Fig. 1. “Destroyed Russian military vehicles located on the main street Khreshchatyk are seen as part of the celebration of the Independence Day of Ukraine in Kyiv, August 24.” Photograph by Gleb Garanich for Reuters, August 24, 2022, fair use.
If you were burning with curiosity at what the Ukrainians would make public about their war plans—I know I sure was when I saw the headline on that Washington Post article—the answer is, if you get right down to it, some high aspirations, which maybe they can reach. We can hope.
Beyond that, the only thing I can add—I’ve said this before—is that from the outset, the world has underestimated Ukraine’s determination and ability to resist the Russian invasion. Perhaps we are so used to things getting worse, we are afraid to imagine a possibility where that deterioration even slows appreciably in some limited context.
John Hudson and Shane Harris, “CIA director, on secret trip to Ukraine, hears plan for war’s endgame,” Washington Post, June 30, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/06/30/cia-director-burns-ukraine-counteroffensive/
- Reuters, “Ukraine puts destroyed Russian tanks on display in Kyiv,” August 25, 2022, https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ukraine-puts-destroyed-russian-tanks-on-idUSRTSALV9Q↩
- John Hudson and Shane Harris, “CIA director, on secret trip to Ukraine, hears plan for war’s endgame,” Washington Post, June 30, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/06/30/cia-director-burns-ukraine-counteroffensive/↩