Preparing For Putin’s Long War

  • “Since last fall, when the Ukrainians’ counterattacked and took large swaths of terrain back,” neither side has “had a large or real tactical victory,” Buckner tells Axios.
  • “Everybody’s bunkered down in relatively defensive positions.”
    Still, with the help of private mercenaries, Russia has seen some — albeit small — success in the eastern Donbas region this winter.
  • Russia’s focus currently appears to remain on Bakhmut, where a monthslong brutal fight has resembled a “battle of attrition” with heavy losses on both sides, Buckner says.
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