The Lead: Biden Preparing For The End of Ukraine
President Biden is preparing for the eventuality that Ukraine’s “spring counteroffensive” is not the victory they’ve sold to the American people. This was the plan to re-take land that is now part of Russia, namely Crimea and the Donbass region.
The President has been telling the American people that continued financial support in Ukraine is necessary for Ukraine to “win” but recently leaked documents show that the administration knows that this is all smoke. They are lying about the extent of U.S. involvement and they are selling us a failed storybook ending. According to Politico:
“Publicly, President Joe Biden’s team has offered unwavering support for Ukraine, pledging to load it up with weapons and economic aid for ‘as long as it takes.’ But, if the impending fighting season yields limited gains, administration officials have expressed privately they fear being faced with a two-headed monster attacking it from the hawkish and dovish ends of the spectrum.
One side will say that Ukraine’s advances would’ve worked had the administration given Kyiv everything it asked for, namely longer-range missiles, fighter jets and more air defenses. The other side, administration officials worry, will claim Ukraine’s shortcoming proves it can’t force Russia out of its territory completely.”
Ukraine has publicly shifted the goal of the conflict from “survival to victory,” according to reporting from a recent meeting between Ukrainian defense officials and Western leaders. In response, President Putin says that if Ukraine wants to escalate on the battlefield, they should “try it” but be warned that Russia has barely begun.
President Putin reiterated that Russia remains open to peace talks.