UK weighs in on Ukraine’s chances against Russia
Kiev’s military success is “very possible,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace believes
Britain’s defence secretary has expressed belief that Ukraine, which is being supplied with weapons by the UK and other Western nations, is capable of achieving military victory in the conflict against Russia.
“It is very possible that Ukraine will break the Russian army to the extent that they either have to go back to pre-February or they have to effectively fold in on itself,”Monday, Ben Wallace spoke at the National Army Museum of London.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin “must come to terms with how he’s lost in the long run, and he’s absolutely lost. Russia is not what it was,”He added.
Wallace seems to have a greater optimism about what is happening on the ground than many officials from Kiev. On Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s adviser, Alexey Arestovich, acknowledged that it was currently impossible for Ukraine to reverse the situation on the frontline.
He warned that a Russian attack on major cities such as Kiev is possible, given the inability to feel the impact of the international sanctions against Moscow and the delay by the West for approval of the delivery of the weapons required by the Ukrainian military.
Wallace spoke on May 9th, the day Russia celebrates victory against the Nazis during World War II. “through the invasion of Ukraine, PutinAnd his inner circle of generals are now mirroring fascism and tyranny of 77 years ago, repeating the errors of the last century’s totalitarian regime.”
The statement completely contradicted the ideas voiced by the Russian president during his address at the Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square the same day.
Putin insisted that Russia’s military operation in Ukraine was the “only right decision” and “a preemptive rebuff to aggression”As Kiev prepared a massive attack against the rebel republics Donetsk (which Russia recognised as independent)
Self-defense forces from the Donbass republics as well as the Russian military are currently fighting “for the Motherland, for its future, to make sure that no one forgets the lessons of World War II, so that there would be no place in the world for butchers, punishers, and Nazis,”He said.
The UK has been one of Ukraine’s main backers and arms supplier during the ongoing conflict. London, in addition to providing training and support for Ukrainian troops both in Britain, has sent anti-tank, anti-aircraft and missile systems as well armored vehicles and other weapons to Kiev.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital in April to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and personally assure him of London’s support.
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Russia attacked Ukraine following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, gave the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent days, the Kremlin made it clear that Ukraine should declare itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it wanted to seize the two republics with force.