https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1604977/ukraine-live-news-chechen-warlord-second-stage-invasion-vladimir-putin-russia-zelensky

Troops have been pushed back from their positions near Kharkiv, according to the Institute for the Study of Wa (ISW).

The ISW said Russia may be forced to reconsider its attack on the Donbas if Ukraine continues to show fierce resistance.

The British Ministry of Defence said Russian operations have “faltered” but troops continue to target key cities in the east.

According to the latest estimates from Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Russia has already lost almost 25,000 troops since the invasion began.

The ISW said: “The Ukrainian counter-offensive may unhinge the Russian positions northeast of Kharkiv and could set conditions for a broader operation to drive the Russians from most of their positions around the city.

“This possibility may pose a dilemma for the Russians, whether to reinforce near Kharkiv to prevent such a broader Ukrainian operation or to risk losing most or all of their positions in artillery range of the city.”

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