The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

What a Real President Looks Like

Posted on | February 26, 2022 | Comments Off on What a Real President Looks Like

Either way it goes, he’ll be a historic figure:

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that he is still in the capital of Kyiv (Kiev) in a video purporting to show the leader from the streets of the embattled city in the early hours of Saturday morning after reportedly shutting down a plea from the Biden administration to flee.
Addressing apparent rumours of an evacuation from Kyiv amid a Russian assault, Zelensky posted a video on his official Twitter account to claim that this was fake news and that he is still on the ground of the Ukrainian capital.
“I’m here in the ground, we will not lay down our arms. We will defend our state because our weapon is our truth. Our truth is that this is our land, our country, and our children. And we will defend all this,” the president said according to a translation from state news agency Ukrinform.

Zelensky’s video came just hours after the Associated Press reported that the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden had called on Zelensky to evacuate the city.
According to the news agency, citing a “senior American intelligence official with direct knowledge of the conversation”, the Ukrainian president replied by saying “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”

Specifically, he needs anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, but the essential point is that the Ukrainians are still fighting:

Ukraine’s outgunned forces held the capital of Kyiv for the third day on Saturday as battles continued in cities across the country, while a defiant Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told citizens to defend the country. . . .
Russia’s invasion has not progressed as fast as Moscow would have expected, say Western intelligence officials.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia has yet to gain control of Ukrainian airspace “greatly reducing the effectiveness of the Russian Air Force.”
Russia has also faced “acute logistical difficulties and strong Ukrainian resistance,” slowing the speed of the Russian advance, the UK ministry said in a Saturday intelligence update shared on Twitter.
But it stressed that the bulk of Russian forces are now only 18.6 miles from the center of Kyiv, warning that casualties are “likely to be heavy and greater than anticipated or acknowledged by the Kremlin.”

Every day Kyiv hangs on, the worse Russia’s problems become.



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