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Russia does not have enough troops for “strategic” advance on Kharkiv, says NATO

NATO, the Western military alliance, believes that Russia does not have enough troops for a “strategic” advance in the Ukrainian region of Kharkiv, a senior commander of the organization said on Thursday (16).

Still, the military acknowledged that Moscow's forces had made “local advances” in northeastern Ukraine.

Responding to a question about the advance of Russian troops in that region, General Christopher Cavoli, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, stated at a press conference in Brussels that “[os russos] do not have the skill and capacity to do so [ataque]to operate at the scale necessary to exploit any advance for strategic advantage.”

NATO's assessment comes after Russian forces launched a surprise attack on May 10 and took control of several villages near the border with Ukraine.

“[Os russos] they have the capacity to make local advances, and they have managed to do so in part. They have also suffered some local losses, so I am in very close contact with our Ukrainian colleagues and I am confident that [a Ucrânia] will keep the line [de defesa]”, pointed out Cavoli, from NATO.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with military officials in Kharkiv this Thursday. He described an “extremely difficult” outlook for Kiev’s troops in the region, where they are “strengthening our units”.

Nazar Voloshyn, Ukraine's lieutenant colonel, warned that the fighting toward Kharkiv “remains complicated and is changing dynamically.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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