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Putin Will Lose War in Ukraine? Chinese Expert Says Russia Can’t Win in Ukraine

Putin Signals Willingness to Negotiate as Ukraine Conflict Intensifies
Source: MEGA

Putin expressed a willingness to negotiate regarding war in Ukraine ahead of his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Apr. 17 2024, Published 11:05 a.m. ET

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A prominent Chinese scholar has dismissed Russia's prospects of triumph in the conflict in Ukraine, dealing a significant blow to Vladimir Putin.

The relationship between Russia and China has strengthened in the aftermath of Putin's decision to invade Ukraine, but the United States has cautioned that Beijing's support is aiding Russia's military-industrial complex.

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According to White House officials, collaborative efforts between Chinese and Russian entities are underway to manufacture drones in Russia.

Additionally, China supplied 90 percent of the chips imported by Russia last year, which were utilized in the production of tanks, missiles and aircraft, Express reported.

However, a respected Chinese academic, Feng Yujun, who specializes in Russian affairs at Peking University, has publicly expressed doubt regarding Putin's chances of success in Ukraine.

In an article published in The Economist, Professor Feng outlined four key reasons why Russia appears destined for defeat in its ill-conceived war.

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Firstly, he emphasized the remarkable level of resistance and national unity demonstrated by Ukrainians in opposing the invasion.

Secondly, he highlighted the substantial international support garnered by Kyiv, albeit falling short of initial expectations.

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Thirdly, he underscored the significant damage inflicted upon Russia's military-industrial base following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Feng argued that Russia has yet to fully recover from the deindustrialization that ensued, significantly hampering its military endeavors.

Lastly, the Chinese academic pointed to the information deficit within the Kremlin, suggesting that Putin and his national security apparatus lack access to accurate intelligence.

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In his assessment, Feng predicted that Russia will ultimately be compelled to withdraw from all occupied Ukrainian territories, including Crimea.

Furthermore, he speculated that post-war, Ukraine could potentially pursue membership in both the European Union and NATO. Conversely, Russia stands to lose its former Soviet republics due to their perception of Putin's aggression as a threat to their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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