By Chris King •
Updated: 06 May 2022 • 15:13
According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), on Thursday, May 5, Russian forces in the eastern Donbas region have had to deal with a serious counterattack by the Ukrainian military. They claim that Vladimir Putin has suffered another humiliating scenario as Russian troops have been forced to retreat.
The attempt to move deeper into the Kharkiv reportedly came to a standstill, due to fierce resistance from the Ukrainian side. It is believed that Russia could now be forced to change its strategy in the region.
Last week it had been suggested that Putin had personally taken control of the military ‘special operation’. If so, this would come as a terrible blow, as well as an embarrassment, to his planning.
Key cities in the east are still under constant bombardment despite this latest setback said a spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence. An estimated 25,000 troops are said to have been killed according to Ukrainian military officials.
“The Ukrainian counter-offensive may unhinge the Russian positions northeast of Kharkiv and could set conditions for a broader operation to drive the Russians from most of their positions around the city”, said a spokesperson for the ISW.
“This possibility may pose a dilemma for the Russians, whether to reinforce near Kharkiv to prevent such a broader Ukrainian operation, or to risk losing most or all of their positions in artillery range of the city”, they added, as reported by express.co.uk.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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