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Putin’s advance slowed when tanks got stuck in the mud in eastern Ukraine

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Russias army has been making “slow and uneven progress” in the east Ukraine because tanks and armored vehicles get stuck in the mud, senior US defense officials said.

Heavy rain has ravaged supply chains since the invasion, leaving Russian troops on the ground vulnerable to counterattack, according to a Pentagon intelligence update.

Russian troops have made some progress in the Donbass since withdrawing from the north to concentrate on the east and south, but Ukraine claims its resistance fighters managed to inflict “colossal casualties” on convoys forced to staying on paved roads or risking the increasingly muddy rural terrain.

“We have serious casualties, but Russian casualties are much, much greater. They have colossal losses,” said Oleksiy Arestovych, an aide to the president.

Russia’s losses since invading Ukraine have exceeded 22,000, according to the Ukrainian military, with 970 tanks shot down. Part of the problem is that troops were largely forced to stick to single formations on paved roads, making them easy prey for artillery and rocket attacks.

A Pentagon official said: “We would judge that Russian forces are making slow and uneven progress, and we would honestly describe it as gradual progress in Donbass.

“The Russians have not mastered all of their logistical and sustainability challenges. As it starts to rain more and there is more mud, it will force them to rely more and more on paved roads and paved highways.

“We would expect some of their progress to be slowed down by mud and weather conditions.”

British Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey said so Wladimir Putin It is unlikely to make any significant progress before Russia’s Victory Day holiday next month.

“If they try to get anything done by May 9, they will be forced to stay on the roads because the mud doesn’t allow for armored maneuvering off-road,” he said.

“So what we’re going to see are heavily channeled Russian columns which, as we’ve seen north of Kyiv, are pretty easy prey for the Ukrainians.”

In response to its failures in eastern Ukraine, Russia has stepped up attacks on targets in the rest of the country, including Kyiv and Odessa.

At least one person died and 10 others were injured in Russian rocket attacks on a 25-story apartment block and a factory in the central Shevchenko district.

The attack came just under an hour after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres held a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the country’s capital.

In the south, Moscow used a diesel-powered submarine stationed in the Black Sea to hit Ukrainian military targets with Kalibr cruise missiles, according to its Defense Ministry.

The Kremlin has also ordered more strikes on Ukraine’s western rail infrastructure to halt shipments of western arms, Kyiv said.

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