However, it added the troops were using the power plant as a defence shield against the new and improved Ukrainian defences since western nations supplied much-needed equipment to Kyiv.
The report ended: “Russian forces have probably used the wider facility area, in particular the adjacent city of Enerhodar, to rest their forces, utilising the protected status of the nuclear power plant to reduce the risk to their equipment and personnel from overnight Ukrainian attacks.”
In spite of the need to regroup and rest its personnel, the Russian military has made some advances in the region, with Ukraine forced to concede some territory.
President Volodymyr Zelensky, has described the pressure his forces are under in the east of the country as “hell”.
Mr Zelensky’s defences have been forced to abandon a strategic coal mine as Russian forces advance on the outskirts of Avdiivka.
Ukraine forced to give ground in east