British intelligence discovered that Russian troops had been hit by “unrelenting Ukrainian counterattacks” and were forced to send troops back to protect supply lines.
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Russian troops are now being redeployed to protect supply lines as their invasion of Ukraine is stalled under “relentless counterattacks”.
British military intelligence and the Ukrainian military say Russian troops have suffered heavy losses, estimated at 7,000, according to the US, with Vladimir Putin’s troops resisting stiff resistance.
The Defense Department tweeted: “Logistics issues continue to beset Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine.
“The reluctance to maneuver across the country, the lack of air control capabilities, and the limited bridging capabilities are preventing Russia from effectively resupplying its forward troops with even basic supplies such as food and fuel. Whether.
“Ukrainian counter-attacks are forcing Russia to shift large numbers of troops to protect its own supply lines. This is severely limiting Russia’s offensive potential.”
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The impetus for the invasion, predicted by Putin as a special military operation to “denuclearize” Ukraine, slowed down immediately with the Russians being unable to capture key cities.
They are gradually besieging the capital Kyiv but they are fighting for every inch of land and the Ukrainians have tried a lot to fortify the city.
Instead, it now appears that the Russians are trying to get the Ukrainians to submit.
But at the same time Ukraine is launching counter-attacks and Moscow is sending other troops into the war while Putin is also reportedly looking to bring in paid foreign fighters.
Online tracker, Oryx Blog, which uses only open source documentation to calculate damage, says 230 Russian tanks have been confirmed destroyed, abandoned, captured or lost.
This may be an underestimate as the Ukrainian authorities claimed it was 400 tanks they destroyed.
“Clearly it didn’t go the way Russia had planned,” a Western official told The Times.
“Not only is it not going the way it was planned, but even as they have adjusted to a more intense form of war, that is stalling. It was a very encouraging protest from the Ukrainians. We don’t know how long they can hold out.
“We hope it lasts as long as possible. We know that Russia is trying to create more forces to sustain the operation and we are seeing signs from some pretty peripheral places around.” Russia, and its borders, were clearly not in the original plan.”
Despite defeats on the battlefield and Western sanctions, Mr. Putin shows no signs of abating.
His government says it is counting on China to help Russia withstand the blows to its economy.
The United States, which this week announced new military aid of $800 million to Kyiv, is concerned that Beijing is “considering directly providing Russia with military equipment for use in Ukraine”, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. know.
President Joe Biden, who has described Putin as a “murderous dictator”, will make clear to Chinese President Xi Jinping during the call on Friday that Beijing “will be held accountable for any actions to support Russian aggression,” Blinken told reporters.
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