If reports are true, Vladimir Putin thought the conflict in Ukraine would be over in a matter of days. But the fighting has now been raging for more than 10 months, shows no sign of ending and Russian forces have suffered a string of setbacks. Ukrainian officials have said that Moscow is preparing a major offensive at the start of the new year. If that goes ahead, and fails to make a breakthrough, what will be the effect on the Russian President? Can he hold on to power in the face of defeat? Guests: Andrew D'Anieri Assistant Director at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center Domitilla Sagramoso Senior Lecturer at King’s College London Natia Seskuria Fellow at RUSI Roundtable is a discussion programme with an edge. Broadcast out of London and presented by David Foster, it’s about bringing people to the table, listening to every opinion, and analysing every point of view. From fierce debate to reflective thinking, Roundtable discussions offer a different perspective on the issues that matter to you. Watch it every weekday at 15:30 GMT on TRT World.