DNEPROTROVSK REGION, Ukraine – After Ukraine’s stunning offensive in the northeast pushed Russian forces into a chaotic retreat and reshaped the battlefield for hundreds of miles, Ukrainian leaders were weighing critical bets on Monday that could determine the short course. end of the war.
Extending the Ukrainian forces too far – an army still much smaller and much less equipped than its Russian enemy – could leave the troops vulnerable to attack. Moving too slowly or in the wrong place could leave a wasted opportunity. And waiting too long could allow the front lines to freeze over as winter sets in.
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