Crucial weeks ahead, or what could force Moscow to negotiate

Ivan Fedorov can’t wait. He wants to get into the car now and go to his hometown. “It couldn’t be better. Now, right now,” he says.

The 34-year-old is the mayor of Melitopol, a Russian-occupied city near the Sea of ​​Azov. The fate of the citizens of a city of 150,000 before the Russian invasion in 2022 gives him sleepless nights. However, he had no choice but to wait in Zaporozhye.

In thinking about the Ukrainian counteroffensive, we must keep in mind that Melitopol is a prominent city on the map of Ukraine.. Taking it back from the hands of the Russians would make the atmosphere in the Kremlin very hot.

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