Russian forces are destroyed and Vladimir Putin could lose Ukraine war, states top UK admiral

Vladmir Putin’s forces have been destroyed by the Ukrainian resistance and Russia could lose the war, a top UK admiral has said.

As the Russian President vows to carry on with his invasion, Chief of the Defense Staff Admiral, Sir Tony Radakin, said that the invasion in Ukraine “is not going well” for the Kremlin.

He added that Putin’s forces are struggling, with eight Russian aircraft shot down in just one day, nearly 500 troops killed and a mass convoy of 15,000 soldiers and hundreds of vehicles at a standstill, The Mirror writes.

When asked whether Russia taking over Ukraine was ‘inevitable’, Sir Tony told the BBC: “No. I think we’ve seen a Russian invasion that is not going well.

“I think we’re also seeing remarkable resistance by Ukraine, both its armed forces and its people and we’re seeing the unity of the whole globe coming together, applying pressure to Russia.

“Russia is suffering, Russia is an isolated power. It is less powerful than it was ten days ago. Some of the lead elements of Russian forces have been decimated by the Ukrainian response.

“You’ve also seen basic failures in terms of maintenance and their kit failing. Russia hasn’t operated at this scale since the Second World War and it is incredibly complex and difficult.”

However, he said the key call of Kyiv – 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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Vladimir Putin has vowed to press on with the invasion

Nato has ruled it 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 “whereby we talk to our enemy, and we say, we are not going to fire on you unless you fire on us”.

The wreckage of a Russian military aircraft on the outskirts of the city of Chernihiv
The wreckage of a Russian military aircraft on the outskirts of the city of Chernihiv

On Sunday, Ukrainian newspaper The Kyiv Independent reported the country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky had reiterated his demand as he said: “The world has the power to close our skies for Russian rockets and aircraft.”

Sir Tony told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “The advice that we as senior military professionals are giving our politicians is to avoid doing things that are tactically ineffective and definitely to avoid doing things that tactically might lead to miscalculation or escalation.

“The no-fly zone would not help.

“Most of the shelling is coming from artillery, most of the destruction is coming from artillery, it’s not coming from Russian aircraft.

“If we were to police a no-fly zone, it means that we probably have to take out Russian defense systems and we would have NATO aircraft in the air alongside Russian aircraft, and then the potential of shooting them down and then that leads to an escalation.”

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The view was echoed by Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, who said it would be “very difficult, very challenging”, but added “we will do everything short of that to support Ukrainians”.

The Russian convoy heading towards Kyiv has ground to a halt
The Russian convoy heading towards Kyiv has ground to a halt

“We’re not going to get ourselves into a direct military conflict with Putin because that would be a massive escalation, but also that feeds Putin’s narrative,” he told Trevor Phillips On Sunday on Sky News.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer told ITV News: “Everybody understands why we can’t have a no-fly zone, why direct military assistance is not possible. That means sanctions have to be the strongest we have ever seen, the most effective we’ see ever seen.”

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