Don’t break out the Champagne just yet to celebrate an end to the Ukraine war


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Once again, war’s dynamism shows its face. A month ago, the common belief about the Ukraine war was, “It’s a stalemate, so let’s negotiate.” Today, the cry is, “Putin’s lost, so let’s celebrate.” Celebrate the counteroffensive’s success and the opportunities it provides, yes. But the war is far from over. Vladimir Putin has neither admitted defeat nor given up on achieving his objectives. Further, Ukraine and the allies have not achieved their strategic objectives. Now is the time for steady hands. There is much work, and more fighting, to do. Liberating the Kharkiv Oblast is only a partial step toward...