They will last ‘no more than three days’-Putin/Hitler said !!??
Russian troops are retreating and deserting and have been repelled from strategic Kyiv suburb which could stop Putin’s forces from surrounding the capital, Ukraine claims
- Ukraine’s armed forces said Moscow has lost its ‘offensive potential’ in their attempts to capture Makariv
- Located 37 miles from Kyiv, Makariv is seen as a strategic location to help Putin’s forces surround the capital
- Russian forces have enough supplies to last ‘no more than three days’, Ukraine’s generals also claimed today
- Putin’s men are running low on food, fuel and ammunition due to logistical failings that have stalled attacks
- Ukrainian troops claim to have re-taken city of Makariv, near Kyiv, while attacks on Mariupol were ‘repulsed’
- But failing attacks could spell more death for Ukrainians, as Joe Biden warns Putin is thinking about using chemical and biological weapons because his ‘back is against the wall’
PUBLISHED: 09:21 EDT, 22 March 2022 | UPDATED: 12:40 EDT, 22 March 2022
Russian troops are retreating after being repelled from a strategic Kyiv suburb, Ukraine has claimed, in a move which could stop Vladimir Putin’s forces from surrounding the capital.
Ukraine’s armed forces said Moscow has lost its ‘offensive potential’ and reinforcements were being called in from the ‘depths’ of Russia to help them capture Makariv, a city located 37 miles from Kyiv.
Ukrainian forces have been fighting back in Makariv in order to prevent Russian forces from surrounding the capital.
The armed forces claimed the ‘heroic actions of our defenders’ have forced Russian troops back while a counterattack in the south has pushed Putin’s forces in the direction of Mykolayiv, a city near the Black Sea.
In an update issued today, Ukraine’s armed forces said: ‘Having lost the offensive potential, the Russian occupying troops continue forming and deploying the reserves from the depths of the Russian Federation to the borders of Ukraine.’
Elsewhere, the Ukrainian think tank, The Centre for Defence Strategies claimed that Russian troops in the Okhtyrka region of Sumy ‘left the area of operations’ in order to ‘choose desertion to avoid death’ and in Havronshchyna, in the Makariv district, that Russians had stolen cars to drive towards the border with Belarus.
It comes after Kyiv’s generals today claimed Vladimir Putin‘s troops only have enough food, fuel and ammunition for another three days of fighting in Ukraine, while attacks on the besieged city of Mariupol were turned back and offensives elsewhere in the country remained stalled.
Logistical failings by Russian forces including their inability to establish a fuel pipeline to supply troops at the front has left them facing the imminent prospect of running out, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed in their morning update.
Meanwhile British intelligence said attempts by Moscow to capture the southern city of Mariupol – seen as a key target for Putin to be able to claim any semblance of success in his ‘special military operation’ – ‘continue to be repulsed’ amidst heavy fighting.
Offensives elsewhere in the country – such as in the cities of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv – ‘have endured yet another day of limited progress with most forces largely stalled’, the Ministry of Defence added.
Some analysts have questioned whether Russia is capable of capturing Kyiv after its failure to take other key cities and towns. Lord Dannatt, a former head of the British Army, told Sky News Russia was ‘hunkering down for a long fight in Kyiv’ but do not have the ‘motivation or the will to push into the centre’.
Ukraine’s assessment tallies with other Western experts who predicted that Russian forces are likely to reach ‘culmination’ this week, the point at which supplies built up for initial attacks will run out – forcing Russia to stop its offensive and start defending while waiting for reinforcements to arrive.
Taking an ‘operational pause’ will leave Russian troops vulnerable to counter-attack by Ukrainian forces, who today claimed to have re-taken the city of Makariv on the outskirts of Kyiv – capturing a key highway in the process and allowing them to block Russian troops from surrounding the city from the northwest.
But it does not mean that Putin’s army has been defeated or that a ceasefire is imminent. Evidence from the battlefield so-far shows that that Russia’s tactics are likely to become more brutal and bloody the longer its forces remain stuck. Western leaders, Joe Biden chief among them, have been warning of the risk that Russia will use biological or chemical weapons because Putin’s ‘back is against the wall’.
Russia’s troops will run out of food, fuel and ammunition within three days, Ukraine’s generals have predicted today, due to logistical failings in Vladimir Putin’s ‘special military operation’ (pictured, a destroyed Russian vehicle near Kharkiv)
The Kremlin appears to have planned for a days-long war that has now lasted almost a month with heavier-than-expected casualties after its forces met with stiff resistance (pictured, a destroyed Russian vehicle near Kharkiv)
Shortcomings by military planners have left Russian convoys vulnerable to Ukrainian ambushes which has deprived troops of the resources they need to fight (pictured, a destroyed truck near the city of Kharkiv)
Ukraine estimates that Russia has lost 1,500 armoured personnel carriers, 500 tanks, and more than 15,000 troops – though those numbers have not been verified (pictured, a blown-up personnel carrier)
Western experts had predicted that this week would be when Russian forces would reach ‘culmination’ – the point at which supplies would run low enough that they would have to swap from attack to defence (pictured, a destroyed vehicle)
Russia’s invasion has driven more than 10 million people from their homes, a number similar to the population of Portugal and almost a quarter of Ukraine’s pre-war population, according to the United Nations.
The U.N. has confirmed over 900 civilian deaths while saying the real toll is probably much higher. Estimates of Russian military deaths vary, but even conservative figures are in the low thousands.
Beyond the terrible human toll, the war has shaken the post-Cold War global security consensus and repeatedly raised worries it could set off a nuclear accident.
Ukraine’s natural resources minister said wildfires near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine have been extinguished and radiation levels in the area are within norms.
Fires are not uncommon in the area, but raise concern about the potential release of radiation from fallout from the 1986 explosion and fire at the plant.
Concerns have been expressed for safety at the decommissioned plant since it was seized by Russian forces last month. The power supply was temporarily cut amid fighting earlier this month, and Ukraine’s nuclear regulatory agency said Monday that radiation monitors around the plant had stopped working.
Facing unexpectedly stiff resistance, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces are increasingly concentrating their air power and artillery on Ukraine’s cities and the civilians living there.
U.S. and British officials say Kyiv remains Russia’s primary objective. The bulk of Moscow’s forces remain miles from the center, but missiles and artillery have destroyed apartment buildings and a large shopping mall, which was left a smoking ruin after being hit late Sunday by strikes that killed eight people.
A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the military’s assessment, said Russia had increased air sorties over the past two days, carrying out as many as 300 over a 24-hour period, and has fired more than 1,100 missiles into Ukraine since the invasion began.
Russian ground forces have been largely at a standstill for weeks, with only limited gains in the south and east. Efforts now appear to be concentrated on capturing the city of Mariupol, though efforts have so-far failed. Ukraine says counter-attacks are underway to the west of Kyiv, potentially threatening Russian advances there
Fighting in Kyiv is now located to the west of the city after defences in the east repelled Russia’s attacks. Ukraine claims to be on the counter-offensive in these areas, trying to isolate Russian forces at Irpin, Bucha and Borodyanka
Mariupol is completely surrounded by Russian forces, has been cut off from water and electricity for three weeks, and is under near-constant bombardment as Putin’s troops try to bomb it into submission. The city’s mayor has so-far rejected an offer of surrender – saying he does not trust Russian promises of safe passage out
Civilian volunteers are trained in combat by Ukrainian troops in woodland near Kyiv, as the country calls up its full reserves and prevents men from leaving so they can join the fight
Ukrainian volunteers train in military tactics and firearms in woodland near Kyiv as they prepare to fight Russian invaders
Ukrainian soldiers put civilian recruits through their paces in woodland near Kyiv, as the train to fight Russian troops
Civilians in the southern city of Odesa, which has so-far escaped the worst of Russia’s attacks but fears it may be next, get firearms training from members of the armed forces
Ukrainian soldiers train civilian volunteers on a firing range in the southern city of Odesa, as Russian forces close in
U.S. President Joe Biden, who is heading to Europe later in the week to meet with allies, suggested Monday evening that worse may be still to come.
‘Putin’s back is against the wall,’ Biden said. ‘He wasn’t anticipating the extent or the strength of our unity. And the more his back is against the wall, the greater the severity of the tactics he may employ.’
Biden reiterated accusations that Putin is considering resorting to using chemical or biological weapons, though Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that the United States has seen no evidence to suggest that use of such weapons was ‘imminent.’
As Russian forces try to squeeze Kyiv, talks to end the fighting have continued by video but failed to bridge the chasm between the two sides. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Ukrainian television late Monday that he would be prepared to consider waiving any bid by Ukraine to join NATO – a key Russian demand – in exchange for a cease-fire, the withdrawal of Russian troops and a guarantee of Ukraine’s security.
Zelenskyy also suggested Kyiv would be open to future discussions on the status of Crimea, which Russia seized in 2014, and areas of the eastern Donbas region held by Russian-backed separatists. But he said that was a topic for another time.
As part of a series of addresses to foreign legislatures to drum up support for Ukraine, Zelenskyy spoke to Italian lawmakers on Tuesday, telling them that the besieged port of Mariupol had been utterly destroyed in the Russian onslaught. He also spoke to Pope Francis.
‘Imagine a Genoa completely burned down,’ he said to rapt lawmakers, citing an Italian port city of a similar size. Mariupol officials said on March 15 that at least 2,300 people had died in the siege, and they have not given an update since. Zelenskyy said 117 children had been killed in the war so far.
Burning oil storage tanks in the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv are seen in this satellite image taken on Monday
Smoke fills the sky over Irpin, a city to the west of Kyiv, which has been under heavy attack by Russian forces in the area
Apartment blocks in the heavily besieged city of Mariupol are seen shrouded in smoke from Russian shelling on March 19
Russian artillery positions are shown in fields outside the city of Mariupol, which has now been shelled for three weeks
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Some people managed to flee Mariupol, where weeks of Russian bombardment has cut off electricity, water and food supplies and severed communication with the outside world. The city council said Tuesday that more than 1,100 people who had escaped the besieged city were on their way in a convoy of buses to another city to Mariupol’s northwest.
But the Red Cross said a humanitarian aid convoy trying to reach the embattled city with desperately needed supplies still had not been able to enter.
Perched on the Sea of Azov, Mariupol is a crucial port for Ukraine and lies along a stretch of territory between Russia and Crimea. As such, it is a key target that has been besieged for more than three weeks and has seen some of the worst suffering of the war.
It is not clear how close its capture might be. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that their forces were still defending the city and had destroyed a Russian patrol boat and electronic warfare complex. Britain’s Defense Ministry said its intelligence showed that ‘Ukrainian forces continue to repulse Russian attempts to occupy’ the city.
Those who have made it out of Mariupol told of a devastated city.
‘There are no buildings there anymore,’ said 77-year-old Maria Fiodorova, who crossed the border to Poland on Monday after five days of travel.
A long line of vehicles stood on a road in Bezimenne, east of Mariupol, as residents sought shelter at a temporary camp set up by Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region.
A woman who gave her name as Yulia said she and her family sought shelter in Bezimenne after a bombing destroyed six houses behind her home.
‘That’s why we got in the car, at our own risk, and left in 15 minutes because everything is destroyed there, dead bodies are lying around,’ she said.
In all, more than 8,000 people escaped to safer areas Monday through humanitarian corridors, including about 3,000 from Mariupol, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.
Overall, more than 3.5 million people have fled Ukraine, while another 6.5 million have been displaced inside the country.
Matthew Saltmarsh, a spokesperson for the U.N. refugee agency, called the speed and scale of people fleeing danger in Ukraine ‘unprecedented in recent memory.’