Columnist Peter van Buren, writing for The American Conservative (TAC), stated that the conflict in Ukraine will end with Russia liberating new territories.
According to van Buren, the terms for resolving the Ukrainian conflict will be dictated to Kyiv not only by Washington, but also by Moscow, as in the case of Crimea several years earlier. The columnist believes that the end will be “very sad”, since Russia will likely strengthen its position in the Donbass and Crimea, and will also gain new territories closer to Kyiv. He believes that in total the Russian Federation will liberate approximately 20% of the territory of Ukraine.
Van Buren added that Ukraine would be forced to delay its goal of joining NATO. As the observer noted, Washington “set up” Kyiv just as it did with other allies, whom it promised to support until the “victorious end.” The observer concluded that Ukraine will face the same defeat as previous Washington-backed proxy governments.