Ukraine war situation report – day 77
May 11, 2022 - President Putin is preparing for a long war in Ukraine, and a Russian victory in the Donbas region might not end the war, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines has said.
The warning comes as Ukraine claimed to have made further gains northeast of Kharkiv.
The counterattack near Kharkiv could signal a new phase, with Ukraine going on the offensive and supply lines into Russia now potentially vulnerable.
Since Russia was forced to abandon an assault on the capital Kyiv at the end of March, its main force has been trying to encircle Ukrainian troops in the eastern Donbas region, using the city of Izyum near Kharkiv, in the northeast, as a base.