Russian forces are “struggling to conduct offensive operations” due to the “sustained Ukrainian resistance” they’ve confronted since their unprovoked invasion, in keeping with a UK army intelligence evaluation.
Vladimir Putin’s army has suffered such severe losses that Russia is “more and more searching for to generate further troops to bolster and exchange its personnel losses in Ukraine,” the Ministry of Defence stated in its newest replace.
“Because of these losses it’s seemingly that Russia is struggling to conduct offensive operations within the face of sustained Ukrainian resistance. Continues personnel losses may also make it tough for Russia to safe occupied territory.”
The evaluation got here as Kyiv residents entered a 35-hour curfew after Russian airstrikes and shelling killed dozens of individuals, as Russian troops continued on their mission to grab Ukraine’s capital metropolis.
The MoD added that Russia was having to attract further forces from throughout its army to spice up its forces in Ukraine as its makes an attempt to topple the nation seem to have slowed down.
“Russia is redeploying forces from as far afield as its Japanese Army District, Pacific Fleet and Armenia. It’s also more and more searching for to take advantage of irregular sources akin to Non-public Army Corporations, Syrian and different mercenaries,” the MoD tweeted.
“Russia will seemingly try to make use of these forces to carry captured territory and unlock its fight energy to resume stalled offensive operations.”
Earlier, the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia traveled to the embattled Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, regardless of Russian bombardment of the town.
The three leaders went forward with the hours-long practice journey regardless of worries inside the European Union concerning the safety dangers of touring inside a struggle zone.
“It’s right here, in war-torn Kyiv, that historical past is being made. It’s right here, that freedom fights towards the world of tyranny. It’s right here that the way forward for us all hangs within the stability,” tweeted Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.