May 9th is a big deal in Russia. It is the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. The Russian name for the conflict is “The Great Patriotic War.” The then-Soviet Union lost well over 20 million soldiers and civilians, and the remembrance of that struggle is deeply ingrained in the Russian psyche. They call it “Victory Day.”
So, as Vladmir Putin’s war plans in Ukraine bog down into a morass of embarrassing tactical blunders and shoddy logistics, he undoubtedly would like to wrap up his campaign before May 9, and somehow claim victory.
Putin’s problem is that while he wants a quick victory, the Ukrainians are playing the long game. Stalling tactics and piecemeal attacks against untrained Russian troops and the ratcheting of outside military aid could further bog down Russia and cause Putin to take desperate measures.
The United States has so far given Ukraine about $3 billion in military aid. The Russians know that all those destroyed tanks and military transport vehicles were victims of U.S.-made armaments.
An iconic weapon of the war in Ukraine has been the U.S-supplied anti-tank Javelin missile. One Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Mark F. Cancian, reports that the United States “has provided 7,000 to Ukraine.”
In the meantime, the Biden Administration has escalated the rhetoric against the Russian invasion. Senior administration officials have made no secret of the goal to weaken Russia to reduce the threat to other neighbors.
The problem is that events appear to be pushing Putin into a corner. He could be considering using tactical nuclear weapons on the Ukrainians and that could coincide with May 9, 2022.
Watch Glen Beck’s take on this dangerous situation on the YouTube video below.