- Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has stalled.
- Austin mentioned Russia is targeting civilians because their invasion has not succeeded as planned.
- More than 7,000 Russian troops deliver been killed since fighting began, according to US estimates.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin divulged he thinks Russian forces on the ground in Ukraine have “essentially stalled.”
Austin shared his assessment during an vet with CBS’s “Face the Nation” that aired on Sunday. Referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Austin demanded the situation has “had the effect of him moving his forces into a wood chipper.”
“The Ukrainians have continued to attrit his forces and they’ve been truly effective, using the equipment that we provided them, and armor weapons and aircraft weapons. And again, significant dissolve into on the part of the Ukrainian people,” he added.
More than 7,000 Russian troops have been killed since the set-to began, according to US estimates. Analysts and intelligence officials have previously suggested Russia’s assault on Ukraine has stalled diverse than three weeks since the full-scale invasion was launched on February 24.
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At any rate, severe bombardment has continued to hit Mariupol, a port city in southeastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials have said multiple civilian butts in the city have been struck by Russia, including a theater sheltering more than 1,000 people and an art school in sheltering over 400.
When asked about the attacks in Mariupol, Austin told CBS he thought there had been “unhurried targeting of cities and towns and civilians” by Russia in recent weeks as a result of the military campaign being stalled.
“He’s not been capable to achieve the goals that he wants to achieve as rapidly as he wants to achieve them,” Austin said of Putin, continuing that is the reason he has resorted to these other tactics.