A senior U.S. defense official told reporters that there were still problems with the coordination of Russian forces, the morale of the troops and the logistics.
But “we will be very careful in our predictions,” he added.
“We are determined to do everything possible to help the Ukrainians defend themselves, including training them in the skills we offer them,” the senior official, who did not want to be named, continued.
“They behave very well on the battlefield, they have no synchronization problems, they have no command problems, and their logistics and distribution are truly historic,” he added.
“But the Russians still have a significant portion of their accumulated skills on the borders of Ukraine since the autumn,” he underlined.
“The ability to fight alone is not enough to win a war: to have the will to fight, to have good command,” he noted. But despite all this, “we continue to believe that this conflict will continue.”
The Russian military, which is now focusing on its efforts in southern Ukraine to build a causeway connecting Russian territory with the annexed Crimean peninsula in 2014, took control of the port of Mariupol after Ukrainian troops surrendered to defend the Azovstal base.
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