The UK’s Ministry of Defence has made an update regarding the situation in Ukraine, where it has added that Russian forces have suffered losses of one-third of its ground force combat since February. It stated that the Russian campaign in Eastern Ukraine had lost momentum and was significantly behind schedule.
As per the statement from the ministry, “Russian troops are increasingly constrained by degraded enabling capabilities, continued lack of morale and reduced combat effectiveness. Much of these capabilities cannot be easily replaced or reconstituted, and are likely to become a barrier in Russia’s full-scale military operation against Ukraine.”
While noting several intelligence reports, mentioned by the UK’s Ministry of Defence, Russia is unlikely to scale up its rate of advance over the next 30 days.
Earlier, Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Vadim Denisenko made a statement that Kyiv’s military in the Kharkiv region had almost reached the border with Russia.
At the same time, during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, Germany’s Annalena Baerbock stated that it would provide military help “for as long as Ukraine needs this support for the self-defence of its country”.
“Ukraine can win this war. Ukrainians are bravely defending their homeland,” NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg added.
Local officials in Ukraine’s second city of Kharkiv in the north have said Russian troops were withdrawing from the surrounding region amid Ukrainian counter-attacks.