Pentagon denounces Russia's 'terror campaign' in Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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Pentagon denounces Russia “terror campaign” in Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley denounces the Russian missile barrage that targeted Ukrainian civilian infrastructure as a “war crime”.

Russia has “failed” on all fronts in its war against Ukraine and has engaged in a “campaign of terror” against the civilian population, the chief of staff said on Wednesday. American, General Mark Milley, denouncing “war crimes”.

Deliberately targeting the civilian power grid by causing excessive collateral damage and unnecessary suffering to the civilian population is a war crime, General Milley told a press conference alongside Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin .

The two officials were speaking after a meeting in Washington of the contact group on Ukraine, which brought together their counterparts Ukrainians and representatives of allied countries.

Russia carried out massive strikes on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure across the country on Tuesday, including near the Polish border. The strikes left millions of homes without power, according to kyiv.

The top US official said he estimates that about a quarter of Ukraine's population was without power due to of this missile barrage, numbering at least 60 or even up to 90 or 100, he said, referring to the biggest wave of missiles fired at the missile. Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

Citing multiple Russian failures, including the recent withdrawal from the city of Kherson, the US general lamented that Moscow had decided to engage in a campaign of terror, a campaign intended to inflict maximum suffering on the civilian population. to break his morale.

“The Ukrainians have had success after success after success. And the Russians have failed every time. They lost strategically, operationally and, I repeat, tactically.

—General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army

Despite this, General Milley said to himself skeptical that Ukraine can militarily dislodge Russia from all territories it occupies in the country, including Crimea.

The probability of a Ukrainian military victory in which the Russians would be expelled from all of Ukraine […], the probability of that happening anytime soon is not very high militarily, a- he said.

With winter approaching and military positions on the battlefield likely freezing, this could present an opportunity for the x27; opening of discussions, again noted the American general.

If there is a slowdown in the fighting, if that happens, then that opens a window […] to find a political solution or, at the very least, to start discussions with a view to finding a political solution , he said.

“The Russians are in a real bad place, so you want to negotiate at a time when you where you are in a strong position and where your opponent is in a weak position.

—General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army

For his part, the Secretary of Defense pointed out that the United States and Canada in particular had sent the Ukrainians enormous quantities of equipment for the winter.

I think the Ukrainians will take over in this battle, as they have now, and will continue to have as winter comes, said Lloyd Austin.

The United States is the main provider of military and economic aid to Ukraine.

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