Amidst concerns from some American officials that a potential stalemate in the Ukraine conflict next year could benefit Russian President Vladimir Putin, the United States is reevaluating its strategy.
President Biden emphasized last week that Putin cannot be allowed to emerge victorious, declaring this stance as vital to U.S. national interests. He underscored the importance of uninterrupted support for Ukraine, urging Congress to approve a new round of funding.
According to a New York Times report, following Russia's failed attempt to swiftly capture Kyiv, the Russians are adapting their tactics and reinforcing their forces. U.S. officials note that Russia now possesses more troops, ammunition, and missiles, along with enhanced firepower, including drones supplied by Iran.
In response, the U.S. is stepping up direct consultations with the Ukrainian military, including the deployment of a general to Kyiv for closer interaction with Ukrainian leaders.
The specifics of the revised strategy are expected to be formulated during a series of war games scheduled next month in Wiesbaden, Germany.
The U.S. strategy focuses on maintaining the territories reclaimed by Ukraine, solidifying defenses, and bolstering reserves and forces throughout the year. Meanwhile, Ukraine is advocating for an offensive approach, either through ground operations or long-range strikes.
The U.S. perceives Putin as counting on dwindling American support. Putin recently asserted that Russia would prevail within days if Ukraine exhausts its NATO-supplied ammunition.
The NYT highlights that over the past two years, the U.S. has provided Ukraine with over $111 billion in aid. However, there's a growing divide within the Republican party, with some members opposing further spending and others seeking a new strategy before committing to additional funding.
American officials indicate that Ukraine's expectations regarding U.S. supplies may be unrealistic. For instance, Ukraine's request for millions of artillery shells exceeds Western stockpile capacities. Consequently, Ukraine must prepare to continue its fight with constrained resources.