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Andreas Kluth

The Best Outcome for Ukraine in This Conflict

A look at possible endings as Putin’s Shock Without Awe turns into a war of attrition.

What next?

What next?

Photographer: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Three months after Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, the war is entering a new phase. This change requires all involved — the Kremlin as well as Kyiv and its supporters in the West — to rethink scenarios, goals and strategies. 

For the aggressor, it appears, all possible outcomes are shades of terrible — a sign of just how colossally Moscow miscalculated. For the defenders, most scenarios are also dire. But one offers a glimmer of hope.