United States Should Recognize That Afghan War Ended in Their Defeat, Says Russian Embassy in US
"We are convinced that Washington should admit that the Afghan war ended in defeat for the United States. Moreover, it brought nothing but troubles and the collapse of false hopes to the Asian state," the embassy said in a statement.
"According to official data, more than 150,000 Afghans, including 48,000 civilians, were killed, and another 75,000 were wounded. Hundreds of thousands have become refugees. The economic achievements in the former Islamic Republic, so widely advertised by American partners, appeared to be 'Potemkin villages', which vanished immediately after the withdrawal of foreign troops. Trillions of US taxpayer dollars have been wasted," the embassy said.
"A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Afghanistan a year later, threatening to become even more lethal than 20 years of military conflict were," the embassy said.
"It is necessary now to alleviate the sufferings of Afghans. Huge sums are needed to reconstruct the destroyed country. The first obligatory step to this end is to return all funds of the Central Bank of Afghanistan that have been frozen by the US without conditions," the embassy added.
The United States withdrew from Afghanistan in the specified time-frame, but did so haphazardly, causing chaos at the Kabul airport, with Afghans desperately attempting to make it out of the country, and 13 American soldiers killed in a bombing perpetrated by a local branch of the Daesh* terror group.
The Biden administration left behind thousands of US citizens and permanent residents, as well as military equipment worth $85Bln., according to reports.
As the Taliban** entered Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and fled the country. The Taliban filled the void by creating its own government.
The US faced widespread criticism over its execution of the Afghanistan withdrawal.