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Russia ‘in very fragile position’ and bracing for ‘major’ Ukrainian counterattack, say UK

Advance of Russian troops ‘can be measured in metres, not miles’, UK defence secretary says

Katy Clifton
Wednesday 24 August 2022 20:54 BST
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Russia is in a “very fragile position” as it braces for a major Ukrainian counterattack, the UK has said as Vladimir Putin’s war hit the six-month mark.

British defence secretary Ben Wallace, who was briefed by intelligence chiefs on Wednesday morning, said Russia’s advance “is grinding” in parts of Ukraine.

Speaking as Ukraine celebrates its 31st Independence Day, Mr Wallace told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Russia’s advance can be measured in metres per week, not miles. It is grinding in small parts of the country in an attempt to advance – completely opposite of the three-days special operation that it touted at the beginning of this, six months ago.

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