US expects Ukraine conflict to end over winter – NYT – RT World News


The pause in fighting could last at least six months, senior Biden administration officials told the newspaper.

The United States believes the Russian military operation in Ukraine will slow significantly over the coming winter, senior Biden administration officials have told The New York Times.

Washington expects advances on either side to halt, the newspaper reported on Saturday.

According to anonymous officials, the “break imposed by the weather” in the conflict could last up to six months.

Lower temperatures and frozen ground would make it easier for tanks and trucks to move, but, according to the NYT, heavy snowfall and cold weather would make mounting an offensive even more difficult for Russian forces.

Instead, Moscow would likely focus on continuing strikes against kyiv troops, Ukrainian military bases, infrastructure and the power grid, the sources say.

Biden administration officials also said it was crucial for the United States and its allies to use this so-called winter break to replenish Ukraine’s stockpiles of defensive and offensive weapons.


“The Ukrainians look like they want to keep advancing sabotage and subversion attacks on Russian lines. These are targeted assassinations and just general sabotage against Russian-controlled areas inside Ukraine,” Seth G. Jones, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the NYT.

Meanwhile, kyiv has ruled out any pause in its military operations.

“We can’t freeze anything – we are not a refrigerator” Alexey Danilov, the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said. “We can liberate our territories whatever the weather, whatever the season”, he said during a TV marathon on Saturday.

Russia has made no specific statement about what its troops will do during the winter period. However, Moscow officials have repeatedly stated that all objectives of the military operation in Ukraine will be achieved. On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this could be done through peace talks, “but these are now impossible due to the position of the Ukrainian side.”

In October, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree banning any talks with Russian Vladimir Putin. Earlier this week, he claimed in a CNN interview that he had no “close the door” on the negotiations. While Moscow maintains it is still open to talks, kyiv’s stance on the issue has changed several times since the conflict began in late February.

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