Headline RoundupMarch 28th, 2022

Russia Scaling Back Kyiv Assault, Focusing on Separatist-Backed Regions in the East

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russia is scaling back its assault on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and other parts of the country in the face of stiff resistance, focusing instead on separatist-backed regimes in Eastern Ukraine such as Donbas.

While the siege of Kyiv has been unsuccessful, Russia is declaring that the "first stage of the operation" has been largely accomplished as strategy changes are announced.  Meanwhile, the bulk of the Ukrainian army remains in eastern Ukraine in the hope of keeping Russia from destroying their forces in the country's industrial center and possibly splitting the country in two. 

Media sources from the right, left, and center acknowledge that the Russian pullback is a sign that their aspirations for a quick victory in Kyiv have failed, or at least been derailed.

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