After more than one hundred days, Russia’s war on Ukraine continues with intense fighting over key objectives, with strategic gains on both sides. While Ukrainian forces have successfully defeated Moscow’s offensive in the north and even drove invaders away from the key city of Kharkiv, Russian forces regrouping in the Donbas are making incremental gains. With intense fighting for the strategic city of Severodonetsk, Russia is employing its natural advantages in superior artillery, air power, missiles, and armor to utilize the more open terrain in Ukraine’s east.
While the outcome of the war hangs in the balance, the United States and Western allies recently decided to deliver longer range artillery and rocket launchers in limited quantities, with ranges of no more than 80 kilometers, to help Ukraine start closing the gap in long-range strike capabilities. Despite these new deliveries, Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to bank on the assumption that Ukraine’s friends don’t have the stamina to maintain pressure on Russia and support for the Ukrainian people.
Do suggestions from some Western leaders of territorial concessions to Russia in exchange for a quicker peace play into Putin’s gamble? After more than three months, what has been the extent of Western support for Ukraine, and what more does Ukraine need to win? How would a Ukrainian victory be in the interest of Western powers?
Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a conversation with Gen. (Ret.) Philip Breedlove, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Dr. Eric S. Edelman, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Ambassador Daniel Fried, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and chair of the parliamentary committee on the integration of Ukraine into the European Union on what’s next for the war in Ukraine.
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War in Ukraine
In February 2022, Moscow launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine after a months-long military build-up, threatening the country’s sovereignty and its future. This existential moment for the country follows the 2014 Maidan revolution, a nexus for Ukraine’s Europe-focused foreign policy and reform efforts. The ensuing Russian invasion and occupation of Crimea, aggression in Ukraine’s east, and Kremlin disinformation efforts, cast a shadow over Ukraine’s independence.
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