In March 1944, the Russian High Command , begins to study the opportunities that face at this point.
The Normandy landings will take place soon so the strategy question is what part of Europe will be in one hand ( Russia ) and in the other ( Western Allies ), so the Stavka has now three options :
1.- First, they could have continued their succesful southern offensinve into the balkans hopefully cutting off the german forces in the Southern Ukranie. Besides destroying German forces, this would have freed European countries, especially Rumania and Bulgaria, which were wavering in their
alliance with Germany
2.- The second option considered was that of a stroke north from the northern Ukraine toward the Baltic. If successful, such a strike would have encircled the German forces north of the Pripet Marshes, liberated the last major Soviet territory still remaining in-German hands, and been on the road to Berlin before the Western Allies and finish the war faster encircling the two German Armies but this has a big risk as the German Army still has offensive capability to hit .
3.- This led to consideration of mounting the offensive directly against the German forces in Belorussia, which represented the last major undefeated German force on the Eastern front,if the offensive were .successful, that would
also lead to reconquest of the last remaining Soviet territory still in German
hands.Following that, the possibility of a drive to the Baltic, to Konigsberg, in
Eastern Prussia, or to Riga to encircle Army Group North still remained.
Thus, the strategic objectives were now as follows:
(a) Recover/liberate Belorussia from Germany.
(b) Destroy or defeat German forces in Belorussia, Army Group Center.
(c) Liberate other European countries under German control.
(d) Conduct strategic operations sequentially rather than simultaneously
during the summer