At the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Putin certainly thought it would be an easy victory for his army. He likely anticipated moving in, taking over, and that would be the end of it. What he didn’t seem to account for, however, is the force and dedication with which the Ukrainians and their supporters have fought back. Now, Russian forces have reportedly fully withdrawn from the capital city of Kyiv, which they had originally meant to overtake.
On Wednesday, a senior U.S. defense official reported, “We are not showing Russian forces in or around Kyiv or to the north of Kyiv, and we’re not showing Russian forces in or around Chernihiv.”
“We have now seen that the Russians have moved from the north into Belarus and to Russia for refit and resupply,” the official continued. “We have seen indications that that refit and resupply is occurring.”
After the Russian military regroups, it will likely be redeployed to the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, according to the defense official.
It appears that the Russian forces are retreating from their positions throughout Ukraine, as they regroup following a much more difficult battle than they prepared for. As the Russian forces withdraw, however, the war crimes that have been committed in these major cities are becoming apparent.
However, despite the incredible destruction that has been done to the country and to its citizens, it seems a small victory for Ukraine to have the Russians retreat from Kyiv and Chernihiv.