Key Takeaways from the ISW:

  • Chechen Republic Head Ramzan Kadyrov's response to the October 29 antisemitic riots in the Republic of Dagestan suggests that Russian officials may be increasingly concerned about the weakening of authoritarian control in regions on the periphery of the Russian Federation.
  • Ukrainian forces continued offensive operations near Bakhmut and in western Zaporizhia Oblast on October 31.
  • Russian forces launched a series of missile and drone strikes against Ukraine on October 31.
  • Russian authorities detained two suspects for the murder of a Ukrainian family in occupied Donetsk Oblast.
  • Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces conducted combined missile strikes against Sevastopol and elsewhere in occupied Crimea on October 30.
  • Russian forces continued offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line, near Bakhmut, near Avdiivka, west and southwest of Donetsk City, in the Donetsk-Zaporizhia Oblast border area, and in western Zaporizhia Oblast and advanced near Avdiivka.
  • Former Wagner Group fighters continue to redeploy to Ukraine as part of other Russian formations.
  • Russian occupation officials continue efforts to eradicate Ukrainian language and culture in occupied Ukraine.

Authors: Angelica Evans, Kateryna Stepanenko, Christina Harward, Grace Mappes, and Frederick W. Kagan.

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