The US Secretary of State said that the war in Ukraine is likely to “go on for some time” and urged allies of Kyiv to increase military aid. Antony Blinken said that “ferocious” fighting was continuing in eastern Ukraine but that it was vital that Kyiv was given the military resources to recapture the territories under Russian occupation.
He said: “I anticipate that this will unfortunately go on for some time.
“But we’re determined together… to make sure the Ukrainians have what they need to regain what they have lost and to deal with the Russian aggression.
“That hasn’t changed.”
Mr Cleverly traveled to Washington DC for talks with Mr Blinken about the war and spoke alongside his US counterpart in an attempt to encourage Western leaders to increase their support for Ukraine.
With reference to the 14 Challenger 2 tanks that the UK has sent to Ukraine, Mr Cleverley said it was vital to provide the “right equipment at the right time” in order to help the Ukrainian military effort.
Speaking to a Washington-based think tank, he said that supplying the Challenger tanks to Ukraine was a way of bringing the war to a conclusion.
He said: “This war has been dragging on for a long time already.
“And now is the time to bring it to a conclusion.
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He also added that it was clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin believed that Russian stoicism could outlast the west and wanted to continue an attrition conflict in order to drain western support for Ukraine.
He said: “What Putin should understand is we are going to have the strategic endurance to stick with them until the job is done and the best thing that he can do to preserve the lives of his own troops is to recognize that.”
Mr Cleverly also added that Britain had decided to send the Challenger tanks to Ukraine as “what we recognize they need is the ability to push back hard in the east and in the south” in areas under Russian occupation.