In this regard, British intelligence summarizes that in the region of Avdeevka in the Donetsk region, “a large-scale Russian attack failed against strong Ukrainian defenses”.
But at the same time in the south, “Ukraine’s advance remains relatively static between the two main lines of well-prepared Russian defensive positions.”
“A major factor in this phenomenon is likely to be the relative strength of tactical air power: both sides maintain robust air defenses, which has prevented fighter jets from providing effective air support for attacks,” noted London’s intelligence agency.
The bulletin also emphasized that the “geographic scope” of the war hampered offensives.
“Both sides were trying to assemble a free strike force capable of a breakthrough, as the majority of their mobilized troops are needed to hold the 1,200-kilometer front line,” the military explained.