Russia, just weeks ago, had one of the most-feared armies in all of the world, but in the days since the Kremlin ordered their troops into the sovereign, neighboring nation of Ukraine, that characterization has changed immensely.
What we’re seeing from Russia in Ukraine is abjectly pathetic: Mass desertions, the incapacitation of at least 4 generals, (through capture or killing), and casualties in the sort of amount that would normally have military minds begin to think about abandoning the mission.
But, instead, Vladimir Putin keeps trying to bluff his way to victory, and the Ukrainians are calling his hand all the way.
Ukraine has rejected a Russian offer to allow two safe corridors out of the besieged city of Mariupol in exchange for Ukrainian fighters laying down their arms.
The Russian news agency TASS reported the offer, citing Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, and said residents of the southern port city were given until 5 a.m. Monday to respond.Trending:
Mizintsev didn’t have to wait that long for an answer. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk rejected the idea outright.
“There can be no talk of any surrender, laying down of arms. We have already informed the Russian side about this,” she told the news outlet Ukrainian Pravda. “I wrote: ‘Instead of wasting time on eight pages of letters, just open the corridor.'”
Russia’s continued failures in Ukraine have put the Kremlin in no position to make demands of any kind, which gives this latest “demand” an air of desperation that we hadn’t previously experienced.