Russia Army Failing to Take Full Control Of Ukraine, UK Says.
Russia wants to take over the entire country, but the Russian army failed to deliver on the first day of its assault, according to British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.
Following President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of war, Russia started an invasion by land, air, and sea on Thursday, the largest attack on a European state since World War II.
On Friday, as Russian soldiers continued their assault, missiles blasted Kiev, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed with the international community to do more, saying the penalties declared thus far were insufficient.
“It’s definitely our view that the Russians intend to invade the whole of Ukraine,” Wallace told Sky.
Putin claims that Russia is conducting “a special military operation” to prevent the Ukrainian government from committing genocide against its own people, a charge that the West dismisses. He also claims that Ukraine is an illegal state whose territory is traditionally Russian.
Wallace portrayed Putin, Russia’s de facto leader since 1999, as irrational.
“I certainly think he has gone full tonto,” Wallace said.
“No-one else in their right mind would do what we are seeing on our telly screens today.”
Russia claims that Western elites are afflicted with Russophobia and that the US and its allies have been planning for decades to destabilize Russia.
Wallace said that the Russian army had failed to meet any of its primary objectives, contradicting the Russian defense ministry’s claim that the military operation’s principal goals had been met on the first day.
“Contrary to great Russian claims, and indeed President Putin’s sort of vision that somehow the Ukrainians would be liberated and would be flocking to his cause, he’s got that completely wrong, and the Russian army has failed to deliver, on day one, its main objective,” Wallace said.
So far, Russia has lost about 450 troops, according to Wallace.