Zelensky handed FIVE ways to scupper Putin as exhausted Russian army on back foot

Putin tipped to cave into peace talks as Ukraine humiliates Russia

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Progress in what the Kremlin has dubbed the “special military operation” appears to have slowed on both sides in recent weeks. Western interest in the day-to-day happenings of the conflict has also slipped, amid increasing fears over the cost of living, according to some commentators.

Mick Ryan, Retired Australian Army Major General-cum-strategist, has, however, stressed that maintaining political and military support from the West is essential if Ukraine is to succeed.

Kyiv leaders must, he wrote in a post on Twitter, work towards “ensuring that the west has the strategic patience to support Ukraine to the end of this war”.

This could be a difficult task given the increasing economic difficulties being faced in the West.

Both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have commented on the damaging impact UK sanctions against Russia are having at home.

Military aid also does not come without a high cost, particularly when, as recently happened, Whitehall has to purchase equipment from a third party to send to Ukraine due to low UK stocks.

Mr Ryan added Western assistance must extend beyond militaristic support and to pure financial aid.

This comes after a controversial decision by Ukrainian MPs to increase their own salaries by 70 percent, despite their troops being largely outnumbered both in terms of artillery and ammunition to their Russian counterparts.

Ukrainian leadership was also fundamental, he said.

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Mr Ryan wrote: “It has… been clear that the military leadership of Ukraine has fought a clever and sophisticated military campaign against the Russians, while also supporting a global influence campaign.

“This must be sustained if Ukraine is to win this war.”

RUSI Research Fellow Dr Sidharth Kaushal said support from the West was already having a clear impact in the war.

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He told Express.co.uk that this, alongside “exhaustion” of Russia troops and the “difficult terrain” was bringing Moscow’s advances to a “halt”.

He added: “The Russians have taken enormous casualties so the Ukrainian claims that the Russians have manpower problems are sound in principle, if not on the actual details.”

Mr Ryan’s final foundation was “the Ukrainians must win on the battlefield…

“Engaging in combat is the ultimate expression of will of the Ukrainians.

“They understand that theirs is an existential fight.

“The Ukrainians must fight and recapture their land if they are to win this war.”

Meanwhile, some world leaders are working to bring about peace talks so negotiations can take place between Moscow and Kyiv in order to facilitate a quicker end to the conflict.

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