Russian president Vladimir Putin has “bitten off more than he can chew” with the invasion of Ukraine, a British defence minister has said.
Armed Forces minister James Heappey suggested the Kremlin would be disappointed with the speed of its advance in Ukraine.
“We remind the Russian public that president Putin may well have bitten off more than he can chew,” he told MPs in the Commons on Friday.
Mr Heappey added: “We are pretty certain that in the Kremlin last night there will have been some urgent reflections on the speed of advance compared.”
Appealing to the Russian public, the minister added: “I think the Russian people and kleptocracy that surrounds him should be call president Putin out on that. Because young Russian men and women are being sacrificed in the name of president Putin’s hubris.”
A Ministry of Defence assessment published on Friday said that it was “unlikely that Russia has achieved its planned day one military objectives” – saying an advance on a city north-east of Kyiv had been halted.
Former CIA director David Petraeus said he was “a little underwhelmed” by what Russian advance in Ukraine on the first day of its invasion, telling BBC Newsnight that Ukrainian forces had held back Russian troops “fairly impressively”.
It comes as Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has pleaded for more military support, and the Nato enforcement of a no-fly zone over Ukraine to help fend off the Russian invasion as Kyiv was hit by air…