Vladimir Putin was confident that Ukraine would surrender within two days of the invasion but his forces instead faced fierce resistance and a united EU.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin was called “humiliated” after his 48-hour plan to invade Ukraine failed.
According to British and Ukrainian defense sources, Putin believes he can capture the capital Kyiv and four other major cities within 48 hours of launching the invasion.
He is confident that President Volodymyr Zelensky will surrender and sign with Ukraine quickly, The Times reported.
Unfortunately for Putin, the Russian military was met with fierce resistance by the Ukrainian army and people.
Ukrainian diplomat Dymytro Tetriakov, First Secretary at the Embassy in London, told The Times that the Russian invasion did not go as planned because Ukraine “is our land, our family, our home.”
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He added that the Ukrainian people and military, with support from their allies around the world, “have no fear”.
Ukrainian forces have so far exceeded expectations by preventing Russia from gaining control of their airspace.
They also blew up tanks and armored vehicles and shot down cruise missiles sent from Russia with a relatively small army.
Ukraine has only 196,600 troops compared to Russia’s 900,000 but has so far slowed the invading forces.
Russia has suffered heavy casualties as the invasion enters its fourth day, with The Economist reporting on Friday that the Russian military has suffered more casualties in 24 hours than in eight years of fighting in Syria. .
The Kremlin has yet to acknowledge any widespread casualties or problems related to the invasion.
Some reports also claim that Russian soldiers are now refusing to fight.
Taras Kuzio, a researcher at the Henry Jackson Society, said today: “Ukrainian News Channel 24: 5,000 Russian soldiers in the staging area in Russia, North Kharkiv, rebelled and refused to attack Ukraine .”
Kuzio also claimed that reports from the front lines near Crimea indicate that “one in two Russian soldiers have transferred their equipment to Ukraine, once again refusing to fight.”
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In Russia there appears to be widespread anger towards Putin over the invasion, with many Russians protesting in Moscow while some government employees have resigned.
These reports were followed by Russian soldiers yesterday (February 27) who entered the city center of Kharkiv but were repelled by local forces and subsequently captured.
Oleh Synyehubov, governor of Kharkiv Oblast, said that the soldiers had been captured by the Ukrainian army.
“The Russian soldiers, who were arrested, talk about blackmail and total downgrade, they have nothing to do with the central command, do not understand and do not know their next actions,” he said.
“Since the beginning of the attack on Ukraine, they have received no food and water, technology has no fuel supply.”
Around 22,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been trained by the British Army since 2015, which could explain their ability to counter Russia – especially if the Russian army is “very green”.
Kevin Price, a former major who served 20 years in the British army, told The Times that the soldiers advancing inexperienced compared to Ukrainian forces had vastly improved in recent years.
He added that the current military strategy doesn’t make much sense. “
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/putins-plan-conquer-ukraine-48-26344593 Putin's 48-hour plan to conquer Ukraine in tatters made the Russian leader 'humiliated' - World News