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'The advance is stalled': How Russia is moving war goalposts in Ukraine

On Friday, a senior military official said the real objective was to "liberate" the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine

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A charred Russian tank and captured tanks are seen, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the Sumy region (Photo: Reuters)

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Russia has reframed its war goals in Ukraine in a way that may make it easier for President Vladimir Putin to claim a face-saving victory despite a woeful campaign in which his army has suffered humiliating setbacks, military analysts say.

Russia attacked its neighbour by land, air and sea on Feb. 24 and pushed as far as the capital Kyiv - where its forces have been stalled for weeks - in what Ukraine and the West said was a bid to topple the democratic government of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

On Friday, however, a senior military official said the real objective was to

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First Published: Mar 26 2022 | 6:28 PM IST

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