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Russia failed to achieve any of its ‘major goals’ in first 24 hours, UK defense minister says


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Russia failed to achieve any of its “major objectives” in the first 24 hours of its invasion of Ukraine, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Friday.

“It’s actually behind schedule,” he told Sky News. “They lost over 450 people.”

He added that the Ukrainians had managed to retake an airport that Russian special forces (spetsnaz) had tried to capture.

“So I think that contrary to big Russian claims and President Putin’s vision that somehow Ukrainians would be liberated and join his cause, he is completely wrong.”

Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace makes somber comments on Tuesday as he opens a conference of defense ministers at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, England, on February 22, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

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He continued: “And the Russian army failed to achieve its main objective from day one.”

A Ukrainian army soldier inspects fragments of a downed plane in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, February 25, 2022.

A Ukrainian army soldier inspects fragments of a downed plane in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, February 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Vadim Zamirovsky)

On Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed sanctions on Russian banks, Putin allies and wealthy Russians living in London.

It is the largest set of sanctions the country has ever imposed on any country, according to Reuters.

“This hideous and barbaric enterprise of Vladimir Putin must end in failure,” Johnson told parliament on Thursday, adding that Putin could never wipe Ukrainian blood from his hands.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday he had spoken to Johnson, saying the sanctions needed to be “strengthened”.


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