Pentagon official: Putin probably nonetheless desires ‘significant slice of Ukraine, if not the entire nation’

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A high Pentagon official says he nonetheless thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin desires to seize “a significant portion of Ukraine, if not the whole country.” 

The reported remark from Underneath Secretary of Protection for Coverage Colin Kahl comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has entered its 112th day. 

“I still think he has designs on a significant portion of Ukraine, if not the whole country,” Kahl mentioned Tuesday, in line with Reuters. “That said, I do not think he can achieve those objectives.” 

“They may make tactical gains here and there. The Ukrainians are holding up,” Kahl reportedly added. “I do not think the Russians have the capacity to achieve those grandiose objectives.” 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the State Prize awards ceremony while marking Russia Day in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, June 12.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks throughout the State Prize awards ceremony whereas marking Russia Day in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, June 12.
(Evgeny Biyatov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Picture through AP)

Russia initially set its sights on capturing the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, however has since been pushed again and is refocusing on combating Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s army within the nation’s jap Donbas area. 

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“After more than a month of heavy fighting, Russian forces now control the majority of Sieverodonetsk,” the UK’s Ministry of Protection mentioned Wednesday. “Russia’s urban warfare tactics, which are reliant on heavy use of artillery, have generated extensive collateral damage throughout the city.”

Russian soldiers guard an area under Russian military control in Melitopol, in the Zaporizhzhia region, southeastern Ukraine,  on Tuesday, June 14.

Russian troopers guard an space underneath Russian army management in Melitopol, within the Zaporizhzhia area, southeastern Ukraine,  on Tuesday, June 14.

 

“Elements of Ukrainian Armed Forces, along with several hundred civilians, are sheltering in underground bunkers in the Azot Chemical Plant, in the city’s industrial zone,” the Ministry additionally mentioned.  

A mine detection worker with the HALO Trust de-mining NGO explains how they search for anti-tank and anti personnel land mines in Lypivka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

A mine detection employee with the HALO Belief de-mining NGO explains how they seek for anti-tank and anti personnel land mines in Lypivka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
(AP Picture/Natacha Pisarenko)

“Russian forces will likely be fixed in and around Azot whilst Ukrainian fighters can survive underground,” it added. “This will likely temporarily prevent Russia from re-tasking these units for missions elsewhere.” 

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