Russian President Vladimir Putin started “a pop-up war—nimble and covert—that is likely to be the design of the future.”.
In June, after a bit of a lull that coincided with the G7 summit in Germany, shelling picked up near this strategic coastal port just as before. Indeed, the fighting seems to begin each night around sunset, and clearly some people think it is in their interest to keep the conflict going.
Yet the long-anticipated invasion and siege of Mariupol, with the ultimate aim of establishing a land bridge to Russian-annexed Crimea, has not happened.
This shouldn’t be surprising. As we have seen elsewhere, Putin’s approach is gradual. He will slowly chip away at the country, keep his troops active and pushing forward bit by bit until he gets what he wants.