Key Takeaways from the ISW:

  • The Wagner Group will likely no longer exist as a quasi-independent parallel military structure following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s almost certain assassination of Wagner financier Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner founder Dmitry Utkin, and reported Wagner logistics and security head Valery Chekalov on August 23.

  • Putin delivered a brief de facto eulogy of Prigozhin and reportedly deceased Wagner leadership on August 24, and portrayed Prigozhin as his loyal subordinate up until his death, the armed rebellion notwithstanding.

  • The Wagner Council of Commanders have notably not released a public statement following the downing of Prigozhin’s plane.

  • Putin’s almost certain assassination of Wagner leadership has made it very clear that the Kremlin will be outwardly hostile to those that attempt to secure independence for their own parallel military structures.

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  • The Russian information space largely refrained from linking the Kremlin and the Russian MoD to Prigozhin’s and Utkin’s assassination.

  • Ukrainian forces advanced closer to the Russian second line of defense in the Robotyne area in western Zaporizhia Oblast on August 24, further widening their breach of Russian defensive lines in the area.

  • Ukrainian Southern Operational Command Spokesperson Captain First Rank Nataliya Humenyuk reported that Russian forces are conducting additional lateral redeployments from Kherson Oblast to the frontline in Zaporizhia Oblast, suggesting that Ukrainian forces have further degraded Russian defensive lines in the area.

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  • Russian forces conducted offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line, near Bakhmut, along the Avdiivka-Donetsk City line, and in western Zaporizhia Oblast on August 24, and reportedly advanced.

  • Ukrainian forces conducted offensive operations along at least two sectors of the front on August 24 and advanced near Bakhmut and in western Zaporizhia Oblast.

 

Authors: Nicole Wolkov, Angelica Evans, Christina Harward, Kateryna Stepanenko, and Frederick W. Kagan.

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I think the way the Ukrainians are pursuing their military goals are sensible. The US and others want more of a concentrated, all-in-one attack which is precisely what Russia desires: this would finally allow them the ability to "out mass" the Ukrainian army and line them up. Considering Russia's air superiority, it would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

If you think Ukraine's apparently scattered, non-conformist tactics are destined to fail, do you remember Afghanistan? Such tactics drove the entire Western alliance out. Do you remember Iraq? Such tactics drove the entire Western alliance out. Do you remember Vietnam? Such tactics drove the entire Western alliance out. In other words, they still work.

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