Vladimir Putin is planning an “expansion” to claim more territories in Ukraine outside of the current four illegally annexed regions.
The Kremlin are planning a “prolonged war effort” as they are plotting a “long-term restructuring and expansions efforts” by using “strategic reserves,” a new report shows.
German media has quoted sources claiming that Russian forces are strategising to “occupy Ukrainian territory beyond the four (illegally) annexed Ukrainian oblasts throughout 2024-2026.”
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Bild has said that the Kremlin are to expand their war efforts of the current four annexed regions in Ukraine and will then attempt to capture Kharkiv.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said, “Russia’s reported plans for the war in Ukraine through 2026 are in line with continued Russian preparations for a prolonged war effort.
The Russian military command is pursuing long-term restructuring and expansion efforts to form strategic reserves, and Russia has been gradually mobilising its DIB to sustain a long war.
The ISW added, “Russia’s reported medium to long-term plans to occupy territory beyond the four (illegally) annexed territories are also plausible considering that Russian officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, have reverted to expansionist rhetoric recently, and Russian forces continue offensive operations to expand their positions in Kharkiv Oblast.”
Speaking about the Bild report, the US think tank said, “ISW cannot independently authenticate BILD’s reporting, but Russia’s reported plans for the war in Ukraine through 2026 are in line with continued Russian preparations for a prolonged war effort.”