Belarus President Alexander Lushenko, a reliable Russian ally, said in an associated press interview, “I am not immersed in this problem enough to say whether it goes according to plan, like the Russians say, or like I feel it. I want to stress one more time, I feel like this operation has dragged on.”

Analyst Comment: Putin is under pressure from all sides to end this war. It is remarkable that Lusheknko would say this publicly.