US official: Russia is making ‘minimal at finest’ progress in jap Ukraine

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A senior U.S. official mentioned Monday that Russia’s navy has been making “minimal progress at best” in jap Ukraine as a result of the “Ukrainians have really been resisting quite well.” 

The comment comes as Russia is now on day 68 of its invasion of Ukraine, with its navy specializing in capturing the jap elements of the war-torn nation. 

“I would just tell that we continue to see minimal at best progress by the Russians in the Donbas,” the official advised reporters. 

Russian soldiers are seen standing atop their military vehicles near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in southeastern Ukraine on Sunday, May 1.

Russian troopers are seen standing atop their navy autos close to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Station in southeastern Ukraine on Sunday, Might 1.
(AP)

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The official mentioned the Russian navy is “still suffering from poor command and control, low morale and many units [have] less than ideal logistics. 

The official also spoke of a “casualty aversion that we proceed to see by the Russians now, not simply within the air, however on the bottom.” 

A Ukrainian soldier walks past the turret of a Russian tank next to a destroyed gas station in the village of Skybyn, northeast of Kyiv on Monday, May 2.

A Ukrainian soldier walks previous the turret of a Russian tank subsequent to a destroyed gasoline station within the village of Skybyn, northeast of Kyiv on Monday, Might 2.
(Photograph by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

“So very, very cautious, very tepid, very uneven work by them on the ground,” the official additionally mentioned. “And in some cases, quite frankly, the best word to describe it would be anemic.” 

Ukrainian soldiers are seen riding on an armored presonnel carrier during an exercise not far from Kharkiv on April 30.

Ukrainian troopers are seen using on an armored presonnel provider throughout an train not removed from Kharkiv on April 30.

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As of Monday, Ukrainian forces have pushed the Russian military about 25 miles away from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest metropolis, in accordance with the official. 

“They were obviously hoping to get Kharkiv and hold it so that they could have that ability to continue to push down from the north and the Ukrainians are making it difficult for them to do that,” the U.S. official mentioned.  

Each day Submit’ Liz Friden contributed to this report.

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