NATO reports that Russia is regrouping to ramp up operations in Eastern Ukraine.
Analyst Comment: There have been two dominant narratives: The Western narrative is that Russia carried out an unprovoked attack on Ukraine and will continue its war into neighboring countries if left unchecked. The other is that Russia is fighting the globalist / Davos agenda and every action they have taken is part of a well-executed plan. Both of these narratives have not meshed well with reality. Russia doesn’t seem to have much interest beyond Ukraine, has its own well-articulated reasons for invading, but has also faced many unforeseen issues which have required changes in strategy. Putin is not just fighting for control, he is also attempting to win in the court of public opinion which is a far more difficult battle.