In the nine months since Russia began its all-out invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has not deviated from its maximalist goal of regaining control of Ukraine.
But according to the Institute for the Study of War, Moscow partially blurred its targets to lure Western countries into pressuring Ukraine into pleading for peace.
As Euronews correspondent Sasha Vakulina explains, Russian forces are now continuing their defensive operations on the east bank of the Kherson region.
Satellite images show the construction of Russian fortifications north of Radensk, 25 km southeast of Kherson city, along the highway leading to Armyansk.
It also proved the ongoing construction of defensive positions near Zaozerne along the road to Henichesk.
Both Armyansk and Henichesk are near the border with Russian-occupied Crimea.
Britain’s Defense Ministry says Russia is likely to have moved large parts of its airborne troops from the Kherson region to the Donetsk and Luhansk fronts in the Donbass over the past two weeks.
To watch Sasha Vakulina’s full report, click on the video above.