Ukraine war: question mark over how long Russia will hold ‘significant’ advance | World | News

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Vladimir Putin today that his forces had “liberated the city of Lysychansk,” the last area in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine that was still under Kiev control. Ukraine has not yet responded to the claim, but admitted that Russian troops were approaching the area, CNN said.

Kiwi Journalist Tom Mutch Highlighted the “Size of Lost Territory” [around 4.4 percent of Ukraine] isn’t the problem.”

He wrote in a post on Twitter: “It is that this small area contained many of Ukraine’s best-prepared defenses and well-trained troops, hardened since 2014.

“The fall of Luhansk is an important event in the war – wishful thinking to pretend otherwise.”

Writer Neil Hauer added that Russian attention would now “turn to two areas”.

These, he emphasized, were “the Siversk-Bakhmut line, where Ukrainian defenders are now lining up, and the northern approaches to Sloviansk”.

But some Western analysts have wondered how long Russia will manage to hold onto its gains.

After Moscow took control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk last week, an official told the Washington Post: “There will come a time when the small advances Russia is making will become unsustainable in the face of costs and they will cost a significant amount. need a break to regenerate. power.”

Boris Johnson also argued that “Russia could get to a point where there is no more forward movement because it has exhausted its resources”.

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An intelligence report by Ukrainian and Western officials, seen by the Independent last month, drew attention to the fact that Ukraine is 20 to 1 in artillery and 40 to 1 in ammunition against Ukraine.

It added that the range of its artillery was 12 times shorter than that of Moscow’s troops.

The situation has laid the foundation for an increasing number of desertions, intelligence officials report.

Meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev for the second time since the start of the war, Johnson offered the UK to launch a plan that could train up to 10,000 Ukrainian troops every 120 days.

But officials noted that Ukraine lost more than this number of men every 120 days in the Donbas alone.

This was before the UK nearly doubled its military aid to Ukraine by pledging another £1bn.

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