In their latest assessment of the war in Ukraine, published on Twitter on Saturday, the British analysts wrote: “Russian offensive operations remain reduced in scope and scale, with fighting west of Lysychansk focussed on Siversk and Bakhmut. This is despite Russian claims to have entered the outskirts of Siversk town earlier in the week.”
Russia’s false claims of success to boost troop morale
The UK ministry of defence noted that Russia had made “premature and false” claims of success in the past.
“This is likely at least in part aimed at demonstrating success to domestic audiences and to reinforce the morale of the fighting forces,” the British experts said.
Ukraine concentrates forces
The UK analysts added: “Ukrainian defence has been successful in repulsing Russian attacks since Lysychansk was ceded and the Ukrainian defensive line was shortened and straightened.”
“This has allowed for the concentration of force and fires against reduced Russian attacks and has been instrumental in reducing Russia’s momentum,” according to the UK ministry of defence.
Saturday is day 143 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Source: PAP, newsweek.com