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Russian momentum in Ukraine may slow down due to lack of resources – British Prime Minister

Written by Javed Iqbal

Ukrainian service members pass by a damaged car in the city of Sievierodonetsk, while Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine June 20, 2022. Photo taken June 20, 2022. REUTERS / Oleksandr Ratushniak

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BERLIN, June 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s Defense Intelligence Service believes Russia’s momentum in the war in Ukraine will wane in the next few months as its army depletes its resources, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a group of European newspapers.

In comments released Wednesday by the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Johnson said President Vladimir Putin’s forces were advancing in the eastern Donbas region, wreaking havoc but at great cost to soldiers and weapons.

“However, our defense intelligence service believes that in the next few months, Russia may reach a point where there is no longer any forward momentum because it has depleted its resources,” Johnson was quoted as saying in the interview.

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“Then we must help the Ukrainians turn the tide. I will argue for this at the Group of Seven summit (in Germany this weekend),” he said.

“In as much as the Ukrainians are able to launch a counter-offensive, it should be supported. With equipment that they require of us,” he said.

Asked what a victory for Ukraine or a failure for Putin would look like, Johnson said:

“That we at least regain the status quo that was there before 24 February and that its (Russia’s) troops are repulsed from

the areas they invaded “.

The interview was also given to France’s Le Monde and Italian and Spanish newspapers.

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Reporting by Madeline Chambers Editing by Gareth Jones

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