From a US-centric think tank. Its good info, but better be aware Assessing Russia’s War in Ukraine"Following Russia’s unsuccessful initial invasion and attempt to seize the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, the Russian military has reoriented its offensive to Ukraine’s east, attempting to seize the Donbas and annex portions of the country."
The main subject all agree to meanwhile is that the war will not stop until "someone" stops Russia.
Putin wants to install Russia as a world power again, at least in the borders of the cold war, and Ukraine is the first step.
Forget the "nato threat", forget "Nazis", forget all you may want to accuse yourself of for having made mistakes, it is all about "tsar Putin the great" and a dictator's conquest.
Any concession made by Ukraine for "ending" the war, if even cared for by Russia, will only be a short inter-war armistice, gving Russia the chance to fill up its military losses.
This is of course inconvenient for people who think they can go back to business as usual (like chancellor Scholz or président Macron) "after the war".
The sanctions do not work fast enough, it is necessary to further apply pressure. This will not work in time for this war, but Russia will run into problems in the coming years.
The economy (productivity and product attractiveness) of Russia never was great. Most people outside the bigger cities always lived under low standards, and were always treated like dirt by the ruling class. "Putin does not care what the West thinks about him. And in case he gets replaced, it will be another dirtbag taking his seat and plundering the country and raping his neighbouring countries. Nothing new in the Russian theatre. Everything normal and as it always has been."
The Kremlin-loyal elites will go on living in luxury of course, maybe a yacht less and access denied to a lot of places, but compared to the average russian they will still live in relative luxury, with or without sanctions.
All that can be done via sanctions affects the ordinary people, who do not count in Russia.