Milley concedes Afghanistan withdrawal may have influenced Putin’s Ukraine move

America’s top military officer conceded this week it is “possible” the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan contributed to Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine — an argument Republicans have made for weeks.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made the comments during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday. Gen. Tod Wolters, the head of U.S. European Command, said last week that Vladimir Putin may have been attempting to take advantage of potential cracks in NATO resulting from post-Afghanistan conditions.

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