According to the British Ministry of Defense, Russia is facing challenges balancing its focus between offense and defense.
The ministry has observed that Russia is reinforcing its defenses in Ukraine’s Zaporizhia and Luhansk regions.
At the same time, the Russian army is also deploying soldiers in these areas, as reported in the ministry’s daily update on the conflict.
The division of military forces across Ukraine is a major concern for the Russian army command, the British defense officials believe.
The Russian army has been increasingly on the offensive in eastern Ukraine recently.
However, it remains cautious of a potential counter-offensive by Ukrainian forces in other parts of the country.
In the event of a Ukrainian breakthrough in Zaporizhia, it could pose a threat to the Russian-occupied Crimea.
Deciding which of these threats to prioritize is likely a major challenge for the Russian operational planners.
Meanwhile, in other news, the Netherlands has decreased gas consumption to its lowest level in 50 years due to high prices.
This highlights the continued efforts to find alternative energy sources and reduce dependence on gas.