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Putin’s Next Move in Ukraine: Is Russia Getting Ready to Sack Kyiv?

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Russian Tu-160 bomber. Image Credit - Creative Commons.

On day four of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian forces are really struggling to achieve any meaningful progress as Ukrainian resistance and supply issues frustrate Moscow’s plans.

According to U.S. defense officials on Sunday, Russia has launched over 320 missiles against Ukrainian targets. More than two-thirds of the 200,000 Russian forces that had amassed on Ukraine’s border before the war are now taking an active part in the invasion and are located within Ukraine.

However, Russian troops have failed to capture any major cities, such as the capital Kyiv or the second-largest city Kharkiv.

“We continue to observe this invasion along those same three main axes that we talked about, south to north, north central to south, north east to south. We also continue to see indications of viable Ukrainian resistance. We continue to believe, based on what we have observed that this resistance is greater than what the Russians expected and we have indications that the Russians are increasingly frustrated by their lack of momentum over the last 24 hours particularly in the north parts of Ukraine,” a U.S. defense official had said on Saturday.

Although the Russian military has been undoubtedly surprised by Ukraine’s fierce resistance and the defensive capabilities of the Ukrainian military, Russian military leaders and their troops will soon adjust to the realities on the ground. That, coupled with the superiority of the Russian military, means that sooner or later, Moscow will prevail in the conventional part of the war.

Kyiv Braces For A Siege 

From the start, Kyiv has been the primary target of the invading Russian forces. If the Kremlin could decapitate the Ukrainian leadership, Russian President Vladimir Putin would have the opportunity to place a puppet regime and avoid a protracted guerilla war in the forests and cities of Ukraine.

As a result, Russian forces striking from Belarus in the north went straight towards Kyiv. However, they have been stopped on the outskirts of the city.

According to a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russian forces have completely stopped their advance toward Kyiv from some directions, with some Russian units even withdrawing.

But satellite imagery indicates that another large column of Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers, and troops is heading toward the Ukrainian capital. Thus far, Russian troops have been careful to avoid engaging civilian targets—scores of civilians have been killed, nonetheless—in an apparent attempt to not turn the Ukrainian population against them. But footage from the ground has shown that the average Ukrainian is ready to fight for his and her country and oppose the Russian invaders.

Ukraine has agreed to talk with Russia but with no pre-conditions.

1945’s New Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business InsiderSandboxx, and SOFREP.

1945’s Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist with specialized expertise in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Commentar

    February 27, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Kyiv straddles the dnieper river and so there are essentially two sections of the city connected by bridges.

    Ukrainian forces have blown up some of the bridges possibly to prevent a two-prong assault or pincer attack.

    Thus, there is no need to sack Kyiv. We are not living in the 20th century where victors see battlefield areas as places full of war loot.

    Russian forces should seize the eastern half of the city, and give an ultimatum to the little hitlar zelenskyy to surrender. If he refuses to capitulate and sue for peace, then there is no option left bu to flatten his hiding place.

  2. Chris Kyle

    February 28, 2022 at 12:52 am

    another russian trolls tears. delicious.

  3. Stanton George Steed

    February 28, 2022 at 7:18 am

    If you cannot monitor who made the Frist strike gust Keep out of the war altogether. If a dozen large dragons had a fart in the middle of the sea the Russians would get blamed for ot.

  4. Alex

    February 28, 2022 at 9:54 am

    What can be robbed in the most impoverished country of Eurasia? Until you tell the truth, such ridiculous and funny articles will appear more and more often.

  5. Karl R Maier

    February 28, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    1. It was stupid not to follow standard military doctrine and win the Air Superiority battle first.
    2. This is the first near peer war, where “If you can see it you can kill it” guided missiles (Javelins, Stingers, etc.) are common. Combat power has moved from tanks, APC’s, and Copters, and to the missile armed infantry/militias.
    3. The Ukrainians (44 million) out number the Russian soldiers (150k) 300 to 1.
    4. Sacking Kyiv? Can they secure the city at all? This isn’t a medieval walled city. And what would they steal?

  6. Alex

    March 1, 2022 at 7:07 am

    1. Air bombardments would have affected civilians, who are covered by Bandera Nazis like a human shield.
    2. Ground operation is necessary, see first point.
    3.Ukraine has about 36 million people left. But I have never seen such stupidity: how many of them can hold weapons in their hands and be a real combat unit? Yes, one million will not be typed. Considering how many military units surrender, only Bandera Nazis remain.
    4. Kyiv is already being robbed by looters who have been given weapons. Many of them are mentally ill and criminals. Now the criminals have been released from prisons and weapons have been distributed to them. There are many videos where these bastards kill Ukrainians in order to rob them.

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