The Russians’ strategy has shifted, they’re in it for the long haul, and they will win. From Mike Whitney at unz.com:
Interview with Marko Marjanović, Editor of Anti-Empire
Marko Marjanović, Editor of Anti-Empire.com — It is undeniable that how the Russians were prosecuting the war at the start and how they are prosecuting it now is entirely different. Not just in the way they fight (small detachments vs combined arms) or advance (mad dash vs deliberate) but also on the map itself. Where before they were pouring forces into six different axes of advance they have now pulled back along many of them or even abandoned them entirely to focus on just the two Donbass axes.