Russia is struggling to make gains in its combat operation in the east of Ukraine despite poor morale and logistical challenges, the U.K. Ministry of Defense said in an update on Saturday.
Russia has had to merged and redeploy depleted and disparate units from the failed advances in North-east Ukraine, the ministry said on Twitter.
Russian force can't fully leverage its combat mass, despite local improvements, because of the problems with tactical coordination, air support and skills, according to the update.
Ukraine suffered a series of aerial attacks on Thursday and Friday, including on the capital, Kyiv.
With Russia s eastern advance stalled due to fierce local resistance and Western support, analysts say both sides appear ready to dig in for a protracted conflict that is showing signs of spilling beyond the battlefield.
Russia still has problems with coordination in attack on Ukraine, U.K. says Despite attempts to learn from past failures Russia s military attacking Ukraine continue to suffer from poor coordination and low morale, the United Kingdom s defense ministry said. There are shortcomings in Russian tactical coordination. Russia is unable to fully leverage its combat mass despite local improvements, because of a lack of unit-level skills and inconsistent air support, the U.K. said in a daily update Saturday. Russian forces have been concentrating on an attack in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, after suffering setbacks in the invasion Moscow launched against Ukraine on February 24, officials said. A senior U.S. defense department official said Friday that Ukrainians are still resisting effectively in the Donbas, and Russian forces are behind schedule in part because of that. Pallets of 155 mm shells bound for Ukraine are loaded on Friday by the 436th Aerial Port Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. President Joe Biden asked Congress for $33 billion to bolster Ukraine's fight against Russia on Thursday, signalling a long-haul American commitment.