5/20, 7:42 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Russian forces to strengthen ops in Donbass – UK

The Russian military will highly likely reinforce its operations in the region of Donbass once they have secured Mariupol, as reported on Friday by the United Kindom Ministry of Defense in its latest intelligence report.

According to the report, the move follows strong resistance from the Ukrainians, which is why they have to "re-equip and refurbish" their forces. "This can be a lengthy process when done thoroughly," reads the report. The latter means that Moscow is likely to rapidly redeploy its forces without adequate preparation, risking further attrition of troops.

Finally, the ministry says that possibly as many as 1,700 Ukrainian troops have surrendered from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. An undisclosed number of Ukrainian troops remain inside the factory.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / JG