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Former US Defense Secretary Hagel Expects Further Escalation of War in Ukraine | Chicago News

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(CNN via WTTW)

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says Russian leader Vladimir Putin is likely to further escalate his attacks on Ukraine.

Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska who led the Defense Department from 2013 to 2015 in the Obama administration, said that while the war had in some ways settled into a stalemate, the real surprise is the Ukrainian military.

“I think what we’ve seen in the last 10 weeks has been a spectacular performance by the Ukrainians,” said Hagel in an interview with WTTW News. “It’s still unpredictable. It’s still probably going to escalate, but after 10 weeks, this has not been any anywhere near the victory I think Mr. Putin anticipated, far from it.”

Hagel, who is visiting Chicago to speak on national security and global geopolitics at the University of Chicago, said he has also been surprised by the seemingly inept performance of the much-vaunted Russian military.

“I think the…

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