According to Van Buren, it is ‘shameful’ that the Biden administration is not forcefully pushing for a diplomatic solution, but is content to bleed out the Russians, as it did in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Apparently, Russia’s air offensive is trying to split Ukrainian resources, while there is increasing pressure on the Russian troops in the south of Ukraine. However, a series of attacks on the power network may bring the Ukrainians to the negotiating table if life in the country becomes completely unbearable during the winter.
Twenty-two years have passed since the end of the last Yugoslav war. Two decades may be enough to rebuild a country, but the memories of the war and the wounds it caused are still present and will be present for a long time to come in the still unstable Balkans.