The Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said the war in Ukraine could last another year and Vladimir Putin is operating his army like a “meat grinder.”
Wallace strongly believes that the Russian leader “is not going to stop” despite “188,000 Russian soldiers are dead or injured.”
He said that he is “open” to send more tanks to Ukraine and believes it is likely that NATO countries will send fighter jets to Kyiv.
Speaking to LBC radio in an interview he was asked if he thinks we will see the war last for another year, Wallace replied, “I think we will.”
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“I think Russia has shown a complete disregard, not only for the lives of the people of Ukraine, but for its own soldiers.
“We are sitting here 12 months in and 188,000, actually more now, Russian soldiers are dead or injured as a result of this catastrophic miscalculation and aggression by President Putin.
“When someone has crossed the line and thinks it is OK to do that to your own people, running effectively a meat grinder for an army, I think he is not going to stop.”
He said that he supports that Poland could potentially send MiG-29 fighter jets and insisted that the war in Ukraine is “not a NATO conflict.”
He added, “We’re not going to see NATO (supply planes), we’re going to see countries that are members of NATO potentially put in air force equipment or MiG-29.”
He told the radio station that he is “open to more British tanks” being sent to Ukraine on top of the 14 Challenger 2 main battle tanks that will be sent next month to the battlefield.
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