Russian forces move toward separatist regions

AP , Sunday 27 Mar 2022

The Russian military appears to be trying to encircle Ukrainian forces fighting in the separatist regions in the eastern part of the country, Britain's Ministry of Defense says.

Russian Military Spokesman
This video grab taken from a handout footage released by the Russian Defence Ministry on March 27, 2022 shows Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov holding a briefing. AFP

Russian forces are advancing southward from the area around Kharkiv and north from Mariupol, the ministry said in an intelligence briefing released Sunday morning.

Battlefields in northern Ukraine remain ``largely static,'' with Ukrainian counterattacks hampering Russian efforts to reorganize their forces, the ministry said.

In an earlier briefing released overnight, the ministry said Russia continued to strike targets across Ukraine, including many in densely populated areas, the ministry said.

Russia is relying on ``stand-off'' missiles launched from within its own territory to reduce aircraft exposure to Ukrainian anti-aircraft fire, the ministry said. But it said limited stocks of these weapons will force Russia to ``revert to less sophisticated missiles or accepting more risk to their aircraft.''

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