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    As the Ukraine War Enters a Third Year, Putin Waits for Western Support for Kyiv to Wither

    As the Ukraine War Enters a Third Year, Putin Waits for Western Support for Kyiv to Wither

    When the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, some analysts predicted it might take as few as three days for Russian forces to capture the capital of .

    With the war now entering its third year, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be trying to turn that initial failure to his advantage — by biding his time and waiting for Western support for Ukraine to wither while maintains its steady pressure along the front line.

    Putin's longer timeline still has its downside, with the conflict taking a heavy toll on Russia by draining its economic and military resources and fueling social tensions even as the death of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny serves as a chilling reminder of the Kremlin's ruthless crackdown on dissent.

    Putin has repeatedly signaled a desire to negotiate an end to the fighting but warned that Russia will hold onto its gains. Earlier this month, he used an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson to urge the United States to push its “satellite” Ukraine into peace talks, declaring that “sooner or later, we will come to an agreement.”

    Some recent developments have fed the Kremlin's optimism.

    Aid for Ukraine remains stuck in the U.S. Congress while allies have struggled to fill the gap following Ukraine's underperforming counteroffensive last summer. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's decision to dismiss his popular military chief,…

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