Former CIA Director Petraeus Warns: Putin Will Attack NATO If He Wins In Ukraine

David Petraeus has issued a stark warning to Western nations, emphasizing the urgent need for increased support to Ukraine to prevent further Russian aggression

by Sededin Dedovic
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Former CIA Director Petraeus Warns: Putin Will Attack NATO If He Wins In Ukraine
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Former director of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), David Petraeus, has issued a warning to Western countries to wake up, as Russian President Vladimir Putin will "wage war with NATO if he wins the war in Ukraine." "He has been very clear, and I think it's clear, looking back, that we should have listened to this individual (Putin).

He is telling us what he believes," Petraeus said in an interview with The Sun. “To defeat Putin,” Petraeus emphasized, “the West must do everything possible to help Ukraine”. “The war in Ukraine could spread in the region if Putin succeeds in Ukraine.

He will not be satisfied with stopping in Ukraine. Moldova would obviously be next, and after that, it could be Lithuania or one of the Baltic states,” Petraeus noted.

Technological Advancement

He assessed that the key to Ukraine's victory is the rapid increase in the number of soldiers and military power with the help of its Western allies.

"The reality is tough, and that is an additional reason why we need to do everything we can to help Ukraine in every possible way," Petraeus said. He added that Ukraine also needs to make significant technological advancements, reminding of its success in defeating the Russian fleet in the Black Sea.

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"Keep in mind that they (Ukrainians) did what they did in the Black Sea, not with the help of ships or sailors, but with drones. Maritime drones, aerial drones, and anti-ship missiles enabled them to sink a third of the fleet in the Black Sea," Petraeus noted.

He emphasized once again that much greater assistance to Ukraine is needed and that quickly, as we have seen in recent days how even a small amount of help changed the situation on the ground and improved the combat morale of the exhausted Ukrainian fighters.

Approved USA Aid and Stronger European Support Boosted Ukrainian Morale

Ukraine announced that its forces hit the most advanced Russian fighter jet, the Su-57, for the first time, and that on an airfield in Russia. According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, on June 8, a Su-57 multirole fighter jet was hit at the Akhtubinsk airfield in the Astrakhan region of Russia, which is located 589 kilometers from the front line, reported Interfax Ukraine.

Ukrainian intelligence claims are based on satellite images of the site where the aircraft was stationed at the airfield. “The photos show that on June 7, the Su-57 stood intact, and the very next day craters from explosions and characteristic fire marks appeared near it as a result of the fire,” the statement said.

Media also reported that an ammunition depot in that area was hit. The Russian side has not confirmed any of this information, except that Ukrainian drones attacked the Belgorod region. Moscow is silent about Kyiv's claims that their forces hit the most advanced Russian fighter jet, the Su-57, for the first time, and that on an airfield in Russia.

Representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, Andriy Yusov, stated that according to preliminary information, two "ultramodern" Su-57 fighters might have been hit in the attack on Russia, but one was certainly hit.

He also added that the enemy suffered personnel losses. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Western countries understood President Vladimir Putin when he spoke about possible deliveries of Russian weapons to other regions of the world, as a response to the Western arms supply to Ukraine.

Reward for Downed F-16s

After Ukraine boasted of destroying an advanced aircraft, the Russian company Fores announced that it would award a prize of 15 million rubles ($170,500) for shooting down the first F-16 fighter jet that Western countries plan to deliver to Ukraine.

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Sergey Shmotyev, director of Fores, a company specializing in the production of equipment for the oil industry, told the Russian state news agency TASS (pro-Putin Agency) that the company allocated money for bonuses for destroying Western-produced tanks as well.

“We announced a bonus for destroying F-16 fighter jets if such planes are delivered to Kyiv. Also, those who destroy tanks that Western countries deliver to Ukraine will receive payments. We paid five million rubles ($57,200) for the first tank and 500,000 rubles ($5,720) for each subsequent one,” Shmotyev said, reported Anadolu Agency.

Dutch authorities announced last year that they plan to transfer 24 F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. In addition, by the end of 2028, Ukraine is expected to receive a total of 19 F-16 jets from Denmark and 30 from Belgium. The conference on Ukraine in Burgenstock, which Switzerland plans to hold on June 15-16, is unlikely to lead to significant results and will likely be a disappointment for Volodymyr Zelensky, writes the Swiss portal Watson, reminding that Kyiv's goal was to secure broad support for the so-called "10-point peace plan" with the help of Bern.

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