Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace says Putin has been intent on invading Ukraine for more than a year.
“Putin has been set on this for many, many months. At least a year,” Wallace told Sky News.
He commented on whether the West failed in its attempts to avert the invasion of Ukraine. Wallace believes Putin could not be persuaded.
Wallace compared the talks before the invasion with diplomacy in the run-up to World War II. He believes that the Russian president, like Adolf Hitler, always had a plan to invade and that the talks were aimed at “buying time.”
British intelligence believes that the Russian army has not succeeded in achieving its main goals during the first day of the invasion, Wallace told Sky News.
He says more than 450 Russian soldiers have lost their lives in the clashes.
Britain still believes Russia intends to invade all of Ukraine, but Wallace says the Ukrainians provided more resistance than the Russians expected.
Russia has also failed to take over an important airport, Wallace said.
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