While the Russian military has an overwhelming military force, their military operations in Ukraine have not gone according to plan. In fact, their Northern operation has so far failed, forcing them to focus on the South and the Donbas. This plan seems bizarre, and it does not exploit any of Russia’s advantages. As a result, the war in Ukraine has become bogged down and could stalemate. Meanwhile, Russian military costs could start piling up on the Russian side. If that happens, Vladimir Putin could declare victory.
The military operation has caused the fleeing of over five million Ukrainians. It has also killed thousands of Ukrainians. Moreover, Russia has failed to meet its stated military goals and has suffered heavy losses of troops and materiel. The conflict is also causing even apolitical Ukrainians to fight back against the invasion, denounce it, and flee the country.
Despite the difficulties, the military operations in Ukraine have also reaffirmed the Ukrainian nation’s independence. This has led to a new wave of political activity in Ukraine. The opposition has been stepping up the fight, and the government has rallied the whole nation against the invasion. A massive, coordinated, and successful national resistance has put Russian troops in difficult positions, forcing them to retreat. Moreover, the war has helped Ukraine solidify its identity as a sovereign nation and has reaffirmed its independence from Russia.
Russia’s military has launched an invasion of Ukrainian territory from several directions. In the south, they have isolated Mariupol and moved towards Kyiv. However, they have had difficulty in the north. Ukrainians have fought back against the Russians and have managed to hold back their forces in Chernihiv, Kharkiv, and other key cities.