Top US general downplays criticism of weapons sent to Ukraine


U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley speaks at a press conference during the first day of a United Nations Treaty Organization Defense Ministers meeting North Atlantic at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday June 15. (Valeria Mongelli/AFP/Getty Images)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, played down criticism that the United States does not supply Ukraine with all the weapons it requests, saying that “in times of war, no weapon system is a silver bullet, ever.”

“So no weapon system, no singular weapon system ever, in quotes, turns the scales,” Milley said at a press conference in Brussels alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Milley said that if the Ukrainians correctly use the weapons systems that the United States and other allies provide, “they should be able to take out a significant number of targets.”

He also praised them as “first-rate gunners” on the Triple 7 howitzers, and he expected them to be very good on the High mobility artillery rocket systemknown as HIMARS, a lighter wheeled system capable of firing many of the same types of ammunition as the MLRS.

Milley said he believed Ukraine would be able to continue the fight, despite media reports that around 100 Ukrainian soldiers are being killed and another 100 to 300 injured every day.

“Your ability to endure suffering, your ability to bear loss, is directly proportional to the goal at hand. And if the goal at hand is the survival of your country, then you are going to sustain it,” Milley said.

He said he believed Ukraine would continue to fight “as long as it has the leadership and the means to fight,” such as “ammunition, artillery tubes, etc.

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