British intelligence claims that the offensive of Russian forces in the Donbas region, in eastern Ukraine, has lost momentum and is far behind Moscow’s planned plan.
The balance sheet made by the British Ministry of Defense is heavy: according to her, Russia has so far lost a third of the ground combat forces it sent to Ukraine in February.
After failing to take control of Kiev, Moscow decided to focus its offensive on Donbas, which consists of two regions: Donetsk and Luhansk, but does not seem to be winning there either.
Britain says that despite some initial small-scale advances, Russian forces have failed to gain significant territory in the area, while plagued by a decline in morale and reduced combat effectiveness. These, according to the British, are not things that can be recovered quickly, and it is likely that they will continue to hinder Russian operations in Ukraine.
One of the NATO Deputy Secretaries, Mircea Geoana, stated that there was a constructive climate of debate among the participants of the alliance summit in Berlin regarding Finland and Sweden, and the situation in Ukraine. He expressed confidence that already, Kiev can win this war.
A convoy of hundreds of civilians evacuated from Mariupol has arrived after three days of waiting in Zaporizhia. Turkey, meanwhile, has said it is ready to send a ship to the port city to allow the evacuation of wounded Ukrainian soldiers and other civilians at the Azovstal steel plant.
City council member Petro Andryushchenko wrote on social media that the Russians had dropped phosphorus bombs against Azovstal, home to Mariupol’s last defenders.
The commander of the Ukrainian Marines trapped there sent a message to Elon Musk asking him to help them get out of the besieged complex.