The Russian military operation in Ukraine has entered its fourth day, and it appears that it is not going as planned, according to a report by the British newspaper, The Guardian.
The newspaper says that the Ukrainian Sumy region, close to the border with Russia, according to a resident, spotted an abnormal scene on a rural road with a broken Russian armored vehicle.
When this man got out of his car, there were three soldiers near the out-of-service military vehicle, and he addressed them, saying, “You guys seem to have collapsed,” but one of the soldiers denied this and said, “It’s just that the fuel ran out.”
“Can I take you back to Russia?” joked the man. All of these soldiers laughed.
Along the way, there were even more crippled Russian military vehicles.
The man dared to say to the “wretched” soldiers: “Everything is in our favor (the Ukrainians).”
This man concluded that the soldiers of Russian President Vladimir Putin do not know where they are going and why they are in Ukraine in the first place.
However, the Russian invasion cannot be judged to have failed, the war has just begun, and Putin may be able to impose his victory.
This depends on it enjoying overwhelming military superiority over the Ukrainian forces, in terms of air power and extensive naval capabilities, as well as the ground forces, which are estimated at numbers ranging between 100-200 thousand soldiers on the borders.
By the end of Saturday, it became clear that Putin’s blitzkrieg to bring down the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky faced unexpected difficulties.
Among these difficulties are logistical matters. Providing the invading forces with fuel, ammunition and food in a vast country represents a huge challenge for the Russian army.
The Russian plan, according to Ukrainian intelligence, was to encircle the capital, which is home to 3 million people, with ground forces and 5,000 paratroopers.
After that, they storm the presidential palace and seize President Zelensky, and take control of the sovereign headquarters, including the ministries of foreign affairs and defense, and then the process of installing a pro-Moscow government.
But that did not happen, at least until Sunday morning, as it remained under the control of the Ukrainian government.
The Ukrainian military said that the Russian paratroopers who tried to seize an airfield in the city of Vasylkiv, which they were trying to use as a base to seize Kiev, were repelled.