U.S. President Joe Biden has decided to change his strategy toward Russia after a visit by U.S. officials to Ukraine. Its goal now is to win the battlefield so decisively that the Russian Federation will not be able to carry out any new attacks, CNN reported.
According to the publication, citing sources in the U.S. National Security Council, while Washington had previously planned how to make this invasion a strategic failure for Russia, now the efforts of the United States are aimed at the Russian defense industry "to undermine the economic and military power of Russia."
"We want Ukraine to win. One of our goals was to limit Russia's ability to do something like that again. That's why we arm Ukrainians with weapons and equipment to protect ourselves from Russian attacks, and that's why we use sanctions and export controls that directly target Russia's defense industry to undermine Russia's economic and military power and threaten and attack its neighbors," the publication writes.
CNN claims that there is now a growing realization among U.S. and Western officials, especially after the "Bucha massacre," that Russia needs to "suffer so much economically and on the battlefield that its aggression will be stopped forever."
In particular, Biden administration officials are optimistic that this is an achievable goal, sources told CNN.
"Administration officials and congressional sources said they believe continued military support for Ukraine could lead to significant strikes against Russia that would damage its long-term military capabilities," the publication added.