The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group announced on May 25, 2023 that his unit had begun transferring its positions in the eastern Ukraine hotspot city of Bakhmut to Russian forces.
U.S. Army General Mark Milley said on Thursday that he believed Kiev was unlikely to expel all its troops from Moscow anytime soon and that Russia would not be victorious in Ukraine.
“Militaryly, this war cannot be won against Russia. It will not be won,” Milley told reporters at the Pentagon, home of the Pentagon, after a virtual meeting with dozens of countries backing Ukraine. ‘ said.
His comments underscored his prediction that the conflict, which began after Russia’s invasion in February 2022, would be protracted, with neither side likely to achieve a clear victory.
Russia’s initial strategic goals, including the overthrow of Volodymyr Zelensky’s regime, were “militarily unattainable,” Mily argued.
At the same time, with hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers in Ukraine, Kiev’s goal of retaking all its territory would be almost impossible to achieve “in the short term,” he said.
“It means that the fighting will continue, it will be bloody and difficult, and at some point both sides will come to an agreement or come to a military conclusion.”
The United States is leading international aid to Ukraine, swiftly forming a coalition in support of Kiev, and coordinating aid from dozens of countries.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said before Thursday’s meeting that allies have provided Ukraine with nearly $65 billion in security assistance.