The United States has expressed doubts about whether Kyiv has the ability to drive out Russian troops from its territory this year.
Speculation has been mounting that Ukraine will launch a massive spring offensive to reclaim occupied territory seized by Moscow.
However those hopes appeared to be dealt a major blow on Friday, after Western leaders refused to commit to providing Ukraine’s army with much needed tanks.
At a security meeting held in Germany to discuss the Ukraine war, US General Mark Milley said it would be “very, very difficult” to eject Putin’s army from “every inch of Russian-occupied Ukraine.”
His comments come as Ukraine’s military confirmed its forces had wiped out a Wagner ammunition dump and headquarters in Soledar, in the hotly contested Donbas.
He 45th Separate Artillery Brigade released a video showing the strike and its aftermath.
A spokesperson for Ukraine’s military said: “The headquarters and field warehouse of the Wagner mercenaries in Soledar were destroyed.”
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