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Keeping Ukraine Afloat as Putin’s War Rages On

Cranes at a stopped construction site in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. 

Cranes at a stopped construction site in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. 

Photographer: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine unveils a massive postwar rebuilding program today just as Russian President Vladimir Putin marks the first real strategic success of his invasion. The developments may amount to a recipe for endless war.

The withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the city of Lysychansk means Russia seized the last urban stronghold in the Luhansk region, moving Putin closer to capturing the whole province. Russian forces may now concentrate fire on the neighboring Donetsk region to try to cement control of Ukraine’s east.