Russia Fails to Capture Territory in Ukraine Region Held by Rebels – Newsweek

Ukraine said Thursday that Russian forces failed to capture areas in a Ukrainian region amid the ongoing invasion of the Eastern European country.

The Ukrainian General Staff of Armed Forces said in a statement that Russian troops tried to seize the village of Oleksandrivka in Donetsk Oblast and the village of Voyevodivka in Luhansk Oblast after carrying out “assault operations,” but those attempts failed.

The General Staff also listed other failures on the Russian side including an unsuccessful attempt to take control of areas in the settlement of Voyevodivka.

Russian forces also failed to improve the tactical position of its troops as they “stormed” the areas of Kharkiv, Bakhmut, and Avdiivka, according to the General Staff.

Russia Fails to Capture Territory in Ukraine
Ukraine said that Russian forces failed to capture areas in a Ukrainian region amid the ongoing invasion of the Eastern European country. Pictured above, a serviceman patrols in Popasna, Ukraine’s Donbas region, on April 14, 2022.
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Meanwhile, the Kyiv Independent reported Thursday that Russian forces have been trying to keep Ukrainian troops in the Donbas region away from the Severodonetsk area in Luhansk Oblast, an area of heavy fighting.

Some of Russia’s alleged failures in Ukraine have been recently reported, including an update by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense on Sunday that listed some of the setbacks that Russia is experiencing in its ongoing invasion. The ministry added that those failures are “likely to endure.”

“The forward deployment of commanders has exposed them to significant risk, leading to disproportionately high losses of Russian officers in this conflict,” the ministry said in a tweet. “This has resulted in a force that is slow to respond to setbacks and unable to alter its approach on the battlefield. These issues are likely to endure given the relative lack of operational command experience of the officers promoted in place of those killed.”

Senior commanders were also prompted to go onto the battlefield, likely to personally lead operations as a result of “difficulties in command and control” and “faltering Russian performance on the front line,” according to the British defense ministry.

“However, it is not clear that the presence of these commanders on the battlefield has led to a refined or altered operational concept. Flawed planning assumptions and failures in sustainment continue to undermine Russian progress,” the ministry added.

Meanwhile, other officials have noted that Russia is not achieving its desired goals in Ukraine. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said recently during a briefing that Russia is not progressing in its war.

“All I can tell you is that the Russians have not made the kind of progress in the Donbas and the south that we believe they wanted to make. We do believe they’re behind schedule. We do believe it’s been slow, and at every turn, they have met a stiff Ukrainian resistance,” Kirby said.

The Pentagon press secretary also said that Russia’s precision-guided missiles have failed to hit their targets in Ukraine possibly due to “technical issues,” adding that “it certainly could be Ukrainian defenses, or it could just be incompetence on the part of operators.”

Newsweek reached out to the Russian foreign affairs ministry for comments.

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