By 2024, Ukraine wants to strategically impact Moscow with its fight against Russia

It doesn’t seem like Ukraine has much left over to launch another counteroffensive. Even with the European Union increasing its military help from 28 billion euros ($30 billion) over the previous two years to 21 billion euros ($23 billion) this year alone, Congress-stalled US military aid will still need to be replaced. According to a Financial Times story published last month, certain US officials advised Ukraine to defend itself in 2024 and save its power for a counteroffensive the following year.

 

The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, harshly criticized the approach, writing that “defensive operations do not necessarily present Ukraine with more opportunities to husband materiel and expand reserves.” In an interview with media on Sunday, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a suggestion that he would meet with conservatives in Switzerland in the spring to work out a peace plan. However, he added, “We think it is only fair to become more formidable in combat. We do not want any peace formulas or negotiating formats imposed upon us by nations that do not already exist and are not at war.

 

Many experts believe that Ukraine’s only option is to use offensive measures in order to strive for a better bargaining position. “We are going to be in a war of attrition, which is advantageous to Russia,” Velina Tchakarova, a geopolitical strategist based in Vienna, stated to Al Jazeera. The defense minister, Rustem Umerov, stated last week that “we are doing everything possible and impossible to make a breakthrough.” “2024 has a plan already in place. We don’t discuss it in public. It is robust and powerful, he continued. It not only inspires optimism but will also bear fruit in 2024. With the goal of driving Russian forces out of four partially occupied regions—Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, and Kherson—as well as regaining Crimea, Ukraine continues to strive to restore the borders that Russia recognized in 1991.

 

 

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