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Putin is ‘failing’ on Ukraine and its problems are getting worse, says UK defense chief
Vladimir Putin is “failing on all his strategic military objectives” and “his problems are piling up”, declared the head of the British armed forces.
Chief of the Defense Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said: “At the very beginning we said that this was a strategic mistake by President Putin and that strategic mistakes lead to strategic consequences.
“And in this case, it’s a strategic failure. Putin is failing on all of his strategic military goals, he wanted to subjugate Ukraine, that’s not going to happen.
“He wanted to take control of the capital, we saw that it was defeated earlier.
“We saw that he wanted to weaken NATO. NATO is now much stronger, and we have Finland and Sweden joining us.
“He wants to shatter the international resolve. Well, actually it’s gotten stronger over this period, and he’s under pressure, his problems are getting worse.”
Sir Tony told the BBC: “He’s always had a problem in terms of crewing the equipment he has.
“He doesn’t have enough manpower. His forces are thin on the pitch.
“And we also see magnificent Ukrainian armed forces who have been brave, who are fighting for their country and who have embraced the international support that we all provide.”
He added: “I think it’s important in terms of what’s happening on the ground, it’s really important for Ukrainian morale and important for the impact it has on Russian forces.
“But people have to be careful, the likely outcome of all of this is that it’s going to go on for a long time.
“And that’s why there is wishful thinking when people jump to conclusions that either President Putin is weak and his power base could be undermined, or that Ukraine has gained ground and there has been a magnificent action in the northeast.
“But that doesn’t automatically lead to easy wins elsewhere.”