Another Russian bridge bombed as Putin already lost the war
Ukraine: Bridge in Melitopol shows signs of damage
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As Russian forces continue to push for marginal gains in small cities and towns such as Bakhmut in Donetsk, Ukrainian officials have claimed Putin’s men have “already lost” the war. The British Ministry of Defence suggested the Russian soldiers were “unlikely to make operationally significant advances” from the front line as reports show they are focusing on consolidating positions in the Kharkiv-Luhansk region to stop further Ukrainian counter offensives. Meanwhile, Russian officials have claimed another bridge in their occupied territory has been bombed, this time in Melitopol.
Russia has “already lost” the war in Ukraine
Russia has “already lost” the war in Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official has said, as the British Ministry of Defence appeared to corroborate the claims.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhail Podolyak wrote on Twitter that Vladimir Putin’s mobilisation on September 21 had “only delayed defeat” in Ukraine and that the nation has “already lost”.
Russian military bloggers accused Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov of conceding some form of defeat after altering the objectives of the “special military operation” by saying its aims were to recapture and hold onto that territory.
Nonetheless, the British MoD suggested Russian forces would be unable to fulfil those new objectives due to a “lack” of manpower.
The MoD said: “Russia’s strategy is currently unlikely to achieve its objectives: it is highly unlikely that the Russian military is currently able to generate an effective striking force capable of retaking these areas.”
“Russian ground forces are unlikely to make operationally significant advances within the next several month,” it added.
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