The British Defence Secretary has warned that Vladimir Putin has made a major miscalculation on his military planning as his troops are “already exhausted” as the war enters day 13.
Ben Wallace said that Putin’s arrogance could end up seeing Russian troops turn in on themselves which could end his war.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today, host Mishal Husain asked Wallace, “When and how do you believe this war will come to an end?”
Wallace said, “Either when the Russian forces are so stuck and depleted that the Russian armed forces effectively turn in on itself.
“And the generals get blamed, and then it grinds to a halt.
“Or Russia imposes its total will, which it has already tried to do by trying to break the people of Ukraine.
The British Defence Secretary added, “Putin won’t break the people of Ukraine but as Lees saying he’s doing everything to break their countries infrastructure and their supply lines for food.
“I think that is how he’s going to try, I think what we should recognise and as Lees said, there is no infrastructure left in many of these countries.
“The cost for Putin is not just in the invasion, it’s going to be in the decades of occupation which I don’t think he’ll be able to sustain.
“I think we’ll see him and his forces already, exhausted.
Wallace said that this war “will be Putin’s end” as the Ukrainians will not be broken and it will be “an impossible task to occupy” the country.
Wallace added, “And if you think it takes 150,000 as he thinks it does to invade a country where he was arrogantly thinking they would welcome him as a liberator, you try occupying a country the size of France and Germany put together with 44m.
“This will be Putin’s end, this country and so it should be.
“Because if not only their spirit and their moral component that they have on their side, the Ukrainians but also because it will be an impossible task to occupy such a people and a country.”
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky told his nation, “We will not forgive the destroyed houses. We will not forgive the missile that our air defence shot down over Okhmatdyt today. “And more than five hundred other such missiles that hit our land. All over Ukraine .. hit our people and children.
“We will not forgive the shooting of unarmed people. Destruction of our infrastructure.
“We will not forgive hundreds and hundreds of victims. Thousands and thousands of sufferings.
“And God will not forgive. Not today. Not tomorrow. Never. And instead of Forgiveness, there will be a Day of Judgment. I’m sure of it.”