Is Russia backing down in Ukraine? – podcasting | New

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For months, fighting in Ukraine has been centered in the Donbass region as a war of attrition took hold and the two sides back and forth in what appeared to be a stalemate. That changed drastically this week after a lightning offensive by Ukrainian troops pushed back the Russians and recaptured thousands of square miles of territory.

The Guardian’s defense and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, recount Michael Safi that this week could mark a turning point in the conflict, but that Ukraine’s gains, astonishing as they are, should not be overestimated.

Things look very different from the Kremlin’s perspective, says Shaun Walker. He describes Moscow’s attempt to portray the losses as anything but a humiliation for its military and its President, Vladimir Putin.



Photograph: Kostiantyn Liberov/AP

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