Ukrainian officials said they have killed approximately 12 generals on the front lines, a number that has astonished military analysts.
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The West is focused on sending longer-range weapons like howitzers, anti-aircraft systems, anti-ship missiles, armed drones, armored trucks, personnel carriers and even tanks.
Battles over the past seven weeks raged in populated areas near Kyiv, but the war is moving into wide-open flatland, which will drastically change combat strategy.
The immediate concern is what Putin may do next — driven by a desire to rescue a failing military effort or reestablish his credentials as a force to be feared.
Just as the past two weeks revealed that Russia’s vaunted military faltered in its invasion plan, the next two or three may reveal whether Ukraine can survive as a state.
More than two weeks into the conflict, Ukraine’s drones — Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 models that buzz along at about half the speed of a Cessna — are still flying.
American and European officials describe a desperate race against time as they aim to get arms delivered to Ukrainian forces while their supply routes are still open.
Ukrainian troops are mounting a stiffer-than-expected resistance to Russian forces, fighting with a resourcefulness that could trip up Russian troops for weeks or months to come.
Putin’s reaction to the initial wave of sanctions has provoked a range of concerns that one senior official called the "Cornered Putin Problem.”
Neither side’s claims have been independently verified, but one American official put the Russian losses as of Monday at 2,000, an estimate with which two European officials concurred.