Ukrainian State Emergency Service via AP The Russian ministry of defense has tacitly admitted that their military will be unable to achieve President Vladimir Putin’s main goal of overthrowing the Ukrainian government and occupying many of the major cities like Kyiv.
Instead, the Russian military will concentrate on consolidating and expanding gains made by Russian separatists in the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine.
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Ukrainian forces are actually recapturing towns on the outskirts of Kyiv and the city of Kherson has been at least partially liberated from Russian control, according to numerous press reports , the Pentagon , and independent sources inside Ukraine.
The Russian government is denying any progress by the Ukrainian military and says everything is just peachy .
Reuters: In an announcement that appeared to indicate more limited goals, the Russian Defence Ministry said a first phase of its operation was mostly complete and it would now focus on the eastern Donbass region, which has pro-Russia separatist enclaves. “The combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been considerably reduced, which … makes it possible to focus our core efforts on achieving the main goal, the liberation of Donbass,” said Sergei Rudskoi, head […]
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