(PresidentialHill.com)- Retired United States General Wesley Clark suggested over the weekend that the Russian Federation is planning what’s known as an “envelopment” of Ukrainian troops who are currently holding back Russian forces and separatists in the eastern Donbas region.
Speaking to CNN, Clark said that Russian troops are currently north and south of the city of Dnipro, and that the city is going to be the “next key objective” for Russian fighters.
“If they can drive to Dnipro they’ll cut off the Ukrainian forces that are holding back the separatists in the Donbas,” he said. “And this is the next Russian objective, is to do an envelopment of these forces – cut them off, annihilate them.”
He said that if the Russians can do this then they will have taken out a “substantial part” of the Ukrainian army.
According to the retired general, the best way to stop Russian troops from successfully surrounding Ukrainian troops as they had to the eastern parts of the country is to ensure that Ukrainian forces have access to “heavy fighting equipment.”
…which is lucky, given that the United States just confirmed an additional $300 million aid package to Ukraine made up almost entirely of military hardware. The United States Department of Defense also announced this week that the agency will help facilitate the transfer of Soviet-made tanks from Poland to Ukraine.
To prevent Russia from winning in what could be the final weeks of this war, Ukrainian fighters will need as much help as they can get from NATO allies.
The only question is…will Russian President Vladimir Putin see the transfer of tanks and aircraft from NATO countries to Ukraine as an act of war? And might this start World War Three?