Zelenskyy seeking to undermine Kremlin narrative, think tank says

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By Sasha Vakulina
Russian troops take part in drills at an unspecified location in Belarus. Belarus provided its territory for the Russian troops that attacked Ukraine.
Russian troops take part in drills at an unspecified location in Belarus. Belarus provided its territory for the Russian troops that attacked Ukraine.   -   Copyright  AP/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s frontline visit to Bakhmut was designed to undermine an ongoing Kremlin information operation intended to present Russian President Vladimir Putin as an involved war leader, the Institute for the Study of War says.

Bakhmut has been the prime target of the Russian assault for months. But the pace of Russian advances has not been increasing, the ISW says, assessing that Russian forces have gained a total of 192 km2 in the Bakhmut area between October 1 and December 20.