Is Russia’s slowdown in Ukraine deliberate?

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An article which particularly interested me, between the ones read, is the one about the situation in Ukraine. It interested me, because it gives us the latest information about the situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia is deliberately slowing down its offensive in Ukraine to evacuate civilians, to avoid casualties among them. It seems like Russia does not see a quick end to the fighting, while it tries to hide that their military operation is in a stalemate. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mocked these claims as lies designed to hide a disastrous campaign. Ukraine and its Western allies say Russia has lost momentum as it met fierce Ukrainian resistance and suffered heavy losses in both men and equipment. Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of President Vladimir Putin’s Security Council, said that all of Putin’s goals in Ukraine would be achieved.

However, despite Shoigu declaring that ceasefires are declared to create humanitarian corridors, in order to evacuate civilians, the United Nations recorded 3,930 civilian casualties during the conflict. Russia has repeatedly denied targeting civilian areas and accused Ukraine, without evidence, of using people as “human shields”.

The advance of the Russian army appears to have been slowed down, not only by the resistance they came across, but also by various logistical problems.

Many believe that Russia underestimated the enemy, because they were convinced of a rapid collapse and therefore they did not neutralize the command-control centers. The troops, then, would not have an adequate “logistic train”, as some episodes with vehicles running dry would testify.

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