Moscow’s efforts to seize control of eastern Ukraine have all but ground to a halt with forces failing to make progress on the ground.

The Russian army had expected to make advances of as much as 40km a day, according to Western officials, but is currently struggling to even manage two kilometres due to the intense resistance from Ukrainians.

The Kremlin has suffered repeated setbacks and heavy losses in men and equipment in the course of the 79-day-old invasion.

Some unverified reports suggest there have been as many as 26,000 Russian casualties.

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