14.07.2022, Ukraine, Charkiw: Ukrainische Soldaten Laden Munition in eine von den USA gelieferte M777 Haubitze, um auf russische Stellungen zu schießen. Foto: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The former head of the US foreign intelligence service CIA David Petraeus believes that Ukraine’s chances of winning the war against Russia are high.

It seems “increasingly likely that Ukrainian forces will be able to retake much, if not all, of the areas that have been occupied by Russian forces in recent months,” Petraeus told the “Bild” newspaper. He believes that Russia’s military success is “very unlikely”.

A prerequisite for a Ukrainian success, however, is that NATO “and other western states” continue to “provide resources at the current pace,” said Petraeus. In that case, according to the general, Ukrainian forces would be able to “stop further Russian advances” and begin “to recapture the territories captured by the Russians since February 24.”

In the meantime, the heads of state and government of NATO member states and other Western nations have recognized that a Russian victory would be “catastrophic for European security”. They would therefore take the “necessary measures to ensure that Russia cannot succeed”.

Petraeus is one of the most prominent representatives of the military in the USA. He was supreme commander of US troops in Iraq, NATO forces in Afghanistan and head of US Central Command.

In 2012, he resigned as head of the CIA for leaking confidential information to his biographer and lover, Paula Broadwell.