In a 27-minute special, I join Times Radio’s James Hanson for a deep-dive analysis of the state of Ukraine’s resistance of Vladimir Putin’s 28-month invasion.

While noting Moscow’s ongoing offensive in eastern Ukraine, I focus on wider battles — beginning with the start of Kyiv’s negotiations to join the European Union and continuing with its strikes on Russian military positions behind the frontlines.

We are in this for the long haul….It is not going to be a dramatic end with a breakthrough on the battlefield….

The biggest development in the past month is the opening of accession talks for Ukraine and its neighbor Moldova to join the EU.

The takeaway? With the success of his gamble unlikely, Putin is increasingly counting on Donald Trump’s return to the White House, cutting US assistance to Kyiv.