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Russia did not gain advantage in war against Ukraine - US State Department

Russia did not gain advantage in war against Ukraine - US State Department Photo: US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller (Getty Images)

Russia has been unable to gain an advantage in the war against Ukraine, but it has achieved certain successes on the battlefield, states the spokesperson of the US Department of State, Matthew Miller during a briefing.

On the question of whether Russia has gained an advantage in the war recently, Miller responded negatively.

"No, we do not believe that at all. If you look at the shape of this conflict not over the past just two years but even the most recent history, yes, you have seen Russia make gains on the battlefield. We saw gains over this last weekend because Ukraine was not able to properly re-supply its troops," stated the spokesperson of the US Department of State.

According to him, the main reason for the shortage of ammunition in the Ukrainian military is the slowness of the US Congress in approving a large aid package for Ukraine.

Miller also called on Congress members to vote as soon as possible for allocating funds to Ukraine.

What preceded

On February 17, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, announced the decision to withdraw Ukrainian troops from Avdiivka, which were under the threat of enemy encirclement. The reason for this decision was the enemy's assault actions in the densely built-up city with active air support.

According to the Institute for the Study of War, the Defense Forces will be able to establish new defensive lines near Avdiivka and halt the enemy's further advance.

On February 18, the Russian army attempted to storm the town of Lastochkyne to the west of Avdiivka, but the Defense Forces repelled 14 enemy attacks.

For more details on this, possible threats, and whether the Defense Forces can hold back the enemy after the battles for Avdiivka, refer to the material by RBC-Ukraine.