Former NATO commander estimated the timing of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine may be close to the outcome of the Korean War, the parties to which remained separated by a demilitarized zone, said the former NATO commander. The Kremlin insists that the special operation is going according to plan -NATO commander assessed the timing of Russia's special operation in Ukraine” />

Russia's military special operation in Ukraine may last another four —six months and end in a “frozen conflict”, similar to the results of the Korean War, said the former commander-in-chief of the joint forces of NATO in Europe, James Stavridis, writes Business Insider.

“I see this as leading to the end of the Korean War, which means a truce, a militarized zone between the two sides, an ongoing feud,”— he said.

The Korean War lasted over three years — from the end of June 1950 to the end of July 1953. Officially, the parties did not sign a peace treaty, the country was divided along the 53rd parallel into North and South Korea. The first was supported by the USSR and China, the second — USA, UK, France and other Western countries.

Russia's special operation began more than four months ago— 24 February. In early March, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that it would last until the goals set were achieved. As such, President Vladimir Putin called the protection of the population of Donbass, demilitarization and “denazification”; Ukraine. A month later, in early April, the Kremlin expressed hope that the special operation would be completed “in the foreseeable future.” “We hope that in the coming days, in the foreseeable future, the operation will achieve its goals or end with negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations,” said the representative of the President Dmitry Peskov.

At the same time, the head of the Russian Guard, Viktor Zolotov, said in mid-March that “the special operation is not going as fast as we would like.” He explained this situation by the fact that “the Nazis are hiding behind the backs of civilians.” In May, a similar thought was voiced by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko: “I feel it in such a way that this operation has dragged on.” He noted at the same time that “not so immersed in the problem.” In response, the Kremlin assured that the special operation was going according to plan.

At the end of June, Putin said that the timing of the special operation was related to the intensity of hostilities and the risk of losses, and therefore it would be wrong to urge the military on. “Of course, I am the Supreme Commander, but I still did not graduate from the General Staff Academy. I trust people who are professionals, — added by the president.

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The Ukrainian authorities would like to end hostilities by the end of the year, before the start of winter, unnamed interlocutors told Reuters about the content of President Volodymyr's speech Zelensky to G7 leaders. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that “no one knows” deadlines for completion of the special operation. He called Putin “the leader of a great country” that has a significant amount of resources, and therefore can “continue long enough.”

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