Putin’s forces ‘struggling to break through’ Ukrainian defences in Donbas, says UK

Vladimir Putin’s forces are “struggling to break through” Ukrainian defences despite deploying thousands of troops for an advance in part of the Donbas region, British defence chiefs said on Wednesday.They stressed that the Russian president had sent 22 battalion tactical groups, each with about 900 troops, to the Izyum area.But they were being limited in their attempts to “build momentum” in their attack.The operation is believed to be aimed at creating a “staging post” to try to cut off some of Ukraine’s best trained and best equipped forces which have been fighting Moscow-backed separatists in the region since 2014.

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