On February 24, Russian forces launched army operations in Ukraine, three days after Moscow recognised Ukraine’s breakaway areas – Donetsk and Luhansk – as impartial entities.
Sullivan informed reporters that Russia supposed to perform three fundamental goals in launching its unprovoked assault towards Ukraine: first, to subjugate Ukraine; second, to reinforce Russian energy and status; and third, to divide and weaken the West.
“Russia has to this point manifestly failed to perform all three goals. In reality, it has to this point achieved the alternative,” Sullivan mentioned on Tuesday.
“On the primary, the courageous residents of Ukraine are refusing to submit. They’re combating again. They’re defending their houses. They’re defending their cities. And though Russia could take extra territory in these brutal army operations, it’s going to by no means take the nation away from the Ukrainian individuals,” he mentioned.
“On the second, Russian energy and status have been badly depleted. The Russian army has dramatically underperformed. The Russian economic system has been rocked by highly effective sanctions. The Russian high-tech and defence sectors are being choked off from key inputs. And Russia is a pariah within the worldwide group,” he added.
“On the third, the nations of the free world are extra united, extra decided, and extra purposeful than at any level in current reminiscence,” he mentioned.
Since President Joe Biden and the US started warning the world of impending Russian aggression again in November, the US has clearly and persistently pursued three traces of effort, Sullivan mentioned.
“First, assist Ukraine defend itself by supplying weapons and army tools; second, impose extreme and escalating financial prices on Russia by way of the appliance of unprecedented sanctions in shut coordination with Allies and companions in Europe, the Indo-Pacific, and different components of the world; and third, fortify NATO and the Western Alliance by enhancing our drive posture on the jap flank and making our allies extra resilient towards different types of Russian aggression,” he mentioned.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US and its allies had been fast to impose sweeping sanctions on the Russian economic system, in addition to monetary penalties on the Russian president and elites in his internal circle.
The struggle between Russia and Ukraine has pushed greater than 3.5 million individuals to flee the nation, in response to the United Nations, as Russian forces proceed to besiege and bombard Ukrainian cities and cities.