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Putin Defeated In Bid To Topple Kyiv As Russia Says It’ll Focus Only On Separatists Regions Of Donbas

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Russia appeared to admit it has been defeated in its bid to topple Kyiv after the Kremlin said on Friday it will now only focus on “liberating” pro-Moscow separatist regions.

Moscow signalled it was scaling back its invasion in Ukraine to focus on territory claimed by Russian-backed separatists as the fierce resistance reoccupy towns up to 21 miles east of the capital.

The quick victory promised by tyrant Putin has turned into a bloodbath in the face of Ukrainian resistance

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The quick victory promised by Putin has turned into a bloodbath

Smoke billows from a Russian ship at the port of Berdiansk

Flames and smoke rise from a fire on the 30th day of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces in the northeastern city of Kharkiv

The Russian army said the first phase of its military campaign was over and troops will now focus on the complete “liberation” of the country’s eastern Donbas region.

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But Ukrainian defenders will remain wary of Russian rhetoric, with the Kremlin downplaying its so-called “special operation” being seen as a familiar tactic to try to sow false confidence before a renewed assault.

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Sergei Rudskoi, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces, said on Friday: “The main tasks of the first stage of the operation have been completed.

“The combat potential of Ukraine’s armed forces has been significantly reduced, which allows (us) – I emphasise once again – to focus our main efforts on achieving the main goal – the liberation of Donbas.”

He claimed Russian forces had “practically” destroyed Ukraine’s air force and anti-aircraft defences, as well as the navy.

But Rudskoi said the Russian army did not rule out further attacks on Ukrainian cities – claiming the assaults had not been planned.

“Initially, we did not plan to storm them in order to prevent destruction and minimise losses among personnel and civilians,” he told reporters.

“Although we do not rule out such a possibility, however, as individual groupings complete their assigned tasks… our forces and means will concentrate on the main thing – the complete liberation of Donbas.”

Putin’s troops have been hit by plummeting morale after the quick victory promised by the tyrant has turned into a bloodbath in the face of Ukrainian resistance.

Ukraine is close to securing a major victory as British defence officials said there was now a “realistic possibility” that the towns of Bucha and Irpin would be encircled by Ukrainian forces.

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The Ministry of Defence said Russian troops are facing “considerable supply and morale issues” and it was unlikely they would be able to regroup and capture Kyiv.

But Ukraine said talks with Moscow continued to be “very difficult” and vowed not to back down on its demands, more than a month into Russia’s invasion.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. “The negotiation process is very difficult.

“The Ukrainian delegation has taken a strong position and does not relinquish its demands.

“We insist, first of all, on a ceasefire, security guarantees, and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

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