Ukraine’s Sudden Success Could Bolster Europe’s Support — and Morale

“It’s not for nothing.” Ukraine’s backers say that an offensive over the weekend shows Western military aid is helping, and that it’s time to supply more sophisticated weaponry.

BRUSSELS — A sudden Ukrainian success on the battlefield provided a boost not only to Ukrainians but to their supporters in Europe, who face a difficult winter of soaring energy prices and inflation.

The ability of the Ukrainian military to use its Western-supplied arms to great advantage against Russia will likely increase the pressure on countries like Germany to supply more sophisticated, heavier weapons like tanks, analysts say.

“The Ukrainian counterattack demonstrates to people that it helps, what we are doing — the money and the arms supplies — that it’s not for nothing,” said Sven Biscop, director for Europe of the Egmont Institute, a Brussels research group.

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