Russia has gained momentum with new strategy in the east
- Russia, with its vast supply of artillery, armor and troops, now has an edge, experts say.
- Ukraine still holds potent advantages, including a fierce will to fight.
- The direction of the conflict will likely come into clearer focus over the summer.
WASHINGTON – After its early military humiliation, Russia has regrouped in Ukraine and focused its wrath in the east with relentless shelling – giving Moscow momentum as the war moves into a bleak new phase.
In a war of attrition, Russia with its vast supply of artillery, armor and troops, now has an edge, military experts say. Ukraine still holds potent advantages of its own, according to a senior administration official: a fierce will to fight, firm command and control of its forces and increasingly sophisticated Western weapons.