Russia prepares new offensive in Ukraine but won't make breakthrough: ISW
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Russia prepares new offensive in Ukraine but won’t make breakthrough: ISW

Russia will likely intensify offensive operations in eastern Ukraine during the winter, but won’t be able to make “significant brekathroughts,” according to the Institute for the Study of War. It is reported by with reference to “Polskie Radio”.

The US think tank made the assessment in its latest report on the war in Ukraine, published on Sunday night. 

According to Russian sources, Russian forces are preparing to launch a new large-scale offensive in southern and eastern Ukraine by February 2, the ISW reported.

It is designed to take advantage of frozen ground and the “exhaustion” of Ukrainian troops defending their positions in Avdiivka, in the eastern Donetsk region, and on the east (left) bank of Kherson province, US analysts added.

In the ISW’s assessment, “Russian forces will likely try to sustain or intensify localized offensive operations throughout eastern Ukraine in an attempt to seize and retain the initiative.”

However, “Russian forces will be unable to make operationally significant breakthroughs,” the US think tank said.

Monday is day 691 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.