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Russia, failing to achieve early victory in Ukraine, is seen shifting to ‘Plan B’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. The new assessment of Putin’s intentions, which is shared by senior officials within the Biden administration, is to compel Kyiv to accept Russian claims to Ukraine’s southern and eastern territories (Photo: AP)Premium
Russian President Vladimir Putin. The new assessment of Putin’s intentions, which is shared by senior officials within the Biden administration, is to compel Kyiv to accept Russian claims to Ukraine’s southern and eastern territories (Photo: AP)

Tactical shift seeks to pressure Ukraine into accepting neutrality and Russian territorial claims, US officials say

After Russian forces failed to secure a quick victory over Ukraine, senior U.S. officials see signs the Kremlin is shifting to a new strategy to secure key territorial objectives while seeking leverage to compel the Ukrainian government to accept neutrality between Russia and the West.

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