There are a couple of key events during the Russian invasion of Ukraine that tell us all we need to know about how Russia is really performing.
First, there are the images on the ground, of young, crying Russian soldiers who’ve surrendered and told Ukrainian forces that they were not prepared for this invasion in the least. They say that they were sent to Belarus under the pretext of performing training missions, then suddenly told to go take Ukraine.
And then there’s the math of the situation, as Ukraine’s casualties currently sit at one-tenth of those of the Russians.
But perhaps most telling are the reactions of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who not only threatened to use nuclear force against anyone who tries to stop him, but who has also sent a private, paramilitary hit squad to try to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
More than 400 Russian mercenaries have been flown in from Africa to assassinate Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, it was revealed last night.Trending:
A private militia known as the Wagner Group allegedly has orders from Vladimir Putin to take out Zelensky – and 23 other government figures – to allow Moscow to take over its eastern European neighbour.
According to the Times, the army-for-hire, run by oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin – a close ally of the Russian president who is often dubbed ‘Putin’s chef’ – was flown in five weeks ago and is being offered a huge sum for the mission.
But Russia couldn’t even seem to get this right, as the Ukrainians have sniffed out the plot and are installing strict curfews in Kyiv to help root out potential saboteurs.