Sen. Angus King said Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine amounts to a “colossal intelligence failure” that overestimated the capability of his army and underestimated the resistance of the Ukrainian people.
Two weeks into the invasion, Russian forces have failed to control any of Ukraine’s major cities including the capital, Kyiv, but made significant advances in southern Ukraine.
Civilians remain stuck, often without food, shelter or electricity, according to reports. More than 2 million Ukrainian refugees have spilled into neighboring countries.
Others, meanwhile, have struggled to get out.
“It looks like he has made one of the greatest mistakes he could make, which is to intimidate the people that are telling you supposedly the truth,” the senator said. “This is a colossal intelligence failure.