A new offensive by the Russian occupation forces in Ukraine may take place in the coming months. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.
The Russian military leadership is reportedly waging a campaign of pretending to be part of an effective wartime apparatus in an attempt to change public opinion about Russia's failures in its war against Ukraine. On December 18, the Russian Defense Ministry published footage showing the head of the defense department, Sergei Shoigu, allegedly on a working trip to the Southern Military District (SMD) and inspecting a group of Russian troops in the combat zone in Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that Shoigu «heard reports from field commanders and communicated directly with personnel on the front line, paying special attention to the organization of comprehensive support for troops, the conditions for deploying personnel in the field, as well as the work of medical and rear units.& #187;.
In addition, on November 17, the Russian Defense Ministry released footage of Shoigu attending a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, and Commander of the Joint Group of Forces in Ukraine Sergei Surovikin to discuss immediate and medium-term proposals for Russian operations in Ukraine.
Analysts believe that through the above actions, the Russian Ministry of Defense is trying to strengthen its reputation as an effective military body in the face of consistent criticism of the conduct of the war by the pro-war community.
« The recent concerted effort by Russian military officials to present themselves as actively involved in the planning and control of hostilities, especially in the absence of tangible military victories in Ukraine, may to witness that the Russian Federation is preparing for a new offensive against Ukraine in the coming months & # 187;, & # 8212; the message says.