Does Vladimir Putin have an endgame in Ukraine? The next few weeks are crucial.

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  • The next few weeks in Ukraine are pivotal, according to a Pentagon official.
  • Russia will “have some real decisions to make” if their new offensive doesn’t succeed.
  • But if Russian takeover of parts of eastern Ukraine could give Russian President Vladimir Putin the victory he desperately needs.

As the United States and its allies rush more cannons, tanks and ammunition to Ukraine, Russia’s diminished military is looking for victories to justify the huge cost of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

Putin hopes to gain in eastern Ukraine and parts of the Black Sea coastline. If successful, he could claim he met an initial objective of securing the Donbas area contested by Ukrainians and Russian-backed separatists since 2014.


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