Vladimir Putin somehow thought that this thing would be over in a matter of hours…and he could not have been more wrong.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was originally slated to be finished within 3 days. Putin and his cronies had believed that they may have even conquered the sovereign nation within 48 hours at one point – a determination that was so abhorrently incorrect that it’s silly at this point.
We’re well over 72 days into this thing and the Russian military is now being beaten by Ukraine.
[Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy’s] optimistic words come as Russian troops are retreating from Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, after bombarding it for weeks, and Moscow’s forces continue to engaged in a grinding battle for the country’s eastern industrial heartland, the Donbas.
Russia has now likely lost one-third of the ground combat forces it committed in February and continues to suffer “consistently high levels of attrition” while failing to achieve any substantial territorial gains over the past month, Britain’s Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence update Sunday.
“Russia’s Donbas offensive has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule,” the ministry said on Twitter, adding that the forces are suffering “continued low morale and reduced combat effectiveness.”
“Under the current conditions, Russia is unlikely to dramatically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days,” the ministry said.
The shift comes as much of the world realizes just how unnecessarily the’ve worried about Russia’s military “prowess”, which has turned out to be little more than a fairy tale in 2022.