Russia is having “more and more difficulties” conducting its invasion of Ukraine, mentioned Dan Rice, a particular adviser to the Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zaluzzhnyi.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, citing a must “liberate” the separatist Donbas area and rid the Ukrainian government of Nazis, despite the fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish.
While Putin hoped for a fast invasion, he was met with a stronger-than-expected response from the Ukrainian navy. After 5 months of preventing, Russian gains have stalled and preventing stays concentrated in jap Ukraine because the navy has run into a number of points.
In an interview with Ukrinform revealed on Friday, Rice mentioned Russia’s invasion will probably stay troublesome for them, predicting they may have “more and more difficulties conducting war in Ukraine.”
Rice praised Ukraine for doing an “excellent job” of their protection by attacking command and management, provide depots and concentrated troop formations.
“The logistics system of the Russian army requires centralized depots, due to the palletized manner of logistics. This makes better and better targets for HIMARS or M777 precision guided strikes,” he mentioned, referring to U.S.-produced M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems which were credited with bolstering Ukraine’s protection efforts.
He mentioned Ukrainians receiving Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMs) may additional enhance their navy—due to this fact making Russia’s invasion much more troublesome as a result of they’d have “nowhere within Ukraine” to “hide neither their command command-and-control systems nor supply depots.”
‘Immoral’ Troops Hamper Russian Military, Rice Says
Russia’s weaknesses additionally stem from leaders utilizing a Soviet mannequin of top-down management, Rice mentioned, explaining the management model utilized by the navy makes it tougher to make adjustments on the battlefield.
He additionally criticized Russian troops as “undisciplined and immoral” and leaders as having “no regard for innocent Ukrainian civilians.”
“This weakness is being exploited by Ukraine by targeting and killing Russian leadership. As the Russian army gets bogged down, the Generals and Colonels need to go further and further to the front and are effectively targeted by western intelligence working with Ukrainian soldiers to kill the command and control of the Russian Army,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, he mentioned Ukraine’s largest weak spot was that Russia had a way more expansive navy with extra weapons, however they’ve “built up” their military for the reason that invasion started, partially with U.S. and Western-provided weapons.
Rice is not the primary navy knowledgeable to counsel Russia’s troopers, who’ve been painted as inexperienced and affected by low morale, have been a motive for Russian failures. Some troopers have reportedly been sent to the front line with little to no training, in accordance with a July report from MediaZone. The Institute for the Study of War reported on April 29 that navy leaders have needed to promote unqualified soldiers to management positions amid loses, and that some troopers are faking diseases to get out of serving.
Others have pointed to bigger, extra systemic points within the Russian navy. For occasion, United States Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency mentioned in a May listening to that weaknesses stem from a poor chain of command, resulting in a excessive variety of generals being killed.
Newsweek reached out to the Russian protection ministry for remark.