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British military chief believes that Russia has already “lost” the war | The World | D.W.

Russia has already “strategically lost” the war against Ukraine, which caused numerous casualties and led to a strengthening of NATO, said the Chief of Staff of the British Armed Forces in an interview published this Friday (17.06.2022).

“This has been a terrible mistake by Russia. Russia will never take control of Ukraine,” Admiral Tony Radakin said, adding that Moscow would emerge from the conflict as a “diminished power.”

“Russia has already lost strategically. NATO is stronger, Finland and Sweden are trying to join” the alliance, Radakin told the British Press Association news agency.

According to the official, Russian President Vladimir Putin could achieve “tactical successes” in the coming weeks, but at the cost of a quarter of Russia’s military power.

Those “tiny” gains, he continued, were leaving Russia short of troops and high-tech missiles.

The Russian offensive “is gaining a couple of kilometers every day, between two, three and five [km]said the admiral.

The war in Ukraine began on February 24, after the invasion of Russian troops.

Russia “is running out of people”

But “Russia has vulnerabilities because it is running out of people, it is running out of high-tech missiles,” he insisted.

The chief of staff indicated that Putin has already used about 25 percent of the army’s forces to gain only a small portion of the territory.

On the other hand, Radakin praised the “brave” Ukrainian people and promised that the UK would support kyiv “in the long term” with more weapons.

“We have been providing anti-tank weapons, there are other items that we are providing and that will continue,” he said.

The Kremlin warned on Thursday against the delivery of weapons from Western countries to Ukraine. Continuing such shipments “is totally futile and will only cause more harm to the country,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said.

mg (afp, PA News Agency)

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