Sunday, February 27, 2022

Putin Fumes in His Mountain ‘lair’ as Ukraine Proves Hard to Conquer; Ukrainian Forces able to Slow Russians Near Kyiv Despite Being Outgunned; Russia Stunned by Ukraine's Impressive Air Fight; Russia-Ukraine war LIVE UPDATES, and related stories

Putin fumes in his mountain ‘lair’ as Ukraine proves hard to conquer:
Russian President Vladimir Putin is “furious” that his invasion of Ukraine hasn’t been “easy” after Russian troops have been unable to take even one major city in three days of fighting, according to a member of the European Union Parliament who said he was citing Ukrainian intelligence reports.
“Putin is furious, he thought that the whole war would be easy and everything would be done in 1-4 days,” tweeted Riho Terras, who is also the former defense chief of NATO member Estonia, said in a lengthy thread on Twitter.
“The Russians are in shock of the fierce resistance they have encountered,” Terras said. He claimed the report shows they don’t have a “tactical plan” to take a Ukraine that is fighting back, stating that the entire invasion plan relied on “sowing panic among civilians and armed forces and forcing [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky to flee.”
Terras posted an image of what appeared to be an intelligence report written in Russian that said, “Putin is raging. He was sure it would be a cake walk.”
US Defense officials also said Saturday that Russian forces are growing increasingly frustrated by the strength of the Ukrainian resistance. Ordinary civilians have joined with Ukrainian forces, making Molotov cocktails, blocking roads and even shooting at the tires of Russian vehicles to impede their progress. --->READ MORE HERE
Ukrainian forces able to slow Russians near Kyiv despite being outgunned:
Ukrainian forces slowed the advance of Russian troops Saturday despite being outmanned and outgunned as they fought to defend the capital, Kyiv, where President Volodymyr Zelensky proclaimed in the morning that the city had “survived the night.”
Residents prepared to take shelter for another night as Russian troops met up with a fierce response to the invasion that held them back about 19 miles away from the city.
Ukrainian forces are putting up “very determined resistance” to the Russian onslaught, a Pentagon official told reporters Saturday. The Russians have pounded Kyiv and other cities with more than 250 missiles, the US said.
“We know that (Russian forces) have not made the progress that they wanted to make, particularly in the north. They have been frustrated by what they have seen is a very determined resistance,” the Pentagon official said, offering no specific evidence.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said “the speed of the Russian advance has temporarily slowed likely as a result of acute logistical difficulties and strong Ukrainian resistance.”
Artillery and missile attacks continued Saturday as small Russian units tried to clear the way to the center of the capital for the main forces to follow. Sporadic gunfire and explosions were heard in the center of the city as well. --->READ MORE HERE
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