Loss of blood and treasure is increasing and war rages 100 days after the conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine erupted. The war started with Russia’s invasion of her neighbor.
According to United Nations tallies, the war has killed thousands on both sides and led more than 7.3 million refugees to flee Ukraine due to ongoing fighting.
Nations far from the battlefield are being impacted and there are questions about how long the war will last and how long can it be sustained by America, her European allies, and the two warring countries?
Analysts say the conflict, which hit the 100th day of death marker on June 4, offers no place for compromise, only more fighting.
“At the moment, both sides are adamant they’re dug in. Neither side is ready for a ceasefire, neither side wants to quit,” said Dina Spechler of the Russian Eastern European Institute at Indiana University.
“The Ukrainian position and the Russian position are completely at odds, there’s no basis for a settlement here,” she said.
Russian forces are concentrated primarily in Ukraine’s eastern parts where it has long backed the independence struggle of the Donbass, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Russia took these disputed territories as well as the autonomous region of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. President Vladimir Putin says Crimea is now part of Mother Russia and she won’t give it back.
The government of Ukraine says it intends to liberate “every inch of Ukraine” from Russian occupation.
The war has troubled the world economy and has resulted in a global food crisis touching Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Ukraine and Russia account for about 30 percent of global grain production that feeds millions. Sanctions imposed on Russia have contributed to skyrocketing food and fuel prices throughout Europe, America and the world.
Some Western European nations, like Germany, France and Italy have hinted Ukraine should compromise with Russia over some territories already under Kremlin control.
“Is it really correct to interpret French and German visions as implying territorial concessions? Even the White House assumes there will be a diplomatic end to this war at some point. And what exactly would victory mean in a war where the enemy’s territory remains sacrosanct?” tweeted Wolfgang Ischinger, president of the Munich Security Council Foundation on June 6.
Mr. Ischinger was referring to Western European governments’ sentiment and remarks by French President Emanuel Macron suggesting Ukraine concede some territory to end the war.
“We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops, we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means,” Mr. Macron told French media June 3, repeating a suggestion he made in early May.
Ukraine, however, has double-downed on fighting and requested even more high-powered missiles and war-ware from her allies.
John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., said, “The Russian army obviously has much more weaponry … but it is extended, some might say, over extended (and) it faces resistance in the areas that it has taken over.”
It is a war of attrition in eastern Ukraine where intense fighting is resulting in the deaths of 100 to 200 Ukrainian soldiers a day, according to a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Mykhaylo Podolyak told the BBC on June 9 that Ukraine needs more Western artillery systems to effectively match Russia’s military strength.
“The Russian forces have thrown pretty much everything non-nuclear at the front and that includes heavy artillery, multiple rocket launch systems and aviation,” said Mr. Podolyak.
He said Kyiv is not resuming peace talks with Moscow, which had had several starts and stops since the conflict began.
“Until Russia suffers a serious military defeat, no form of dialogue will be possible, and they will continue to be able to try and take parts of our country,” said Mr. Podolyak.
Ukraine’s biggest disadvantage is being heavily outnumbered and outgunned in the way of advanced artillery compared to Russia. Experts say the extent that support from America and other NATO members close the military gap could tip the balance. “But no one really knows how long that will take,” said Ms. Spechler.
There have been continued warnings from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam that times like this would come, times of “pestilence,” “famine,” “wars and rumors of wars,” and the confusion of nations unable to find peace.
In his illuminating book called “The Fall of America,” the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam, wrote such events bear witness to the end of White world rule, the fall of America, and the establishment of the kingdom of God.
“We do not hope for peace as long as we add to the war that which serves as fuel to a fire,” he wrote. “The fire cannot go out as long as we keep it burning by adding more fuel. A dying, burning fire is increased when more fuel is thrown into it.”
His book was originally published in 1973.
“How can we expect peace where the method used to bring about peace is the same method that started the war—instead of finding a right solution and then practicing the right solution?” he asked.
These times were foretold in the scriptures, which say there is no peace for the wicked and the world is in a time of reaping what was sown, he said.
His National Representative, Minister Farrakhan, has been warning nations, in particular America, of divine judgement and divine destruction for evil done. The source of God’s anger and wrath is not just U.S. foreign policy, but the evil and murderous U.S. history against Blacks ripped from Africa and Native Americans.
Minister Farrakhan delivered a near five-hour presentation Feb. 27 at Saviours’ Day 2022 in Chicago at Mosque Maryam. His address was titled “The Swan Song.”
He warned that the war in Ukraine would draw the United States in and the final result would be the breaking of U.S. and Russian power. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said U.S. soldiers would go away to war in the thousands and come back in the tens, added Min. Farrakhan. The war in Ukraine opens the door to the prophesized global war of Armageddon, he warned.
“Do you know how the war of Armageddon starts?” asked Min. Farrakhan. “It starts with a Messenger of God teaching people the truth. Then people fall on either side; if you disbelieve the truth then you will continue in your way.”
“The liars are so thick that you can tell the truth and the truth does not seem to move the lie. Do you know why? Because the forces that uphold the lie are upholding the lie with their power. So, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, my teacher, said that means that it has to be physically removed. It is about to happen,” the Minister continued.
Min. Farrakhan has also warned his teacher has taught that the war in Europe would start with conventional weapons but would eventually involve nuclear weapons.