Russian advance on Ukraine is 'largely stalled on all fronts,' UK intelligence says after 3 weeks of war
- The UK's defense ministry said
Russia's invasion of Ukrainehad "largely stalled on all fronts."
- "Russian forces have made minimal progress on land, sea or air in recent days," it said on Thursday.
UK intelligence on Thursday said Russia's invasion of Ukraine "has largely stalled on all fronts."
The UK's Ministry of Defence tweeted the update: "Russian forces have made minimal progress on land, sea or air in recent days and they continue to suffer heavy losses."
"Ukrainian resistance remains staunch and well-coordinated. The vast majority of Ukrainian territory, including all major cities, remains in Ukrainian hands," it added.
Russia started its full invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
It has since seized some areas in the east of Ukraine and has shelled cities, including the capital, Kyiv. It has also hit civilian targets.
US intelligence estimated that more than 7,000 Russian soldiers had been killed, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Military analysts and Western government officials broadly agreed that Russia fell far short of its aims in the early days of the war.
As Insider's Sam Fellman wrote on March 11, Russia appeared to expect Ukrainian resistance to crumble almost immediately and allow it to oust the government in a few days with little loss of life.
Instead, key cities, such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Mariupol, have withstood weeks of artillery bombardment and airstrikes, while the Ukrainian military has managed to confine Russian troops to relatively limited advances.
But analysts whom Fellman spoke with warned that the longer Russia failed to make progress in its invasion, the more likely its commanders were to use ever-greater firepower and indiscriminate weapons, hoping to crush Ukrainian morale.
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