EX-CIA DIRECTOR EXPLAINS HOW PUTIN'S ACTIONS LED TO WAR IN UKRAINE AND ALIGN WITH US EXIT FROM AFGHANISTAN

Insufficiently Robust Global Response Preceding Kremlin’s Ukraine Invasion. David Petraeus, Retired US Army General and Former CIA Director, who had previously predicted the conflict’s outcome, shared insights in an interview with 24 Channel:

“Inadequate global reactions can embolden Russia, fostering confidence in its capabilities. This consideration remains pertinent when evaluating potential global conflicts,” he remarked, referencing responses to the invasions of Georgia, Crimea, and the events in Syria.

“Perceived red lines ultimately proved non-existent,” journalists conveyed his sentiments, eroding Moscow’s perception.

Petraeus also highlights a nexus between Russia’s full-scale invasion and the repercussions of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The former CIA leader characterized the latter move as “significantly flawed.” Yet, notwithstanding these elements, the Kremlin disregarded the transformations within Ukraine’s Armed Forces post-2014, particularly due to collaboration with Western allies and NATO.

“Considering these facets, Putin inferred that neither the US nor NATO nations would respond decisively to Russia’s Ukraine incursion. His judgment proved grievously mistaken, and this wasn’t his sole grave miscalculation. He held the belief that seizing Kyiv swiftly, substituting Zelensky with a pro-Russian figure, and other similar maneuvers were attainable,” Petraeus emphasized.