Amid Mounting Domestic Troubles, Putin Tries to Regain Initiative in Eastern Ukraine

Russia makes a bit of Winter War in Ukraine.

The sharp escalation of hostilities in eastern Ukraine last week (January 22) has disheartened many in Europe who had hoped for a gradual resolution of the Ukraine conflict. On the other hand, it has been a welcome return to the path of victory for many in Russia who consume or produce the flow of war propaganda. For some observers, the fragility of the ceasefire and the impossibility of “freezing” the conflict in the present configuration were beyond doubt, so the question that is looming large in the commentary is not “Why?” but rather “Why now?”

The rest of the article can be read in Eurasia Daily Monitor, January 26.

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