100 Days of War in Ukraine: Russia’s Offensive in the East
100 Days of War in Ukraine: Russia’s Offensive in the East

100 Days of War in Ukraine: Russia’s Offensive in the East

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Elissa Jobson talk about the fighting in eastern Ukraine, which continues more than 100 days after Russia launched its large-scale invasion of its neighbour.

After failing to capture Kyiv, Russian forces have regrouped, with Moscow looking to solidify control of territory it holds in the south and east and to capture more land, including all of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Artillery exchanges and positional fighting continue, even as local cities and towns suffer under bombardment and/or occupation.

This week on
War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Elissa Jobson unpack some of the unique dynamics of the fighting in these eastern regions. They discuss the tactics used by the Russian army in the war so far, drawing comparisons to its other interventions – past and present – in Chechnya and Syria. They talk about what Russia is trying to achieve in Ukraine’s east and how it envisions the region’s future, as more towns come under Russian occupation. They also discuss why the prospects of successful peace talks look increasingly slim and what might need to happen for parties to decide that negotiations are more advantageous than continued fighting.

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For more analysis of the Ukraine war, check out Crisis Group’s extensive analysis on our Ukraine country page.

Contributors

Program Director, Europe and Central Asia
OlyaOliker
Chief of Advocacy
ElissaJobson