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'Don't think they planned!' Russian troops blighted by frostbite in invasion of Ukraine

Reports suggest soldiers from Russia suffered setbacks in areas, including Makariv, as Ukrainian troops regain a key territory. Ukraine’s defence ministry said its forces retook Makariv, a strategically important town west of Kyiv, after a fierce battle and raised the Ukrainian flag there once again.

They reportedly regained control of a crucial highway and prevented Russian troops from surrounding the capital from the north-west.

There was also “significant fighting” as Ukrainian forces sought to take back the city of Izyum, which the Russians seized last week, a senior US defence official said.

Taking back Izyum would counter Russian efforts to block off Ukrainian troops fighting in the east of the country.

Russian forces trying to seize the southern city of Mykolaiv were also forced to reposition outside it after meeting intense Ukrainian resistance.

Mykolaiv is a crucial location on the route of Russian troops as they move west from Crimea towards Odesa, Ukraine’s major port on the Black Sea.

A senior US defence official told The Telegraph: “They [the Ukrainians] are now able and willing to take back territory the Russians have taken.

“It’s notable. Not only are the Ukrainians defending well, they’re making efforts to take back territory the Russians have taken in recent days.

“Some of their [Russia’s] soldiers are suffering from frostbite because they lack the appropriate cold weather gear. We don’t think they properly planned.”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country was “on the brink” of surviving the war.

However, a senior US defence official said Russia still retained nearly 90 percent of the combat power it had initially assembled in Ukraine.

Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser told the publication: “This war will not end easily or rapidly.”



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