Moscow is certainly disappointed by the failure of a fast invasion and instant results.
Putin probably thought Ukraine was going to surrender after the very first missile hit.
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Well, here’s what reports are stating, and it doesn’t go along with these ideas.
“Video captured by a live camera in Kharkiv’s central Freedom Square shows a missile hitting close outside the local government’s headquarters, with the resultant fireball destroying neighbouring buildings and automobiles. According to local authorities, there were fatalities.
While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began last week with the goal of overthrowing the country’s elected government and ending the country’s alliance with the West, has made less progress than most military analysts had predicted, this is largely because Russian forces are encountering fierce Ukrainian resistance and logistical difficulties.”
“Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who believes that Russian and Ukrainian people are one and the same, originally refrained from using the kind of indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas that Russia employed to tame its rebellious region of Chechnya in 1999-2000. The fresh barrages signal that Moscow’s relative restraint is eroding as it attempts to crush Ukrainian resistance to its policies.
Despite the fact that the first round of cease-fire negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian delegations meeting in Belarus on Monday failed to achieve quick results, the two sides decided to meet again in the coming days on the Ukrainian-Polish border.
Russia is more isolated on the international stage, and its financial system is reeling from the effects of Western sanctions imposed over the weekend on the country. The ruble has plummeted, and Russia’s central bank has hiked its key interest rate to 20 percent in an effort to avert a bank run on the country’s financial institutions as sanctions restrict their ability to access international markets.
The United States and the European Union announced over the weekend that they would prevent Russia’s central bank from accessing its foreign reserves and that they would restrict a number of Russian banks from participating in the international Swift payments network, among other things. In addition, the European Union blocked its airspace to all Russian jets.
Since Mr. Putin launched the assault on Thursday, Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city with a predominantly Russian-speaking population, has resisted Russian advances with vigor, with Ukrainian forces destroying or seizing a unit of Russian troops that had infiltrated the city over the weekend.
According to Kharkiv officials, Russian forces launched a barrage of multiple-launch rocket fire into residential neighborhoods in Kharkiv on Monday, killing at least 10 civilians, including three children and their parents who were incinerated in a car struck by a Russian projectile, and injuring at least 40 others.”
According to the mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, 87 apartment buildings have been destroyed, and water, power, and heating have been cut off in numerous areas of the capital. Kharkiv, the Ukrainian city that functioned as the country’s capital between 1920 and 1930, is home to over 1.4 million people.
“This is not a mistaken salvo, but a deliberate annihilation of people,” says the author. Regarding Monday’s bombardment, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky remarked, “The Russians were well aware of what they were firing at.”
In the last five days, a significant chunk of Kyiv’s population, which stood at three million people before the war began, has evacuated the city.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 520,000 people have fled from Ukraine to neighboring countries, with an additional four million refugees expected in the next weeks.