The Kremlin’s maximalist goals in Ukraine – to achieve a change of power in Kyiv and ensure territorial control over most of the country – have not changed, although Vladimir Putin is trying to distort them.
This is stated in reports Institute for the study of war.
Putin may offer Ukraine peace talks in November – a British expertIf the West demonstrates unity on the issue of Ukraine, and Russia cannot change the course of the battle for Kherson, sooner or later Putin will have to negotiate. Around November, he can offer peace talks to Ukraine, the expert believes.
August 12, 2022, 09:36
ISW noted that Putin did not mention the territory outside the Donbass when describing Russia’s war aims on August 15. He concluded his speech at the “Army-2022” forum with the statement that the Russian military together with the “fighters of Donbas” are fulfilling their duty – protecting Russia and “liberating” Donbas.
“Such a limited statement about Russia’s goals is in sharp contrast to the previously announced military goals for the “denazification” and “demilitarization” of all of Ukraine. Putin’s statement is also incompatible with the actions of the Russian Federation regarding the “joining” of the occupied parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions to the Russian Federation.the analysts said.
It will be recalled that the ISW previously stated that the goals of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine remain the change of the political regime and the destruction of the sovereignty of the Ukrainian state. According to analysts, the Kremlin is preparing for a protracted war with the intention of capturing a much larger part of Ukraine than Donbas.
At the same time, the high level of losses of the Russian Federation in Ukraine may prevent Putin from achieving one of the key goals of his war this year – the complete capture of Donbas.