Ukrainian troops kidnapped by Russia are being asked to fight for Moscow’s forces, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. On the Defense Ministry’s Telegram channel, the claim was made during an operation update. In the Rostov region of northern Ukraine, Russian armed forces were asking Ukrainian prisoners of war to “join the occupation soldiers in exchange for amnesty,” according to the report. According to the article, Russian troops have an “urgent need for reinforcement,” implying that Russia needs to restore troop numbers.
The reports, which have not been independently corroborated, also detailed how Russian forces in the Kherson region attempted to establish a police-managed zone where commanders keep “order.” The vital Black Sea port city has been recaptured by the Russian military. Russian forces suffered “major losses” and were “demoralized and surrendered” in the Chernihiv region of northern Ukraine, according to Kyiv. Russia is also accused of plundering, kidnapping, and killing citizens, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which Newsweek called for comment.
It comes after the British Ministry of Defense [MOD] acknowledged on Friday that Russia’s two-week invasion of Ukraine did not go as planned. “Russian ground forces continue to make limited progress,” according to the MOD, adding that “logistical obstacles that have impeded the Russian advance, as well as robust Ukrainian resistance,” continue to obstruct the Russian advance. The Ministry of Defense tweeted, “It is exceedingly improbable that Russia has achieved the objectives indicated in its pre-invasion strategy.”
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“It is highly unlikely that Russia has successfully achieved the objectives outlined in its pre-invasion plan,” the MOD tweeted. “Russia is likely seeking to reset and re-posture its forces for renewed offensive activity in the coming days. This will probably include operations against the capital Kyiv.” The lack of progress, on the other hand, has fueled conjecture about how President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of war on February 24 will play out.
“The fighting during the next week to 10 days will determine if Russia can maintain the initiative and march, however slowly, to the control of the country, or if there is a stalemate, at which time Putin will have to decide whether to escalate or negotiate,” said Clifford Brown, a political science professor at Union College in New York state. “My bet at this time is that he will find a way to escalate, and that is a great worry.”