White House officials are losing confidence that Ukraine can regain all the territory lost in the four months of war with Russia, even with the heaviest and most advanced weapons that the United States and its allies are preparing to send. CNN reported, citing some sources, that President Joe Biden’s advisers have begun debating internally how and whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should change his definition of “victory,” adjusting to the possibility that his country is irreversible. drop.
The officials quoted by CNN indicated that this more pessimistic assessment does not mean that the United States intends to pressure Ukraine to make formal territorial concessions to Russia to end the war. There is also hope that Ukrainian forces will be able to retake large parts of the territory in a possible counterattack by the end of the year. Not only the lands of the breakaway republics of Donbass and Crimea, but also the lands occupied by Russian invading forces as of February 24
“The Ukrainians are also losing military equipment and ammunition faster than the West is able to provide new weapons systems to NATO standards and provide training.” For these reasons, said a US military officer. A source close to Western intelligence services, it is. “It is unlikely that Ukraine will be able to muster the necessary force to restore all the territories ceded to Russia during the fighting, especially this year”, which is the time goal set by Zelensky yesterday. That Ukrainian forces could defy expectations again, as they did in the early days of the war when they repelled a Russian advance into the capital, Kyiv.
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