Fox News reports that Russians have entered Kyiv.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, stated in an evening speech, that many cities are under threat, but none of them have yet fallen.
Zelenskyy, in his evening speech said: “This Night will be more difficult than the Day. Many capital cities in our state are at risk: Chernihiv and Sumy, Kharkiv; our children in the Donbas, Kharkiv; the cities to the south. Special attention should be paid to Kyiv. “We can’t lose our capital.” https://t.co/QoEBDwV5ET pic.twitter.com/k5LfSowxiO
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) February 25, 2022
They have fought bravely and have taken out many Russians as well as their equipment. While it’s difficult to confirm the numbers and they may be exaggerated, it’s clear that the Russians suffered more casualties than they had hoped on the first day. The Russians will face much greater resistance if even half the claims are true.
Russia lost 2800 soldiers, 80 tanks and 516 armored cars in the invasion of Ukraine.
As of Wednesday, March 3, Ukraine time
— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) February 25, 2022
As we previously reported, it sounds like Vladimir Putin is getting desperate with his latest remarks, calling on the Ukrainian military to join him because the leaders are “Neo-Nazis and drug addicts.” That’s not happening anytime soon.
Fox contributor Gen. Jack Keane said Putin has chosen the most difficult plan (meaning moving in from multiple directions in the country), and “he’s struggling with it.”
Some reports persist, though they have not been confirmed. They claim that Russian units are starving and asking for food.
According to the Ukrainian army, they have stopped Russian forces from Konotop and damaged 40 vehicles in total during battle. The Russians claim they are having supply problems and that they have been trying to obtain fuel and food from the locals.
— Woofers (@NotWoofers) February 25, 2022
Russian soldiers raid food shops in occupied areas.pic.twitter.com/YkWtWY4vX7
— Alexander Zaytsev (@neviglases) February 25, 2022
Not good for public opinion: there’s the possible war crime of bombing a kindergarten.
Zelensky speaks out about the Russian attack on a school in Ukraine, which killed at most one child and left many others injured.
“What type of war is this? These children were they neo Nazis? Are they NATO soldiers or were they neo-Nazis?
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 25, 2022
But maybe the most problematic of all for world opinion is that they have attacked the ships of nations other than Ukraine in the Black Sea — they hit a Japanese ship and a ship from Moldova. It is possible they are trying to block food from entering Ukraine in an effort to cut off food for the people.
Russia attacked two additional foreign merchant ships in the Black sea. Russians also attacked a Romanian container vessel. Russia will not come to next nations tomorrow – it has already started to attack them. #RussiaMustBeStopped https://t.co/6h70Opbdro
— Sergej Sumlenny (@sumlenny) February 25, 2022
Among those attacked were ships from NATO countries — one Turkish ship and one Romanian the day before. This is unacceptable. This could draw NATO into it, if this doesn’t stop.
While things haven’t been going well for Putin and he appears to have bitten off more than he can chew at the same time, he does have more Russians ready to come in, as well as Chechens. Putin’s calculation there is that if Chechens are killed in the fight, that Russians will be less upset with him than if Russians are killed.
A second video was sent by a local source to me today from Grozny (Chechnya). In Russia’s Occupation Force, additional Chechen Government forces are deployed to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/4c8tJS1bqp
— Neil Hauer (@NeilPHauer) February 25, 2022
But now, there’s word that Putin may want to ‘talk,’ and that he’s calling for a meeting in Minsk.
Now Kremlin seems to vaguely reverse course; Peskov says Putin is prepared to send representatives to Minsk, Belarus, for talks with Ukraine, after Zelensky earlier said he was ready to discuss Ukraine’s “neutral status.”
— Anton Troianovski (@antontroian) February 25, 2022
After a meeting with Xi Jinping (Chinese leader), Putin stated that he is open to talks. New York Times reported.
He may realize he has done too much, and want to find a way to get out. Or that he’s just trying to buy time. Zelensky had previously said he would be willing to talk, so we’ll have to see how things evolve.