ussian forces may be positioning themselves for new attacks within days against Kyiv, British defence chiefs have warned.
The Ministry of Defense said Vladimir Putin’s forces were likely “seeking to reset” as they launched fresh artillery strikes on the cities of Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk on Friday morning.
In an intelligence briefing, the MoD said: “Russian ground forces continue to make limited progress. Logistical issues that have hampered the Russian advance persist, as does strong Ukrainian resistance.
“Russia is likely seeking to reset and re-posture its forces for renewed offensive activity in the coming days. This will probably include operations against the capital Kyiv.”
Meanwhile, emergency services said that three strikes in the city of Dnipro early on Friday morning had killed at least one person – the first such attack on the central Ukrainian city. They added that the strikes were close to a kindergarten and an apartment building.
The RIA news agency also reported that Russian-backed separatists had captured the city of Volnovakha north of the besieged Azov Sea port of Mariupol.