In light of challenging winter conditions, Putin has instructed his troops to intensify offensive operations across multiple fronts, including the Kharkiv-Luhansk Oblast border, near Bakhmut, and toward Avdiivka.
The Institute for the Study of War think tank said Putin's directive is part of his strategy to seize and maintain the initiative before the March 2024 Russian presidential elections.
Despite adverse weather conditions, Putin's forces have increased their efforts in multiple regions in Ukraine, successfully gaining control along the Kharkiv-Luhansk Oblast border, near Bakhmut, and the Avdiivka-Donetsk City axis, according to Ukrainian officials and military statements cited by the think tank.
The motive behind Putin's recent actions appears to be to portray Russia as a dominant force in Ukraine as the elections draw closer.
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However, Ukraine's counter-offensives have proven effective in repelling Russian advances in multiple areas.
As fighting between the two countries seems to be ramping up, concerns about the potential for World War III are growing. Russia has even issued threats to strike NATO countries if F-16s, donated to Ukraine, are stationed within those nations, Front Page Detectives previously reported.
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Poland has already sounded a warning, with Jack Siewiera, the head of Poland's national security agency, predicting that Russia could attack NATO nations within the next three years.
Siewiera emphasized the need for NATO countries on the eastern flank, including Poland, Estonia, Romania and Lithuania, to prepare for potential confrontation and deter aggression by increasing troop numbers, Express reported.
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