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Four Paths Forward in Ukraine

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🗓️ 17 March 2022

⏱️ 28 minutes

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It has been three weeks since the war in Ukraine began. The fighting grinds on and there is no clear end in sight. But what are the potential paths forward in the coming days and weeks? On Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelensky, in an address to Congress, proposed one such path, though it is an incredibly unlikely one: a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Elsewhere, Times reporting has suggested four other potential scenarios — a diplomatic end to the conflict; protracted monthslong fighting; China coming to Russia’s rescue; and President Vladimir V. Putin expanding the conflict beyond Ukraine’s borders. We explore these scenarios and consider which of them is most likely to occur. Guest: David E. Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times.

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0:00.0

From the New York Times, I'm Michael Barrow. This is the Daily.

0:07.0

Today, as Ukraine's president implores the United States Congress to intervene in the war,

0:18.9

I spoke with my colleague, David Sanger, about the potential paths forward in the war, and

0:25.0

which of them is most likely to occur.

0:36.6

It's Thursday, March 17th.

0:42.7

David, we want to talk to you about the paths forward in Ukraine. What happens next in this

0:48.3

war? The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, just proposed one such path forward in a speech

0:55.6

to Congress. I want you to describe it.

0:58.8

The scene in front of Congress, Michael, was really quite remarkable.

1:05.4

Thank you very much. Madam Speaker, members of the Congress, ladies and gentlemen.

1:12.4

As you would imagine, President Zelensky showed up in what is now his uniform, which is his

1:18.5

Churchill in a t-shirt look, where he is clearly calling in from an in-battle presidential

1:25.3

office at a moment that his capital is under siege.

1:30.5

Right now, the destiny of our country is being decided. The destiny of our people, whether

1:39.5

Ukrainians will be free. He immediately invoked images that he knew would resonate with his

1:47.7

audience, Democrats and Republicans.

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Remember September the 11th, a terrible day in 2001, when he will try to turn your cities,

1:58.2

independent territories in battlefields, when innocent people were attacked.

2:06.6

And the unspoken message of that was that just as the world rallied with the United States

2:13.4

and the U.S. rallied with the West, then you must do it now.

2:17.5

Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death.

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And then he made a request to create a no-fly zone, zone over Ukraine to save people. Is

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