Vladimir Putin is now in a cage of his own making Ben Wallace says
The Russian leader "is not the force he use to be," the Defence Secretary said
Ben Wallace has claimed Vladimir Putin “is now a man in a cage he built himself,” alluding to Russia's political and economic isolation since launching the invasion in Ukraine.
As the war enters day 37, Secretary of State for Defence said the reputation of the Kremlin's army is "trashed " and announced the UK and its Western allies would be sending more advanced weaponry to Kyiv.
He said: “President Putin is not the force he used to be. He is now a man in a cage he built himself.
"His army is exhausted, he has suffered significant losses.
“The reputation of this great army of Russia has been trashed.
“He has not only got to live with the consequences of what he is doing to Ukraine, but he has also got to live with the consequences of what he has done to his own army.
“We have seen it before. It always gets worse. It goes for more civilian attacks, more civilian areas” he told Sky News.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said Russia’s bid to take all of Ukraine during its invasion looks to have “fallen apart” as Mr Putin’s troops retreat.
The head of Britain’s armed forces said the Russian leader had been “misled” about the effectiveness of his country’s armed forces, with “early indications” suggesting Moscow was withdrawing troops – a move that has opened them up to counter attacks by Ukrainian defenders.
In a speech and follow-on question-and-answer session at an Institute for Government (IfG) event, the Chief of the Defence Staff said Mr Putin was a “weaker and more diminished figure today” than he was before the invasion started on February 24.
He announced that the UK was “incredibly cautious” about believing Russian claims of ground troops withdrawing from Kyiv but said there did appear to be signs the Kremlin was preparing to focus its efforts on the east and south of Ukraine.