Retired Major General Jones reacted to Ukraine’s successful attacks on Russian troops around Snake Island and claimed the Ukrainian operation to gain back control over the occupied island has “significant symbolic resonance” to Ukrainians. He stressed Ukrainians have been “very good at humiliating the Russians” both at a “strategic level” and “on the ground”.
Major General Jones told Times Radio: “What I think the Ukrainians have been very good at doing throughout this conflict is humiliating the Russians.
“[They have been doing so] at the strategic level but also right down on the ground.
“Whether that is the use of social media, Tik Tok stories, those defenders of Snake Island using pretty colourful language to demonstrate their disdain for the Russians.
“Snake Island does have very, very important, significant symbolic resonance to them.
“It is so symbolic.”
He also commented on Lithuania’s decision to block the rail traffic of some goods between Russia and its Kaliningrad exclave as part of the EU sanctions imposed on Russia amid its decision to invade Ukraine.
In the wake of the move, he said: “What Lithuania is going is entirely as you would expect them to do.
“They’re enforcing EU sanctions.
“The three Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, are a very interesting case in point.
“Firstly, we’ve worked a lot with some of them, the Estonians in particular in Afghanistan.
“They are great ad powerful NATO members.
“It was interesting after Crimea in 2014, NATO put forces up into those three Baltic states.
“In the case of the British, we put a battle group up into Estonia.
“The message was saying that ‘if you think, President Putin, you could be so bold as to put a step into Estonia, you might think you can get away with that but can you if there’s a British troop there, there’s a Canadian or American there?’
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