Former British commander Richard Kemp says the Russians are “fighting” the Ukrainians and “doing their best” to take over the entire Donbas region.
Colonel Kemp spoke to Sky News Australia to discuss the latest events unfolding in Eastern Europe.
“I think the Russians are actually doing their best now to take over the entire Donbas region in eastern Ukraine,” he said.
“They are having quite success at this – I think they are hammering the hell out of the Ukrainians with artillery and then going to rake them up.
“It’s a long and slow process, but I think in the end, unfortunately, they will probably prevail in eastern Ukraine.
“Also, no doubt, they will consolidate their earnings that they have made, very effective earnings, in southern Ukraine, taking most of the southern coast of Ukraine.”
Colonel Kemp said that once Vladimir Putin was “happy” he would ask for peace.