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Ukraine running out of options to retake significant territory

By Susannah George

20 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

  1. Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russia appears to be stalling, with advances limited to a few villages and Russian troops pushing forward in the north.

Ukraine appears to be running out of options in a counteroffensive that officials originally framed as Kyiv's crucial operation to retake significant territory from occupying Russian forces this year.

More than two months into the fight, the counteroffensive shows signs of stalling. Kyiv's advances remain isolated to a handful of villages, Russian troops are pushing forward in the north and a plan to train Ukrainian pilots on U.S.-made F-16s is delayed.

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