When President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” began on February 24, Russian soldiers thought they would be in Kyiv in a matter of days, if not hours — with some packing their parade uniforms in their armoured vehicles in preparation of imminent celebrations. Left to stand alone, Ukraine was expected to collapse. The war has not turned out that way.
Last week Liz Truss told listeners at Mansion House in the City of London that the conflict might actually last for a decade. The foreign secretary also said that the UK and its Western allies must show “courage, not caution” and help Kyiv to push the Russians out of “the whole of Ukraine”.
Her remarks were immediately reported on Russian news channels as evidence that