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UK intelligence assesses frontline changes in Ukraine over past week

UK intelligence assesses frontline changes in Ukraine over past week UK intelligence gave a summary of the week (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Last week's ground fighting in Ukraine continued to be characterized by either a static front line or very gradual localized advances by Russian troops in key areas, according to the UK Ministry of Defense.

In the north, near Kupiansk, Russia's western group of troops continues to conduct a large-scale but unsuccessful offensive.

In addition, in the north of the Donetsk region, Ukraine has maintained a stable front line in the face of small Russian attacks near Bakhmut.

According to UK intelligence, active fighting for Avdiivka continues, while Russian troops consolidated the gains made in late December 2023 around Maryinka, where they finally advanced to the western outskirts of the city after nine years of fighting in the area.

"In southern Ukraine, Russian airborne forces have highly likely made minimal progress in a renewed attempt to dislodge the Ukrainian bridgehead on the eastern bank of the Dnipro around the village of Krynky," the UK Ministry of Defense says.

Situation at the front

In an interview with RBC-Ukraine, Ukrainian reserve colonel and military expert Serhii Hrabskyi says that Ukrainian troops are confidently defending themselves in different directions, the dynamics of the fighting is extremely high, so the situation at the front is not a stalemate.

Hrabskyi says that the only promising direction for the Ukrainian army's offensive is the south because, without a strategic solution to the issue of the south, it is impossible to talk about any advance to the east.