Dr Jack Watling comments on the evidence for the Russian troops are repositioning

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So the Russians when they were trying to encircle Kyiv earlier in the conflict were pushing forwards, trying to gain ground and then they went firm and what that left them with is quite a lot of units that were exposed, not in ideally defensive positions, and it gave the Ukrainians a lot of opportunities to attack, harass and push back those troops. And so what we're seeing is the Russians as they are shifting the emphasis of operations to the Donbas, withdrawing to positions that are more defensible, more consolidated, and that will mean they will continue to use artillery to prevent those positions being attacked. But it demonstrates that Kyiv is now the secondary axis. It's not the main effort."