Ukraine Kills Thousands Of Russian Troops & Captured Hundreds

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As reported by POLITICO this weekend, although numbers could be shifting, “Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov claimed in a Saturday Facebook post that his forces have killed around 3,000 Russian troops, destroyed 100 Russian tanks and shot down seven helicopters” — suggesting once again that Russian leaders who launched the country’s recent invasion of Ukraine may have underestimated the readiness of Ukrainians to defend their country against invaders. Other issues have also been plaguing Russian invaders like “lack of fuel or confusion over where they are,” POLITICO notes. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stayed in Ukraine’s capital amid Russian forces’ incursions into the country.

Ret. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who is originally from Ukraine but has long been a resident of the United States and has expertise in Ukraine-related matters, which he utilized in service at the National Security Council, shared footage of what he said was a “Large Russian support column destroyed,” adding that “According to the report, [the column] was heading to Kharkiv. By underestimating UAF and moving fast, the Russian armed forces have left [their] support vulnerable to devastating attacks.” UAF would appear to refer to the Ukrainian Air Force. Check out Vindman’s footage below:

Over the weekend, the Biden administration outlined additional plans for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military aid for Ukraine. As Secretary of State Antony Blinken put it on Saturday, “[As] Ukraine fights with courage and pride against Russia’s brutal and unprovoked assault, I have authorized, pursuant to a delegation by the President, an unprecedented third Presidential Drawdown of up to $350 million for immediate support to Ukraine’s defense. This brings the total security assistance the United States has committed to Ukraine over the past year to more than $1 billion.” The newly announced batch of aid “will include further lethal defensive assistance to help Ukraine address the armored, airborne, and other threats it is now facing,” as Blinken explained things, and it follows two other batches of military assistance for the country that the Biden administration has already rolled out. The aid is set to include additional anti-armor missiles known as Javelins for the Ukrainians. As Reuters recapped, the “Pentagon said the weapons included anti-armor, small arms, body armor and various munitions in support of Ukraine’s front-line defenders. In addition, a State Department spokesperson said the materiel included anti-aircraft systems.”