Vladimir Putin’s troops “have been decimated” by Ukrainian troops and Russian forces are making “no progress,” according to the British Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Over the weeked Russian forces failed to make any further progress in their advance towards Kyiv the MoD confirmed.
In an update from defence intelligence at the MoD late last night suggested Russian efforts are being thwarted by the fierce Ukrainian resistance.
The update read, “Russian forces probably made minimal ground advances over the weekend.
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“It is highlighted unlikely Russia has successfully achieved its planned objectives to date.
“Over the past 24 hours, a high level of Russian air and artillery strikes have continued to hit military and civilian sites in Ukrainian cities.
“Recent strikes have targeted Khrkiv, Mykaloaiv and Chernihiv, and have been particularly heavy in Mariupol.”
On Sunday Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, chief of the UK defence staff, said the Kremlin had “got itself into a mess” as Russia’s forces are being “decimated” by the war.
Speaking to the BBC, Sir Tony said, “I think we’ve seen a Russian invasion that is not going well.
“I think we’re also seeing a remarkable resistance by Ukraine, both its armed forces and its people.
“We’re also seeing the unity of the whole globe coming together with a cohesive approach, whether that’s economically, diplomatically, culturally, socially, militarily, applying pressure to Russia, and that needs to continue so that Russia stops this invasion.
“We do know that some of the lead elements of Russian forces have been decimated by the Ukrainian response.”
The British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warned the Russian President Vladimir Putin “don’t underestimate us, don’t test us” on Sunday.
Wallace told The Sunday Telegraph in an interview that the West “must not be afraid” of the Russian leader and he is sure that “he will fail.”
The Defence Secretary who is a former British Army officer said Putin is “acting irrationally and inflicting horrors on Ukraine.”
“The thing to say to Putin is don’t underestimate us, don’t test us,” Wallace told the newspaper.
“History is littered with authoritarian leaders underestimating the wider West and the United Kingdom.
“He clearly underestimated the international community.”