The report says that such a scenario, according to US and European military officials, could benefit Russia.

Also, sources in the US administration told the agency that the actions of the Russian Armed Forces in the Artyomovsk region had exhausted the forces of the Ukrainian army, reducing its offensive potential in other sectors of the front.

Earlier it was reported that Russian units of the Vostok group of troops continue their offensive in the South-Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, more advantageous lines are occupied.