Gen. Mark Milley Tells CNN He Believes What’s At Stake In The War ‘is Much Greater Than Ukraine’

Gen. Mark Milley Tells CNN He Believes What’s At Stake In The War ‘is Much Greater Than Ukraine’

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53 min agoThe security in Europe since the end of World War II is at stake right now, US general says CNNTop US Gen. Mark Milley told CNN Tuesday that he believes “what’s at stake” in this war “is much greater than Ukraine.”

“What’s at stake is the security, for the security of Europe since the end of World War II. And indeed, you can easily make the case that what’s at stake is the global international security order that was put in place in 1945,” Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. “That international order has lasted 78 years. It’s prevented great war. And underlining that entire concept is the idea that large nations will not conduct military aggression against smaller nations, and that is exactly what’s happened here, by Russia against a smaller nation.”Milley continued by saying that if Russia gets away with its aggression in Ukraine “cost-free,” then “so goes the so-called international order.”

“If that happens, then we’re heading into an era of seriously increased instability,” Milley added.

“So right now … now is the time and right now is the opportunity here to stop aggression and to restore peace and security to the European continent.”

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2 hr 8 min agoTop US general: We want to see a free Ukraine and a “weakened Russia”US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley told CNN that the policy of governments supporting Ukraine is to see the embattled country free and independent and a “weakened Russia.”

“At the end of the day, what we want to see, what I think the policy of all of the governments together is a free and independent Ukraine, with the territory intact and their government standing,” he said. “I think that’s going to involve a weakened Russia.”

He added that the unity among western countries is key.

“The unity of the West and the unity of NATO, and indeed, the unity of the globe has probably never been stronger than it is in the face of this unprovoked aggression. That’s where we’re heading.”

2 hr 21 min agoUS diplomats returned to Ukraine today for first time since Russia’s invasion, source saysFrom CNN’s Kylie Atwood

US diplomats returned to Ukraine today for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The diplomats crossed into the country from Poland and traveled to the western city of Lviv for a day trip, according to the source. 

The visit comes after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the US would send diplomats into the country starting this week when he visited the Ukrainian capital over the weekend. 

The department plans to reassess the security situation for the diplomats’ day trips into Lviv constantly, the source said. 

The department is also reexamining the security situation in Ukraine more broadly after Russia bombed five railway stations in central and western Ukraine on Monday, according to the source and another source familiar with the discussions. The attacks that rocked the railway stations just hours after Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin completed their visit to Kyiv.

“The Kremlin’s brutal tactics and utter indifference to human life are appalling. This is the latest example of attacks that have killed civilians and destroyed civilian infrastructure in the Russian government’s brutal war against Ukraine,” said a State Department spokesperson when asked about the recent bombings and the plan to send US diplomats back into the country. 

“As the secretary said, US diplomats will return to Ukraine this week. We are constantly reassessing and evaluating the security situation with a view toward resuming Embassy Kyiv operations as soon possible to facilitate our support to the government and people of Ukraine as they bravely defend their country,” the spokesperson added. While US diplomats going into Lviv for day trips to not travel on trains, the sources said, the trains are a critical piece of the Ukrainian fight because they are one way that new military equipment is getting into Ukraine. Russia warned the US against arming Ukraine earlier this month in a diplomatic cable.

Wladimir Klitschko, a member of the key military defense in Ukraine and a former world boxing champion whose brother is the mayor of Kyiv, told CNN’s New Day it is not safe for anyone to be in Ukraine right now, including diplomats.

“If you’re on Ukrainian soil, it is not safe for anybody. Eventually, and we’ll look forward to have diplomats back in their embassies,” Klitschko said Tuesday. 2 hr 44 min agoUkraine begins demolishing Russian friendship monument in KyivFrom CNN’s Olga Voitovych and Julia Kesaieva in Kyiv

People walk in a city park around a Soviet-era monument to Ukraine and Russia’s friendship in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 23, 2020. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)Work has begun in Kyiv on dismantling a monument to “Russian-Ukrainian friendship.”

The large monument close to the Dnieper River was erected in 1982 to commemorate the reunification of Ukraine and Russia.

Vilati Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv, said: “The dismantling has started today and we plan to finish it tonight. We are removing the bronze sculpture of two workers, installed in the center of the Ukrainian capital in 1982.”

Russia now demonstrated “a barbaric desire to destroy our state and peaceful Ukrainians,” Klitschko said.

3 hr 45 min agoBridge over estuary near Odesa hit in missile attackFrom Tim Lister and Julia Presniakova

A road and railway bridge across the mouth of the river Dniester in southwest Ukraine has been heavily damaged in an explosion.

The bridge, which is near the city of

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