U.S. commanders said that it looks like Russia may be on track for an "irreversible defeat" in Ukraine after Russian forces retreated from a key logistics hub in the crucial Donbas region.
“No amount of shambolic mobilization, which is the only way to describe it, no amount of annexation, no amount of even veiled nuclear threats can actually get [Putin] out of this particular situation,” retired Army Gen. David Petraeus said on ABC on Sunday. “He is losing, and the battlefield reality he faces is, I think, irreversible.”
“The reality facing Russia now is that Ukraine, a country a third the size of Russia, has a bigger, much more effective army on the ground, and other assets as well,” said Petraeus. “He's already lost a really critical element in that, a critical city that would have been a very key supply hub had they been able to go farther. And that's just going to continue. He's going to continue to lose on the battlefield. And at some point, there's going to have to be recognition of that.”
Retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said on CBS that the Russian army is losing morale because there have been too many conscripts and not enough training before sending them to the field.
Russian military bloggers are admitting that Putin's "partial mobilization" is a failure.
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