The question of the day for inside-the-beltway national security pundits is whether Ukraine can win the war against the unprovoked invasion by Russia. Many commentators are skeptical the Kyiv government forces can defeat Moscow's invading army. However, in a recent opinion piece written for a prominent DC newspaper, Max Boot, a Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, boldly asserts not just that Ukraine is winning against Kremlin forces, but that “Ukraine has already won its war of independence." At a recent economic conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin begged to disagree, saying that Russia had not and "will not lose anything."
Claims of Victory and Actual Combat Victories
Boot's optimism regarding Ukraine's fortunes on the battlefield results from several factors. The failure of Russian President Putin's plan to capture Kyiv and re...
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