Russia’s assault on the Donbas town of Bakhmut has largely stalled, the British Defense Ministry said in an Intelligence Update, Report informs.

This is likely primarily a result of extreme attrition of the Russian force. Ukraine has also suffered heavy casualties during its defense. The Russian situation has also likely been made worse by tensions between the Russian Ministry of Defence and Wagner Group, both of whom contribute troops in the sector.

Russia has likely shifted its operational focus towards Avdiivka, south of Bakhmut, and to the Kremina-Svatove sector in the north, areas where Russia likely only aspires to stabilise its front line,” reads the Intelligence Update.