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The West wants to save Ukraine from defeat. But what about victory?

By Ishaan Tharoor

08 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A sharp analysis from The Washington Post raises key questions about what exactly Western countries hope to achieve by providing military assistance to Ukraine.

Last week at the NATO summit in Madrid, President Joe Biden extolled the unity of the moment. Russian President Vladimir Putin "thought he could break the transatlantic alliance," Biden told reporters, before pointing to how the Russian invasion of Ukraine had only galvanized the West and led to NATO's imminent expansion with two new Nordic entrants.

"We are going to stick with Ukraine," he added, "and all of the alliance is going to stick with Ukraine as long as it takes to, in fact, make sure that they are not defeated."

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