A senior Pentagon official told reporters that intelligence agencies “indicate that Russian troops are” demoralized. “
“We picked it up on our own. This shows that some of these units are demoralized. We didn’t expect the resistance they would receive again, and the result. As their own morale was compromised, “officials told reporters on Tuesday.
Officials added that many of the Russian troops used in the Ukrainian invasion were “conscription” and “very young men recruited.” Officials have not stated how that information was collected.
Officials continued to say that not all Russian troops were fully trained and ready to enter combat.
On Tuesday, Russia warned Kyiv residents to flee their homes while hammering the border city of Kharkov. Some analysts say Russian commanders are likely to change their tactics after meeting strong resistance from Ukrainian troops.
Satellite images show the armored columns of tanks and armored vehicles several miles long towards the capital.Moscow, as a Ukrainian parliamentary official, said it plans to reach its goal in Kyiv Confirmed The TV tower in the city was struck.
The Kremlin warned through state media that city dwellers should evacuate their homes, but did not say anything about where their targets were. Video footage uploaded to social media is said to show strikes occurring in other parts of the city of 3 million people.
“Russian troops are primarily artillery and they seem to be in combat mode,” said Nick Reynolds, a ground warfare analyst at RUSI in London. Said Reuters. “Ukraine has flourished because the Russians were unable to reach their goals quickly.[‘s] Resistance to them. What we are really seeing now is the Russian army’s shift gear. “
The United States, European Union countries, and other states impose strict and economic sanctions on Russia, including targeting operations through central banks and the international SWIFT banking system.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had previously stated that he was a major target for Russian troops, but told the European Parliament on Tuesday that defending Kyiv was an “important priority.” Military leadership.
“Prove that you will not let us go. Prove that you are truly European. Then life will win death and light will win darkness. Glory to Ukraine.” He said in a speech by the European Parliament.
When he asked the European Union to promote the application for participation in the Ukrainian block, Zelensky added: This is the highest motivation for us. “
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.