Analysts note that on November 21, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmytro Peskov stated that the change of the current government in Ukraine is not the goal of the Russian “military special operation” and indicated that Vladimir Putin “already spoke about it.”
The words of Peskov probably had a purpose mitigate the consequences of the pro-war speech of the vice-speaker of the Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachov, who stated that Russia “can normalize relations with Ukraine only after the capitulation of the Ukrainian government.”
“These two statements are contradictory. In response to Peskov’s statement, a Millblogger associated with Wagner PMC sarcastically noted that Russia is aimlessly waging a war without a clear goal,” ISW emphasized.
Specialists explained that “nThe Kremlin’s desire to publicly fully commit to extreme nationalist ideology and war baffles the propagandists who preach such ideology to the Russian masses.”
The Institute for the Study of War added that at the same time Putin himself, usually tries to balance extreme arguments to win the support of the nationalist community and a more moderate narrative to retain the support of the rest of the Russian population.
“However, Russia’s military failures and increasing casualties make Putin’s deliberate concealment of war aims and attempts to balance rhetoric only fuel discontent among critical groups,” the analysts concluded.
Key findings of ISW:
- The Russian military launched another massive coordinated missile attack on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine.
- Russian politicians continue to promote openly genocidal rhetoric against Ukraine.
- Russian sources claim that Ukrainian troops continued counteroffensive actions in the direction of Kreminnaya and Svatovo.
- Russian troops continued offensive actions in the area of Bakhmut and Avdiivka.
- Russian troops continued their defense on the left bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region.
- The Kremlin continues cryptomobilization at the expense of other Russian special services.
- The occupiers continue to forcibly resettle local residents and confiscate their property.