Ukraine ‘fundamentally won’ against Russia, says Suter
While the conflict is fast approaching the end of its first month, Russian troops are still fighting a war they say will take days. But with reports of more than 15,000 dead Russian troops, as well as extensive damage to military equipment on the ground, Putin was forced to make advances and consolidate his assets.
During the early stages of the invasion, the Ukrainian town of Irpin, a northwest suburb of Kyiv, quickly fell to Russian forces.
Almost five weeks later, a resilient defensive thrust pushed Russian troops out of the area.
Speaking about the decision, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrsky, commander of the city’s defense forces, told FT: “They thought they were going to come in a quick sprint and capture kyiv.
“But they lost their best strength.
“They did not calculate our ability to mobilize our forces.”
Ukraine defended the country using guerrilla tactics
Russia ‘lost its best forces’ to Ukrainian defenses
Russian commanders expected to use Irpin as a route to central kyiv, but guerrilla-style warfare led to the defense of the city.
Ukrainian forces reportedly destroyed bridges, which prevented Russian troops from finding the shortest route to the city.
The alternate route saw Russian tanks and armored vehicles exposed and became easy targets for Ukrainian defenses to shoot down.
In several places, Russian troops and armor were pushed back by smaller, highly motivated Ukrainian units who used their superior intelligence-gathering abilities to determine where the enemy columns were.
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A captured Russian soldier in handcuffs
Reports suggest 15,000 Russian soldiers were killed in the war
Reports from Ukraine suggest that Russian troops are not as supported in their mission.
Soldiers were seen stuck on the side of the road with vehicles running out of fuel, captured soldiers begging for food and phone calls from relatives, others complaining of frostbite, while a report showed that 300 Russian soldiers hitchhiked back to Russia after being left for dead.
Further south, similar resistance saw Russian forces struggling.
Despite relentless air attacks on the port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian defenses kept the Russians away from the center of the city.
Even control of Kherson, the only major city captured by Russian troops so far, is disputed, according to US intelligence reports.
Intelligence analysts believe Moscow is gathering troops and assets to launch a full-scale attack in eastern Ukraine.
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Vladimir Putin painted a very different story of the war on Russian media
Moscow kept spreading the news of military success at home in Russia.
Russian media reports claim that the “special operation” in Ukraine is entering the “final stage”.
Regarding the tactical withdrawal from the outskirts of Ukraine, the Kremlin says troops would be moved out of kyiv in order to “liberate” the Donbass region to the east.
However, Western intelligence officials continue to take a cautious look at Russia’s decision and say it should not be seen as a sign that Ukraine has won the war.
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Ukraine has called for a no-fly zone, so far rejected by the West
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this week: “The scale of the challenges has not diminished.
“The Russian military still has significant potential to continue attacks against our state.”
Ukraine has consistently asked for more support from Western countries and NATO.
While many have donated vital defense equipment to Kyiv, NATO has failed to secure the skies above the country with a no-fly zone.
Western leaders fear that if NATO forces were to engage with Russian aircraft over Ukraine, the consequences of such actions would lead to a global conflict.
On the humanitarian front, the United Nations reported that more than four million Ukrainians have now fled the country, with a total number of 10 million people displaced from their homes.