ukraine: ukrainian war: pressure is on russian commanders, say british military officials

LONDON: British military officials say the heavy losses recently suffered by a column of Russian armored vehicles demonstrate the pressure commanders in Moscow are under to push into eastern Ukraine.
The UK Ministry of Defense on Friday confirmed news reports that Ukrainian forces prevented the Russian column from crossing the Siverskyi Donets River, west of Severodonetsk, on a pontoon bridge.
Russia lost “significant” elements of at least one battalion tactical group, as well as equipment used to rapidly deploy the floating bridge, the ministry said.
“Carrying out river crossings in a contested environment is a very risky move and speaks to the pressure Russian commanders are under to advance their operations in eastern Ukraine,” the ministry said in its daily intelligence update. .
The ministry said Russia has not made significant progress, despite concentrating forces in the Luhansk and Donbas regions of eastern Ukraine after withdrawing troops from other areas.

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