Russia makes false claims of success to boost troop morale: UK MoD


Moscow is making false claims about its progress in Ukraine to boost the morale of its forces and better sell the war to the Russian public, the British Ministry of Defense has said.

His daily assessment said Russian defense operations remained “reduced in scope and scale” and that fighting west of the town of Lysychansk, which Moscow’s forces captured, was “focused on Siversk and Bakhmut “.

“This despite Russian claims that the outskirts of the town of Siversk penetrated earlier in the week,” defense officials said on Saturday.

“Russia has made premature and false statements of success in the past,” officials said, and this “probably was at least in part to demonstrate success to the domestic public and boost the morale of the fighting forces.”

The British Ministry of Defense also said that Ukrainian forces had successfully repelled Russian attacks since ceding Lysychansk and that the Ukrainian defensive line had been “shortened and straightened”.

“This helped concentrate force and fire against reducing Russian attacks and helped reduce Russia’s momentum,” they added.

The assessment comes as Russia was accused of increasing its long-range bombardment of Ukrainian cities.

Russian missiles struck the central city of Dnipro on Friday, killing three people and injuring 15, according to a Telegram message from regional governor Valentyn Reznychenko. Reuters shared images on social media of black smoke rising from burning buildings and cars in the city.

Meanwhile, Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said eight people had been killed and 13 injured in shelling in the east of the region.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, said The Guardian that Russia was deliberately stepping up its attacks on civilian targets, including the missile strike on downtown Vinnytsia that killed 23 people, including three children.

“They decided to terrorize the civilian population,” he told the newspaper. A U.S. official on Friday dismissed Russia’s claim that it targeted a Ukrainian air force meeting during the strike on the city about 260 km southwest of Kyiv.

A woman on a bicycle rides past a cloud of smoke from a fire in the background after a missile strike on an industrial and commercial company warehouse in Odessa on July 16, 2022. British defense officials said the same day that Russia made false claims of success in its war effort in Ukraine.
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Ukraine’s claims that Russian forces have civilian targets are consistent with the latest analysis from the US think tank, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

In his Daily War Assessment, he said on Friday that Russian forces had continued “systematic attacks on civilian infrastructure” in which they targeted residential buildings, recreational facilities and educational institutions in the city of Mykolaiv. .

Moscow has previously denied it was targeting civilians and Newsweek contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

The ISW also said Russian forces were “probably coming out of their operational pause” and launched ground assaults north of Sloviansk, southeast of Siversk, around Bakhmut and southwest of the city of Donetsk.

Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.


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