Top US general urges vigilance as Russia weighs Ukraine setbacks

Top US general urges vigilance as Russia weighs Ukraine setbacks
Top US general urges vigilance as Russia weighs Ukraine setbacks

AN MILITARY BASE IN POLAND, September 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. general warned on Sunday that it was unclear how Russia might respond to the latest setbacks on the battlefield in Ukraine and called for heightened troop vigilance Americans while visiting a base in Poland to help Ukraine. war effort.

Remarks by US Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated the risks of escalating conflict as the US and its NATO allies assist Ukraine from a distance and that Kyiv is carrying out a successful counterattack so far. offensive against Russian forces.

“The war is not going too well for Russia at the moment. It is therefore incumbent on all of us to maintain a high state of readiness, alert,” Milley said in Warsaw after the base tour.

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Milley reviewed the base’s air defenses, which include Patriot missile batteries that would be a last line of defense should Russia decide to attack the base – risking a war with the NATO-led military alliance. United States.

Milley said he was not suggesting US troops in Europe were under an increased threat, but said they had to be ready.

“In the conduct of war, you simply don’t know with any high degree of certainty what is going to happen next.” Read more

Journalists traveling with Milley were asked not to publish the name of the base or describe its location.

Milley was also briefed on the critical support provided by U.S. forces at the base to Ukraine, including remote maintenance assistance via secure teleconferences for the billions of dollars in armaments supplied by the United States.

BEYOND REPAIR?

Some members of a roughly 50-member repair team showed reporters images of damaged weapons supplied by the United States, including M777 howitzers, which in the West would have long been considered beyond the reach of repair . Not in Ukraine.

“They don’t want to scrap it,” said one soldier, remembering artillery damaged by shrapnel and sometimes completely exhausted from back-to-back fire on Russian troops.

But the Ukrainians are managing to bring these weapons back into combat, thanks to advice from US forces and Kyiv’s manufacturing prowess, which allowed it to reverse-engineer spare parts.

Since the program began in June, more than a dozen teleconference channels have been set up with more than 100 Ukrainian contacts. But priority support is given to M777s and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), which have been at the heart of Ukraine’s counter-offensive nearly seven months since the invasion by Russian forces.

“Ukraine’s combat power remains where it is thanks to American investment in sustainment,” the soldier said.

POUTINE OPTIONS

The rout of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine a week ago drew unusually strong public criticism from Russian military commentators.

Putin brushed off the counteroffensive but said Friday that Moscow would react more forcefully if its troops came under additional pressure.

Such repeated threats have raised fears that he may at some point turn to small nuclear weapons, chemical warfare or perhaps mobilize Russian reserves, which number around 2 million men who have done their military service over the past of the past five years. Russian government officials have dismissed Western suggestions that Moscow would use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Read more

Milley did not speculate on Putin’s next steps but warned the war was in a new phase in which Ukrainian forces have taken the strategic initiative.

“Because of this, we have to watch Russia’s reactions to this very closely.”

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Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Grant McCool

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