Invading Russian forces have achieved verylimited progress in Donbas, advancing only a few miles, and remain well behind schedule, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a press briefing on May 9.
At the same time, Kirby said he wouldn’t describe the battle as a “stalemate,” since some towns and villages in the region keep “changing hands, sometimes in the course of a day or so.”
Moscow also remains committed to attempting to attack Donbas from the north, he said.
“The Russians continue to make incremental progress moving down from the north, pushing down into the Donbas area…; (the Russian advance) is slow, and it's uneven,” said Kirby.
“And they continue to meet very stiff Ukrainian resistance; there's a lot of artillery going back and forth; there's a lot of movement back and forth.”
“We still believe that they are behind their own schedule, and then what progress they're making is very limited in terms of just geographic reach.”