Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Keith Kellogg, a former Trump administration official, has predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin is headed toward defeat.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox News Live” this Saturday, he pointed out that, objectively speaking, the Ukrainians have displayed far more zeal, passion and heart — three must-haves for winning any war — than their Russian counterparts.
“There’s an old axiom: It’s not the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog that counts. And you’re seeing that with the Ukrainian fighting and the leadership of [Ukrainian President] Zelensky,” Kellogg explained.
Stunningly, he then added, “I think Putin is losing. I think Russia is losing. He’s thrown his first-line units against Ukrainians, and they’re beating him. The heart that they’re showing him is incredible.”
The Ukrainians haven’t stopped Putin’s stunning, unexpected invasion, but they have put a dent in his reported plan to topple the nation’s government within a few days.
“And that’s the reason why the world is rallying. They see what they’re doing. They see they’re fighting for their homeland. And they’re seeing President Zelensky stand up and say ‘I don’t need a ride, I need ammunition,'” Kellogg continued.
Late last week, the United States reportedly offered to evacuate Zelensky and his family from Ukraine, but the fearless leader refused, telling the U.S. that he needs more ammunition to keep the fight going, not a ride to flee like a coward.
The US government tried to get Zelensky to flee Kiev per @ap. He refused, saying, “The fight is here. I need ammunition, not a ride.” All time quote. What a bad ass leader this guy is.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 26, 2022
The Ukrainian president is stationed in the capital city of Kyiv. Despite Russian forces having arrived in the city’s outskirts days ago, it still remains in Ukrainian control.
Kellogg suspects that Putin could eventually commandeer the city because of the size of his forces, but warned that the insurgent retaliation against him would be so costly that ultimately, he’d likely end up “on the losing end of this.”
“I think Putin’s got a real problem right now, because I think that he’s going to be on the losing end of this. He may throw a lot more forces at it, and he may take the city of Kyiv. That is entirely possible just by sheer numbers. But the the occupation of that country now, they will fight back, there will be an insurgency,” he said.
“We could help that as well, and I think if the Soviet Union thought Afghanistan was bad, well, Putin better look at Ukraine, because it’s going to be a real hornet’s nest for him.”
It already is, actually, and that’s been a shocker to everybody, including Kellogg, who admitted that, much like the majority of the world, he’d assumed based on Putin’s military might that Ukraine wouldn’t stand a chance.
Yet they’re “standing up to him,” and they’re arguably winning.
“I think the world is just stunned by it, and I’m glad everybody’s pushing back,” Kellogg concluded.
To be clear, the war is still far from over.
Within the past 24 hours, the Russians struck an oil depot near Kyiv:
🇺🇦🇷🇺 — DEVELOPING: Oil depot on fire now after a Russian missile strike near Kyiv. pic.twitter.com/M0CeR0TvMe
— Belaaz News (@TheBelaaz) February 27, 2022
Initiated an assault on Ukraine’s second-largest city:
Kharkiv is under heavy air strikes now.
Video: Pravda Gerashchenko/ Telegram pic.twitter.com/UNTVrmyCFS
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 26, 2022
Ukrainians in the country’s second biggest city Kharkiv have endured “heavy fighting” with Russian forces overnight after troops entered and blew up a gas pipeline there.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 27, 2022
Blew up an oil pipeline in/around Kharkiv:
Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection says part of a gas pipeline was destroyed in Kharkiv. This was *NOT* a nuclear blast, though the explosion created a mushroom cloud. https://t.co/VCt8QfmRTe pic.twitter.com/G14rgjMr9I
— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) February 27, 2022
Despite these attacks, Zelensky remains confidently defiant.
According to The Washington Post, on Saturday he “squashed a Russian proposal for negotiations to be held in Belarus.”
“Though the Kremlin said that Russian officials had already flown to the Belarusian city of Gomel for talks, Zelensky said he wanted to meet in a neutral location — not in a country supporting Russia’s attack,” the Post reported.
“Zelensky accused Russia of attacking civilians and warned that Russian actions in Kyiv and other areas showed “the sign of genocide.” He said Ukraine had submitted a complaint against Russia’s actions to the International Court of Justice at The Hague.”
Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian intelligence shared by an Estonian politician who serves on the European Parliament, Putin is “furious” and may be growing desperate as his forces run out of supplies.
“There are rockets for 3-4 days at most, they use them sparingly. They lack weapons, the Tula and 2 Rotenberg plants can’t physically fulfil the orders for weapons. Rifles and ammo are the most they can do,” according to MEP Riho Terras.
“The next Russian weapons can be produced in 3-4 months – if even that. They have no raw materials. What was previously supplied mainly from Slovenia, Finland and Germany is now cut off.”
Putin reportedly ‘furious’ over fearless Ukrainian resistance, rolls in vaporizing ‘father of all bombs’ https://t.co/tzhoWR1jqG
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) February 27, 2022
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