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Reporters’ Notebook — Winter and the War

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As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues into 2023, the weather will have an important impact. Ukrainians, of course, are more vulnerable than usual to power outages and energy shocks. But Russia’s forces will also confront new challenges as they deal with depleted supplies and low morale. Despite the many vulnerabilities winter weather brings to both Russia’s and Ukraine’s militaries, the fighting is not expected to freeze this winter.

What are the United States and its allies doing to help Ukraine rebuild its infrastructure and regain heat and power caused by Russian strikes? Why are policymakers in Brussels and Washington worried about dwindling weapons stockpiles? Is Ukraine fatigue on the rise in the United States and Europe?

Tune in to watch FP’s Amelia Lester in conversation with the magazine’s reporters as they provide insights on where the war in Ukraine will head next.

FP’s Robbie Gramer on how the power and heat disruptions caused by Russian strikes will impact Ukraine’s war effort.

Jack Detsch, FP’s national security reporter, breaks down why Western officials worry about continuing to arm Ukraine as their own stockpiles dwindle.

FP’s Amy Mackinnon on how Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political objectives are divorced from the realities on the battlefield.

Amy Mackinnon

National security & intelligence reporter, Foreign Policy

Amy Mackinnon is a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy. She has reported from across Eastern Europe and was previously based in Moscow and Tbilisi, Georgia, as a senior editor for the crisis reporting site Coda Story

Robbie Gramer,

Diplomacy & national security reporter, Foreign Policy

Robbie Gramer is a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy, covering the U.S. State Department. Before he joined FP in 2016, he managed the NATO portfolio at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank, for three years. 

Jack Detsch

Pentagon & national security reporter, Foreign Policy

Jack Detsch is Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter. He was previously a staff writer at Al-Monitor, covering intelligence and defense.

Amelia Lester, Foreign Policy executive editor

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Amelia Lester

Executive editor, Foreign Policy

Amelia Lester is the executive editor at Foreign Policy. She has worked as a journalist on three continents, most recently reporting in Japan for publications including the Economist, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books. Previously, she was the editor in chief of the weekend magazine of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age newspapers and, before that, managing editor and an executive editor at the New Yorker. Lester lives in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Harvard University.

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