The experience of UK and US forces in Iraq should show Russia that occupying a sovereign country is “the hardest bit”, Britain’s defence secretary has said. Ben

The experience of UK and US forces in Iraq should show Russia that occupying a sovereign country is “the hardest bit”, Britain’s defence secretary has said. Ben Wallace predicted “years” of resistance from the Ukrainian people even if Vladimir Putin succeeds in seizing the cities currently under heavy bombardment from Russia forces. “I think this is going to take a very, very long time,” he told LBC. “I think the lessons for everyone are in history, Chechnya, the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, invading is [the] easier bit, the hardest bit is occupying.”
Mr Wallace said: “We learned that as a coalition in Iraq. And remember, in Iraq a large part of population did want us there. And it still meant that we lost a few hundred people as a coalition invading Iraq. We lost thousands in the following ten years occupying Iraq.” He added: “Well, imagine what that’s like in a country with Ukrainian fighters. 44 million people well supplied with defensive equipment, and none of them want you there. That’s where Russia will pay the price.”

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