After an unsuccessful attempt to conquer Ukraine in a flash, Putin’s troops have reset their targets. For several weeks, the target of the Russian army has been: the Donbass region. Most recently, the Russian armed forces tried to surround the Ukrainian army in eastern Ukraine over a large area.
But since last week, the Kremlin army has been adopting a new strategy — and has been gaining more territory in the Donbass since early May. The American think tank “Institute for the Study of War” (ISW) has analyzed the change of strategy of the Russian troops. Surprisingly, the new strategy not only brings gains for Putin’s army, but also new problems in the Donbass.
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Some military experts question how promising the Russian army’s new strategy really is. First, the ISW explains that the Russian army has also reduced its targets with its new strategy. The focus is now on the encirclement of smaller areas and individual units. For example, the military operation in Izyum was largely abandoned.
A high-ranking Kremlin politician has also acknowledged the slow progress for the first time. The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tries to justify this fact by saying that the Russian army is making slow progress because they want to enable the civilians to evacuate. Although it has already become clear during the course of the war that Russian soldiers are targeting civilians and are preventing the Ukrainian defenders from attempting to evacuate.
The British Ministry of Defense also predicts another problem for the Kremlin army due to the change in strategy:
Ultimately, the ISW military experts sum up: “Instead of encircling all Ukrainian soldiers over a large area, the Russian armed forces are trying to encircle several small areas. Even if they have the opportunity to make step-by-step progress, they have not yet made any major breakthroughs with their new strategy.” The new approach in Donbass could even become a dead end for Russian troops. Because: The Russian army may now be using time and troops to ultimately achieve minimum goals.
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