War in Ukraine Is Turning in Putin’s Favor After Months of Stalemate

February 21, 2024

War in Ukraine Is Turning in Putin’s Favor After Months of Stalemate(Bloomberg) -- As Russia’s war in Ukraine enters a third year, President Vladimir Putin’s forces have shifted to the offensive and captured the eastern city of Avdiivka after months of fighting. Avdiivka FallsFeb. 17, 2024Ukraine’s military withdrew from Avdiivka, giving the advancing Russian forces a major battlefield victory. Zaluzhnyi Declares StalemateNov. 1, 2023Zaluzhnyi, then still Ukraine’s top military commander, told The Economist the war had reached a stalemate and made a comparison to World War I trench warfare. In contrast with his visit during the first months of the war, the Ukrainian leader faced growing skepticism, particularly from Congressional Republicans. Moscow captured the important port, where Russian forces established a land bridge between Crimea and separatist republics in the Donbas.