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As the war nears the end of its 12th week, Russian forces have made an adjustment that demonstrates diminished ambitions, the Pentagon said Wednesday: Moscow’s troops are now attacking in smaller groups with scaled-back objectives, a response to organizational problems and Ukrainian military resistance.
Instead of combat units with several hundred soldiers, Russian Army companies ranging in size from several dozen to about a hundred troops have sometimes led attacks in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, a U.S. defense official said. They’ve focused efforts on villages and crossroads instead of major cities and expanses of Ukrainian territory, the official said.
Meanwhile, Turkey blocked the start of NATO accession for Finland and Sweden, a sign that expanding the military alliance could be a bumpy process. President Biden endorsed the Nordic nations’ applications and expressed confidence that he could persuade Turkish leaders to drop their objections. “I think we’re going to be okay,” he told reporters Wednesday.