Lourival Sant’Anna: Russia cannot dominate Ukraine, but it has the power to destroy it

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The war between Russia and Ukraine completes a month this Thursday (24), a moment in which the conflict seems static, with no great achievements by either side in recent days. The difficulty of advancing Russian troops puts the goals of President Vladimir Putin at risk.

For the International Analyst CNN, Lourival Sant’Anna, even if it does not conquer Ukrainian territory, Russia is likely to cause significant damage to the country. “Russian troops are not in a position to dominate Ukraine, but they have the firepower to destroy Ukraine, that’s what they’re going to do,” he says.

In an interview with CNN, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that he works to “ensure that Putin is defeated, that must be the common objective”. For Michel, “this is a question of security, for the future of Europe and the future of the world”.

For Lourival Sant’Anna, the defeat in question would increase the political and military cost of the endeavor to destroy Ukraine. “When a criminal commits a crime, society punishes him so that he does not relapse and to serve as an example for others”, says the analyst.

“This is what the international community is watching, whether Putin will be rewarded and achieve his goals, or whether he will be punished to the point of having to back down. The cost of this destruction of Ukraine will be so high for Putin in economic, military and political terms that he will have to back off.”

Photos – See 10 images that mark a month of war in Ukraine

Source: CNN Brasil

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