“They meant to be a lot additional alongside within the complete encirclement,” mentioned the official who requested for anonymity as a way to candidly focus on operations. Now they’re “nowhere near linking north with south.”

Russian forces are cautious of repeating their errors making an attempt to take Kyiv, the place floor forces superior too far forward of their provide strains and didn’t have the assets to maintain the battle, the official mentioned this week. Now, they’re able to transfer just a few kilometers on any given day, the official mentioned.

“They actually simply sprinted to Kyiv after which didn’t have the backup, didn’t have the gas, didn’t have the meals, didn’t have the spare components to maintain them there,” the official mentioned. “They don’t need to make that very same mistake.”

Whereas Russia has a bonus within the Donbas as a result of it’s a smaller and extra open space, floor forces can be hampered by rain, mud and different climate situations as spring continues, the official mentioned.

Including to Russia’s troubles, the Pentagon additionally assesses that Moscow is having issues with replenishing its stock of precision-guided munitions, the official mentioned. Most of their strikes are being performed with “dumb bombs” as a substitute of precision weapons.

Whereas it’s troublesome to foretell the result of the battle, for now the Ukrainians “proceed to withstand successfully within the Donbas,” the official mentioned.

The Pentagon’s evaluation comes a day after the White Home unveiled a massive new $33 billion funding request to bolster Ukraine’s navy within the ongoing battle. The proposal, which Congress should nonetheless approve, consists of greater than $20 billion in new navy and safety help, and sends a sign to Russia that the USA intends to proceed backing Ukraine.