On day three of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv still remains under Ukrainian control.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president, still refuses to retreat.
This has allegedly left Russian forces a bit demoralized.
According to a senior defense official, Russia has become “increasingly frustrated” by the lack of momentum in their invasion of Ukraine.
“We have indications that the Russians are increasingly frustrated by their lack of momentum over the last 24 hours, particularly in the north parts of Ukraine,” the official claimed.
“We continue to believe, based on what we’ve observed, that this resistance is greater than what the Russians expected,” he added.
Despite entering Ukraine from multiple locations, Russian forces still remain roughly 20 miles outside the capital of Kyiv.
BREAKING: Russia 'increasingly frustrated' by lack of momentum: US defense officialhttps://t.co/PLSL8snZJl
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 26, 2022
Our friends at Fox News have more on Russia’s frustrations:
As Ukraine enters its third day of Russian bombardment following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion this week, a senior defense official said Saturday that Moscow has become “increasingly frustrated” by the lack of momentum.
“We have indications that the Russians are increasingly frustrated by their lack of momentum over the last 24 hours, particularly in the north parts of Ukraine,” the senior defense official said. “We also continue to see indications of viable Ukrainian resistance.”
“We continue to believe, based on what we’ve observed, that this resistance is greater than what the Russians expected,” the official added.
Russian forces have entered Ukraine from the north, south and east, and defense officials believe Putin is attempting to encircle the capital city of Kyiv.
NEW: As Ukraine enters its third day of Russian bombardment following Putin’s invasion, a senior U.S. defense official said today that Moscow has become "increasingly frustrated" by the lack of momentum and the fact that the resistance is far greater than Putin had expected.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) February 26, 2022
BREAKING: US has indications that Russians are “increasingly frustrated” with lack of progress in Ukraine invasion, especially in the north: senior defense official
U.S. has no indications that Russia has taken over any city in Ukraine or achieved air superiority.
— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) February 26, 2022
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 26, 2022
NEW: Russian military updates via senior U.S. defense official to reporters:
-Reconnaissance troops in Kyiv
-Unknown if Spetsnaz forces
-Main advance 20 miles from Kyiv
-Strong Ukrainian resistance
-Russia increasingly frustrated
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) February 26, 2022
Russian forces are becoming increasingly frustrated by what the United States believes is “viable” Ukrainian resistance, a US defense official said. https://t.co/Gawe0Ivvlf
— Algemeiner (@Algemeiner) February 26, 2022
Russians 'increasingly frustrated' with lack of progress in Ukraine, US says https://t.co/CPfOijkmA3
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 26, 2022
USA Today with more details on the Ukrainian resistance:
The resistance is stiffening as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday pressed the world to help his country beat back a Russian invasion, even as those forces attacked Kyiv from various directions in an effort to take the capital.
The Pentagon Saturday also announced that $350 million in emergency military aid to Ukraine. That package includes Javelin anti-armor missiles, ammunition and body armor, according to the official.
Zelenskyy tweeted that he had started “a new day on the diplomatic frontline” by talking to French President Emmanuel Macron. In a second tweet, Zelenskyy called the present “a crucial moment to close the long-standing discussion once and for all and decide on Ukraine’s membership in the #EU,” or European Union.
Several videos and pictures of the Ukrainian resistance have been posted to social media:
Putin's army meets fierce resistance on the streets as Ukraine says it has shot down plane carrying troops
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 26, 2022
— Diego Martínez León (@Diego_lew) February 25, 2022
Meanwhile – in Sumy, north-eastern Ukraine – armed Ukrainian civilians captured a Russian vehicle and took the driver prisoner.
Expect to see this happening more and more as civilian Ukrainian resistance becomes organised.🇺🇦pic.twitter.com/njqT9GgJ5E
— Jimmy (@JimmySecUK) February 26, 2022
This is what true leadership looks like. The bravery. The Ukrainian president has refused asylum in favour of fighting for his country. The bravery of this man and the Ukrainian people is breathtaking. The world is watching and will forever remember the resistance of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/iXMF2tZ8zj
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy 🇺🇦 (@OxfordDiplomat) February 26, 2022