The United States of America has commended the effort Ukrainian forces are putting forth in the war against Russia.
Pentagon Press Secretary, John Kirby, told CNN that the Ukraine forces are â€œfighting bravely in the streets, and outside their cities, and they are fighting very creatively.â€
Speaking on the Russian convoy that has seemingly stalled outside of Kyiv, the spokesperson said he feels that Russia remains focused on completing a siege of the capital city.
According to him, â€œâ€¦We still assessed that the advance of the Russian forces was still about 25 kilometers from the city center, but they are trying to close in.
â€œThey are still outside the city, but we still believe that their intent is to try to encircle Kyiv, and ultimately occupy it.â€
President Vladimir Putin had claimed that the invasion is â€œgoing according to plan,â€ but Kirby offered a different assessment.
â€œThe Russians have been flummoxed, theyâ€™ve been frustrated, they have been set back, they have been slowed by a stiff and determined Ukrainian resistance. We also believe that they have stumbled themselves.
â€œTheyâ€™re having logistic and sustainment problems. Theyâ€™re running out of fuel, theyâ€™re running out of food for some of their soldiers.
â€œThey have been surprised by the manner in which, and the effectiveness, with which the Ukrainians have been defending their cities, and their people,â€ he said.