According to the defense minister of Ukraine, the Kremlin wants to make the war a prolonged phase by building layers of defences in the occupied areas in the south.
Russia is very close to capturing Luhansk. This is one of the two southern Ukrainian regions making up the vast area of land known as Donbass. However, it has been plagued with setbacks since its invasion.
UK intelligence indicated that Moscow had not achieved its strategic objectives. Kyiv stated it believed Vladimir Putin‘s regime was now ready for a long conflict.
“The Kremlin wants to push the war into an extended phase,” defense minister Oleksii Yuuriyovych Reznikov said via video link to the GLOBSEC 2022 Bratislava Forum.
He stated that instead of advancing, Russian armies were constructing layers defenses in the southern occupied areas, primarily Kherson.
This announcement comes just days after Joe Biden announced that the US would provide medium-range missiles systems to Ukraine in order to repel Russian attacks.
Mykhailo Podolyak, the Ukrainian presidential advisor, said that the country didn’t plan to use multiple-launch rocket systems it received to attack Russian facilities.
He stated in a tweet that Ukraine is waging a defensive battle and did not intend to use the MLRS against Russian facilities.
“Our partners know where their arms are.”
The British defence ministry stated that Moscow had achieved tactical success in the Donbas on the 100th anniversary of Russia’s invasion despite numerous failures elsewhere in Ukraine.
“Measured to Russia’s original plans, none of these strategic objectives have been accomplished,” said the ministry in an update.
“Russia is now experiencing tactical success in Donbas. Russian forces have created and maintained momentum, and appear to currently hold the initiative over Ukrainian opposition.
“Russia has not been in a position to move or manoeuvre on any other fronts or axes. All of these have moved to the defensive.”
The announcement was made amid reports that Moscow was becoming increasingly frustrated by China’s inability to provide more support.
Chinese support is “insufficient from Russia’s standpoint”
The Washington Post quoted a Chinese official as saying that recent talks between the two countries were “tense”.
The report states that China is trying to keep strong relations with Russia and avoid being subject to sanctions. This goal was described by US officials to be “contradictory” or “hard to achieve”.
A senior US official said to the newspaper, “That’s been hard.”
“And it’s insufficient from Russia’s standpoint.”
According to a Beijing source, the talks were accompanied by a sign that President Xi Jinping was not prepared to offer unlimited support to Moscow after the invasion of Ukraine.
They stated that China had made it clear its position on Ukraine’s situation and the illegal sanctions against Russia.
“We are able to understand the predicament of Moscow. We cannot ignore our own situation during this dialogue. China will always act in China’s best interests.”