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Washington talks about Russian frustration in Ukraine, and Britain suggests a reason

“We know they haven’t made the progress they wanted to make, especially in the north. They were frustrated by what they saw as the desperate resistance,” the official added.

“This has slowed their progress,” the unnamed US official told Reuters.

“We see indications of an escalation of the Ukrainian resistance in exchange for growing Russian frustration with the lack of momentum,” the official added.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry said that all Russian units in Ukraine were ordered to resume their offensive on Saturday from all axes after stopping on Friday.

Britain determines the reasons

For its part, the British Ministry of Defense stated that the Russian advance has likely witnessed a temporary slowdown, as a result of severe logistical difficulties and the intensity of the Ukrainian resistance.

The assessment of the British Ministry of Defense came in a periodic briefing based on intelligence information it published on Twitter.

“Russian forces are bypassing the main Ukrainian population centers, while leaving forces to encircle and isolate them,” she said.

“It is possible that a limited number of pre-positioned Russian groups were involved in the clashes that took place last night. The control of Kiev remains Russia’s primary military objective,” she added.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, on Saturday, that Ukraine had “derailed” the Russian attack plan, calling on the Russians to pressure Vladimir Putin to stop the war.

“We have withstood and succeeded in repelling the enemy’s attacks,” Zelensky said in a video clip on Facebook, explaining that “the fighting continues in many towns and regions of the country, but it is our army that controls Kiev and the main cities throughout the capital.”

“Every friend of Ukraine wants to join Ukraine to defend the country, please come, we will give you weapons,” Zelensky said in the video.

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