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War in Ukraine set to last for years, senior US military officer says

The senior US military officer warns that the war in Ukraine is likely to last for years, raising fears that the world “is becoming more unstable and the potential for major international conflicts between major powers is increasing, not decreasing.”

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “the greatest threat to peace and security of Europe, and perhaps of the world, in (his) 42 years”. service in uniform.”

“The United States is at a very critical and historic geostrategic inflection point. We must pursue a lucid strategy, maintain peace with the capacity for force without ambiguity compared to China or Russia,” he said. he declared, referring to the two main potentials. military threats against the United States

Asked by lawmakers what might have stopped Russian President Vladimir Putin from attacking Ukraine, Milley said the only possible defense might have been to place US forces inside the country, which he doesn’t. would not advise as it would have risked an armed conflict with Russia.

“Frankly, other than the commitment of US military forces in Ukraine itself, I’m not sure he (Putin) was a deterrent. It’s one of his long-term goals that goes back years,” he said. said Milley.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin added that Russian demands, which include a ban on Ukraine joining NATO and a limit on deployments of NATO troops and weapons to its eastern flank , were unacceptable.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the fiscal year 2023 defense budget, in Washington, April 5, 2022.

He and Milley confirmed that while US forces were not training Ukrainian forces in Ukraine or neighboring Poland, they were training them outside Ukraine, including in the United States.

The United States continues to talk to Ukraine “daily” and the Ukrainians have used U.S. military aid, including Stinger and Javelin missiles, effectively against Russian troops and weapons, Austin told lawmakers.

“We’re looking for things that can also provide them with an edge in this fight, and you’ve seen us start rolling out some of those things,” he said.

In addition to training Ukrainians, the United States is looking for ways to provide additional military training to non-NATO allies such as Georgia and Finland, Austin said.

Milley told lawmakers that NATO countries on the alliance’s eastern flank, such as Poland and Romania, are “very willing” to establish permanent US bases.

“They’ll build them. They’ll pay for them,” Milley said, adding that US forces could “cycle by rotation” to “achieve the effect of permanent force presence” without asking US troops to commit. two- or three-year deployments.

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