THE UKRAINIAN army is successfully retaking thousands of kilometers of its territory. The Russians are on the run, and morale is down, in the face of the decisive advance of Zelensky’s troops. What is happening today in Ukraine is surprising and implies a turning point in the invasion that began earlier this year.
In just a few days the Ukrainians have retaken some three thousand kilometers of territory, which was previously under the control of the Russian invaders. Key cities, which fell at the beginning of the invasion at the hands of the Russians, have been retaken: Kharkiv and Izyum are among them.
A day ago Vladimir Putin’s Defense Ministry acknowledged the failure and announced the withdrawal of troops from the entire Kharkiv region, as a result of the relentless Ukrainian counteroffensive.
So far it has been proven that Ukraine’s intelligence services are far superior to Russia’s because Putin’s military was surprised by the Ukrainian ambushes and siege. The Institute for the Study of War said that the Ukrainian advance is collapsing the Russian axis in the entire Donbas area.
Faced with the retreat, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “The Russian army these days is showing the best thing it can do: turn its back.” And a Ukrainian soldier told the Wall Street Journal this week: the Russians are in such low morale that they are leaving weapons and tanks behind in their retreat.
The world, however, must remain vigilant. Putin will do something, because, as we have said from the beginning, he cannot afford failure in Ukraine. And the more he is cornered, the more dangerous he becomes. His trick up his sleeve is nuclear weaponry, which, let’s hope, he has enough sense never to use. So far it is clear that he has not won the war.
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Orlando Avendaño is the co-editor-in-chief of El American. He is a Venezuelan journalist and has studies in the History of Venezuela. He is the author of the book Days of submission // Orlando Avendaño es el co-editor en Jefe de El American. Es periodista venezolano y cuenta con estudios en Historia de Venezuela. Es autor del libro Días de sumisión.