The British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has savaged Vladimir Putin’s failing war and said the Kremlin has not achieved a single objective.
Providing an update to Parliament Wallace laid bare how Russia are failing and Putin “has yet to achieve any of its strategic objectives.”
Wallace said Ukraine are gathering momentum in their counteroffensive in the southern region of Kherson and are pushing back Russian forces.
Speaking of the high number of casualties Wallace said that Putin has lost tens of thousands who have been killed in battle.
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Wallace told MPs on Monday afternoon, “Russia continues to lose significant equipment and personnel.
“It is estimated to date that over 25,000 Russian soldiers have lost their lives and in all, if you include killed casualties captured, or the now reported tens of thousands of deserters is over 80,000 dead or injured in the other categories.
“This will have a long-lasting impact on Russia’s army and its future combat effectiveness.
“Russia has yet to achieve any of its strategic objectives and we are now on day 194 of what was envisaged in total to be a month-long campaign.”
He said that the Ukrainians are making “real gains” and warned the fighting is “close and hard.”
Wallace told the Commons, “Ukraine has inflicted serious damage on a range of river crossings with the aim of restricting Russian logistical support.
“As of today, the Ukrainian army are engaging with Russian forces using both artillery and ground-level operations.
“They are making real gains but understandably, as we have seen elsewhere in this conflict, the fighting is close and hard and Ukraine are suffering losses associated with an attacking force.”