Russia now has half of its massive invasion force inside Ukraine: Pentagon

Russia now has half of its massive invasion force inside Ukraine: Pentagon

Feb 26, 2022: According to a report by AFP, a senior U.S. defense official said on Saturday that Russia now has at least 50 percent of its vast offensive force inside Ukraine but is making slow progress due to unexpectedly strong resistance.

The official speaking on condition of anonymity, “We would estimate that more than 50 percent of the Russian force that Mr. Putin had arrayed against Ukraine … has been committed inside Ukraine, We have indications that the Russians are increasingly frustrated by their lack of momentum over the last 24 hours, particularly in the north parts of Ukraine,”

The official said that as of early Washington time on Saturday, the Russian military had not yet taken control of any Ukrainian city, nor had it gained air supremacy over the country. Russian troops remained about 30 kilometers (18 miles) outside Kyiv, the official said, stressing that battlefield conditions were actively changing.

Ukraine’s resistance is “viable” and Western allies have been able to obtain weapons and other supplies despite the Russian invasion.

The Russians “have been frustrated by … a very determined resistance and it has slowed them down.”

“Based on what we’ve observed, that this resistance is greater than what the Russians expected,” the official said.

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