SO much for Russia, the supposed military superpower.
We were told Putin’s murdering hordes would take Kyiv in three days.
Five weeks later they have been put to flight by a Ukrainian resistance so skilled and so heroic the world can only look on in awe.
We should believe nothing from the Kremlin, especially now as it reels from the shock of its defeats.
But the notion that its ragged, exhausted, mutinous troops are abandoning President Zelensky’s capital as a goodwill gesture pending peace talks is particularly laughable.
So is Moscow’s claim that Ukraine hitting back by bombing a fuel depot in Russia jeopardises those negotiations.
Who are they trying to kid? Putin’s fascist invaders have annihilated Ukrainian cities, slaughtered civilians, targeted mums and babies in hospital, raped women in their homes.
It is a criminal regime craving victory and territory, not peace.
Even now, who is to say that having withdrawn from Kyiv they won’t flatten it from the air?
But Zelensky must face no pressure from the West to offer Putin any significant concession.
Forty years ago today Britain too had to face down a foreign invader.
Memories of our heroic troops eventually repelling the Argentinians from the Falklands are still vivid.
We gave them nothing. And Britain will stand fully behind Zelensky if he does the same.
The US, France and Germany MUST join us, and resist the temptation to hand Putin the slightest gain from his monstrous war in their desperation to stabilise their economies.
It is vital for Ukraine, and the free world.
It’ll cost them
THE cost of living disaster may not be the Tories’ fault — but they’re doing themselves no favours.
It’s been known for weeks that energy bills would rocket on April 1, quickly followed by council tax and National Insurance.
Which genius at Tory HQ thought it was a good idea for the PM and senior ministers to spend the night before hosting a champagne and canapes bash for donors at upmarket Claridge’s?
Meanwhile, a minister on £115,000 (following a £2,200 rise yesterday) complains how “tricky” it is for his family to get by.
Did Kit Malthouse not consider how that might sound to those who are genuinely struggling?
Sort it out . . . or voters will do it for you.
WHAT a group.
Leave aside the mad intensity of England or the US vs Iran . . . imagine England v Scotland, or Wales!
Imagine the desperation not to put Ukraine out after all they’ve been through.
The Qatar World Cup is brilliant already.