Russian forces may only be able to sustain full fighting capacity for another ‘ten to 14’ days, senior UK defence sources indicated last night.
By that time they may struggle to make any significant progress — while finding it difficult to hold ground, according to the latest intelligence.
Despite another day in which bombs rained down on Ukrainian cities including Kyiv and Kharkiv, resistance to the onslaught has seen the invasion fall behind schedule, allies of Vladimir Putin admitted for the first time on Monday. And American officials said the ground advance, now in its third week, had largely stalled.
A senior UK source said last night: ‘Ukraine has Russia on the run. It is running out of manpower and running out of energy. As long as we keep pressing they’ve got ten to 14 days before reaching their culminating point
‘That’s when the strength of Ukraine’s resistance should become greater than Russia’s attacking force.’
In the meantime, the Russians can and are using their artillery to crush Ukrainian cities.
The Russians might not win this. What a political earthquake that would be — the might Soviet/Russian army that has frightened Europe for decades cannot even conquer Ukraine. The political implications are enormous, if small local forces with missiles can beat off sophisticated state military machines.