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Russia has likely lost a third of the invading force it started with in February, UK defence ministry says

Added 05-16-22 01:14:02am EST - “Russia's advance into the Donbas region has also "lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule," the UK defence ministry tweeted.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Russia has likely lost a third of the invading force it started with in February, UK defence ministry says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Russia has likely lost a third of the ground troops it deployed in February for the invasion of Ukraine, according to the UK's defense ministry.

Moscow's renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine — the invasion's focus for the last month — has also "lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule," the UK defense ministry tweeted on Sunday.

"Despite small-scale initial advances, Russia has failed to achieve substantial territorial gains over the past month whilst sustaining a high level of attrition," it said in its assessment. "Russia has now likely suffered losses of one-third of the ground combat force it committed in February."

As such, Russia is unlikely to dramatically accelerate its advance over the next 30 days, the tweet continued.

The ministry said losing "critical enablers" such as "bridging equipment, surveillance, and reconnaissance drones" would further delay the Russian advance, adding that Moscow's drones have been vulnerable to Ukraine's anti-air weapons.

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