Ukrainian Forces Prevented Russians From Crossing River In Donbas: UK Defence Ministry

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Highlights:

  • On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine
  • Moscow has failed to make significant advances despite withdrawing and redeploying units here from Kyiv and Chernihiv
  • British foreign secretary underlined the need to supply more weapons to Kyiv to sustain the pressure on Vladimir Putin

On Friday, the United Kingdom asserted that Ukrainian forces prevented the Russian troops from crossing a river in the Donbas region in southeast Ukraine. On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Taking to Twitter, the UK’s ministry of defence said, “Images indicate that during the crossing of the Siverskyi Donets river west of Severodonetsk, Russia lost significant armoured manoeuvre elements of at least one Battalion Tactical Group as well as the deployed pantaloon bridging equipment.”

The Ministry further stressed that conducting a river crossing in a ‘contested environment’ is a ‘highly-risky’ manoeuvre, and, hence, symbolises the pressure the Russian forces are experiencing to make progress in eastern Ukraine, where, it said, Moscow has failed to make significant advances despite withdrawing and redeploying units here from Kyiv and Chernihiv.

In a recent development, the UK said Russia, in the cities of Izium and Severodonetsk, is attending to achieve a breakthrough towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk in an effort to encircle the Ukrainian forces in ‘Joint Forces Operation Area’, thereby isolating them from support or reinforcement by units from the western part of the war-hit nation.

On the other hand, at an annual meeting of the foreign ministers of the G7 member states, British foreign secretary Liz Truss underlined the need to supply more weapons to Kyiv to sustain the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It is very important at this time that we keep the pressure up on Putin by supplying more weapons to Ukraine, and by increasing the sanctions against Russia,” Truss voiced.

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