Ukraine has the potential to take control of the war in 2023 thanks to sufficient and prompt support from the West, the US think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said, following US President Joe Biden’s visit to Kiev.

ISW said the timing of Biden’s trip to Europe clearly signals continued Western support for Ukraine following concerted Russian efforts to discourage Western military aid and political support.

Ukrainian officials continue to respond to statements by unspecified US defense officials about the pace and outlook of the war as it nears the February 24 one-year mark.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine will continue to defend Bakhmut but “not at any cost.”

It has long been clear that Ukraine would not continue to defend Bakhmut at the risk of concentrating large numbers of Ukrainian troops in the city.

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