Russia’s failed swift strike in Ukraine turns to war of attrition

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia’s failure to capture Ukrainian capital Kyiv and topple the government in the first days and weeks of its attack on its neighbour have prompted it to reduce its reach, focusing on a slow squeeze in the eastern Donbas region as the war passes its 100th day.

This week, Russian troops have solidified their hold on parts of the vital city of Severodonetsk, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged that ‘the situation in the Donbas remains extremely difficult’.

‘The steamroller is indeed advancing, if laboriously,’ said Mathieu Boulegue of British military think-tank Chatham House.

‘This isn’t a military conquest’ of the kind Russia might have hoped for.

‘In the coming weeks, Moscow will be forced to switch from a war of movement to fighting from fixed positions,’ he predicted…”

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