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Putin’s Efforts To Defeat Ukraine Diplomatically And Economically Have Failed Leaving Him With Only A Military Option – OpEd


Vladimir Putin veer the last year has sought to achieve his goals in Ukraine – the division of that country along the Dnipr River – by diplomatic and economic means, Lt.Gen. Igor Romanenko says. As a result, the Kremlin leader has only military options if he is to achieve that end this year. 

The former chief of the Ukrainian general staff suggests that Kyiv can be quite proud of its diplomatic successes and its moves to reduce its dependence on Russian energy supplies and transit, but it must recognize that Putin has not given up plans to defeat and partition Ukraine (

That means that the Ukrainian government and its supporters must understand as well that Putin has only a military option unless he is to admit defeat and suffer the consequences at home and abroad and that Kyiv must prepare itself to resist militarily by taking all possible steps to be ready when Moscow acts. 

The Russian military is fully capable of advancing to the Dnipr if the Kremlin gives the order. And in that event, Russia will then move to restart its Novorossiya project and leave Ukraine a rump state that will have no choice but to accept Russian diktat on all issues, Romanenko says.

On the one hand, this is a military man speaking, a general with long experience of suggesting a worst-case scenario to extract more funds from his government. But on the other, he is highlighting something many forget: diplomatic successes against Putin, as welcome as they are, may lead him to throw the dice militarily.

And that is a danger Ukraine and the West need to prepare themselves for.

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Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

One thought on “Putin’s Efforts To Defeat Ukraine Diplomatically And Economically Have Failed Leaving Him With Only A Military Option – OpEd

  • May 31, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    All Putin has to do in regard to Ukraine is sit and wait. Ukraine is not going anywhere The handful of fanatics in Ukraine will soon become irrelevant.


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