The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has a long history, dating back to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, there have been several armed conflicts between the two, including the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 and the most recent, ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The war has dragged on for over 15 months, with some analysts seeing a possible extension that could last for years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the illegal and unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. He justified the move as declaring the Kremlin’s efforts to seek its primary objective, which was to “demilitarize and denazify” and to protect its people living in Ukraine.

Underestimating the resistance of the Ukrainian people, what Putin intended to be a quick, short-armed confrontation dragged on for months. And while the duration of the war has since become a widespread discussion by analysts and military experts across the globe, a senior ally of Putin recently shared his two cents on the matter.

War Could Drag On for a Decade

In an interview with Russian state media, Dmitry Medvedev, the current deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said that the war in Ukraine could last for “a very long time,” or even decades.

He also said that Western sanctions would not deter Russia, and they would probably continue fighting until it achieved its objectives, as the country will not trust any truce, especially with Ukraine’s current leader President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Furthermore, Medvedev stressed that any peaceful resolution would be impossible as long as people like “the clown Zelensky” stayed in power.

His recent remarks highlighted the two countries’ deep animosity, further fueling the armed conflict. Therefore, will need to be a defining moment for each side to settle the confrontation and reach a peaceful resolution at the bargaining table.