Putin could lose his Ukraine war: Russian forces are 'decimated' says top UK general

By AdvocateNews on 07/03/2022

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Groups of people flee the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, after the region faced heavy bombardment
Groups of people flee the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, after the region faced heavy bombardment

Vladimir Putin's 'decimated' forces could lose the war in Ukraine, the UK's top military commander has suggested.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said Russia's troops were 'in a mess' and the invasion was 'not going well'.

His comments yesterday represent the most optimistic assessment yet of how the conflict may end – but came on another bleak day, with Russian forces firing on families as they fled the fighting.

When the invasion began less than a fortnight ago it was assumed to be inevitable that Russian tanks would roll into Kyiv within hours. But after a series of strategic blunders and the remarkable resistance of Ukrainian troops on the battlefield, the outcome of the campaign could now be in doubt.

Sir Tony, the former head of the Royal Navy, who was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff late last year, was speaking after eight Russian aircraft were shot down in 24 hours.

The Russians, contrary to their military doctrine, have also been forced to admit that almost 500 of their soldiers have been killed.

And in a highly embarrassing example of ineptitude, a convoy of hundreds of Russian vehicles and an estimated 15,000 troops has ground to a halt.

The column, including tanks, missile batteries and armoured personnel carriers, had been earmarked by Putin to encircle Kyiv and pound the Ukrainians into submission.

But this operation is considered at least a month behind schedule, according to UK military sources. Given the unified approach to sanctions that the UK, US and other world powers have displayed, the Kremlin chief may not be able to sustain a military campaign for that long.

Asked on the BBC yesterday whether Russia taking over Ukraine was 'inevitable', Sir Tony said: 'No. I think we've seen a Russian invasion that is not going well.

'I think we're also seeing remarkable resistance by Ukraine, both its armed forces and its people and we're seeing the unity of the whole globe coming together, applying pressure to Russia.

'Russia is suffering, Russia is an isolated power. It is less powerful than it was ten days ago. Some of the lead elements of Russian forces have been decimated by the Ukrainian response.

'You've also seen basic failures in terms of maintenance and their kit failing. Russia hasn't operated at this scale since the Second World War and it is incredibly complex and difficult.'

Daily Mail

Posted 07/03/2022 09:30:58 AM

 

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