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The critical moment behind Ukraine's rapid advance

By Julian E. Barnes, Eric Schmitt and Helene Cooper

13 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

A gripping New York Times report reveals the secret coordination between Ukrainian, American and British military and intelligence officials in the planning of Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive.

WASHINGTON — The strategy behind Ukraine’s rapid military gains in recent days began to take shape months ago during a series of intense conversations between Ukrainian and U.S. officials about the way forward in the war against Russia, according to American officials.

The counteroffensive — revised this summer from its original form after urgent discussions between senior U.S. and Ukrainian officials — has succeeded beyond most predictions. Ukrainian forces have devastated Russian command and control and appear poised to capitalize on their advances in the northeast of the country and in another campaign in the south.

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