Russia's offensives weakening in Donbas, the Pentagon says

19 May, 05:01 PM
The scale of the Russian invaders' offensive in Donbas has decreased, the Pentagon says (Photo:REUTERS/Julia Kochetova)

The scale of the Russian invaders' offensive in Donbas has decreased, the Pentagon says (Photo:REUTERS/Julia Kochetova)

Russia has recently reduced the scale of its offensive operations in the Donbas, and their goals are becoming more localized, a U.S. Defense Department spokesperson said during a briefing on May 18.

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Russian forces are now working in smaller groups - instead of combat units with several hundred people, the actions are carried out in groups of several dozen to hundreds of soldiers, the Pentagon spokesperson said.

“The Russian offensive operations are becoming smaller in their size and scale, (and) their objectives more localized,” he said.

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“These are towns and villages, and sometimes crossroads that they are trying to reach. It's just a sort of a shrinking of their objectives. And this also corresponds to the size of the units involved in this.”

According to the Pentagon spokesman, even at this level, Russian forces are sticking “very closely to their principle of using artillery fire and then a frontal attack by small units.”

Russia’s invasion forces still have problems coordinating with each other, the Pentagon spokesman added.

“They’re still not integrating their units very well. Their communications are still not very efficient between commanders,” he said.

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