Russia making progress but still faces problems in eastern Ukraine, Pentagon says

  • Russian forces recently launched a new offensive in the eastern region of Donbass in Ukraine.
  • They have since made “slow and uneven” progress in the region, a US official said on Thursday.
  • However, Russian forces still face several logistical challenges, the official added.

Russian troops appear to be learning from their mistakes and making further progress in eastern Ukraine, but still face several logistical challenges, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday, citing a senior Pentagon official.

The official, who has not been named, said that 92 tactical groups of Russian battalions are currently operating in the eastern region of Donbass.

Russian forces recently launched a new offensive in the region after failing to capture the Ukrainian capital, kyiv.

Since arriving in Donbass earlier this month, the troops have made “slow and uneven” progress, the Pentagon official said, adding that they are far from gaining an overall advantage over Ukraine.

A senior NATO official told CNN the troops appeared to be learning from their earlier mistakes in kyiv and combining air and ground operations more effectively.

The Russians – who had hoped to seize kyiv within days – failed to combine the two operations and proved unable to adapt to setbacks, the Associated Press reported.

But despite their current progress, Russian soldiers “still haven’t overcome all of their logistical challenges” and are facing strong resistance from Ukraine, the Pentagon official said.

“Just logistics, they can only sustain progress for several miles or so on any given day…because they don’t want to wear themselves out too far in front of their logistics and support lines,” the official said. said, according to the news bulletin.

british intelligence confirmed On Friday that the gains made by Russian troops in the region were “limited” due to “strong Ukrainian resistance”.

Ukraine’s armed forces said on Friday that Russian troops had lost nearly 1,000 tanks and more than 2,400 armored fighting vehicles since its invasion began on February 24.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is under increasing pressure to demonstrate he can show some kind of victory by May 9, Western officials have said.

May 9 is a major holiday in Russia that commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 and is usually marked by a military parade in front of the Kremlin.

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