War on Ukraine: Evolution of the war

Experts discuss the current state of the conflict and what is next.

Members event, Panel Recording
7 July 2022 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

War on Ukraine: evolution of the war

— Expert-led panel investigate questions on the evolution of the war.

As the world moved past 100 days of conflict in Ukraine, there has been a gradual evolution in the war since it was first launched by Russia in late February. A disastrous attempt to seize Kyiv and secure a lightning victory has been replaced by a war of attrition focused on the south and east in the Donbas. The recent pivot to focus on the Donbas and the sought-after land bridge to Crimea by Russian forces has recalibrated the focus of the war.

Key developments of the war have been in focus; Russian tactical failings, large losses on the battlefield, Ukrainian military adaptability and resolve. A drawn-out war of trench warfare, regular artillery bombardments and minimal advances has taken shape.

The expert-led panel investigate questions including:

  • How would one assess the military records of both Ukraine and Russia during the first months of conflict?

  • Why did Russian forces fail to seize Kyiv and what has prompted their performance so far?

  • Can one point to success and failures in non-conventional forces such as the cyber war? Does the Russian military have weaponry that can radically change the face of the war?

  • Are we destined for a long, drawn-out war of attrition? What can both sides take from such a position?

  • Has Western military aid adequately supported Ukraine’s defences?

 This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work focused on the future of conflict.

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