I joined Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 and India’s WION News on Wednesday to analyze aspects of Russia’s failing invasion of Ukraine, from the imminent Ukrainian counter-offensive to a raid inside Russian territory.

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Alongside retired UK Air Vice Marshal Sean Bell, I spoke with Claire Byrne about the latest situation in eastern Ukraine, the possible supply of F-16 fighter jets to Kyiv, and Monday’s incursion into Russia’s Belgorod region.

Even if Russia holds Bakhmut, the eastern front is one where Ukraine is likely to take a wider swathe of territory.

Moscow ‘wins’ the battle, but you lose the war.

I also knock back the Russian propaganda line that public backing of Ukraine is waning in the international community, including the US and Europe.

If you ask me whether I would want to be in Vladimir Putin’s position or Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s position, I know immediately which one I would choose.

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I spoke further with the Indian outlet about the Belgorod raid, including the connection between the attackers — the Russians of the anti-Kremlin militia Freedom of Russia Legion — and Ukrainian military and intelligence.