Putin Plotting Fresh Offensive To ‘Regain Initiative’ After Losses: Reports

Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly planning a new offensive in the next month or two to combat Ukrainian gains in the war he started.

After months of losing ground, the Kremlin will look to “regain the initiative” with offensives that could come soon as February or March, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed officials. This could pressure Kyiv and its allies to agree a truce in which Moscow retains control of the territory it now occupies.

The outlet said Russia’s willingness to accept casualties had convinced Putin that he would win the war, despite recent setbacks. Ukraine has also warned of an Russian offensive, which Bloomberg said could come before Kyiv takes delivery of the Leopard 2 and Abrams tanks promised by the U.S. and Germany this week.

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