The war in Ukraine isn’t going to be over for a long time. Not the conventional war, anyway. This is much in the same way the war in Iraq wasn’t over when George W. Bush declared victory against the Hussein regime on May 1, 2003, from aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.
No, I see a protracted slugfest coming. Even if Russia defeats Ukraine’s conventional forces, hostilities won’t end there. That’s not me talking; that’s from a current member of the Ukrainian Special Forces.
He believes a violent and organized struggle will continue, led by Ukrainian Special Forces soldiers.
Ukrainians have spent the last eight years planning, training, and equipping themselves to resist a Russian occupation. They realize that no US or NATO forces will come to their rescue on the battlefield in a war against Russia. Their long-term strategy doesn’t depend on turning back a Russian invasion but rather on bleeding Moscow to make an occupation untenable.