The British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has hailed Ukraine’s victory in the strategic port city of Kherson and said that this also “marks another strategic failure” for Vladimir Putin.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that Wallace said Russia has failed to “take any” of their “major objectives, except Kherson,” but this has now fallen back into Kyiv’s control.
Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have perished in some of the most horrific ways known to man and Wallace said that Russia must now ask themselves “what was it all for?!”
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The British Defence Secretary said, “Russia’s announced withdrawal from Kherson marks another strategic failure for them. In February, Russia failed to take any of its major objectives except Kherson.
“Now with that also being surrendered, ordinary people of Russia must surely ask themselves ‘what was it all for?.’
“The Russian Army suffered a huge loss of life as a result of their illegal invasion and have only achieved international isolationism and humiliation.
“Ukraine will press on.”
“The UK and the international community will continue to support them, and while the withdrawal is welcome, no one is going to underestimate the continuing threat posed by the Russian Federation.”
Last week Wallace urged that we must be “cautious” over the withdrawal from Kherson and warned that this would “significant psychological blow” for Russian troops after holding on to Kherson since the start of the war to then give it up.
Wallace said, “It must be quite a significant psychological blow that the one objective they did manage to capture, they have announced their intention to leave.