LONDON: Russia has already “strategically lost” its war with Ukraine, suffering heavy losses and strengthening NATO, the chief of the British defense headquarters said in an interview published on Friday.
“This is a terrible mistake by Russia. Russia will never take control of Ukraine,” said Tony Radakin, the country’s top military officer, adding that it would become “more reduced power.”
“Russia has already lost strategically. NATO is stronger, Finland and Sweden want to join,” he told the British domestic news agency Press Association.
Radakin said Russian President Vladimir Putin could achieve “tactical successes” in the coming weeks, but he sacrificed a quarter of his country’s army for “tiny” gains and ran out of soldiers and high-tech missiles.
“The Russian machine grinds and gets a few – two, three, five – kilometers every day,” the admiral said.
“And Russia has vulnerabilities because it is running out of people, it is running out of high-tech missiles.
“President Putin has used about 25 percent of his military’s power to conquer a tiny amount of territory and 50,000 people dead or injured.
“Russia is failing.”
Radakin paid tribute to the “brave” Ukrainian people and promised that the United Kingdom would support Kyiv “in the long run” with more weapons.
“We have provided anti-tank weapons, there are other elements that we are providing and that will continue,” he said.
The Kremlin on Thursday warned of new deliveries of Western weapons to Ukraine as French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited Kyiv.
“I would like to hope that the leaders of these three countries and the president of Romania will not focus only on supporting Ukraine by further inflating Ukraine with weapons,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
He added that it would be “absolutely useless and would cause further damage to the country”.