Opinion: How would Putin react to potential loss?

Alexandr Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP / Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, last week.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a tough, smart, caring leader, and he just got the battlefield best of Vladimir Putin, a do-or-die, obsessed, evil leader. The clever, tricky, intelligence-guided triumph was obviously encouraging and inspiriting for Zelenskyy's fellow Ukrainians who have suffered so much.

After all, it was said by many, the Ukrainian military had no chance at all against Putin's Russian military with its advantages galore, but glory, glory hallelujah for this brave Russian neighbor supported by weapons and other means by the United States and Europe.

The first question, to be sure, is whether Ukraine can take this victory and push it to so many other victories that the venomous Russian intruders are clearly done for, and the second question is whether they will retreat even if that happens. Will they bow their heads, go home and focus on internal affairs with the government helping its own who themselves aren't in the best of shape right now?