Great Britain also sees signs of a redeployment of Russian troops from eastern to southern Ukraine. Russia has apparently identified the front in the southern Ukrainian region of Zaporizhia as a weak point where reinforcements are needed, the Ministry of Defense said in London on Monday, citing intelligence information.

Previously, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj had reported in his video address on Monday night that Russian troops were being moved south.

Shortly after the war began, Russia occupied large areas in southern Ukraine. Recently, however, Ukrainian troops had started counteroffensives there and put the Russian armed forces under pressure, also thanks to the artillery supplied by the West.

“Russia is likely to adjust the operational design of its Donbass offensive after failing to make a decisive operational breakthrough under the plan it has been pursuing since April,” it said. Russia is likely to redeploy a significant number of its armed forces from the northern Donbass sector to southern Ukraine.

In the east, the Russian offensive continues to falter, the ministry said. “In the past four days, Russia has attempted further tactical attacks on the Bakhmut Axis northeast of Donetsk and has made slow progress,” the statement said.