While most of the world and, no doubt, President Vladimir Putin, thought that Russia's invasion would be shortlived and not very bloody, in fact, Ukraine has put up a very stiff resistance, and now the war is approaching its first anniversary -- after more than 100,000 deaths of Russian troops alone, according to multiple reports.
And as the West and NATO rush in to help Ukraine, Todd believes we're seeing the early stages of what will once again escalate into a global conflict that will kill millions.
“It is evident that the conflict, initially a limited territorial war, has evolved into a global economic confrontation between the whole West on one side, and Russia, backed by China, on the other. It has become a world war,” Todd said, according to Summit News.
He went on to say that "the resistance of the Russian economy is pushing the U.S. imperial system toward the abyss" and that to save a "fragile" America, President Joe Biden must "hurry."
The historian also said that Washington's control of the global financial system is being put at risk because as Russia's economy continues to resist the West-imposed sanctions, that is pushing "the American imperial system toward the precipice," as Russia can continue relying on financial aid and economic assistance from China.
Todd says America “cannot withdraw from the conflict, they cannot let go” because the stakes are too high and anyway, no one has come up with an exit strategy.
“This is why we are now in an endless war, in a confrontation whose outcome must be the collapse of one or the other,” he said.
Summit News noted further:
As we highlighted last month, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church cautioned that any attempt to “destroy Russia” by “madmen” trying to impose their values will lead to “the end of the world.”
“We pray to the Lord so that he enlightens those madmen and helps them understand that any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world,” said Patriarch Kirill.
Elon Musk also recently warned that “most are oblivious to the danger” of a new global conflict.
Last week, former President Donald Trump also observed, "We’re on the brink of World War 3,” and, in a campaign video last week, asserted, “If I were president, the Russia-Ukraine war would never have happened … never in a million years.”
Russia has been unable to make much progress in recent months after initial successes. In fact, Ukraine has managed to retake lost ground -- at the cost of seeing entire cities and towns wiped out. And because Putin has lost so many troops and cannot be seen as having lost this war that he started, it doesn't seem likely that he is going to pull out and give up anytime soon. Doing so would likely cost him his presidency, as the Russian people are not keen on seeing their men die over Ukraine in the first place.
"Ukrainian forces are killing nearly 1,000 Russian troops every day, and they eliminated 5,000 troops in a single battle in late January, according to U.K. officials citing data from Ukraine," according to a Tuesday report from Fox News, indicating just how deep into this conflict Putin has committed himself and his country.
The report added:
Russian troops, including the elite 155th naval infantry, stormed the Ukrainian coal mining city Vuhledar near Dontesk in late January. Ukrainian forces repelled the offensive, however, and killed, injured or captured 5,000 Russian troops. Meanwhile, U.K. officials say the war is exacting a heavy toll on Russia, with 824 Russian troops dying each day, according to Ukrainian updates.
"The 155th brigade already had to be restaffed three times. The first time after Irpin and Bucha; the second time they were defeated near Donetsk – they recovered again," Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi, a Ukrainian defense forces spokesman, told Politico, according to Fox News. "And now almost the entire brigade has already been destroyed near Vuhledar."