"This war can be won": Wallace explains what Ukraine needs to win and points out key challenges
Former British Defense Secretary Ben Wall ace said that the West needs to provide Ukraine with the assistance it needs to bring the war to an end. Ukrainians with the support of allied countries can defeat the Russian occupiers.
"This war can be won. Vladimir Putin will fail. Just as human emotions lead Ukraine to success, they are also the inevitable drawback of Putin and his criminal regime. Romance, selfishness and revenge drove Putin to invade Ukraine, and it will be his undoing," Wallace wrote in an article for The Telegraph.
He believes that the Kremlin dictator is "desperately clinging to the last two things that can save him - time and the division of the international community."
London can do something in both cases and should help Kyiv maintain its momentum. This requires more ammunition and long-range missiles, the former defense minister said.
The politician is confident that the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Defense Forces is successful - the soldiers are slowly but surely breaking through Russian positions. Sometimes yard by yard, sometimes village by village, but the country's defenders are moving forward.
"The men and women in the Ukrainian army are proving to us in NATO once again how much we underestimated them. The group thinkers, with their computers and 'Russian experience', calculated that they could only hold out for a few weeks... When they were wrong, they switched their pessimism to a counteroffensive. They failed to realize that the most valuable thing in war is hope," Wallace wrote.
He emphasized that Ukrainians are learning, adapting their tactics, learning lessons and making the most of the military equipment donated by the West.
"When hope is combined with the right equipment, Ukraine is unstoppable. It is our duty to support this hope and back it up with funding and equipment until the job is done," Wallace said.
He also suggested that Ukraine may have to "reassess" the mobilization.
"Ukraine can also play a role. The average age of soldiers at the front is over 40. I understand President Zelenskyy's desire to preserve young people for the future, but the fact is that Russia is secretly mobilizing the entire country. Putin knows that a pause will give him time to create a new army. So, as the UK did in 1939 and 1941, it may be time to reassess the scale of Ukrainian mobilization," suggested the former UK Secretary of State for Defense.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Ben Wallace said that he believed the attacks against the Russian Black Sea Fleet ships were quite logical, as Russia is actively using these vessels in the war.