The Ukrainian army this week announced gains around Bakhmut, its first substantive advances in about six months. That progress has prompted analysts to ask: has Ukraine’s much-vaunted counter-offensive already begun? Not yet, perhaps. But it is coming.
Katie Stallard in Washington DC and Ido Vock in Berlin discuss what the next phase of the war could look like. Will Ukraine’s army make rapid progress – as it did in the Kharkiv region last September – or get bogged down in attritional battles, as has been the case at Bakhmut? Katie and Ido also discuss Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin’s increasingly voluble complaints about the Russian ministry of defence, and whether the cracks in Vladimir Putin’s system are starting to show.
Katie Stallard on what to expect from Ukraine’s coming counter-offensive
Ido Vock asks: has Prigozhin turned on Putin?
Ido again, on the Wagner Group’s brutal tactics
Lawrence Freedman on Russia and Ukraine’s attempts to control the narrative of the war
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