Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, has made an effort to rally his troops after declaring his desire to "soon" put an end to the conflict with Russia. Zelensky called on the West to keep sending weapons so that his men could "inflict maximum harm" on Russian forces in a speech yesterday. The sooner we can recover our nation and guarantee Ukraine's security, the greater losses the occupiers will incur, he continued. Everyone who supports Ukraine and defends our nation should consider how to cause the occupiers the most harm possible in order to finish the conflict quickly.
Throughout the duration of the conflict, Ukraine has been able to stop the invading force from accomplishing many of its goals despite Russia's superior military strength.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, is now believed to be feeling the strain from within his own political circle.
Former KGB sleeper agent Jack Barsky, who spied on the US from 1978 to 1988 before switching sides to work for Washington, thinks Putin's time in office is now over.
Just one month after the invasion started, in March, Mr. Barsky gave an interview to CBS News in which he clarified how the Kremlin functions under Putin's totalitarian authority.
He forewarned that the failures of the Russian dictator in Ukraine might mark the "beginning of the end" for his rule.
Barsky stated: "Long term, he'll be in trouble if this keeps going like this, if more soldiers keep dying, even if he survives this and there isn't some type of coup against him.
"In reference to the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the statement "He'll have an Afghanistan on his hands" was made.
And as you are aware, Afghanistan marked the beginning of the fall of the Soviet Union, and it is possible that Putin's rule in Ukraine may do likewise.
Putin's imperialistic aims were also examined by Mr. Barsky, who pointed to the fall of the Soviet Union as a turning point in Putin's life.
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Putin was working for the KGB and stationed in East Germany.
Putin "went from being a member of the most powerful organization, living the good life in East Germany, to somebody who was utterly helpless, defending that position," according to Mr. Barsky.
He said, "I believe that deeply affected him and inspired him to rebuild, not only the Soviet Union but greater Russia. He is searching for this.
Mr. Barsky, who is knowledgeable about the inner workings of the Kremlin, thinks that Putin will disregard the "suffering of the Russian people."
Observing Putin's "tight grasp on power", he continued: "He doesn't have anything to worry about as long as he appeases his inner circle - the people who are directly supporting him. He is quite well shielded."
The conflict in Ukraine has reached a critical stage as Kyiv launches a counteroffensive to drive its enemies out of strategic areas in the south and east of the nation following months of Russian offensives.
A crucial conflict is currently going on for Kherson, a city that Russia seized in March.
Ukrainian military have attacked a Russian airbase in occupied Crimea using more sophisticated weapons.
The scale of the damage appeared to be visible in satellite photographs, and Kyiv's air force reported the destruction of nine planes.
Planet Labs, a US-based provider of earth imagery, provided the images.
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