December 24 will mark 10 months since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and for the first time Vladimir Putin has publicly used the word “war” to refer to it.
But the Institute for the Study of War says Putin’s general rhetoric has not changed and is part of an ongoing Russian information operation that denies Ukraine’s legitimacy as a sovereign state. .
The return of subzero temperatures has made the theater of war look like the images of February 24, with the difference that Russian troops are now in a defensive position on the majority of the front, with the exception of Bakhmut.
It was the main target of the Russian assault for months.
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