What must Czar Putin be thinking right now?
The first few days of his invasion of Ukraine is not going well.
According to Ukrainian government and media sources:
More than 3,500 Russian soldiers have been killed in fighting
At least 200 Russian soldiers have been captured
14 Russian military aircraft have been shot down
8 Russian helicopters have been shot down
536 Russian armored vehicles have been destroyed
102 Russian tanks have been destroyed
Yet not a single major Ukrainian city has fallen to Russian forces.
The capital of Kyiv was the main target of Moscow’s illegal and immoral offensive on Friday and Saturday — yet at this hour Kyiv remains firmly in the grip of the Ukrainian people and government.
Consider more good news.
Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers are running out of gas.
A priceless exchange of a brave Ukrainian citizen with Russian army stuck out of fuel. ENGLISH SUBTITLES.— Ali 🇺🇦🕊 (@aliostad) February 26, 2022
[Thanks to my Ukrainian friend for transcription and translation] pic.twitter.com/Rar3WRXEwD
Yet Russian forces haven’t taken a single Ukrainian airfield yet.
And Ukrainian forces have blown up all the rail lines to and from Russia.
So, badly needed supplies — including fuel — can’t get to the Kremlin’s forces in the field.
What’s more — and ingenious — is that Ukrainians are tearing down road signs, or replacing them with signs that say, “F*** you!”
As a result, some Russian tank and troop convoys are getting lost.
Ukrainians diplomats, reporters and civilians that I’m in touch with feel the momentum has shifted in their favor.
They know full well they have a long, hard fight ahead of them.
But right now they feel genuinely optimistic.
Christians in Ukraine are telling me they are seeing “miracles” happen.
Yes, they believe their people are brave and resilient.
But more importantly they believe that God is helping them.
They’re shocked and encouraged, for example, that the U.S. and Germany have finally shown sufficient backbone to freeze the Nord Stream 2 pipeline carrying natural gas from Russia to Europe.
They’re encouraged, too, that NATO is sending weapons and supplies, though much more is needed.
They’re also heartened that the global media is mostly on their side.
Will the good news last?
Let’s keep praying for Ukraine.
Joel C. Rosenberg is the editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS and the President and CEO of Near East Media. A New York Times best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and Evangelical leader, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and sons.