British intelligence updated this morning (Monday) about the fighting in the city of Mariupol. The update shows that there is concern among senior Russian military officials about the time it will take to subdue the port city. The Ukrainian army has managed to significantly slow down the advance of the Russians to other places. Also, the occupation efforts caused extensive destruction of infrastructure and significant losses among the population.
In addition, British intelligence noted that the Russian fighting pattern in the city is similar to the fighting pattern in the Second Chechen War in 1999 and the Syrian Civil War in 2006, contrary to claims by the Moscow Defense Ministry in February that Russia would not harm Ukrainian cities or population.
The battle for control of Ukraine’s eastern and southern cities is the final stage in the war now in its eighth week, with Russia trying to establish its grip on an area that provides strategically important access points to the Black Sea and beyond. “The city has not yet fallen,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister Dennis Shmihel.
At the same time, residents of the city of Lvov reported this morning the echoes of many explosions, the mayor claimed that a number of missiles had hit the city, but no casualties have been reported so far.