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Russian army is losing the initiative at the front, - UK intelligence

May 31, 2023

Since the start of May 2023, Russia has increasingly ceded the initiative and responded to Ukraine rather than actively moving toward its own military targets.

This was reported by the UK Ministry of Defense on Twitter.


As noted in the summary, operationally, Russian commanders are likely attempting to generate reserve forces and position them where they believe a Ukrainian counter-attack will occur.

However, these actions have probably been undermined by uncommitted forces instead being sent to fill gaps in the front line around Bakhmut.

In addition, British intelligence noted that during May 2023, Russia has launched 20 nights of one-way-attack uncrewed aerial vehicle and cruise missile attacks deep inside Ukraine.

"Russia has had little success in its likely aims of neutralising Ukraine’s improved air defences and destroying Ukrainian counter-attack forces. On the ground, it has redeployed security forces to react to partisan attacks inside western Russia," the British Defense Ministry said.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 31/05/2023

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