Putin literally took months to build up a force of between 120,000 and 140,000 troops, along with all the equipment they would need, for the invasion, while all of Europe -- which was dependent on Russian energy and gas to power their economies -- did nothing to decouple from Moscow.
After the invasion was launched in late February, European Union leaders dutifully followed demands to sanction Russia by the amateurs running the Biden regime, but months later, some EU leaders are figuring out that Putin one-upped them big time and that the current strategy is not working. In fact, while Europe gets poorer amid power-starved declining economies, the Kremlin's bank accounts are only growing fatter.
One EU leader, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, is now actively urging the EU to change its strategy before its too late because they have failed to deter Putin or force him to withdraw from Ukraine, according to the Cyprus Mail.
“A new strategy is needed which should focus on peace talks and drafting a good peace proposal…instead of winning the war,” Orban -- recently reelected to a fourth consecutive term -- said in a speech in Romania while reiterating that Hungary, a member of NATO, would not get involved in the war there.
The outlet adds:
Orban has said before that Hungary is unwilling to support EU embargoes or limitations on Russian gas imports as that would undermine its economy, which is about 85% reliant on Russian gas imports.
He said in his speech that the Western strategy on Ukraine has been built on four pillars – that Ukraine can win a war against Russia with NATO weapons, that sanctions would weaken Russia and destabilise its leadership, that sanctions would hurt Russia more than Europe, and that the world would line up in support of Europe.
Orban said this strategy has failed as governments in Europe are collapsing “like dominoes," energy prices have surged and a new strategy was needed now.
His own country is facing double-digit inflation and he continues to bicker with the EU leadership in Brussels over his refusal to adopt their 'woke' 'democratic' standards.
“We are sitting in a car that has a puncture in all four tires: it is absolutely clear that the war cannot be won in this way,” Orban told supporters.
He added that Ukraine will never win the war this way “quite simply because the Russian army has asymmetrical dominance" in terms of technology and mass, noting further that there was no chance that Ukraine and Russia would engage in peace discussions on their own, especially as long as the U.S. and some NATO countries continue to provide the Ukrainians with lethal aid and money.
“As Russia wants security guarantees, this war can be ended only with peace talks between Russia and America,” he said.
He went on to say that financial discussions with the EU must continue but that the EU would simply have to compromise with his country.
“We must reach a new agreement with the European Union, these financial talks are underway, and we will come to an agreement,” he said.
Russian officials suggested earlier this week that Putin is now eyeing regime change in Ukraine, not just taking chunks of the eastern part of the country.
To the point that Moscow supplied so much energy to the European continent, several EU governments have now agreed to begin rationing fuel, which of course will only slow their economies even further.
"EU nations have found common ground on a controversial scheme to reduce gas usage in preparation for a possible complete stoppage of supplies from Russia, diplomats have told German state news agency DPA," Russia Today reported.
At least two countries are not on board with that plan at all -- Greece, and Orban's Hungary.