Kyiv: After failing to capture kyiv, Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to change his war tactics in Ukraine and shift to a strategy of “protecting key territorial objectives”.
This was reported by the Wall Street Journal citing unnamed senior US officials, UNIAN said.
One of the interlocutors said that, given the data received, the effective defense of the Ukrainian armed forces prompted Putin to adjust his tactics.
Now the Russian president wants to force kyiv to accept Moscow’s claims to the southern and eastern territories of Ukraine.
Thus, Russia wants to create a “land corridor” between the west of the country and the Crimea occupied in 2014, as well as extending control over the Donbass.
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At the same time, Putin will continue his military pressure, including bombing cities, hoping this will force Zelensky to give up hope of joining the alliance with the West and accept neutrality status and other Kremlin demands. according to the report.
If Putin’s demands are not met, then, according to US officials, Russia will try to keep all territories occupied by its regular troops and continue its escalation.
“Based on our military assessments, it appears that Putin is reverting to blockade tactics,” one of the officials said.
According to him, for the citizens of the surrounding towns, this means weeks or even months of missile and artillery attacks by the Russian army.
Former top State Department official Daniel Fried said Putin’s goal of taking over Ukraine has not changed, “only his tactics have changed.”