Fighting in Donbas to intensify over next two to three weeks, says UK intelligence

12 April, 12:53 PM
Russia is redirecting all its efforts to eastern Ukraine (Photo:Joint Forces Operation)

Russia is redirecting all its efforts to eastern Ukraine (Photo:Joint Forces Operation)

Fighting in eastern Ukraine will intensify over the next two to three weeks as Russia continues to refocus its efforts there, the UK Ministry of Defense tweeted on April 12, referring to the latest Defense Intelligence update.

The update reads that "Russian attacks remain focused on Ukrainian positions near Donetsk and Luhansk with further fighting around Kherson and Mykolaiv and a renewed push towards Kramatorsk."

"Russian forces continue to withdraw from Belarus in order to redeploy in support of operations in eastern Ukraine," reads the update.

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April 12 is the 48th day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. After being defeated by Ukrainian forces in the north, Russia is still advancing in the east and south.

Since the first days of the war, the most difficult situations have been seen in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mariupol. For more than a month, Russia also shelled Kyiv and the outskirts of the capital, completely destroying a number of settlements. Large amounts of evidence has since emerged that Russian troops committed atrocities on the civilians in the areas they controlled.

At the moment, the enemy is trying to seize the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that have remained under the control of Ukraine since shortly after the start of the war in 2014. According to Ukrainian and Western intelligence, it is massing its troops for an attack on the Donbas.

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