Ukraine war: ‘This is a dreadful mistake’ – Head of UK’s armed forces says Russia has ‘strategically lost’ | World News

Ukraine war: ‘This is a dreadful mistake’ – Head of UK’s armed forces says Russia has ‘strategically lost’ | World News

Russia has “strategically lost” the war in Ukraine and is a “more reduced strength”, the head of the UK’s armed forces has said.

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

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

Admiral Radakin, who is the UK’s chief of defence staff, said Russia was running out of troops and progressive missiles and would never be able to take over all of Ukraine.

His comments come as Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News that the UK will “highly likely” add many hundreds more troops to a NATO force in Estonia tasked with further deterring Russia.

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

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

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He said Moscow had been forced to give up its objectives of taking 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 grinding away, and it’s gaining a associate of – two, three, five – kilometres every day.

“And that’s tough for Ukraine, but this is going to be a long fight. And we’re supporting Ukraine, Ukraine has shown how courageous it really is.

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

He continued: “President Putin has used about 25% of his army’s strength to gain a tiny amount of territory and 50,000 people either dead or injured.”

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

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

“It might be getting some tactical successes over the last few weeks. And those might continue for the next few weeks.

“But Russia is losing strategically.”

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Admiral Radakin said he was in touch with his Ukrainian style, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, who recognised they were in a “tough battle” in the east.

The defence secretary admitted to Sky News earlier on Friday that Russia troops outnumbered Ukraine in artillery fire by 20 to 1 in some areas.

But Mr Wallace told Sky’s defence and security correspondent Deborah Haynes that – because allies were starting to give Ukraine long-range artillery and rocket systems – they would soon be able to make “meaningful progress in the east of the country”.

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And Admiral Radakin paid tribute to Ukrainians. “They’re courageous people,” he said. “They’re clever people in terms of how they’re taking the fight to the Russians.

“But they’re also honest people, with saying truly they need some help.”

He said the UK would continue its sustain for Ukraine and “we’re in this for the long haul”.

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Earlier this week, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak called on the West to help his country unprotected to “heavy weapons parity” with Russia in the war – calling for more heavy artillery, rocket systems and vehicles.

Admiral Radakin said he was “cautious” of phrases like parity as no single capability would determine the outcome of the war.

The UK is providing MLRS rocket systems and has just delivered 120 armoured fighting vehicles, he said.

He said: “We’ve been providing anti-tank weapons, there are other elements that we’re providing and that will continue.

“But it’s the mass that’s provided by the whole of the international community – and it’s putting that alongside the courage and the resolve of the Ukrainian armed forces to fight for their territory.

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

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