Top US general says it will be ‘very difficult’ to remove Russian forces from Ukraine in 2023

US General Mark Milley has expressed doubt that Ukraine will be able to drive out Russian forces this year.

"This is a very, very difficult fight," General Milley told reporters during a visit to Germany.

He said: "I still maintain that for this year it would be very, very difficult to militarily eject the Russian forces from all, every inch of … Russian-occupied Ukraine."

He did however add that this doesn't mean that it can't be done, it will just be an uphill battle.

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