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Britain says Putin has lost control and initiative on the battlefield

Sep 28, 2023

Ukraine's recent strikes on the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea prove that Ukraine retains the initiative in the war. At the same time, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has lost control over it.

This is reported with reference to the press service of the British government.


Together with British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps, Chief of the General Staff of the British Armed Forces Tony Radakin also came to Kyiv. In particular, he raised the topic of new commitments to military assistance for Ukraine.

"The recent strikes on the Black Sea Fleet are another example of how Ukraine retains the initiative. Putin has lost control of the war he started, and Russia is diminished as a consequence. This visit, together with my visits over the summer, have reinforced my conviction that Ukraine will prevail.  The UK will remain with them every step of the way," he said.

In addition, Shapps noted that the UK will continue to support and stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine. He noted that the country has trained tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers, delivered hundreds of thousands of pieces of ammunition and provided millions of pounds of economic and humanitarian aid to help Ukrainians regain and rebuild what was taken from them by Russia's barbaric invasion.

Meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Defense Minister Rustem Umerov also provided an opportunity for politicians to discuss ongoing humanitarian support, as well as Ukraine's aspirations for NATO membership and its broader Euro-Atlantic integration.

As a reminder, on September 22, the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet was subjected to a missile attack. The Office of Strategic Communications of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that the Ukrainian military was behind the attack. According to media reports, Ukraine used Storm Shadow missiles for the attack.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 28/09/2023

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