Behind the headlines
Is Ukraine winning the war?
The evidence that Ukraine is winning this war is “abundant”, says Eliot Cohen in The Atlantic. The failure of Russia’s airborne assaults, its inability to destroy the Ukrainian air force and air-defence system, and the “weeks-long paralysis” of its 40-mile supply column north of Kyiv paint a clear picture. Russian losses are staggering – between 7,000 and 14,000 soldiers dead, which implies around 30,000 “taken off the battlefield by wounds, capture or disappearance”. That’s something like 15% of the entire invading force, “enough to render most units combat ineffective”.