A year on, the West will soon face its biggest tests in the Ukraine war

The first year of the war went well for Ukraine and its backers. But looming ahead are critical turning points – on the battlefield and in strategic decisions on how to deal with Russia.

The West’s success in preventing Russia from taking over Ukraine is still far from irreversible. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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“We have a stronger endurance than Putin.” That’s how Mr Christoph Heusgen, the distinguished former German ambassador who currently chairs the Munich Security Conference, summed up the proceedings of Europe’s most important get-together of leaders and military thinkers, which concluded over the weekend.

The assembled ranks of heads of state and governments, army generals, spooks and think-tankers all nodded in agreement. And for good reason. For as Europe marks a year since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine, the alliance of countries that rallied against him remains as strong as ever.

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