ISW: Russia will launch an offensive with insufficient power and in an unrealistic time frame
Russian the occupying forces do not have enough combat power for a new large-scale offensive. This was reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.
On February 7, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a press conference on the state of war. He stated that Russian troops were successfully developing operations near Bakhmut and Ugledar, and claimed that the occupiers had recently taken control of Soledar, Klescheevka, Podgorodnoe, Krasnopolovka, Blagodatnoe and Nikolaevka in the Bakhmutsky district and Lobkovo in the Zaporozhye region.
Analysts believe that in this way Shoigu was trying to create an appearance of formality and legitimacy for the Russian Ministry of Defense, which continues to reform the Russian army, prepare for a new offensive and create conditions for a long war in Ukraine.
At the same time, it was noted that that the Russian military command is in a hurry to launch a large-scale offensive operation with the aim of capturing the Donetsk region in an unrealistic time frame and, probably, without sufficient combat power.
The Russian nationalist information space also expresses concern about Russia's inability to conduct a quick and multifaceted decisive offensive operation at certain times.