Ukraine War: Russian Forces Regrouping For Attack – NATO: Latest Updates
“Russia is attempting to reorganise, restock, and augment its forces,” stated Jens Stoltenberg. Russia is moving in between 1,200 and 2,000 troops from Georgia as reinforcements, according to the United Kingdom. Moscow announced on Tuesday that it would scale back military operations in northern Ukraine in order to concentrate on “liberating” the Donbas region in the southeast.
Russia’s goal of achieving a military victory, according to Mr Stoltenberg, has not altered. As a result, we might expect more disrespectful behaviour, resulting in even more suffering.” Mr Stoltenberg’s views were repeated by the UK’s Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, who warned that Russia’s shift in tactics was “not a retreat.” The UK also indicated that Moscow’s initial approach did not include sending troops in from Georgia’s separatist regions.
According to a senior US defence official, around 20% of Russian personnel stationed near Kyiv have started to move. According to the official, the Russians have mostly abandoned Hostomel airport outside of Kyiv and are also moving away from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
They said, however, that Russia was sustaining air pressure, with air attacks continuing to fall on Kyiv and Chernihiv in northern Ukraine. According to Vadym Denysenko, a Ukrainian interior ministry consultant, bombs are falling on towns and cities in the south, which is quickly becoming a critical battleground, as reported by Reuters.
Ukraine’s air force requested further assistance from Western countries on Thursday evening, claiming that it was using old equipment that couldn’t compete with Russia’s more advanced systems, had suffered losses, and urgently required modern fighter jets and air defence systems.
The air force requested F-15 or F-16 fighter jets, claiming that they had the same advanced technology like the most recent Russian fighter fighters. Previously, there had been talking of Poland supplying Russian-made Mig-29s, but that idea was shelved. It also requested the Patriot or Nasams missile systems from the United States and Norway, respectively. “Truth: In this conflict, air superiority is the deciding factor. Since WWII, air superiority has played a critical role in all battles,” Ukraine’s air force tweeted.
Russia Is Concentrating Its Efforts In The Donbas Region:
Despite indications from US intelligence agencies that Russian troops have made little headway in the east since the invasion began, Russia has stated that it will now focus its efforts on “liberating” the region. The self-declared and Russian-backed people’s republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, which are part of Ukraine but were recognised as autonomous three days before Russia invaded, are located in this region.
According to the US army intelligence officer, Ukrainian troops have “stymied” and “frustrated” Russia’s progress in the region. It remains to be seen whether troop refitting and redeployment will make a difference, they added. However, this could lead to a longer and more drawn-out struggle.
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