January 29, 2024

This Ambush Shows How Ukraine Is Holding the Line

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist: Isabel Coles

“At this stage of the war, neither side has been able to establish a decisive fire advantage,” said Franz-Stefan Gady, an independent military analyst who has toured the front lines in Ukraine.

Russia’s Defense Ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment on the battle near Synkivka, but Russian war bloggers close to the military criticized assaults around the village, saying they displayed poor tactics.

The shape of the conflict’s next phase might ultimately be determined far from the front lines. One of the main problems for Ukraine is that while Russia is ramping up its war economy, Kyiv’s Western backers are faltering. A new military- and financial-support package is being blocked in Congress by Republicans demanding changes to U.S. border policy.

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  • Franz-Stefan Gady

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Franz-Stefan Gady has advised militaries in Europe and the United States on structural reform and the future of high-intensity warfare. He is a former Senior Fellow with the I...