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five days later The Russian invasion of Ukraineit looks like things didn’t go exactly as planned Vladimir Poutine until there.

Western intelligence officials were repeatedly informed over the weekend that Russian forces had encountered “harder than expected” resistance of an understaffed and unarmed Ukrainian army.

So far, Russia has failed to take key cities across Ukraine, including the capital Kiev. On Sunday, Ukrainian forces succeeded in repelling a Russian advance at a strategic airfield near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, which is under near-constant attack.

In addition to a fierce response from Ukrainian forces and civilians, the The Russian invasion suffered logistical challengeswith soldiers in the front line running out of fuel, ammunition and food.

“They have problems” a NATO official said Russian forces, pointing to the latest intelligence from the alliance. “They’re running out of diesel, they’re moving way too slowly and obviously morale is an issue.”

But a senior US defense official told reporters on Sunday that Russia had only used two-thirds of total combat power applied to the mission, leaving a significant amount of forces available to push the offensive.

And on Monday, a miles-long convoy of Russian military vehicles was head for the Ukrainian capitalwhile intelligence from Kiev also suggests that Belarus is ready to join the Russian invasion, according to a Ukrainian official.

Representatives of Ukraine and Russia meet on Monday at the Belarusian border. In these talks, Ukraine will insist on a “immediate ceasefire” and the withdrawal of Russian troops – although, realistically, no one expects that to happen.

Putin, it seems, not only misjudged Ukraine’s ability to defend itself, but also the hard line the international community would take against Russia in the event of an invasion.

For years, the Russian president received little repression from the West for his illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea, his brutal support for the Syrian regime and his acts of aggression in other countries.

Despite all their strong words of condemnation of Putin and his regime, Western countries have still bought gas from Russia, offered safe haven to Russian oligarchs, and maintained relatively normal diplomatic relations with Moscow.

But this time around – despite some early struggles that saw Western nations accused of not hitting Russia hard enough – Putin faced an unusually united Western alliance.

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