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British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace agrees to send long-range artillery to Ukraine (Image: Getty)

Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin has also revealed that Vladimir Putin made the “foolish” decision not to tell members of the Russian armed forces that they would invade Ukraine.

Admiral Radakin said Putin had already lost the war, adding that “the scenes emerging from Mariupol and elsewhere are horrific, and the coming weeks will continue to be very difficult.”

Announcing that the West will send armored vehicles, artillery weapons and anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine, Mr Wallace said: “President Putin is no longer the force he was. He is now a man in a cage he built himself.

“His army is exhausted, he has suffered heavy losses. The reputation of this great army of Russia has been ruined.

“We’ve seen it before. It always gets worse. There are more civilian attacks, more civilian areas.”

Ukraine has sent dozens of buses to the devastated city of Mariupol which has suffered some of the war’s worst atrocities.

Around 170,000 people are believed to remain stranded without food, water or medicine in the strategic Black Sea port city, which has been under constant bombardment and siege by Russian forces for more than a month.

Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Vadym Denysenko has warned that the southern city of Mariupol and a “corridor” between two eastern cities, Izyum and Volnovakha, are now the main battlegrounds for the Russian invasion.

Putin's invasion plan is starting to fall apart

Vladimir Putin’s invasion plan begins to crumble (Image: Getty)

He added: “(Russia) is withdrawing its forces in the kyiv region, but it is too early to say that the same is happening in the Chernihiv region.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross said the evacuation of Mariupol was scheduled for Friday, and “the lives of tens of thousands of people in Mariupol depend on it”.

“For logistical and security reasons, we will be ready to conduct Operation Safe Passage tomorrow Friday, provided all parties agree to the exact terms,” ​​a spokesperson said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had hinted at sending Ukrainian armored ground vehicles to help with the evacuation of Mariupol.

And Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said international allies had agreed to provide Ukraine with more military equipment, including armored vehicles and artillery ammunition.

He said: “There will be more lethal aid in Ukraine as a result of today.

“Ukraine needs longer range artillery and that’s because of what the Russian army has done, which is now digging in and starting to pound these cities with artillery.

“The best way to counter that is the other long range artillery, so they will seek out and get more long range artillery, mostly ammo.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted at sending aid for the evacuation of Mariupol

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted at sending aid for the evacuation of Mariupol (Image: Getty)

“They are obviously looking for equipment to defend their coastline due to Russian activity there and we will be looking to see what more we can do.

“They’re also looking at armored vehicles of certain types, not necessarily tanks, but definitely armor vehicles, and more anti-aircraft. All of that will be coming as a result of this conference.”

Mariupol resident Diana Yalovets, a 23-year-old student, said: “As we were trying to get out, we had to walk through the city center. It was scary to see streets and buildings destroyed.

“My school was destroyed. It’s painful to see your once beautiful town this way.”

“Mariupol was a safe city. We loved walking near the sea. There was a park, and it was an amazing place just to sit and talk. I can’t believe we lost everything we we had.”

Many Russian soldiers occupying the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant have also left, the Ukrainian nuclear company said.

Energoatom said two columns of Russian forces moved towards the Belarusian border, leaving only a few at the site.

The agency said it had also confirmed reports that Russian troops had built fortifications, including trenches, in the so-called Red Forest – the most radioactively contaminated part of the area around Chernobyl. .

The burnt remains of a building destroyed by Russian army shelling

The burnt remains of a building destroyed by Russian army shelling (Image: Getty)

Due to concerns about radiation, “almost a riot began to brew among the soldiers.”

Speaking at an Institute for Government event, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said: “You’ve seen it at the most junior level, which is shocking in a professional sense, that Russian officers can take people in combat and those people don’t even know they’re going into combat – that seems like a foolish thing to do professionally and it’s a morally bankrupt thing for any individual to do.

The department predicted that “heavy fighting” would continue to unfold on the outskirts of Kyiv in the coming days.

Sir Tony said: “I think we see that the ambitions of Russia to take kyiv and the ambitions of Russia to take all of Ukraine, and to do it very quickly and impressively, those ambitions have crumbled.

“And now it seems that less emphasis is on Kyiv and more emphasis is on the east and the south.

“We are starting to see the first indications that these forces are pulling out of Kyiv and pulling back into both Russia and Belarus.

“That in itself is a difficult development for Russia because they do it in contact, so the Ukrainian armed forces will attack those Russian forces when they withdraw.”

He added: “Like all authoritarians, he allowed himself to be deceived about his own strength, including the effectiveness of the Russian armed forces.

“What is very clear is that Putin is a weaker and more diminished figure today than he was a month ago.

“And, conversely, NATO is stronger and more united today than at any time in my memory.”

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