Ukraine could be struck with a fresh wave of Russian attacks from jets and choppers (Picture: Reuters / AP)
Russia is preparing to send fighter jets and attack helicopters to regain ground in Ukraine, intelligence officials have warned.
Western analysts have said a build-up of aircraft on the Ukrainian border could see Putin’s forces attempt to push the offensive in the Donbas region.
It is just a day after it was revealed Russia suffered one of its heaviest military losses after Ukraine estimated it has killed, wounded or imprisoned some 5,000 soldiers.
The number of those ‘taken out’ included members of the elite 155th naval infantry, which stormed the Donetsk region in late January.
Ukrainian soldiers also killed the brigade’s command staff and destroyed 130 pieces of equipment, including 36 tanks.
Defence ministers will today meet for the second day of a summit in Brussels to discuss plans for military support for the war-torn country.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told member countries they must step up deliveries to ensure Ukraine can fight back against Russian aggression.
The Russian president is said to be preparing more fighter jets to send into Ukraine (Picture: via REUTERS)
Russian rocket attacks across Ukraine have continued over the last few weeks as it approaches one year since war broke out (Picture: AP)
Former Norwegian prime minister Mr Stoltenberg said: ‘This has become a grinding war of attrition and therefore it’s also a battle of logistics.
‘This is a huge effort by allies to actually be able to get in the ammunition, the fuel, the spare parts, which are needed.’
He added: ‘We see no signs that President Putin is preparing for peace. What we see is the opposite, he is preparing for more war, for new offensives and new attacks.’
Ukrainian officials say the Kremlin is plotting a much broader offensive on the eastern Donbas regions, but also fresh attacks on Kharkiv in the northeast and Zaporizhzhia in the country’s south-east with aircraft and thousands of tanks and armoured vehicles.
Yesterday, Putin sent two nuclear-capable bombers over the Bering Sea, which separates Russia from Alaska, in a show of strength to the West.
Ukraine is reportedly preparing to use British long-range missiles to strike the Russian-held Crimea while Russia prepares to launch its new wave of attacks.
Russian bombers have been sent over Ukrainian airspace and the Kremlin is said to be poised to launch fresh attacks (Picture: Reuters)
President Zelensky is pushing his western allies to supply more missiles and fighter jets to propel the attacks, warning the war could ‘stagnate’ without them.
Rishi Sunak has responded to his plea by admitting ‘nothing is off the table’ when it comes to the UK’s supply of military aid to help fight the Russian invasion.
Kyiv has demanded urgent air support that has been met with a mixed response from allies.
Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine’s defence minister, yesterday held up an image of a fighter jet when asked what he wanted from the meeting aimed at providing more weapons to the country.