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Putin Races the Clock as Fast Military Advance ‘Frustrated’

  • Russian assault in Ukraine still has advantage in firepower
  • Kremlin’s plan envisages carve up of demilitarized Ukraine
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Petrol Storage Facility South-West of Kyiv Hit by Missile
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Russia’s plans for Ukraine face rapidly rising costs due to delays caused by tougher-than-expected resistance from forces on the ground, even as its military retains overwhelming advantages.

A person familiar with Russian planning said the military would have hoped for faster progress. The Kremlin has declined to comment on details of the military operation, and its Defense Ministry says the campaign has been successful.