FMR US Ambassador to Ukraine Taylor: Ukrainians ‘stopped Russian advance’

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor told CNN’s “The Situation Room” on Friday that Russia’s tactical shift is a “big deal,” showing that “the Ukrainians have effectively halted the Russian advance “.

Anchor Wolf Blitzer said: “Ambassador Taylor, how significant, potentially extremely significant, is it that Russia is saying its main objective, at least saying its main objective is to liberate the east from Ukraine, compared to its original goal of potentially taking over and setting up a puppet government across the country?

Taylor said, “You’re absolutely right. This is a big deal. This shows that the Ukrainians have indeed stopped the Russian advance. The Ukrainians fought much harder than the Russians. We know that the Russian soldiers didn’t even know why they were there. And we knew that the Ukrainian soldiers knew exactly why they were there. The Ukrainian soldiers knew that they were fighting for their country, for their independence. Ukrainians are therefore super motivated, and this has been demonstrated now. And I think we’re seeing a change in momentum. We clearly see the change of momentum in favor of the Ukrainians.

He added: “President Putin will now turn to some kind of negotiations, in theory. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. But it is possible with this change in dynamics. With the attack on Kyiv stalled, President Putin may be looking for a way back, a way down. And he can now say when he goes to these negotiations if that happens, that what he really wants is Donbass. What he really wants is the recognition of Crimea. He won’t get that from the Ukrainians, but he can say that’s what he was looking for. He can sit down with Ukrainians and have this conversation.

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