Six months into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the war seems to have hit a stalemate. After a successful defense against Russia’s blitzkrieg and some losses to Russian artillery in the east, Ukraine is putting its new Western weapons to use against key Russian targets beyond the frontlines and says it is preparing for a major counteroffensive in southern Ukraine. Meanwhile, the standoff at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant could result in a major nuclear catastrophe in Europe. 

Despite some high-profile successes, including recent hits in Crimea, does Ukraine have a clear path to liberating occupied territories? If Russia follows through on its threats to stage faux referenda and illegally annex Ukrainian territories, what impact will that have on the war? Is Russia holding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant hostage to force the West to concede on supplying arms to Ukraine? More broadly, is the conflict heading towards a stalemate, or is there a breakthrough on the horizon for Ukraine?

Melinda Haring, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a conversation with Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Gen. (Ret.) Philip Breedlove, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Dara Massicot, senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, Vivian Salama, national security correspondent at the Wall Street Journal, and Andriy Zagorodnyuk, former minister of defense of Ukraine, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, and chairman of the Centre for Defense Strategies.

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