In its latest defense intelligence update released on social media, the Defense Ministry said that the Ukrainian resistance remained well-coordinated even as the Russian invasion largely stalled.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has largely stalled on all fronts,” the Defense Department intelligence update said.
“Russian forces have made minimal progress by land, sea or air in recent days and continue to suffer heavy casualties. The Ukrainian resistance remains steadfast and well-coordinated. The vast majority of Ukrainian territory, including all major cities, remains in Ukrainian hands,” it adds.
It comes a day after the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, called an “extraordinary meeting” of defense ministers in Brussels in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Defense ministers from across the military alliance said they had addressed both the immediate crisis in Europe and the longer-term adjustment of NATO’s defense activities.
“Britain and our allies continue to support Ukraine against the Russian invasion,” said British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.
During his stay in Brussels, the Defense Ministry said Wallace also held bilateral and small group meetings with the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Slovakia, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the Middle East for talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to break the West’s reliance on Russian oil and gas exports for its energy needs.
“The Prime Minister and Crown Prince [of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman] agreed to work together to maintain stability in the energy market and continue the transition to renewable and clean technologies,” Downing Street said in a replay of the meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday.
Johnson is in the region with a stated mission to build a global coalition against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian oil exports, which bring him a large majority of international money.
“The Prime Minister [Boris Johnson] wants every country to stop using Russian oil and gas. It is the funding that the Putin regime receives, largely from oil and gas, that is used directly to fund the Russian war machine. Everyone needs to be aware of that,” said the British Prime Minister’s spokesman.
“We understand that the position is different for individual countries, each country is in a different position and we respect that. But certainly the Prime Minister would like to further expand the coalition of countries so that everyone is united not only in condemnation but in action [against Putin]’ the spokesman noted, referring to India’s stance on Russian exports.
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