Putin Was Unprepared For This War

Based on the reported status of the Russian convoy heading towards Kyiv--namely, that it keeps running out of gas--Putin apparently grievously underestimated Ukrainians' willingness to fight.

Meanwhile, the senior U.S. defense official said the immense column of hundreds of tanks and other vehicles appeared to be stalled roughly 25 kilometers (16 miles) from Kyiv and had made no real progress in the last couple of days.

The convoy, which earlier in the week had seemed poised to launch an assault on the capital, has been plagued with fuel and food shortages and has faced fierce Ukrainian resistance, the official said.

How many miscalculations does Putin get before his fellow kleptocrats decide it's time to “retire” him?

Or will he negotiate a ceasefire with Zelenskyy, call it victory, and work on salvaging the Russian economy?

The longer Kyiv and Kharkiv put up a fight, the worse it gets for Putin.