Ukraine has seen ‘shift in momentum’ in war with Russia, White House says

The White House spoke on Tuesday about what it called a recent “shift in momentum” in the war between Russia and Ukraine, but also said that “war is unpredictable” and no outcome is certain.

“I think what you’re seeing is certainly a shift in momentum by the Ukrainian armed forces,”  National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at a briefing.

Ukraine has recently made several counteroffensives to the north and south that have pushed invading Russian forces back, especially in the north.

“These are some dramatic events we’re watching, but it’s war. And war is unpredictable,” Kirby said, adding that he would leave it to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to say if he felt it marked a turning point.

Making some gains

On Monday, Zelensky reported that Ukraine had regained 6,000 square kilometers of territory in the east and south just in September so far.

The key city of Izyum was retaken, and Zelensky said it would be key to the fight.

Russia’s loss of Izyum was its worst loss since March, when it failed to take Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and had to retreat.

Sanctions on Russia from the U.S. and Europe aim to encourage it to pull back, but so far that has not happened.

Billions in aid

Another aspect of the war has been aid given to Ukraine. Many countries who have not been willing to expose themselves to war with Russia themselves have given weapons and money to Ukraine to indirectly helping in the fight.

The U.S. has given more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since January 2021, and President Joe Biden just asked for another almost $3 billion to direct to them.

Parts of the country have sustained heavy damage in the six months since the war began, and billions more will likely be needed when the war ends.

There have been almost 6,000 confirmed casualties in the war, but the real number is thought to be in the tens of thousands.