Go Back To Part I: NATO’s Eastward Expansionism

by Asif Haroon Raja

Buoyed by the heavy supply of arms and financial support to the beleaguered Zelensky regime by the US ($53 billion, with $12 billion in the pipeline and $ 2 billion for energy subsidies) and Europe, coupled with successes in Kharkov, Lyman, and Dudchany, recapturing 8000 sq km territory, Zelensky vowed to liberate the entire country as Russia pressed on with its referendums in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions. Zelensky is asking for German Leopard tanks to mount a bigger offensive.

He pledged to retake the southern Kherson region and the eastern Donbass which includes Luhansk, as well as Crimea. He didn’t specify how he intended to accomplish all this on his own.

The significant development is that the Ukraine forces have climbed the ladder from counterattacks to shallow counter-offensives. A deeper strategic counter-offensive will make the difference.

The US is failing to see that Ukraine is not winning the war despite these gains. Russian forces cannot be pushed out by the Ukrainian forces without the direct intervention of the US and NATO forces. And if they jump in, China is most likely to step in as well and that would mean a bigger conflagration.

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