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Long-Range Guns Given to Ukraine Open Door to New Phase of War

A counteroffensive by Ukraine could come in the south, although risks still abound as Russia’s forces grind on.

A Ukrainian soldier inspects a HIMARS vehicle in Eastern Ukraine on July 1.
A Ukrainian soldier inspects a HIMARS vehicle in Eastern Ukraine on July 1.

Photographer: Anastasia Vlasova/The Washington Post/Getty Images

The war in Ukraine may be entering a new stage as long-range rocket systems supplied by the US disrupt Russia’s grinding advance in the eastern Donbas region, and open the door for a possible counteroffensive.

More than 150 days into President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, it remains far from clear if Ukraine can take advantage of the “opportunity” that Britain’s MI6 intelligence service chief Richard Moore last week said was emerging as Russian forces “run out of steam.”