this is what a Russian commentator says
"current polls suggest that “there will be almost no pro-Russian deputies” in the Verkhovna Rada to be elected on October 26. And Putin needs to achieve his goals in the next few months before the situation in the occupied territories becomes “truly catastrophic” and potentially explosive for Russia itself.
Given the approach of winter and the reluctance of the EU to put its gas supplies at risk by a new round of sanctions, Putin has every reason to move quickly. And “if Russian forces and their allies in the Donbas do not achieve real successes, perhaps, they will attack along the entire line of the border
and later today one of the rebel leaders said that the ceasefire is over
while new pictures have emerged from Russian military transports to Ukraine
the elections are near and very clear, there will hardly be any prorussian elected, so Putin has nothing to win if the elections take place because he can't lose anything
so don't be surprised if we have some surprises in the coming week