In the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Biden Administration came out swinging against Putin’s actions. However, as the war has dragged on and Russian forces appear to have successfully regrouped in Ukraine’s East, the Biden administration is changing its approach.
Throughout the war we have been subjected to daily assertions by Western media and governments that Russia is losing and Zelensky is a courageous leader by pulling off a miracle. We have also been fed a continuous stream of reports that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is either gravely ill or defending himself from a Kremlin coup.
Although the above assertions may be true, the problem is, after months of speculation, Putin is still very much alive. Biden realizes that America is hurting under boomerang sanctions and runaway inflation. It is clear that while Zelensky would like the chance to curtail Russian advances, the West cannot wither much more Putin’s economic warfare. With that, Biden and his team, along with European governments are beginning to pressure Zelensky to be open to ceding the Donbas and Mariupol to Russia. The problem is, Zelensky does not seem interested in folding.
As each day grinds on for Ukraine, the Zelensky government is becoming more and more of a liability to the West. Putin understands he has one the economic war and if Russia holds on, Zelensky under insurmountable Western pressure will have to cede Russia what it wants.
In fact, Biden himself insinuated in a question and answer session with the press that Ukraine will hav to cede territory to Russia.
“From the beginning, I’ve said and I’ve been — not everyone’s agreed with me — nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine,” Biden answered. “It’s their territory. I’m not going to tell them what they should and shouldn’t do.
“But it appears to me that at some point along the line, there’s going to have to be a negotiated settlement here,” the president added. “And what that entails, I don’t know. I don’t think anybody knows at the time. But in the meantime, we’re gonna continue to put the Ukrainians in a position where they can defend themselves.”