After the capture of Lisichansk, the Russian invaders initiated an operational pause in Ukraine and are preparing their economy for a protracted war.
This was stated by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
According to them, the Russian Ministry of Defense has been announcing territorial "acquisitions" every day since the beginning of the war, but has ceased to do so since the completion of the encirclement of Lisichansk. However, on July 6, Russian troops did conduct limited and unsuccessful ground attacks in all directions.
At the same time, the Kremlin continued to set conditions for the "cryptomobilization" of the Russian economy in anticipation of protracted operations in Ukraine. Thus, the State Duma adopted in the third and final reading a law that will allow the Russian government to control and regulate labor relations in public and private enterprises.
The law would allow government officials to recall employees from personal leave, reschedule time off without the employee's consent, and require employees to work weekends, holidays, and nights. These measures allow the Kremlin to gain much more direct control over most aspects of the Russian economy, including the suspension of rights and protections that some workers usually enjoy, the ISW said.
As reported, yesterday Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the President's Office, gave a new forecast regarding the end of the war in Ukraine. He suggested that Ukraine would "deal with this problem" in 2.5 years.