‘Russia has already lost strategically’: British military leader on war in Ukraine


Ukrainian War: British army chief says Russia sacrificed a quarter of his country’s army might during the war.


Russia has already “strategically lost” its war with Ukraine, suffering heavy losses and strengthening NATO, Britain’s chief of defense staff said in an interview published Friday.

“This is a terrible mistake on Russia’s part. Russia will never take control of Ukraine,” said Tony Radakin, the country’s highest-ranking military officer, adding that it would result in a “lower power”.

“Russia has already lost strategically. NATO is stronger, Finland and Sweden are looking to join,” he told Britain’s Press Association news agency.

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Radakin said Russian President Vladimir Putin could achieve “tactical successes” in the coming weeks, but that he had sacrificed a quarter of the might of his country’s military for “tiny” gains and that he lacked troops and high-tech missiles.

“The Russian machine is moving away, and it is gaining two, three, five kilometers every day,” the admiral said.

“And Russia has vulnerabilities because it lacks personnel, it lacks high-tech missiles.

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“President Putin used about 25% of his army’s power to gain a tiny chunk of territory and 50,000 dead or wounded.

“Russia is failing.

Radakin paid tribute to the “brave” Ukrainian people and vowed the UK would support Kyiv “for the long haul” with more weapons.

“We have provided anti-tank weapons, there are other items we are providing and that will continue,” he said.

The Kremlin on Thursday warned against further Western arms shipments to Ukraine as French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited Kyiv.

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“I would like to hope that the leaders of these three states and the president of Romania will not only focus on supporting Ukraine by continuing to pump Ukraine with weapons,” the spokesperson told reporters. from the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov.

He added that it would be “absolutely unnecessary and cause further damage to the country”.

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