The US State Department’s undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, has said that the ongoing war will end when Russian President, Vladimir Putin realises that he is putting his own leadership standing at risk

“When Putin realizes that this adventure has put his own leadership standing at risk, with his own military, with his own people, that he is hemorrhaging the lives of the people of Russia, the army of Russia and their future to his own vain ambition,” she said while speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Nuland pointed out that at that point, the Russian leader “will have to change course,” and if he fails, “the Russian people take matters into their own hands.”

Continuing, she noted that from America’s perspective, the end game is the strategic defeat of Putin in this adventure.

When asked what she thinks would have led Putin to order the invasion of Russia, Nuland said such a question would have to be directed to the Russian leader.

However, she noted that Putin had described the fall of the Soviet Union as the greatest tragedies of the 20th century, saying that the Russian leader only wants to enter the history book as the guy who helped recreate the Soviet Union.

“I think in the last couple of years he’s been particularly obsessed with this and particularly consumed,” she said.

Nuland said for this reason, the US and its allies will have to ensure that Russia’s Ukraine gambit becomes a strategic failure for Putin not only for Ukraine’s sake but also for all of the other countries in the region.

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