The Defence Ministry of Russia has publically announced a pause in combat operations in Ukraine while its forces are undergoing measures to "replenish combat capabilities". The American Institute for the Study of War has stated this is a sure sign that Russia is preparing for "larger operations".
Russian news agency TASS, on Thursday 7 July quoted a source in the Russian Defence Ministry as saying: "The servicemen have been given an opportunity to rest and receive letters and parcels from home." The pause in combat operations from the Russian troops had earlier been reported by the American Institute for the Study of War. The institute claimed that the pause is needed by the Russian forces in preparation for "larger operations".
This statement follows reports of the Russian parliament quickly passing wartime economic legislation that will allow it to take control of the economy during what the Kremlin is referring to as a "special military operation" in Ukraine.
The legislation was approved on Wednesday, July 6, and will become law once it has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Usually, such legislation would be reserved for full-scale war, having previously been used by countries during World War II, to allow them to take control of production facilities needed to build the armaments and weapons required to defend themselves.