Ukraine’s prolonged conflict worries allies, boosting Putin. Despite Kyiv’s attempts, tactical progress against entrenched Russian forces remains limited after over two months of counteroffensive.
With weather constraints approaching, hopes for a definitive breakthrough this year dwindle. Depleted ammunition stocks and delayed reinforcements pose challenges for Ukraine’s sustained push.
Although US-provided cluster munitions aided advancements, political difficulties arise in sustaining aid. US support remains crucial, as Europe lacks the military capacity to adequately assist Kyiv.
Russia’s resilience frustrates allied efforts, while Putin sees advantage in a protracted war. The burden is on the US and Europe to counter his strategy.