Russian invasion of Ukraine is an “unequal battle, a David vs Goliath contest,” veteran journalist and geopolitical knowledgeable Fareed Zakaria stated on Saturday.
In an unique interview with India Right now, Zakaria stated the Russians have among the best armies on the planet, the biggest in Europe.
“President Vladimir Putin rebuilt the Russian military from the collapse of the USSR, they function very nicely,” Fareed Zakaria stated.
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He added that the percentages are stacked towards Ukrainians. About Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Zakaria says the Ukrainian President’s braveness is spectacular.
Requested about Russia’s goal in Ukraine, Fareed Zakaria informed India Right now, “A regime change in Ukraine is absolutely the precedence of President Putin. He talks about ridding the nation of Nazis and drug sellers, which is absurd. The President and Prime Minister of Ukraine are each Jews.
“He [Putin]desires to overcome Ukraine, demilitarise it and go away behind a puppet regime.”
Fareed Zakaria added that Russian troops aren’t cautious concerning the hurt brought on to civilians throughout a army operation. He says, “They [Russian troops] do not play by the identical guidelines as Individuals. They do not care about collateral harm and you may see what they’ve been doing regardless of what they declare.”
‘Putin’s actions have created a a lot stronger Ukrainian nationalism’
“President Putin was all the time a troublesome man, a Russian nationalist, however he was additionally rational, calculated. Most of his army interventions have been restricted. Goes into Georgia, carves out two elements, declares them unbiased and leaves. When he went into Syria, it was a largely air-dependent operation, troopers weren’t on the bottom and withdraws,” Zakaria informed India Right now.
He added, “This [Russian invasion of Ukraine] feels a lot bigger, extra of a reckless transfer, extra of a raffle. It looks as if Ukraine, for Putin, is an emotional challenge.”
Fareed Zakaria additionally stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions have created a a lot stronger Ukrainian nationalism than ever existed. “He [Putin] made Ukraine realise and consider itself as a nation,” stated Zakaria.
Zakaria added that the German Chancellor had already informed Putin that Ukraine is just not going to change into a member of NATO for the foreseeable future however that was not sufficient.
“He [Putin] sees himself as a Tsar. And one of many issues all nice Tsars did was add extra territory to the Russian empire. This isn’t simply concerning the Soviet Union, which was a 70-year-old empire. That is concerning the Tsar’s Russia which was 300 years,” stated Fareed Zakaria.
Zakaria, nonetheless, added that Russia is unlikely to assault the Baltic states, that are members of NATO.