https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-war-battle-for-kyiv-dc559574ce9f6683668fa221af2d5340 Russia's failure to take down Kyiv was a defeat for the ages WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyiv was a Russian defeat for the ages. The fight started poorly for the invaders and went downhill from there. When President Vladimir Putin launched his war on Feb. 24 after months of buildup on Ukraine’s borders, he sent hundreds of helicopter-borne commandos — the best of the best of Russia’s “spetsnaz” special forces soldiers — to assault and seize a lightly defended airfield on Kyiv’s doorstep. Other Russian forces struck elsewhere across Ukraine, including toward the eastern city of Kharkiv as well as in the contested Donbas region and along the Black Sea coast. But as the seat of national power, Kyiv was the main prize. Thus the thrust by elite airborne forces in the war’s opening hours. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Well it's not that difficult to figure out what happened. Because it has happened many times before in world history with war. The losing country tries to fight with weapons and strategies of the last war, without accounting for changes in weaponry and other factors. Let's tell it like it is. Without the new modern weapons of Javelins, Stingers, etc, available to the Ukrainian army, the Russians would have easily conquered Kyiv and then the rest of Ukraine. Putin should have known all this. But it's been rumored that he has become physically and mentally infirm. So he sent in his troops anyway figuring the greater number of Russian soldiers and weaponry would overwhelm the Ukrainians. Well in today's modern warfare, a small squad of motivated soldiers armed with advanced weapons, can defeat a battalion of enemy soldiers. Especially when that battalion in their vehicles are lined up on a highway like ducks on a pond. There's still perhaps a long way to go in this war, and anything is possible. However it seems at this point, that the longer it goes on, the more it favors Ukraine. As more and more shipments of tank and aircraft killers are provided to the brave Ukrainian fighters.