“Captivated by war: the Russian people in the face of the Ukraine War, Mobilization, and Tactical Defeat”, Joris Van Bladel (Egmont, Belgium)

Despite the illegality, absurdity, and criminal nature of his endeavour, Putin has shown not to accept defeat in Ukraine. On the contrary, since the winter of 2022, he has been preparing a spring offensive. The dimensions of these preparations, including hundreds of thousands of newly mobilized soldiers, are huge, which suggests that an offensive rivalling the February 2022 invasion is in the making. 

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