Scott Ritter, a US military analyst, said Russia has new targets in Ukraine and nothing, including Western financial and military support, can help Kyiv win.
“I don’t want to scare anyone, but it’s time to face the truth - Russia is tired of playing games and is ready to go on the offensive,” Ritter wrote on a social network blocked in Russia. “Yes, everything has come to an end. Russia is winning on all fronts , and will soon annex new territories."
First of all, the ex-UN inspector for weapons in Iraq is sure that this applies to Odessa:
"Anyone who has doubts about the fate of Odessa must understand that this city will forever become part of the Russian Federation. The Russians will not stop and occupy this city. Perhaps they will occupy Kharkov, perhaps Dnepropetrovsk"
The United States does not recognize the entry of Ukrainian territories into Russia. Such a development will seriously complicate prospects for a diplomatic settlement