Britain’s top military officer said on Sunday that the fighting spirit of Russian forces was quickly flagging in the face of unexpectedly fierce Ukrainian resistance, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deputy warned it could take “months, if not years” to ensure Moscow’s defeat.
“Russia has not operated on this scale since World War II,” said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the chief of defense staff. said the BBC in an interview. “And the so-called combined arms maneuver is incredibly complex and incredibly difficult, and we see that Russia is not doing it in a competent manner.”
Focusing on a 40-mile Russian convoy that had been blocked north-west of Kyiv for several days, Radakin said Moscow’s forces had “started to shift,” partly due to a failure in basic maintenance.
“At the same time,” he added. “Russia was attacked by Ukrainian forces and their rear guard, parts of their logistics were attacked and now you see the whole convoy stuck. It will continue to be attacked, and that will affect morale.
“There are stories about the troops in these vehicles – they don’t want to stay in these vehicles, so they camp out in the woods. They’re stuck there,” the admiral added.
“And Russia has thrown itself into chaos, not just with this convoy, but throughout Ukraine, and we must continue to put pressure on Russia,” he continued.
When asked about his assessment of Russian troops’ morale, Radakin insisted that British intelligence “absolutely” knows their confidence is flagging.
“We know there are some — some of the battalion, tactical groups that led the fight for Russia suffered terrible casualties. We know that Russia acknowledges that it has lost almost 500 people. If you put that in context, that’s nearly 500 troops in a week and that’s more than the UK has lost in Afghanistan in 20 years.”
While the drop in morale bodes well for Ukraine’s armed forces, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said warned the same day that it will take time to stop Putin.
“I think the bottom line is that none of the big cities have worked out yet. But I think we should have no doubt that our mission with our allies is to make sure Putin fails in Ukraine and that will take time,” he told Sky News.
“We’re talking months if not years, so we have to show strategic staying power because it won’t be over in days.”
On Monday, Britain’s Defense Ministry warned that Russia is likely targeting Ukraine’s communications infrastructure to “reduce Ukrainian citizens’ access to reliable news and information,” citing an attack on a Kharkiv TV tower on Sunday that caused the ” broadcast output”.
“Ukrainian internet access is also likely to be disrupted by collateral damage from Russian infrastructure attacks. Internet outages were reported in Mariupol, Sumy, Kyiv and Kharkiv over the past week,” the Defense Ministry added.
That’s what the Kremlin said On Monday, it would only halt its attack if the Kyiv government agreed to certain conditions — including halting all military action, amending its constitution to rule out NATO accession, and recognizing Crimea as Russian territory.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters that Ukraine was aware of the conditions and said “they have been told that all of this can be stopped in a moment”.
“They should make changes to the constitution that Ukraine would reject any intention to join a bloc. This is only possible through amendments to the constitution,” Peskov told the outlet.
Russia has also demanded that Ukraine recognize the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic as independent states.
“We really are completing the demilitarization of Ukraine,” Peskov said. “We will finish it. But the main thing is that Ukraine stops its military action. They should stop their military action and then no one will shoot anymore.”
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