Vladimir Putin’s forces are “in a jumble” with eight Russian planes shot down in one day, nearly 500 soldiers killed and a huge convoy of 15,000 soldiers and hundreds of vehicles at a standstill
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Vladimir Putin’s forces have been “decimated” by Ukrainian resistance and Russia could lose the war, according to a senior British general.
While the Russian president promises to press ahead with the invasion, Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said the invasion of Ukraine “is not going well” for the Kremlin.
The general added that Putin’s forces were “in a jumble” with eight Russian planes shot down in one day, 1,000 soldiers lost a day and a huge convoy of 15,000 soldiers and hundreds of vehicles at a standstill.
Asked if Russia’s takeover of Ukraine was “inevitable”, Sir Tony told the BBC: “No. I think we’ve seen a Russian invasion not going well.
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“I think we are also seeing remarkable resistance from Ukraine, both its armed forces and its people, and we are seeing the unity of the whole world coming together and putting pressure on Russia.
“Russia is suffering, Russia is an isolated power. It’s less powerful than it was ten days ago. Some of the leading elements of the Russian armed forces were decimated by the Ukrainian response.
“They’ve also seen fundamental failures in terms of maintenance and equipment failures. Russia hasn’t operated on this scale since World War II and it’s incredibly complex and difficult.”
However, he said Kyiv’s key call — a no-fly zone — would not help those on the ground.
Ukrainian leaders have repeatedly called for a no-fly zone, but Putin warned that imposing one would be considered “participation in the armed conflict.”
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NATO has ruled this out as the alliance fears it would spark a wider conflict.
General Philip Breedlove, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told Times Radio allies should enforce a humanitarian no-fly zone with different rules of engagement than a military one, “where we talk to our enemy and say we’re not going to shoot you, unless you shoot us”.
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On Sunday, Ukraine’s The Kyiv Independent newspaper reported that the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy repeated his demand when he said: “The world has the power to close our skies to Russian missiles and planes.”
Sir Tony told the BBC’s Sunday morning programme: “The advice we as senior military experts give to our politicians is to avoid things that are tactically ineffective and definitely avoid things that could lead to tactical miscalculations or escalations.
“The no-fly zone wouldn’t help.
The unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine by Russian forces on the orders of President Vladimir Putin has sparked bloodshed and chaos.
As Putin’s forces shell cities across Ukraine and the nation’s army vows to fight to the death to defend their country, observers fear the death toll will be staggering.
At least that’s what the Minister of Health of Ukraine reported on Sunday, February 27 352 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and more than 1,000 injured since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
On March 1, Ukraine claimed to have killed 5,710 Russian soldiers since the beginning of the invasion.
These claims have not yet been independently verified, but a United Nations human rights monitoring team has confirmed this more than 500 civilian casualties in Ukraine.
At least 136 people were killed, including 13 children, a UN report showed on Tuesday.
Bachelet said earlier at the inaugural session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva: “Most of these civilians were killed by long-range explosive weapons, including heavy artillery fire and multiple missile systems, as well as airstrikes – the real numbers are, I fear, considerably higher.”
It comes as Ukraine’s president on Tuesday accused Russia of “state terrorism” after the indiscriminate bombing of Kharkiv.
“Most of the shelling comes from artillery, most of the destruction comes from artillery, it doesn’t come from Russian planes.
“If we were patrolling a no-fly zone, that means we’d probably have to take out Russian defense systems and we’d have NATO planes in the air next to Russian planes and then the possibility of shooting them down, and that creates an escalation.”
The view was shared by Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, who said it was “very difficult, very challenging” but added: “We will do everything else to support Ukrainians”.
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“We will not engage in direct military conflict with Putin because that would be a massive escalation, but that also feeds Putin’s narrative,” he told Trevor Phillips on Sky News on Sunday.
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer told ITV News: “Everyone understands why we can’t have a no-fly zone, why direct military aid isn’t possible. That means sanctions must be the strongest we’ve ever seen, the most effective we’ve ever seen.”
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