"So far we see that Ukraine can no longer conduct offensive operations, while Russia can conduct limited offensive operations without using large numbers of troops," Ignatov said.

Observers believe that the Ukrainian army is facing several challenges, especially in light of the suffering it faces during the winter, Russia's continued air strikes and drone attacks, as well as the fact that Europe is unable to provide the million rounds of ammunition promised by Ukraine a year ago.

Preparations for the coming year

The senior Russia analyst at the International Crisis Group outlined the current situation of the war on a number of points:

Russia seems to be hoarding resources for use perhaps next year, but the impasse is when both sides realize they cannot achieve anything more militarily.

* It is very difficult to use heavy weapons in winter because they are difficult to hide, as any movement of equipment becomes more visible, so it is difficult to carry out the attack, but it is easy to achieve defense.

Q: Given Putin's decree to add some 170,<> troops to service, this is the second increase in the number of fighters since the war, and this is what I reminded you that Russia continues to strengthen its resources, and it is not only about soldiers, but also about weapons.

I think the Kremlin is preparing for new offensive operations in the Donbass and other parts of Ukraine, and both sides are now preparing for next year.

Concerns about Putin

In turn, the American magazine "Newsweek" explained that Putin's move may cause a result contrary to what the Russian president aspires to, despite popular support for Moscow's steps regarding the Ukrainian crisis.

Mark Katz, a professor of politics and governance at George Mason University, said that "opinion polls were not bad for Putin, as a study by the Carnegie Endowment for Peace revealed on Tuesday that 75 percent of Russian citizens support the actions of the Russian armed forces."

But he noted that "even with the Russian public supporting the war effort at the moment, there is no guarantee that this will continue, especially with the regime's attempt to increase the number of armed forces."

"Putin may not yet have taken the unpopular step of recruiting large numbers of Russian citizens from cities, at a time when he can fill his forces with prisoners and non-Russian minorities (two groups that the Russian public is not worried about material losses between)."