Russia and Ukraine held peace talks on Monday that reached no results, but they did agree to meet again.
Delegations from Russia and Ukraine held initial talks in Belarus on Monday amid limited hopes for a breakthrough that could end the war that started when Russian forces invaded Ukraine. Delegates returned to their respective capitals for consultations. https://t.co/2b14GV05eZ pic.twitter.com/HhvcuEDP2v— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 28, 2022
⚡️The Ukraine-Russia peace talks ended with no results, the two sides agreed to meet at the Polish-Belarus border in the upcoming days.— Oleksiy Sorokin (@mrsorokaa) February 28, 2022
But once that ended, Russia went back to trying to hit Kyiv.
Russian forces launch an attack on Kyiv soon after the Ukraine-Russia negotiations are over. pic.twitter.com/8u4EYP8pkQ— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 28, 2022
Despite Russians having the manpower and weapons, Ukrainians have held their own for days now, with great courage. While Russia is staffed in part with people who are unwilling conscripts and people who apparently were lied to even about fighting in Ukraine, Ukrainians know they are fighting for the survival of their nation. Russia has reportedly suffered a massive number of troops killed in just a few days, with over 4,300 dead.
In part, Ukraine has survived because of the inspiration provided by its leader, President Volodymyr Zelensky. If ever there was a man made for his time, that would be Zelensky. A man who some thought was a joke when he ran and won, he's now become a world hero for the way that he has stood up in the face of the prodigious Russian attack.
When offered an out by the U.S to be rescued, Zelensky said “I need ammunition, not a ride.” He's taken videos of himself all over Kyiv to let his people know that he stands with them and he's not cutting and running. His latest video is something else too.
New Zelensky address: “When I planned to become a president, I said that each of us is the president. Because we are all responsible for our state. For our beautiful Ukraine. And now it has happened that each of us is a warrior… And I am confident that each of us will win.” pic.twitter.com/zN629XehUv— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 28, 2022
“When I planned to become a president, I said that each of us is the president,” Zelensky declared. “Because we are all responsible for our state. For our beautiful Ukraine. And now it has happened that each of us is a warrior. The warrior in his or her own place. And I am confident that each of us will win.”
That kind of attitude is stoking the courage of each Ukrainian to stand and fight. It's why they've held them off now for days. It's why Kyiv is still standing at this moment. But it's also why if Kyiv were to fall, the people would fight on.
Former Trump Administration national security official Gen. Keith Kellogg was on “Outnumbered” with Harris Faulkner today and he said that he didn't think the Russians were doing very well at all, considering these were supposed to be their frontline units. He said indeed it was embarrassing and making people reevaluate what they had previously thought about the Russian army.
“There's an old saying,” Kellogg said. “It's not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” He said the heart of the army sometimes means more than the physical. “If I was Russia, I'd be very concerned right now. In my opinion, today, Russia is losing this fight…But they've shown the whole world that they can be beat and he's (Zelensky's) proven it today”
Kellogg also posted this fascinating comparison between Zelensky and Putin.
A relationship with a leader and his senior military commander is critical. Note the difference between Putin and Zelenskyy. pic.twitter.com/jPG1a5sT6f— Keith Kellogg (@generalkellogg) February 27, 2022
The picture had been put out by the Ukrainian defense minister.
85h of defence.Intimidation of 🇺🇦 is imprudent. Its impossible to break our defenders,moreover its impossible to make the Kyiv lay down arms.The times are difficult,but it will pass.🇺🇦 will win.We’re already winning.Therefore, we advise the occupiers to go home. It's not too late pic.twitter.com/6NPnqOctom— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) February 27, 2022
Now, you can't forget that Russia has a ton of manpower that they are still going to throw at Kyiv. Indeed, there's reportedly a huge military convoy on the way to the city now. As Kellogg noted, the Ukrainians had taken out a lot of their tanks with Javelins and needed more. But the Russians can't take out all the people. And that's what they would have to do to fully conquer them and they're not going to like having to hold onto an occupation because they wouldn't be able to sustain that and they'll face massive resistance.
This is how Ukrainian citizens are responding now to the Russian invaders.
No comments pic.twitter.com/cSsddAWSYL— IgorGirkin (@GirkinGirkin) February 28, 2022
Pravda Brewery is now making Molotovs rather than beer, with labels, “Putin is a d**khead.”
Pravda Brewery in western Ukraine has switched from producing beers to Molotov cocktails to help fight the war with Russia. pic.twitter.com/taEsO3hqya— DW News (@dwnews) February 28, 2022