Military briefing: How will Russia’s mobilisation affect the war in Ukraine?

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War in Ukraine


Russia’s goal was probably not to assemble an attacking force to overwhelm the Ukrainian military, said Jack Watling, a senior research fellow at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute. Instead it was probably trying to stabilise its losses and draw out the conflict beyond next year. ...“It means that new Ukrainian manoeuvre units must be trained and equipped to counter new Russian formations in the spring,” Watling said, warning of the risk of complacency in the west about the need to prepare the Ukrainian military for a drawn-out conflict.