WASHINGTON: The Russian marketing campaign to grab management of the Donbas area in japanese Ukraine is shifting slowly and not on time, a Pentagon official stated Friday (Apr 29).
Stiff resistance from Ukrainian troops and warning after Russia’s failure to seize Kyiv has led to “gradual and uneven progress” in Donbas, the official informed reporters.
“We imagine that primarily what they’re doing is constant to set circumstances for a sustained and bigger and longer offensive,” the official stated.
That features a “doctrinal” method of launching airstrikes after which artillery strikes at Ukraine positions, and solely then making an attempt to maneuver ahead on the bottom.
However these strikes will not be as profitable because the Russians hoped in driving Ukrainians again, based on the official, resulting in plodding beneficial properties on the bottom.
As well as, “they’re nonetheless slightly cautious of getting out forward of their provide strains”.
“They do not need to make the identical errors that they’ve made in Kyiv,” the official stated.
Consequently, the official stated: “We do imagine within the sense that they are not on time and what they have been attempting to perform within the Donbas.”