Ukrainian war: ‘This is a terrible mistake’ – UK Armed Forces chief says Russia ‘strategically lost’ | World news

Russia has “strategically lost” the war in Ukraine and is a “more diminished power”, said the head of the United Kingdom’s armed forces.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said that Vladimir Putin had lost 25% of Russia’s land power for only “small” gains.

And while Russia may achieve “tactical successes” in the coming weeks, he said any idea that the war had been a success was “nonsense.”

Admiral Radakin, who is the chief of staff of the United Kingdom, said Russia ran out of troops and advanced missiles and would never be able to take over everything from Ukraine.

His remarks come as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News the UK will “most likely” add many hundreds more troops to NATO power in Estonia order to further deter Russia.

Admiral Radakin said: “This is a terrible mistake by Russia. Russia will never take control of Ukraine.

“Russia has already lost strategically. NATO is stronger, Finland and Sweden are looking to get involved. “

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He said Moscow had been forced to give up its targets to take over most Ukrainian cities and was now engaged in a tactical battle where fighting is “tough”.

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Admiral Radakin said: “The Russian machine is slipping away, and he is gaining a few – two, three, five – kilometers every day.

“And that’s hard for Ukraine, but this is going to be a long struggle. And we support Ukraine, Ukraine has shown how brave it really is.

“And Russia has vulnerabilities because it runs out of people, it runs out of hi-tech missiles.”

He went on to say: “President Putin has used about 25% of his army’s power to gain a small amount of land and killed or injured 50,000 people.”

Russia is now diplomatically and economically a “more diminished power” than several months ago, he said.

“Any idea that this is a success for Russia is nonsense. Russia is failing.

“It may have some tactical success in recent weeks. And those may continue in the coming weeks.

“But Russia is losing strategically.”

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Admiral Radakin said he was in contact with his Ukrainian counterpart, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, who acknowledged that they were in a “heavy battle” in the east.

The Secretary of Defense told Sky News earlier on Friday that Russian troops were firing on Ukraine by 20 to 1 in some areas.

But Mr Wallace told Sky’s defense and security correspondent Deborah Haynes that – because allies began giving Ukraine long-range artillery and missile systems = they would soon be able to make “significant progress in the east of the country” .

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And Admiral Radakin paid tribute to Ukrainians. “They are brave people,” he said. “They are geniuses in terms of how they fight the Russians.

“But they are also honest people, saying in fact they need some help.”

He said the UK would continue its support for Ukraine and “we are here for the long term”.

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Earlier this week, Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak called on the West to help his country achieve “parity with heavy weapons” with Russia during the war – calls for more heavy artillery, missile systems and cars.

Admiral Radakin said he was “cautious” about phrases such as parity, as no single possibility would determine the outcome of the war.

De UK supplied MLRS rocket systems and has just delivered 120 armored fighting vehicles, he said.

He said: “We have supplied anti-tank weapons, there are other elements we supply and that will continue.

“But it is the mass that is being delivered by the entire international community – and it places that in addition to the courage and resolution of the Ukrainian armed forces to fight for their territory.

“That is where the real parity lies, and where the real power of Ukraine lies.”

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