Russia-Ukraine war: British intelligence reveals scale of Ukrainian surge
Russia has likely ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the entirety of occupied Kharkiv Oblast west of the Oskil River in the wake of Ukrainian advances, the UK’s Ministry of Defence has said.
Since Wednesday, Ukraine has recaptured territory at least twice the size of Greater London.
The ministry said Russia was likely struggling to bring sufficient reserves forward across the Dnipro River to the front line in the south, near Kherson.
“An improvised floating bridge Russia started over two weeks ago remains incomplete; Ukrainian long-range artillery is now probably hitting crossings of the Dnipro so frequently that Russia cannot carry out repairs to damaged road bridges,” the ministry said on Twitter on Monday.
“The rapid Ukrainian successes have significant implications for Russia’s overall operational design. The majority of the force in Ukraine is highly likely being forced to prioritise emergency defensive actions.
“The already limited trust deployed troops have in Russia’s senior military leadership is likely to deteriorate further.”