(PatrioticPost.com)- In a recent interview, retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges suggested that Russia has overextended its military in Ukraine and if Western powers continue providing military support to the country, the conflict could end next year.
Hodges said in an interview with Insider last Thursday that the Russian forces are “exhausted,” adding that right now, there isn’t much else they can do.
Hodges, who previously served as the Army’s commanding general in Europe, said Ukraine’s military holds the morale advantage over the Russian forces who have become bogged down and worn out.
He said Ukrainian forces win every time the Russians don’t have an “overwhelming firepower advantage.” Arming Ukraine with weapons that allow them to target Russian artillery, command posts, and ammunition storage “disrupts the one thing that the Russians have that is to their advantage,” Hodges said.
Hodges suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin could drag out his “war of attrition” while waiting for public sentiment for the war to wane. But at the same time, Hodges believes Russia is “on the clock a little bit.”
So long as the West “sticks together through this year,” Hodges told Insider, “then I think it will be over.”
It may be over, but at this point, it’s looking likely that Russia could come out of this conflict with territorial gains in both eastern and southern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, public sentiment over the war is definitely waning here in the United States, as Americans grow more concerned about the growing economic instability at home.
But public sentiment will ultimately have little impact on Washington as both parties in Congress and the White House continue to support sending more money and military assistance to Ukraine for “as long as it takes.”