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Ukraine’s stalled offensive puts Biden in uneasy political position

By Gordon Lubold, Michael R. Gordon and Warren P. Strobel

25 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. The slow progress of Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russian invaders is raising concerns of a prolonged conflict and diminishing hopes for negotiations to end the fighting this year, according to Western officials.

The slow pace of Ukraine’s counteroffensive against entrenched Russian invaders is dimming hopes that negotiations for an end to the fighting could come this year and raising the specter of an open-ended conflict, according to Western officials.

A potential stalemate would test President Biden’s stated strategy of pouring billions of dollars in military aid into Ukraine, to enable Kyiv to negotiate with Russia from a position of strength. It could also challenge the West’s continuing ability to supply weaponry that is already in short supply, and provide political fodder to those opposing U.S. support for the war.

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