Coinciding with Biden visit to Poland, Russia signals scaled-back goals in Ukraine

  • US President Joe Biden, center, talks to service members from the 82nd Airborne Division, who are working alongside Polish allies to deterrence in the city of Rzeszow in southeastern Poland, near the border with Ukraine, on March 25, 2022. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

  • Evacuees from areas including the city of Dnipro, Ukraine, walk in the railway station of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 25, 2022, following Russia's military invasion launched on Ukraine. (Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

  • A Ukrainian firefighter stands next to flames rising from a fire following artillery fire on the 30th day on the invasion of the Ukraine by Russian forces in the northeastern city of Kharkiv on March 25, 2022. (Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

  • A Ukrainian man stands in front of a destroyed building following an artillery fire on the 30th day of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces in the northeastern city of Kharkiv on March 25, 2022. (Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

LVIV, Ukraine — As President Joe Biden visited Poland on Friday in a show of support for NATO’s eastern flank, Russian military chiefs signaled a streamlining of war aims in Ukraine — a potentially face-saving path for Vladimir Putin to exit what has become a lengthy, grinding and increasingly deadlocked conflict.