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Ukraine sees 'year of victory,' but decisive defeat of Russia won't be easy

By Liz Sly

09 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

As Russia prepares for a drawn-out fight, Ukraine's fortunes might become ever more dependent on variables outside its control. The NYT delivers a sharp analysis.

LONDON - With upgraded weaponry on the way, Western resolve holding firm, and the Ukrainian army continuing to outmaneuver and outwit Russia's flailing military, Ukraine's promised "year of victory" is off to a good start.

If 2023 continues as it began, there is a good chance Ukraine will be able to fulfill President Volodymyr Zelensky's New Year's pledge to retake all of Ukraine by the end of the year - or at least enough territory to definitively end Russia's threat, Western officials and analysts say.

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