Russia is struggling to get reinforcements to the front line after the recent Ukrainian counteroffensive and is being "forced to prioritize emergency defensive actions," according to the latest UK military intelligence report, reported DW, quoting agencies.
The report said Russia had likely ordered the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the entirety of Kharkiv Oblast, adding that "Russia is likely struggling to bring sufficient reserves forward across the Dnipro River to the front line" in the south, near Kherson.
Ukrainian long-range artillery is reportedly hindering Russia from carrying out repair works on crossings across the Dnipro.
The intelligence report added that with the significant success of the Ukrainian counteroffensive Russia has been forced to "prioritize emergency defensive actions," thereby restructuring its overall operation plan. This has also contributed to eroding the troops faith in the military leadership.
The Ukrainian army said Monday that its forces recaptured 500 square kilometers (193 square miles) in Kherson, adding that the settlements of Vysokopillia, Biloguirka, Soukhy Stavok and Myrolioubivka were "fully under Ukrainian flag."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the Ukrainian forces who "liberated hundreds of our cities and villages" in a video address on Sunday. Ukraine has recaptured Balakliya, Izium and Kupiansk in its latest counteroffensive.
Ben Hodges, the former commander of US army troops in Europe, told DW that the Ukrainian army "deceived the Russians where the main attack was coming by talking openly about an attack in Kherson when the main attack actually was coming from the north."
"Russian forces are exhausted, their logistics are exhausted, leaders are being killed. And we've watched for the last couple of months the deterioration of morale and fighting spirit of Russian forces throughout so they don't have the will to fight," Hodges said.