There has been an intensification of activity on the battlefields in the last 48 to to 72 hours. A good source on this is Simplicius the Thinker substack site - see below. My overall impression is that the intensity of the current waves of Russian missile and drone attacks is such as to suggest an attempt by Russia to persuade Ukraine once and for all that whatever Ukraine puts forward Russia can match X 10. Were this message to actually get through, and if Ukraine was a sovereign agent (i.e. not a Washington pawn) Ukraine would withdraw its plans for a counter-offensive and seek a negotiated settlement prior to Russia’s implementation and its clear capability of and preparations for, a massive offensive of its own could which would take it to the Dnieper, probably enfolding Odessa, and poised to go further south to the Polish border as necessary.