(PresidentialWire.com)- The former lieutenant-general of the United States Army, Keith Kellogg, has stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have concluded that he will not win the continuing war with the neighboring country of Ukraine.
Kellogg, who is a commentator for Fox News, expressed his opinion to the network’s Charles Payne on Monday that, after reviewing Putin’s address on Victory Day on May 9, he felt the Russian president’s words might be interpreted as an indication that he believes he is unable to win.
On May 9, Russia commemorates the victory of the former Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II. Some experts had anticipated that Vladimir Putin would use the day to declare a significant escalation in the conflict in Ukraine; however, the event itself was far quieter than they had anticipated it would be. Putin did not make any announcements on any new steps, such as the mobilization of the military.
The retired general acknowledged that he was probably in a small minority with his opinion, but he said he thinks Putin realizes he’s not going to win this war, and he’s trying to look at maybe a way out of this thing and how can he do it.
Kellogg hypothesized that Vladimir Putin’s “concept of success” may involve maintaining control over the Donbas region in Ukraine. During his speech on Monday, Putin referred to Donbas on many occasions. He never once used the phrase “Ukraine” in any of his addresses.
During his speech at the Russian military parade held in Moscow, Vladimir Putin informed the audience that they were fighting for our people in Donbas, for the security of our Motherland and Russia.
The general cited an article from The New York Times, which stated that evacuating Russian soldiers had detonated three bridges around 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Kharkiv.
Kellogg remarked that you shouldn’t be blowing up three bridges if you’re making progress. When someone is being chased, you blow up bridges to make it harder for them to follow you.
The general said it’s possible that what we’re looking at is him looking out and thinking that there has to be a way out of this thing.
Kellogg speculated that maybe we could find a resolution to this war through the United Nations.
With the announcement that Finland vows to join NATO, maybe that bridge is about to be blown up.