Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has warned that Kiev is facing a “looming disaster” in its conflict with Moscow, and this could have serious political consequences for President Joe Biden. In his latest article on Substack, Hersh paints a grim picture of Ukraine’s counteroffensive, stating that it would require a “miracle” to reverse the gains made by Russia. Hersh argues that the recent rebellion by Russia’s Wagner Group was only a temporary distraction from Ukraine’s failing counter-offensive, and that the country is heading towards disaster.
The journalist suggests that Biden’s strong support for Kiev could cost him the next election, as the failure of Ukraine’s counteroffensive reflects poorly on his foreign policy decisions. Hersh writes, “It may be prudent for Joe Biden to talk straight about the war, and its various problems for America – and to explain why the estimated more than $150 billion that his administration has put up thus far turned out to be a very bad investment.”
Hersh backs up his claims with battlefield statistics and information from US intelligence sources. He notes that Ukraine has only managed to reclaim 44 square miles of territory since launching its counteroffensive in early June, much of which is open land. At this rate, it would take Kiev 117 years to completely repel Russian forces, according to an unnamed official cited by Hersh.
Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Aleksey Reznikov, has acknowledged the slow progress of the counteroffensive but insists that the current operations are just a preview. Reznikov claims that Kiev has yet to deploy the bulk of its Western-trained reserves.
While Ukraine and its Western allies remain optimistic about the possibility of victory, Hersh warns that Biden’s overall foreign policy may be at risk if Ukraine fails to deliver results on the battlefield. He urges Democrats to take this looming disaster as a wake-up call as they enter the 2024 race for the presidency, noting the president’s declining approval numbers.
On the other hand, the Russian Defense Ministry has stated that Kiev’s repeated pushes have failed to breach Russian defenses or gain significant ground. Multiple German-made Leopard 2 heavy tanks and US-made Bradley combat vehicles were either destroyed or abandoned on the battlefield. Videos shared by both Russian and Ukrainian sources have shown Ukrainian soldiers facing difficulties due to minefields and artillery fire.
In conclusion, Hersh’s article highlights the dire situation in Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. He warns that the failure of Ukraine’s counteroffensive could have serious political implications for President Biden and calls for a reevaluation of America’s investment in the region. Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry maintains that Kiev’s efforts have been unsuccessful thus far. The situation remains tense as both sides continue to grapple for control in the disputed regions.