Russia has nonetheless not made “vital” positive aspects in Ukraine’s Donbas area and Ukrainian forces are starting to take again territory in some areas, a senior US protection official mentioned Monday.
However Russia is making small positive aspects to the west and heavy gunfighting has been witnessed, the official instructed reporters in a briefing. “It’s been an actual gunfight.”
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“They [Russian forces] have been stymied,” the official mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity. Their progress has been “uneven, gradual and incremental.”
On the flipside, Ukraine has been in a position to take again territories round Kharkiv they usually’ve pushed Russian forces again to inside “three to 4 kilometers” of the Russian border. “You’re already seeing Ukrainian forces go on the offensive,” the Pentagon official mentioned.
The Russians proceed to stream troops into Ukraine, with the newest estimate standing at round 105 battalion tactical teams (BTGs). “They’ve been creeping that quantity up,” the official mentioned.
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