Russia has ‘regained momentum’ in Ukraine, former Pentagon chief warns

Russian forces have “regained momentum” after Ukraine’s withdrawal from the city of Avdiivka, according to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Ukrainian forces had been overwhelmed in the eastern city and ultimately withdrew from it over the weekend. U.S. leaders have warned that Russia could take more Ukrainian territory if more aid isn’t provided to Ukraine soon.

“A lot of people are referring to the war, at this point, as a stalemate. I’m afraid I believe that at this point, it’s actually not so much a stalemate, but that the Russians have regained momentum,” Gates explained during a Washington Post live event on Wednesday. “It’s not breakthrough kind of momentum, but it is the sense that they are now the ones pressing the offensive. The loss of Avdiivka was important.”

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