The Ukrainian resistance in the port city of Mariupol since the beginning of the war has enormously weakened the Russian troops, according to a situation report by the British Ministry of Defense on Friday morning.
The British say the reconstruction and re-equipment of the armed forces could take longer if carried out carefully. However, with Russian commanders under intense pressure to achieve visible results, it is likely that Moscow will send its troops into its offensive in the Donbass region without proper preparation. This risks further wearing down the soldiers.
According to Russian information, since the beginning of the week 1,730 Ukrainian gunmen have surrendered who were holed up in the bunkers under the Mariupol steelworks. They were taken prisoner of war, it said. The British also spoke of around 1,700 Ukrainian soldiers who would probably have surrendered. An unknown number are still in the Azovstal Steelworks.