President Volodymyr Zelensky asserted defiantly on Tuesday that his troops would “certainly recover Crimea” in addition to driving Russian forces back along the present fronts during the impending winter struggle in Ukraine. On the same day, the fiery head of Chechnya—currently Col. Gen. Ramzan Kadyrov—promised that Russian forces would capture all of Ukraine and would not accept any prisoners in combat, instead promising that “we would burn them all.”
But because the threat of nuclear retaliation rises along with the intensity of the conventional fight, this conflict has significant implications for American national security. The majority of Western attention has been focused on the stunning Ukrainian victories that have been made since late August in the northern Kharkiv region and the southern Kherson region. On the Kharkiv front in the north, the Donbas front in the east, and the Kherson front in the south, however, those quick advances have now been reduced to comparatively static lines. Russia dispatched emergency reinforcement soldiers to maintain the lines in each area while Ukrainian forces take a tactical break to regain their striking capability.