Milley’s evaluation: Russia’s warfare in Ukraine ‘minor tactical success,’ however ‘strategic defeat’

‘RUSSIANS HAVE ACHIEVED MINOR TACTICAL SUCCESS’: The evaluation of Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley is that six months into the warfare in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces stay stymied.

“The warfare isn’t over,” Milley cautioned as he spoke to reporters in Germany following the fifth assembly of the Ukraine Protection Contact Group. “The Russians have achieved minor tactical success in numerous components of jap Ukraine, however thus far, Russian strategic aims have been defeated.”

“They’ve adjusted their technique, the Russians have, and their techniques, however so [have] the Ukrainians. It is a warfare, and there may be give and take, there’s motion, response, and counteraction,” he mentioned. “However regardless of being outgunned and outmanned, the Ukrainians have demonstrated superior tactical proficiency, they usually’ve demonstrated a superior will to combat.”

“The warfare isn’t over. Russia’s a giant nation,” he repeated. “They’ve very severe ambitions with respect to Ukraine. So sustainment of Ukraine to proceed their combat for his or her survival will probably be vital … The character of warfare is usually unpredictable, however we’re dedicated, shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine, to make sure they continue to be a free, unbiased, and sovereign nation.”

800 MILES OF FRONT LINES: Milley’s “battlefield replace” got here on a day the place there was heavy combating within the north the place Ukrainian forces had been in a position to liberate the city of Balakliya and push Russian forces farther again from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis.

In his nightly video deal with, President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned since Ukraine went on the offensive on Sept. 1, “dozens of settlements” have been retaken and “greater than a thousand sq. kilometers (385 sq. miles) of our territory have been liberated.”

“There may be combating each offense and protection all the way in which from Kharkiv all the way in which all the way down to Kherson,” mentioned Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin, describing the 800-mile-long entrance strains. “The Ukrainians have inflicted important injury to the Russians’ provide strains and — and ammunition provide factors and command-and-control nodes as they proceed to form the battlefield to have the ability to maneuver to retake a few of their sovereign territory.”

“Ukrainian successes on the Kharkiv Metropolis-Izyum line are creating fissures inside the Russian info area and eroding confidence in Russian command to a level not seen since a failed Russian river crossing in mid-Might,” in keeping with the newest evaluation from the Institute for the Examine of Conflict. “Some [Russian] milbloggers famous that the Russian command failed to arrange for “apparent and predictable” Ukrainian counteroffensives. Others famous that Ukrainian forces have ‘fully outplayed’ the Russian army command in Balakliya.”


US STILL PROVIDING BULK OF AID: Regardless of the presence of almost 50 nations at yesterday’s Ukraine Protection Contact Group assembly at Ramstein Air Power Base, Germany, contributions and presents of army gear and monetary support by allies to Ukraine’s warfare effort are dwarfed by America’s huge weapons transfers.

Along with the $675 million price of weapons drawn from Pentagon shares introduced by Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv bearing a pledge of one other $2.2 billion in long-term investments beneath the State Division’s Overseas Navy Financing program.

“Roughly half of those funds will truly go to Ukraine’s defenses whereas the opposite half goes to those allies and companions, to assist backfill a few of their capabilities,” mentioned NSC spokesman John Kirby in a convention name with reporters.

“The Europeans are speaking a giant discuss however delivering truly only a fraction of what they’re promising. And what they’re promising is only a fraction of what the US is definitely delivering,” mentioned former Inexperienced Beret Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) on Fox Enterprise News yesterday.

“The Europeans have gotten to step up right here,” mentioned Waltz, who met with Zelensky in July. “That is settling into a protracted slog. I do suppose it is essential to ship a message to Putin that he cannot simply grind this out, he cannot simply outwait us.”

Waltz instructed Fox’s Neil Cavuto that Europe will come beneath growing strain as winter units in and Putin seeks to weaponize his management of vitality provides. “We’ve got all of the gasoline being reduce off lastly to Europe, to Germany, particularly by Russia. They’re saying they do not know when they will flip it again on, and I feel this actually may ship Europe and Germany into an financial disaster.”

“And we nonetheless have the excellent challenge of Europe’s largest nuclear plant caught in the midst of this combating. My understanding is that the Ukrainians have tried to take it again twice,” Waltz mentioned. “But when Putin is efficiently in a position to reduce off 30% of Ukraine’s electrical energy, and, God forbid, we’ve a nightmare situation of some kind of leak, that might take this disaster from unhealthy to worse.”


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HAPPENING TODAY: Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Brussels at present assembly with NATO Secretary-Normal Jens Stoltenberg, who attended yesterday’s contact group assembly in Germany.

“I’ll have a chance in Brussels to debrief NATO Allies, different companions, on what I discovered in Ukraine and to work with them on quite a lot of points which might be of concern to everybody, beginning with the state of affairs in and round Zaporizhzhia, the place Russia has seized as a part of its aggression a nuclear facility, and that’s of actual concern to many people; ensuring that meals which must get out of Ukraine after it’s been blocked by Russia,” Blinken instructed reporters earlier than departing Poland for Belgium.

A joint press convention with Stoltenberg is scheduled for this morning, which will probably be streamed on the NATO web site.

‘VERY EARLY DAYS’: Blinkin instructed reporters touring with him that he obtained a “complete replace” on Ukraine’s counteroffensive marketing campaign in the course of the two hours he spent with President Zelensky and his staff in Kyiv.

“It’s very early, however we’re seeing clear and actual progress on the bottom, significantly within the space round Kherson but in addition some attention-grabbing developments within the Donbas within the east. However once more, early days,” Blinken mentioned. “We’ve been very attentive to what we’re listening to, what we’re getting from the Ukrainians, what we’re studying in your reporting and different reporting, and we’re decided to guarantee that they’ve what they want.”

‘RUSSIANS … THROWING EVERYTHING THEY HAVE’: Blinken made reference to yesterday’s Washington Publish report, wherein wounded Ukrainian troopers from the southern entrance gave harrowing accounts of going through higher armed, dug-in Russian defenses, as they tried to advance on Kherson.

“I learn a few of your very, excellent and compelling reporting,” Blinken instructed Washington Publish reporter John Hudson. “The Russians are in lots of cases throwing all the things they’ve at Ukrainian troopers and Ukrainian civilians, they usually’re doing it indiscriminately. And when you’re on the receiving finish of that, it’s received to be extremely horrifying.”

However Blinken mentioned U.S. and European-supplied HIMARS GPS-guided artillery programs are serving to to neutralize Russia’s numerical benefit. “On the similar time, you might have very exact weapons that we and others have supplied to the Ukrainians that permits them with one shot to do what the Russians might attempt to do with 15 or 20 pictures, in order that’s additionally a part of what’s happening.”

DOD WATCHDOG TO REVIEW VETTING OF AFGHANS: The Pentagon’s Workplace of Inspector Normal has introduced they are going to overview whistleblower allegations that the Biden administration did not correctly vet tons of of Afghans throughout final 12 months’s chaotic evacuation of Kabul.

The overview is available in response to a letter from Republican Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), which mentioned tons of of Afghan evacuees who shouldn’t have been allowed to enter the U.S. slipped by way of as a result of the Biden administration “reduce corners.”

And the allegations:

  • Not less than 324 people from Afghanistan who had been allowed in appeared on DoD’s watchlist, which incorporates recognized suspected terrorists. 
  • The White Home and DoD officers directed company personnel to chop corners and never conduct full fingerprint assessments of Afghan evacuees. 
  • Division of Homeland Safety workers had been approved to delete outdated biometric knowledge, at any time when they personally believed it was old-fashioned, which compromised the integrity of current databases and undermined nationwide safety.


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TBA — Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin returns to Washington after assembly with Czech Republic protection minister in Prague.

9 a.m. 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. N.W. — Billington Cybersecurity Summit with Lt. Gen.  Scott Berrier, director, Protection Intelligence Company; and others. Full agenda at

9:50 a.m. — The Pentagon holds its annual 9/11 workers memorial observance in remembrance of the “sacrifice and repair of those that had been concerned within the occasions of 9/11,” with Deputy Protection Secretary Kathleen Hicks; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees Adm. Christopher Grady; and Michael Donley, director of Protection Workplace of Administration and Administration

10 a.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. — Hudson Institute dialogue: “Chinese language Financial Decoupling Technique towards the US,” with Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific safety chair on the Hudson Institute; Miles Yu, senior fellow and director on the Hudson Institute’s China Heart; and John Lee, senior fellow on the Hudson Institute

2:30 p.m. — Brookings Establishment digital dialogue: “Capping the value of Russian oil: Will it occur? Will it succeed,” with Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo; and David Wessel, director of the Brooking Heart on Fiscal and Financial Coverage

4 p.m. 1775 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. — Brookings Establishment dialogue on “The function of veterans in strengthening our democracy,” with retired Navy Adm. Steve Abbot, former deputy homeland safety adviser to the president; retired Adm. Thad Allen, former commandant of the Coast Guard; retired Air Power Gen. Craig McKinley, former chief of the Nationwide Guard Bureau; Ellen Gustafson, co-founder of We the Veterans; and Elaine Kamarck, director of the Brookings Establishment’s Heart for Efficient Public Administration


9 a.m. — Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees Army Gen. Mark Milley host President Joe Biden at an observance ceremony on the Nationwide 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in honor of the 184 folks killed within the 2001 terrorist assault on the Pentagon.


9 a.m. — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Research releases coverage paper: “Many years of Air Power Underfunding Threaten America’s Means to Win,” with authors retired Lt. Gen. David  Deptula, dean of the Mitchell Institute, and Mark Gunzinger, director of future ideas and functionality assessments on the Mitchell Institute; and retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, former Air Power deputy chief of workers for operations


12:30 p.m. — New America and Arizona State College annual Future Safety Discussion board, with Jen Easterly, director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company; Joshua Geltzer, deputy assistant to the president and deputy homeland safety adviser, Nationwide Safety Council; Maj. Gen. Steven Edwards, incoming commander, Particular Operations Command Europe; CMC Pete Musselman, senior enlisted chief, Particular Operations Command Europe; and retired Maj. Gen. Michael Repass, NATO strategic adviser for particular operations, Ukraine, former deputy commander of Particular Operations Command Europe and former commanding common, U.S. Army Special Forces Command


“The Europeans are speaking a giant discuss however delivering truly only a fraction of what they’re promising. And what they’re promising is only a fraction of what the US is definitely delivering. So, the Europeans have gotten to step up right here.”

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), in an interview on Fox, complaining that the U.S. is offering 90% of the army and financial support to Ukraine.