"And, in a view that taps into a key source of debate among commentators, he insisted that Kyiv must retake Crimea to preserve the "international rules-based order" and the "UN Charter. "Others have argued that any realistic hope of achieving a peace deal between the two sides would inevitably involve compromise over the region from Ukraine. Gen Hodges — who was in charge of US forces in Europe from 2014 to 2018 — said Russia did not have the capability to launch a "major" surge despite its current efforts to stage a significant offensive in the conflict. "They don't have the armoured forces, the ability to break through, " he said, adding that the existing campaign was not going to change the "overall operational environment" in Ukraine.
Ukraine war - latest: 'It'll end badly' now for Wagner Group chief after Kremlin pushback; fleeing Russians signal 'return to chaos' for Putin's forces - expert; big Moscow offensive 'definitely' startedBiden to visit Poland to mark anniversary of Ukraine war US President Joe Biden will travel to Poland this month to rally allies one year after the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The announcement was made by the White House today. The visit is scheduled for February 20-22.
He explains how satellite images indicate fresh attacks from Vladimir Putin's forces followed a "familiar pattern". While taking Bakhmut would offer a symbolic victory for Russia, it would be of limited strategic use, Cheshire said. And, he added, any subsequent effort to push on and take the more important - but better defended - cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk would be a "long and bloody slog" for Moscow's forces.
At the time, he delivered a forceful case for supporting Ukraine's defences. He also said Putin "cannot remain in power" - comments that seemed to suggest the US was calling for regime change in Russia. The White House swiftly backed off the comments and dismissed any suggestions of regime change. Putin has 'lost the energy war' and worst of power crisis is over, leading trader says Ever since Russia's invasion of Ukraine almost a year ago, a multitude of commentators have suggested the decision was a major strategic error from Vladimir Putin. And just as Moscow's forces have become mired in a series of setbacks over the last 12 months, a man said to be one of the world top-performing traders in the energy sector says the long term damage to Russia is far from confined to its military.
He said fears over training and runway compatibility issues did not make it "unfeasible" to provide Kyiv with the "capability" to use the aircraft - and praised the UK for being "in the lead" in providing several forms of military support to Ukraine. Gen Hodges said he believed the the only "red line" for US involvement in Ukraine is "boots on the ground.
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There's no more fear of an energy crisis. "Now that Europe is getting used to living without Russian gas why would they ever go back? "He said the Russian president had made a "massive miscalculation over who had the leverage... in the same way he miscalculated how Ukraine would fight back and the West would be united. ""Russia has lost its biggest customer forever, and it will take at least a decade to bring enough pipelines [to redirect those gas sales] to Asia, " he said. "Once Russia can only sell gas to China, Beijing will be in a position to decide the price. " What satellite images and drone footage tell us about Russia's new offensive Sky's data and forensics correspondent Tom Cheshire has been offering his analysis of Russia's renewed offensive in Ukraine.
Austria vs Russia: TV channel, live stream, team news, and kick-off timePREVIEW The World Cup hosts look to see how competitive they are ahead of next month's showpiecePublished: 17:58, 30 May 2018Updated: 17:59, 30 May 2018RUSSIA will prepare for their home World Cup by starting with a trip to Innsbruck. They are aiming to become the first side since France in 1998 to win the tournament on home soil, with the friendly against the Austrians the final time coach Stanislav Cherchesov will see his players before having to cut the squad to 23 by Monday, June 4. 2 Sergei Ignashevich will be among the oldest and most experienced players at the World Cup with the 38-year-old holding 120 caps to his nameCredit: Getty - Contributor Austria will be disappointed not to heading to Russia for the World Cup, but will be testing themselves against the world's elite, with fixtures against Germany and Brazil also coming up.
Kyiv "has enough to limit the Russian success, " he added, saying this would still be "costly" in terms of casualties and ammunition. Why does Ukraine need jets - and does UK really have capacity to send them? Sky News security and defence editor Deborah Haynes explores the British government's decision over whether to send fighter jets to Ukraine. 'No indication' of Russian military threat to Moldova and NATO member Romania, US says Washington has said it has "no indication" of a direct military threat by Russia to Moldova or Romania at this time, after Ukraine said several Russian missiles flew over the two countries. State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel spoke after speculation around a possible NATO response if it was established missiles entered the air space of Romania, one of its member states.
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