Armed Forces chief Sir Tony Radakin says Putin has ‘already lost the war in Ukraine’ [Video]

Armed forces chief Sir Tony Radakin today said Vladimir Putin had ‘already lost the war in Ukraine’ and said speculation he could be murdered was ‘wishful thinking’ – as he warned that Russia was still “the biggest threat” facing the UK.

Britain’s chief of defense says Ukraine’s military ‘absolutely’ believes it will win the war against ‘struggling’ Russia which has ‘lost more than 30 per cent of its ground combat effectiveness “.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin told BBC One’s Sunday Morning program that Ukraine planned to restore “the whole of its territory”.

He said 50,000 Russian soldiers died or were injured in the conflict, nearly 1,700 Russian tanks destroyed, as well as nearly 4,000 Russian-owned armored fighting vehicles.

“What you see is a Russia, if we focus on Donbass it is less than 10% of the territory of Ukraine and we are approaching 150 days,” he told the BBC. .

“Russia is fighting to take over this territory, and it is fighting because of the courage and determination of the Ukrainian armed forces.”

He dismissed speculation that the Russian president is ‘not doing well’ or could be assassinated as ‘wishful thinking’, after being asked if Vladimir Putin could be ‘overthrown’ or face a ‘change of attitude’. regime”.

“As military professionals, we see a relatively stable regime in Russia,” he said.

“President Putin has been able to crush all opposition, we see a hierarchy that is invested in President Putin and so no one at the top has the motivation to challenge President Putin, and that’s bleak.”

Admiral Sir Radakin said that when the Kremlin started the war it wanted to take Ukrainian cities within the first 30 days.

“Russia had the ambition to create divisions and put pressure on NATO,” he explained.

“This is Russia as a challenge to the world order, Russia is failing in all of these ambitions. Russia is a more diminished nation than it was at the beginning of February.

Despite this, Admiral Sir Radakin said the next Prime Minister should know that Russia is “the biggest threat” facing the UK.

Admiral Sir Radakin said that when the Kremlin started the war it wanted to take Ukrainian cities within the first 30 days.

Sir Tony Radakin said today that Vladimir Putin had

Sir Tony Radakin said today that Vladimir Putin had ‘already lost the Ukrainian war’. Pictured, Putin at a meeting in the Kremlin on July 14

Emergency services attend the horrific scene in central Vinnytsya on Thursday afternoon

Emergency services attend the horrific scene in central Vinnytsya on Thursday afternoon

“His ground forces are probably less threatening in the short term because of this degradation, this exhaustion that we see with their struggle in Ukraine,” he said.

“But Russia continues to be a nuclear power, it has cyber capabilities, it has space capabilities, and it has particular programs under water so that it can threaten the undersea cables that allow information from the world to transit around the whole world.”

He added that the next Prime Minister would be briefed on the war in Ukraine and recalled “the extraordinary responsibility they have towards the UK as a nuclear power”.

Admiral Sir Radakin says next PM should know Russia is ‘biggest threat’ facing UK

“We will always give them an overview of the current situation so that they know where our armed forces are,” he said.

“It’s dominated by Ukraine and our support for them, but we’re also trying to step back and paint a bigger picture of the threat.”

“And then we have to remind the Prime Minister of the extraordinary responsibility he has to the UK as a nuclear power, and that’s part of the induction of a new UK Prime Minister and that becomes the focus. .”

Asked what the UK Armed Forces would look like if defense spending increased to 3% of GDP, he added: ‘I think they would be even more modern and they would have even more punch and ‘they would have even more impact in the world, and this is clearly a choice for the government.

The ominous threat from Shoigu came as further details emerged of the tragic victims of Thursday's sickening Russian strike.  Pictured: Bomb damage in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine

The ominous threat from Shoigu came as further details emerged of the tragic victims of Thursday’s sickening Russian strike. Pictured: Bomb damage in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine

It comes as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave orders to dramatically increase so-called shock and fear attacks against Ukraine yesterday.

He claimed that Kremlin forces should “rule out the possibility of the Kyiv regime inflicting massive rocket and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and residents of Donbass and other regions,” according to reports in Moscow.

This followed a field inspection by Putin’s loyal defense minister – and a meeting of the National Security Council led by Vladimir Putin.

Shoigu’ gave instructions to further increase the shares of [military] groups in all operational areas,” local reports said.

It was unclear whether the minister’s talks with military leaders were in Russia or occupied Ukraine.