Vladimir Putin scrambling to show ‘significant success’ in Ukraine before May 9, says UK

Vladimir Putin may throw more Russian troops into fierce battles in the Donbas as he scrambles to be able to show “significant successes” in Ukraine ahead of May 9, British defence chiefs said on Thursday.The day is a key date in the Russian military calendar as it marks the Nazis’ surrender in the Second World War and an annual parade is held through Moscow’s Red Square.But the Russian President will be sending his forces to try to seize land which well dug-in, well-trained and well-equipped Ukrainian military units have been defending for up to eight years.

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