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Putin has 'achieved zero' and Ukraine can 'absolutely' win war, says US

According to the Pentagon, Ukraine can win the war against Russia “absolutely”, even though Moscow continues to resist key breakthroughs.

John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, stated that Vladimir Putin has “not achieved any of his strategic goals” while “really only taking over a few population centres”.

This news comes as US officials claim that at least 24,000 Russian troops have withdrawn from Kyiv. However, there are fears that they may be refitting and replenishing in preparation for a possible future deployment to Ukraine.

A US defense official spoke on condition of anonymity, “The threat (of) ground invasion (of Kyiv is clearly gone for now… but it’s unclear what their longer-range objectives are.”


They stated that troops were leaving the region to go to Russia and Belarus to consolidate but it wasn’t clear how many would be sent back to Ukraine.

Russia launches a campaign of terror in the south; major new offensive likely’ within days. – Ukraine’s latest

Image Chernihiv is visible in the northern part of the country, near Belarus

Key developments:

* The US declares it will boycott “a number of G20 meetings” if Russian officials attend

According to Mariupol’s mayor, more than 5,000 civilians were killed.

* Nearly a thousand people fled Mariupol in a convoy of buses or cars

* French President says Bucha civilian killings were war crimes

Minutes after the US issued sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters a Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby stated that Ukraine’s resistance was strong.

He said, “Of course [Ukraine] will win this.”

“If you take a look at the achievements of their team so far, it is clear that Mr Putin has not achieved any of his strategic goals in Ukraine.

“He didn’t take Kyiv. He didn’t overthrow the government. He didn’t eliminate Ukraine from being a nation.

Image: Russian shelling continues to batter the town of Borodyanka near Kyiv. Pic by AP

“He has only managed to control a few population centers, and they’re not the ones he wanted.”

“The proof is literally found in the outcomes you’re seeing every single day,” Mr Kirby said.

“Absolutely [Ukraine] is able to win.”

Image Sky’s Mark Austin interviews Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov tonight

Russia is hit with more sanctions

The US also sanctioned Mr Putin’s daughters and imposed harsh sanctions on Russian banks. They also banned all new US investments in Russia.

The UK placed sanctions on eight other oligarchs, as well as imposing an asset freeze on Russia’s largest bank. They also promised to stop imports of Russian oil or coal by the end the year.

Although the EU was planning to announce an embargo against coal and a ban for Russian ships and road operators on Wednesday, diplomats did not approve the measures as technical issues needed to be addressed.

Image: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the West to stop Russian oil imports “quickly and in principled fashion”. Pic by AP

Zelenskyy urges Western leaders to “borrow a little determination”

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zilenskyy stated that the new sanctions range had a “spectacular appearance… but this isn’t enough”.

He welcomed moves to strike Russian banks but said he wouldn’t rest until there was a “complete blocking of the Russian banking sector from international finance”.

Image: The identification of bodies in Bucha is done before they are sent to the morgue. Pic by AP

He demanded that the EU take immediate action to end its oil embargo. The EU’s leaders have not been able reach an agreement on this matter.

Germany, which relies heavily upon oil imports from Russia, is believed to be resisting an outright ban.

Hungary indicated that it was ready to join the EU and accept a Russian demand to pay its gas with rubles.

“Some politicians are still not able to decide how to limit Russia’s oil trade flow of dollars and euro, so as to not jeopardize their economies,” Mr Zelenskyy stated.

Image: A family walks by the destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha. Pic by AP

“But that’s what makes people choose politics. These problems require difficult tasks to solve. To resolve them quickly and in a principled manner. You shouldn’t be a politician if you don’t possess the ability.

“The embargo against Russian oil supplies will still be in effect. It will be determined.

“The only problem is how many more Ukrainian soldiers and civilians the Russian military will have to kill. So that some politicians – we know you – can borrow a little determination from somewhere.


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