With funds for Ukraine not expected to run out for months, some analysts say the more immediate concern is the outcome of Ukraine’s counteroffensive, which is proving a difficult slog early on but may benefit from the events of the last few days.
“Wagner was the only entity that helped Russia make any battlefield advances,” said Richard Fontaine, chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security. “If Wagner goes away as an entity, it’s conceivable that could harm Russia’s position on the battlefield.”
The US and allied governments are watching from a distance, optimistic that Ukraine can only gain from Russia’s troubles.
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