Russia has already “lost” its war in Ukraine, says Britain’s chief of defence staff.
Admiral Sir Antony David Radakin, the UK’s highest-ranking military officer, says Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was a “dreadful mistake” and while the fighting is not yet over Russia has already “strategically lost” the war.
“Russia will never take control of Ukraine,” Sir Tony said, adding that it would end up a “more diminished power” as a result.
“Russia has strategically lost already. NATO is stronger, Finland and Sweden are looking to join,” he told reporters.
While Putin might be able to pull off some short-term “tactical successes,” they will come at a high price.
Putin has already sacrificed 25% of his country’s military strength for a few “tiny” gains, says Radakin, and was running out of both men and material.
Radakin said Russian President Vladimir Putin may achieve “tactical successes” in the weeks to come, but had sacrificed a quarter of his country’s army power for “tiny” gains and was running out of troops and high-tech missiles.
“The Russian machine is grinding away, and it’s gaining a couple of — two, three, five — kilometres every day,” the admiral said.
“And Russia has vulnerabilities because it’s running out of people, it’s running out of high-tech missiles".
He says that around a quarter of the Russian army’s strength was gone, with some 50,000 either dead or injured.
He promised that the UK would continue to provide support for the “courageous” Ukrainians: “We’ve been providing antitank weapons, there are other elements that we’re providing and that will continue,” he said.
US president Joe Biden has also pledged to supply more kit to Ukraine.
He has announced a package of new arms including howitzers, ammunition, anti-ship missile systems worth around $1 billion, telling Ukraine’s President Volodomyr Zelenskyy that “the United States will stand by Ukraine as it defends its democracy and support its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression”.
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