Tuesday, March 14, 2023
After a year of full-scale war, Washington and Kyiv are increasingly at odds over the war’s goals and how and when the conflict will end, reported Politico. First, the US worries that Ukraine is wasting too much manpower and ammunition in Bakhmut, undermining its ability to mount a major counteroffensive this spring. Second, although American intelligence does not suspect Ukrainian involvement in the Nord Stream attack, the Biden administration has made it clear to Kyiv that those responsible for acts of violence outside of Ukraine will face consequences. Third, there is also dissatisfaction with Kyiv’s constant requests for more weapons. Fourth, a growing number of Republicans criticize using the American budget to support Kyiv with no end in sight to the war. And the recent report that the Pentagon is preventing the transfer of evidence of possible Russian war crimes to the International Criminal Court has introduced another wrinkle in the narrative of unity. Moreover, the Pentagon also doubts Ukraine is capable of liberating Crimea in the near future.