America : The Russians and the Ukrainians still retain 90% of their combat power

Service members of pro-Russian troops in uniforms without insignia are seen atop of armoured vehicles during Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the separatist-controlled town of Volnovakha in the Donetsk region, Ukraine March 12, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A senior official in the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) confirmed that the Russian forces are still about 15 to 20 kilometers to the northwest and about 20 to 30 kilometers to the east of the capital, Kyiv, which he said “are being bombarded with long-range fire with the increasing frequency of targeting residential communities.” “.

“There is no progress or limited progress of the Russian ground forces, especially on the Kyiv front,” the official said, stressing that the Ukrainian army is still defending them.

He added that he is still in control of Brovary, and Mariupol is still isolated and subjected to heavy bombardment, while no clear movement towards Mykolaiv or attempts to bypass it have been detected.

He estimated that the Russians and Ukrainians would retain about 90 percent of their available fighting power.

He stressed that the United States had not noticed any Russian movements or the transfer of supplies from Russian regions towards Ukraine, “but we have reason to believe that the Russians are considering different options to provide supplies.”

“There are no indications that Belarus is deploying forces in Ukraine or preparing to do so,” the US official said.

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