With Kharkiv Reclaimed, Is Ukraine Winning the War Against Russia?
Commentators from around the world weighed in on Ukraine’s recent string of victories against Russian forces. Is Ukraine finally winning the war?
Equipped with billions of dollars of Western military equipment, Ukrainian forces reclaimed hundreds of square miles in the northeastern Kharkiv Oblast. As a result, about 150,000 Ukrainians were freed from living under Russian occupation. Russian forces often reportedly fled “hastily,” sometimes looting occupied communities and abandoning military vehicles as they retreated.
In Ukraine, the victories were cause for celebration. On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made a highly-publicized visit to the newly-recaptured city of Izyum. “What happened in early September in the east of Ukraine's Kharkiv Oblast may ascend in history as the Miracle on the Oskil River,” The Kyiv Independent’s (Center bias) Illia Ponomarenko wrote Tuesday.
Voices across the spectrum offered a wide range of perspectives on Ukraine’s recent victories. Opinions from Western writers were generally positive; a writer in the German outlet Deutsche Welle (Center bias) predicted Ukrainians would succeed in their fight. The Guardian (Lean Left bias) called Ukraine’s progress a “stunning breakthrough,” and National Review’s (Right bias) Rich Lowry (Right bias) said it proved “there’s no substitute for hard power.” In The New York Times (Lean Left bias), Paul Krugman (Left bias) said Ukraine deflated “MAGA macho myths,” and Bret Stephens (Lean Right bias) said Ukraine’s victory was also a victory for President Joe Biden.
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