(RepublicanWire.org) – There has been a ton of news that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not liked since he started his invasion of Ukraine, but this may be the worst for him.
During an appearance on “Fox News Live” on Saturday, retired Army Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg said to anchor John Roberts that he believes Vladimir Putin “has lost this war,” Mediaite reported.
There were not many who anticipated the resilience of the Ukrainian military or its citizens and, the retired general said, some may have the perception that Putin is losing, but he believes he has lost.
“There’s an old axiom, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog that counts, and you’re sitting there with Ukraine, and with the Ukraine fighting and the leadership of Zelenskyy,” the retired general said.
“I think Putin is losing. I think Russia is losing. He’s thrown his first line units against Ukrainians, and they’re beating him. And it’s the heart that they’re showing is incredible. And that’s the reason why the world is rallying there. They see what they’re doing. You see they’re fighting for their homeland and they’re seeing President Zelenskyy stand up and say, ‘I don’t need a ride. I need ammunition,” he said.
“And I think Putin’s got a real problem right now because I think that he’s going to be on the losing end of this.
“He may throw a lot more forces at it, and he may take the city of Kyiv that that is entirely possible just by sheer numbers. But the occupation of that country, now, they will fight back. There will be an insurgency. We could help that as well. And I think if the Soviet Union thought Afghanistan was bad, well, Putin, better look at Ukraine because it’s going to be a real hornet’s nest for him,” he argued.
“And I will tell you right now, I think he’s lost his war. And it’s stunning to me because I don’t think anybody thought that. I thought when I looked at the forces, the numbers that he had his first-line units, one hundred and seventy thousand, all of his air throwing them against Ukraine, and they’re standing up to him. I think the world is just stunned by it, and I’m glad everybody’s pushing back,” he said.
And Putin may see that to as, yesterday, he began making overtures towards peace talks.
“Kremlin says Russia ready to send a delegation to Belarus for talks with Ukrainian officials following invasion,” The Associated Press reported in a one sentence story.
But the damage has been done and the Ukraine capital of Kyiv is under fire from Russian troops.
“I would like to address the president of Russia once again … let us sit down at the negotiation table to stop people dying,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier in the day that his nation was prepared top negotiate with the Ukraine.
“We are ready for negotiations. At any moment, as soon as the armed forces of Ukraine respond to the call of our president (Vladimir Putin), stop resisting and lay down their arms. No one is going to attack them, no one is going to oppress them, let them return to their families,” he said.
After Zelenskyy’s call for negotiations Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said that the regime was prepared to negotiate.
“In that context and in response to Zelenskyy’s proposal, Vladimir Putin is ready to send a Russian delegation to Minsk with representatives of the ministries of defense, foreign affairs and the presidential administration for negotiations with the Ukrainian delegation,” he said.
But, he said,. the Russian goal remains the “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine” and that Ukrainian neutrality would be a part of that.
And Russian President Vladimir Putin informed Chinese leader Xi Jinping that he was prepared to negotiate with Ukraine, NPR reported.
In the second high-level call between the two countries in as many days, Putin apparently aimed to shore up relations with his Chinese counterpart. The two have drawn closer in the runup to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with China being one of the few countries to lend even qualified support to Putin’s actions in Ukraine, which have been widely condemned.
Beijing and Moscow, once Cold War rivals, have grown increasingly ideologically aligned in recent years. During a visit by Putin to Beijing for the Olympic Opening Ceremony, he and Xi issued a joint pact declaring that their partnership had “no limit.”