London, Thanasis Gavos
The United Kingdom Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace and the head of the country’s Armed Forces, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin stated in the afternoon that Russia and President Putin have been weakened after the invasion of Ukraineas they proved to be inferior to their reputation.
The admiral first Radakinspeaking at an event in London, commented that her ambition Russia to quickly occupy Kyiv and all of Ukraine has “collapsed” and that “in many ways Putin has already lost” the war.
“Instead of proving to be the insightful manipulator of events that made us believe, Putin has hit himself with a series of catastrophic misjudgments,” Sir Tony said.
He said that Russian leader is now a “weakened figure” compared to a month ago, while NATO is more united than ever.
He estimated that we now see a greater emphasis of Russian companies in eastern and southern Ukraine, as there are the first signs of retreat from Kyiv to Belarus and Russia.
He stressed that even this withdrawal of the Russians is done with difficulty, as they are attacked by Ukrainian forces.
He warned, however, that the coming weeks would continue to be “very difficult” because of the Russian bombings.
Shortly afterwards, in statements to Sky News, the British Secretary of Defense He said Russia was now a “smaller country” and that President Putin “Does not constitute the power it once was”.
He continued by commenting that Russian leader “is now a man in a cage he built for himself – his army is exhausted, he has suffered significant losses and the reputation of Russia’s great army has been shattered.”
He added that Putin not only has to to live with the consequences of what he does in Ukrainebut also with the consequences of what he does in his army.
Mr. Wallace also assessed that the Russians are regrouping with an emphasis on the south and east, expressing fear that things will get worse in terms of attacks on civilians.
Mr Wallace also announced the shipment of more lethal weapons from Britain to Ukraine, including anti-aircraft missiles and larger artillery shells.
Speaking to Sky News, meanwhile, Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko called on Russian troops to leave Ukraine to begin talks.
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