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Analysts note that Putin is betting on a protracted war with the use of conventional weapons – informational conditions for a possible withdrawal from Kherson, preparations for undermining the dam in Novaya Kakhovka and mobilization indicate that the dictator is not going to look for a way out of the war.
It is noted that Putin creates conditions for increasing the combat capability of Russia in the winter and in 2023 – the institute mentions decrees on strengthening the coordination of the central government of the Russian Federation and the regions, the allocation of funds to support the army and steps to transfer Russia to a military footing.
Putin continues to demonstrate his readiness to increase internal discontent in the Russian Federation in order to achieve his goals by military means. As such, he shows “clear disinterest” in any concessions or negotiations that might lead to real peace.
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