Wednesday, May 25, 2022
HomeNews'Running out of options' Russia to 'double down on brute force' to...

'Running out of options' Russia to 'double down on brute force' to push troops morale up


Russia has been trying to break through Ukrainian defence forces for weeks but has so far failed to make substantial advances in Ukraine despite persistent attacks on both military and civilian infrastructures. The former head of Defence Intelligence, Air Marshall Philip Osborn, warned Moscow may now seek to “double down” on Kyiv with even more brutal force in a bid to force the Ukrainian Government into capitulating. President Vladimir Putin was reported to be considering meeting in person with Volodymyr Zelensky to secure a beneficial peace deal for Russia.

Asked about the state of Russian troops, Air Marshall Osborn told Sky News: “I think it’s fair to say they’re pretty demoralised, pretty stuck, and pretty stalled.

“They’re demoralised because they were poorly prepared and they’ve proved to be inadequate, that’s putting it mildly.

“They’re stalled because they’ve lost momentum and we’ve seen them pull resources, manpower from across Russia, even from Syria.

“That’s not a good indication for a supposed super power.”

READ THE LATEST UPDATES IN EXPRESS.CO.UK’S RUSSIA-UKRAINE LIVE BLOG

He continued: “And they’re stalled because they’re running out of options.

“Really, what’s left of them now is to double down on brute force to put pressure on the Ukrainian Government.

“Russia has tried to be agile and it failed, it wasn’t up to it so now it’s faced with how does it get the Ukrainian Government to settle on terms which are far more favourable to Russia, to Putin.

“And therefore the way they apply pressure on the Ukrainian Government is to level cities, bring in huge artillery, to try and generate that humanitarian pressure not just on the Government but also on the West.”

READ MORE: More misery for Putin after huge loss at sea – naval officer ‘shot dead’ by Ukraine forces

Mariupol leaders claimed thousands of residents had been forced to cross into Russia.

In a statement shared on Telegram, the city council said: “Over the past week, several thousand Mariupol residents were deported onto the Russian territory.”

News agencies in Russia have been reporting buses have carried several hundred people from Mariupol to Russia in recent days.

The council also said Russian forces bombed a Mariupol art school on Saturday in which 400 residents had taken shelter, but the number of casualties was not yet known.



RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Recent Comments