Putin’s deterrence succeeds as West holds back in Ukraine

The Biden administration’s reluctance to supply Ukraine with more sophisticated weapons critical to its defense comes at a high cost. Russia now controls a quarter of Ukraine and is gradually pushing west. If the United States does not change its policy, Russia will continue to seize more territory in Ukraine and may become emboldened for future conquests.

The war has evolved since Vladimir Putin’s invasion in February. Initially, the small Ukrainian army was able to repel the Russian advances and inflict heavy casualties. Heavy resistance revealed serious problems with logistics, morale, training, corruption, and command and control within the Russian ranks.


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