BEIJING (Realist English). Chinese military expert Song Zhongping believes that corruption in the Ukrainian government and the armed forces is very serious, so financial and material support will not change the situation in the conflict zone.
“No one can buy a modernized army for money. Russia is aware that the United States will only supply weapons or train military personnel outside Ukraine, but will not directly interfere in the situation… This is an armed conflict in which Russia cannot lose. Therefore, Moscow will do everything possible to set an achievable goal and fulfill the mission.” Song explained.
He believes that the Kremlin should not set a deadline to achieve the goals of its special operation in the Ukraine.
Wang Yiwei, Director of the Institute of International Relations at Renmin University of China, expects that “port cities in the south, including Odessa and Kherson, may become targets for Russia. If the Kremlin can take control of these cities, it will turn Ukraine into a landlocked country.”
Cui Heng, an expert at the Center for Russian Studies of the East China Normal University, believes that the increase in military funding and the sale of ammunition to the Ukraine by the United States lead to the prolongation of the conflict, and not to a reversal of the situation or an early end to the conflict. Such a policy of Washington does not have a constructive impact on the development of the situation.
On April 24, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin paid a two-day visit to Kiev. They became the most senior American officials to visit the capital of the Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian special operation in February. This visit is intended only to demonstrate political support and may have a very limited impact on the situation on the battlefield.
Washington’s representatives announced the allocation of $713 million in military funding to the Ukraine and 15 allies and partners, of which about $322 million is slated for the Kiev regime. The remaining funds will be distributed among NATO members and other countries that provide the Ukraine with critical military assistance in the confrontation with Russia.