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Russia will “almost certainly” switch to capturing the Donetsk region, according to the latest intelligence report from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). 

The report said: “Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from Lysychansk, likely falling back to prepared defensive positions.

“Russia’s Ministry of Defence had earlier claimed to have completed the encirclement of Lysychansk and secured full control of the city.

“Fighting in and around the city in Luhansk Oblast has intensified over the past week with Russian forces making steady progress.

“The city was the last remaining major population centre in Luhansk Oblast under Ukrainian control. Russia’s focus will now almost certainly switch to capturing Donetsk Oblast, a large portion of which remain under the control of Ukrainian forces.

“The fight for the Donbas has been grinding and attritional and this is highly unlikely to change in the coming weeks.

“With harvest underway, Russia’s invasion continues to have a devastating impact on Ukraine’s agricultural sector.

“The war has caused major disruption to the supply chains of seed and fertiliser which Ukrainian farmers rely on.

“Russia’s blockade of Odesa continues to severely constrain Ukraine’s grain exports. Because of this, Ukraine’s agricultural exports in 2022 are unlikely to be more than 35 percent of the 2021 total.

“Following its retreat from the Black Sea outpost of Snake Island, Russia misleadingly claimed that ‘the ball is now in Ukraine’s court’ in relation to improving grain exports.

“In reality, it is Russia’s disruption of Ukraine’s agricultural sector which continues to exacerbate the global food crisis.”





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