Russian army now second strongest in Ukraine – Secretary Blinken

Antony Blinken
Antony Blinken
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“The Kremlin often claimed it had the second strongest military in the world — and many believed it,” Blinken said during a speech in Helsinki, Finland.

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“Today, many see Russia's military as the second strongest in Ukraine.”

He called Russia's war against Ukraine a "strategic failure" that weakened Russia's "military, economic, and diplomatic power for years to come."

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Blinken also rejected calls for a ceasefire while Russian troops remain on Ukrainian soil.

"It would legitimize Russia's seizure of Ukrainian land; this would be a reward for the aggressor and punish the victim," the secretary said.

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Earlier, Blinken had said that the United States would help Ukraine build "the army of the future," referring to modern aviation, weapons, and other equipment.

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