U.S. military says Ukraine victory unlikely this year

U.S. military says Ukraine victory unlikely this year

| Saturday 01 April 2023

 US Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, does not believe Ukraine will win the war this year. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly said he wants to push back all Russian soldiers from the country, an arduous task, General Milley said in an interview with the Defense One news site.

"I'm not saying it's impossible, I'm just saying it's a very complicated task," said the chief of staff, pointing out that hundreds of thousands of Russians are occupying the territory of Ukraine. kyiv considers the withdrawal of the Russian army as the only condition for peace. A ceasefire would be unacceptable because in this case Russia would still have control over parts of Ukraine.

The United States is one of Ukraine's main allies in its fight against the Russian invasion, which has lasted for more than a year, and has allocated billions of euros in aid. The delivery of ATACMS-type long-range missiles is however not planned, explained General Milley. “We have relatively few ATACMS missiles and we need to make sure we maintain our own ammunition stocks. »

At the same time, the British Ministry of Defense said in its daily war update that the Russian winter offensive was failing. London is focusing on Saturday on Russian Chief of Staff Valeri Guerassimov, who in January took command of the "special military operation" in Ukraine. His tenure was characterized by an effort to launch a general winter offensive with the aim of extending Russian control over the entire Donbass region.

“Eighty days later, it is increasingly clear that this project has failed,” the ministry statement read. “On several axes of the Donbass front, the Russian forces made only marginal gains at the cost of tens of thousands of casualties, largely wasting the temporary advantage they had gained in terms of personnel thanks to the ' partial mobilization' of the fall. »

Moscow calls the daily intelligence update released by the British Ministry of Defense via Twitter disinformation.

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