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    As Gen. Milley Steps Down as Chairman, His Work on Ukraine Is Just One Part of a Complicated Legacy

    As Gen. Milley Steps Down as Chairman, His Work on Ukraine Is Just One Part of a Complicated Legacy

    OSLO, — On a frigid U.S. air in Germany, the top U.S. officer was in his element. Striding along the training area in his fatigues, Army Gen. Mark Milley bellowed at the Ukrainian troops gathered around him.

    “Slava Ukraini!” he hollered, again and again, the “glory to ” battle cry. A bit nervously, the Ukrainians shouted back the traditional response, “Heroyam slava,” meaning glory to the heroes.

    It was a classic scene of a powerful general rallying the troops, but one that would have made Biden administration officials wince. They've consistently stressed that this is Ukraine's war, not America's, as they fear further escalating tensions with Moscow.

    But Milley can't help himself when he is in battle mode. He yelled encouragement and bantered with the soldiers as they learned how to use American weapons. Soon they'll be back on the front lines fighting the Russians, he told them, so they'll need to fight hard and use what they have learned.

    As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Milley has spent the better part of the last two years rallying allies to provide weapons for the Ukrainian forces. But as he leaves office at the end of the month, his work to support Ukraine will be just one part of a complicated and fractious legacy.

    Known for his boisterous exuberance and blunt talk that can dominate a room, Milley is both loved and reviled. His four-year term has careened from…

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