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.''