Our defence expert Abhishek Bhalla is in now in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. In this episode, host Dev Goswami talks to him about his experiences on the ground, and what has unfolded in the capital since Russia launched a full-scale invasion in February.
On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale assault on Ukraine. What’s likely going to happen in the coming days?
On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale assault on Ukraine. A massive 65-kilometer convoy was approaching Kyiv’s gates. The city was believed to be encircled by Russian soldiers, and assassination squads dispatched by Moscow were reported to be roaming the streets.
We’re now in the second half of April. That convoy has almost vanished. Kyiv has not fallen and has escaped the fate of the southeastern Ukrainian city Mariupol, which has been ravaged by Russian bombardment and where the fight is ongoing.
So, what happened in the intervening days? What caused Russia to pull out of some of the most violent battlegrounds? What lives have the Russians left behind? And what’s likely going to happen in the coming days?
Produced by Anna Priyadarshini
Sound mix by Kapil Dev Singh