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Fiona Hill, who served as senior adviser to the 45th President in Europe and Russia from 2017 to 2019, made the claim while appearing on ITV’s Peston program last night. Speaking to Robert Peston remotely from Maryland, Hill was asked about reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin could potentially reduce his ambitions in Ukraine.

He said: “What we have to be very careful about is if there are some interim negotiations that appear to be leading to a settlement, be very careful to remember that this is most likely temporary – a pause, a strategic pause.

“This is exactly what happened in Chechnya, the war you know I alluded to, that he basically led when he came into office as president.

“There is a peace treaty with the Chechens which is supposed to solve problems within the Russian Federation.

“And within 18 months you know, less than two years later, war broke out again, very much fueled by Moscow and the Kremlin, basically because their aim had not changed, to completely conquer Chechnya.

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“So his goal won’t change, only his assessment of what he can get at this point may have changed.”

Hill’s comments came after Moscow Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Russia would “radically, several times, reduce military activity” around Kyiv and Chernihiv.

However, Hill is not the only one who is skeptical of the Kremlin’s offer to reduce troops.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “Ukraine is not a naive person.

The Defense Ministry said: “Russian units that suffered heavy losses have been forced to return to Belarus and Russia to reorganize and resupply.

“Such activity puts further pressure on Russia’s already strained logistics and demonstrates the difficulties Russia faces in rearranging its units in the front area in Ukraine.

“Russia is likely to continue to compensate for its reduced ground maneuverability through mass artillery and missile strikes.

“Russia’s stated focus on the attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk is likely a tacit admission that it is struggling to maintain more than one significant axis of progress.”