Ukraine Recap: US’ Milley Says Fighting Time is Ticking Down

(Bloomberg) -- Ukraine probably has just 30 to 45 days of “fighting weather” left for its counteroffensive this year before conditions worsen, said General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. His comments to the BBC came as Ukraine’s southern commander pointed to further advances in the Zaporizhzhia region. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was Ukraine’s call on how to use weapons, including potential long-range missile systems, being provided by allies. “In terms of their targeting decisions, it’s their decision, not ours,” he said on ABC.

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In an interview with CNN, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy again rejected a suggestion that Ukraine would need to cede territory to Russia to end the war. “Did you see any compromises from Putin in other issues?” the Ukrainian leader said. Russia on Sunday wrapped up elections in the four Ukrainian regions — Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson — that Moscow annexed a year ago. The votes have been denounced by Kyiv and its allies.

As the Group of 20 summit in New Delhi wound down, French President Emmanuel Macron said the annual gathering isn’t the right place to seek diplomatic progress on ending Russia’s war in Ukraine. “The G-20 is not a forum for political discussion,” he said. The host of next year’s gathering, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said Russian President Vladimir Putin would be safe to travel to his country.

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