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Ukraine war: Russian forces likely suffering from 'weakened morale', UK says

A local resident walks past a destroyed building in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 29, 2022.
A local resident walks past a destroyed building in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 29, 2022. Copyright AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov
Copyright AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov
By Euronews with AP, AFP
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Russia is still facing "considerable challenges" in Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defence said, with many troops likely suffering from "weakened morale".

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Many Russian military units are "likely suffering from weakened morale", the UK said in its latest defence intelligence update, stating that Russia has been forced to "merge and redeploy depleted and disparate units".

The Kremlin is seeking to capture Ukraine's eastern Donbas region but the US has warned that the offensive is going slower than planned.

The mayor of Mariupol meanwhile said trapped civilians are "begging to get saved" from a vast Soviet-era steel complex which is the last holdout of Ukrainian forces in the southern port city.

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