Arkanghelsk wrote:So the Kremlins bet, is that the West won't last the duration of the conflict which they will keep going for long time
Based on Putins words
Hopefully he's right- if he's wrong, it's a fatal error
As I said earlier, he [Putin] said the SMO is to be a limited war where the aim is not long term occupation but liberating Donbass, killing the Nazis and demilitarizing Ukraine and NATO.
However, in this post you broach upon my biggest fear. That he is planning for a local military conflict along side a global economic, diplomatic, energy, and culture war and NATO is planning for a total military conflict around the globe
I see his logic, bankrupt NATO and the US by making them spend lots of money on sending weapons to Ukraine while they are starved of gas, fertilizer, and various industrial components while all Russia does is drain its tank parks and bone yards of equipment meant for a global war that the world miraculously avoided in the 60s, 70s, and 80s and use its large wealth of natural resources to outlast the west.
However, the problem is he may be losing Kazakhstan and other parts of Central Asia if they don't see some decisive victories very soon