Putin has probably lost a third of his invasion force – British military intelligence


Russia may have lost a third of the invading forces it sent into Ukraine as its offensive continues to meet stiff resistance, British military intelligence has said.

In its latest assessment, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Russian campaign in eastern Ukraine had “lost momentum” and was now “significantly behind schedule”.

At a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said it was important to maintain support for the government in Kyiv to help it “push Russia out”.

She said in a statement: “(President) Putin must face an ongoing defeat in Ukraine, Russia must be contained and such aggression must never happen again.

“Ukraine’s security must be based on being able to defend itself. Allies must support Ukraine’s conversion to NATO standard equipment and immediately provide artillery, training and the necessary expertise.”

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said Ukrainians are now in a position to defeat the Russians and win the war.

“The brutal invasion of Russia is losing momentum,” he told reporters.

“With significant support from allies and partners in the billions, military support, financial support, humanitarian support, we know that with the bravery of the Ukrainian people and army, and with our help, Ukraine can win this war.”

The Russians shifted the focus of their offensive to the eastern region of the Donbass – already partly held by pro-Moscow separatists – after their advance on Kyiv was repelled.

But the Department of Defense said that despite small initial gains over the past month, it hasn’t made any significant territorial gains while suffering from “consistently high attrition.”

The offensive is further hampered by the loss of “critical prerequisites” such as bridging equipment and secret services, surveillance and reconnaissance drones.

“Russia has now probably suffered casualties of a third of the ground combat force it deployed in February,” it said.

“Russian forces are increasingly being constrained by degraded capabilities, persistently low morale and reduced combat effectiveness.

“Many of these capabilities cannot be replaced or restored quickly and will likely continue to hamper Russian operations in Ukraine.

“Under current conditions, Russia is unlikely to dramatically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days.” Putin has probably lost a third of his invasion force – British military intelligence

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