Thursday, March 16, 2023
Ukraine says its future may depend on the brutal battles currently raging around Bakhmut, but there are growing splits between officials in Kyiv and some Western military analysts over the best approach to what could be a decisive period in the conflict.
Now, as Moscow’s assault intensifies, a number of observers have questioned whether Kyiv's decision to reinforce the area rather than retreat is being driven more by the political desire to avoid a high-profile defeat than by military logic.
A long-speculated Ukrainian withdrawal from the battered city has not materialized, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his military chiefs instead betting that they can buy critical time and benefits for a future counteroffensive by doubling down.
Unlike most other observers online, I don't know what Kyiv should do or have any advice, except Slava Ukraini. The strategy of bleeding Mordor with Ukrainians dying is sacrificial but ultimately may be effective. It's like Thermopylae on a massive scale and with modern arms. Horrible but inspirational. Pray for wisdom and cunning for the leaders of Ukraine.