Putin's army "in the meat grinder"?
"Without food and socks" in the Ukraine war
Created: 11/25/2022, 11:07 am
By: Florian Naumann
A Russian recruit during target practice in Stavropol.
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Winter could change the Ukraine war.
Great Britain sees devastating grievances in Putin's army - and derives a request from this.
New York/London – The first winter in the Ukraine war is here.
Snow, ice and cold will have an impact on the further course - but Ukraine's allies come to quite different conclusions, as
Recently, the USA seemed to be steering towards renewed negotiations.
Britain's Defense Minister Ben Wallace, on the other hand, is now more or less clearly calling on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch further offensives.
One of his arguments: parts of the Russian army are in dramatic trouble.
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“A Russian unit was recently deployed without food or socks and without too many guns.
It's catastrophic for a person going into the field," Wallace told
The Daily Beast
in an interview published on Thursday (November 24).
Most of the capable soldiers on the Russian side are already out of action, explained the minister of new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Vladimir Putin's army is "a meat grinder".
"Only a nation that doesn't care about its own people can send 100,000 of them to death, injury or desertion."
However, there are no confirmed casualty figures for the Russian armed forces.
However, Wallace linked his presentation with a clear demand: Ukraine should "keep up the pressure, maintain the momentum," he said in the conversation.
"Considering the advantage Ukrainians have in terms of equipment, training and the quality of their personnel over demoralized, undertrained and underresourced Russians, it would be in Ukrainians' interests to maintain momentum through the winter."
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Consistent with Wallace's comments, on Friday morning London released new intelligence information about heavy casualties among reservists mobilized by Russia.
Many of the conscripts would be sent on dangerous missions despite chronic health restrictions, the British Ministry of Defense said in its daily briefing on Friday.
Among other things, in the Donetsk region, around the city of Bakhmut, mobilized reservists were probably killed in large numbers.
The Kremlin must be concerned that an increasing number of reservists' families are prepared to protest and, if necessary, to be arrested.
In the fall, Ukraine succeeded in recapturing important areas in the east and south of the country – including the liberation of the strategically important city of Cherson.
However, the country is struggling with gas, heat and water supply problems after Russian attacks on the infrastructure.
At the same time, there were recently Russian bombardments on Cherson.
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The demands from London also highlight the different positions of Western countries in the Ukraine conflict.
An unnamed Ukrainian military official, speaking to
The Daily Beast
, praised Britain's efforts.
London is "extraordinarily involved" - if certain military equipment is missing, the government will track down what it is looking for in the arsenals of its allies.
The official supposedly responsible for international relations also praised the visit of then Prime Minister Boris Johnson early in the course of the war.
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Other countries, including Germany, have repeatedly criticized Kyiv for hesitating in the delivery of certain armaments.
Johnson himself only made allegations against the government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) this week, but also against France.
Paris had "denied" an imminent threat before the Russian invasion, Johnson told CNN Portugal that at one point Germany assumed it would be more beneficial if Ukraine laid down its arms in the event of an invasion.
The Federal Republic has "a unique relationship to the truth," complained the former prime minister.
The then Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, had made similar allegations.
But London also seems to be one of the most vehement opponents of a negotiated peace in Ukraine.
US Chief of Staff Mark Milley has twice said current Ukrainian recaptures may be an opportunity to begin negotiations for a political settlement.
However, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy rejects this.
A "genuine, lasting and honest peace" can "only come about through the complete destruction of Russian aggression," he said last Friday (November 18).
fn with material from dpa and AFP