Ukraine-Russia War: 300 days into the conflict


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Ukraine-Russia War: 300 days into the conflict
SECURITY AND DEFENSE: Building on his country’s high morale and fighting spirit, Volodymyr Zelensky looks to Washington for help
Published: DECEMBER 23, 2022

Ukraine has held out for more than 300 days, stopping various Russian offensives, and launching its own counter-offensive. This week Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky was in Washington, meeting US President Joe Biden and having important discussions about the war effort and US support.

The US is a major supporter of Ukraine, and Biden has helped rally the West to Ukraine’s cause. An unprecedented attempt has been made in Europe to rush defense systems to Kyiv. These systems have proven effective. Combined with Ukraine’s high morale and fighting spirit, the systems have stopped the Russians.

Now Russia is digging in for the long haul. This was likely Russia’s goal all along. If it couldn’t decapitate Ukraine in a rapid advance, it wanted to destroy the country. Moscow’s view is that Ukraine must be a client state, part of its “new abroad,” or Ukraine must be completely destroyed, the way the Romans destroyed Carthage. Salt will be sown into the soil, in a sense.