Why Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Has Been Slower Than Expected
Former CIA analyst Andrea Kendall-Taylor with the big-picture view on Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has what must be the most difficult job in the world. At last week’s NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, he couldn’t help but express disappointment that the security alliance wasn’t able to offer Kyiv a guaranteed pathway to membership. After reportedly being chided for his tone, Zelensky then switched to effusively praising NATO for its support. And then, once he had managed to balance diplomacy with the demands of war, he found himself managing a different narrative, this time to a domestic audience: He put out the message that Ukraine had gotten enough positives out of the summit, even though he surely wanted more.
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy. Twitter: @RaviReports
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