Russia and Ukraine: What can settle the conflict in favor of one of the parties?

  • Jonathan Bell
  • BBC defense correspondent

May 22 2022

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The Ukraine war is not expected to end soon, and both military and economic factors will be decisive

Russia’s war in Ukraine has become an increasingly bloody and grinding affair, with each side wanting to exhaust the other. Both claim to have made gains recently. But they also suffer from setbacks.

In general, Russia is still the dominant power and has great military power, but it has not been able to achieve a quick victory as it had planned. Here, we take a closer look at some of the things that could decide the outcome for either side.

gains and losses

In the north, a Ukrainian counterattack succeeded in driving Russian forces out of Kharkiv.

In the south, Russia has eliminated the last pockets of resistance in the port city of Mariupol. Both have been costly in terms of military and civilian casualties, but neither is likely to be decisive.