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Putin’s troops baffled by Ukraine’s steadfastness as he ‘breathes in’ – ‘Stronger than expected’ | World | News

Today marks five weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine by land, sea and air in a brutal campaign of military aggression. The bloody conflict has killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced four million from Ukraine. More than two million refugees are children, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). Combined with the 2.5 million children displaced in Ukraine, this means that more than 60 percent of the country’s children have had to leave their homes.

“I think it’s very difficult to authenticate verified individual reports of insurgency and so on.

“But it’s clear that Ukraine has put up a much stronger fight than Russia expected.”

He added: “I think that when Putin now gets a chance to catch his breath, it will also concentrate the minds of the NATO countries.

“Especially in England. What else can we do to fortify the Ukrainian defense if something goes wrong again?”

Against the backdrop of the negotiations, the US has claimed that Putin’s military chief and economic adviser kept him secret about events in Ukraine.

His renewal came after the Kremlin reneged on its promise to dramatically reduce military operations in the besieged city of Chernihiv and near Kyiv.

Prof Frankopan claimed there was hope that the conflict might end, but warned that Putin should not take his word.

He said: “There is hope, I think, that we might turn a corner, but that requires well-meaning actors on all sides.

“And with Russia, it’s not entirely clear that that’s going to be the case.

“Remember, even the day before Russian troops entered Ukraine, senior figures in the Russian government promised that there was no possibility of an invasion.

“So we have to have strong and rigid views before we jump to any assumptions or conclusions.”