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The UK Ministry of Defense releases intelligence updates; “Russia continues to use significant firepower”

As the Russian-Ukrainian war enters its second month, Putin-led Russia continues to attack Ukraine. Russia seems to be reducing its ambitions in Ukraine to focus on consolidating control of the eastern areas. Russian bombardments in urban areas of Ukraine, including Kyiv and Kharkiv, have caused massive destruction. However, the UK has warned that for now the bombing of cities is set to continue. The UK and its international partners have pledged their support for Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. The British government led by Boris Johnson is providing a range of economic, humanitarian and defensive military assistance to Ukraine and imposing additional sanctions on Russia and Belarus.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense released the latest update on Saturday saying the long-range assault on Ukrainian cities shows no signs of letting up – with more deaths and injuries inevitable. The Department of Defense tweeted intelligence updates on its official Twitter account. Addressing the updates, he mentioned that Russia would continue to use firepower to limit its losses.

Latest analysis from the UK Ministry of Defence:

  • “Russia continues to besiege a number of major Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol,” he tweeted,” the first highlight read.

  • The second highlight was followed as “Russian forces prove reluctant to engage in large-scale urban infantry operations, preferring instead to rely on the indiscriminate use of aerial bombardment and artillery to attempt to demoralize the defense forces”.

  • The thread ended with the final tweet stating, “Russia is likely to continue to use its heavy firepower on urban areas as it seeks to limit its own already considerable losses, at the cost of further civilian casualties.”

The UK Ministry of Defense had confirmed that Russia would press ahead with the invasion despite civilian casualties, while heeding Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s statement “Ukraine has ‘dealed mighty blows’ to Russian forces”. . However, despite the release of intelligence updates, the UK has also supported Ukraine by providing the necessary humanitarian and defensive aid and key materials. In light of this, the UK Ministry has also issued a statement saying it will ensure that all vital food supplies are provided to the war-affected country.

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