U.S. sees Russia focusing on eastern Ukraine, senior U.S. defense official says

U.S. sees Russia focusing on eastern Ukraine, senior U.S. defense official says
# 26 March 2022 02:02 (UTC +04:00)

The United States assesses that Russia is prioritizing eastern Ukraine's Donbass, as opposed to Kyiv, in what could be an effort to build leverage in negotiations and cut off Ukrainian forces in the east from the rest of the country, a senior U.S. defense official said on Friday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Russia said earlier on Friday that the first phase of its military operation was mostly complete and it would focus on completely "liberating" Ukraine's breakaway eastern Donbass region.

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