s parliament in which he channeled his inner Sir Winston Churchill. “We will not give up and we will not lose. We will fight till the end at sea and in the air, we will continue fighting for our land whatever the costs. We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets,” Zelensky said.
It appears that Zelensky has struck a chord in Great Britain. Ben Wallace, the British Defense Secretary, said that President Putin was a “spent force” globally. He predicted that this invasion would be the end of Putin.
Wallace said that eventually, the “buck will stop” in the Kremlin. He did not know whether it would be next week, next year, or in the next decade. But he believes Putin is done and his army is done. Wallace hopes that Putin soon recognizes this reality.
Wallace spoke with BBC radio and not only reiterated Putin’s end but said that it would be impossible for Russia to occupy the people and the country of Ukraine. He said that no one in the world will be taking his phone calls in the long term. Wallace believes that Putin has exhausted his army and is responsible for thousands of Russian soldiers who have lost their lives. He even talked about the innocent people that Putin has had killed.
The British Defense Secretary said that Putin must take responsibility for reducing the Russian economy to zero.
Both Burns and Wallace believe that pretty soon the proverbial fat lady will be singing for Putin. Most hope that it will not take a decade, but his demise is soon to be on the horizon. Let’s hope that such a prediction does not breed complacency, who knows what Putin is capable of as the clock ticks.