Russia Deceived Us and Itself

 The historical past of Russia has proven greater than as soon as that this large nation doesn’t keep in mind losses in folks, and the battle with Ukraine confirms the outdated saying in Russia that “the nice of the person can’t oppose what is nice for most people.”

 “One loss of life is a tragedy, 1,000,000 – is a statistic.” – Joseph Stalin. 

These phrases spoken by Stalin, for me, clearly present what was within the very soul of Russia previously and now continues to be.

Why am I writing about it?

When in February 2014, I commented on the occasions going down within the Ukrainian Donbas and Crimea, with my colleagues from my GROM unit, we watched with curiosity and commented on the looks of the so-called “Inexperienced Males”. Possibly their look meant nothing to a layman, however to us particular forces troopers it meant lots. The looks of an “peculiar” non-public soldier can inform lots concerning the situation of any military, but it surely additionally differs lots from the tools of a particular unit soldier everywhere in the world. Right here, in Central and Jap Europe through the instances of the previous Jap Bloc of the Warsaw Pact, a rank-and-file soldier was by no means taken care of. The fundamental tools was the AK 47 rifle: Kalashnikov, a pouch with 4 magazines, a tin helmet, a fuel masks, a shovel (an infantry shovel), a container with a blanket, a raincoat, and a set of underwear. Tactical vests, further pouches, a bulletproof vest, and different protectors had been unavailable even within the current years.

The looks on the Russian aspect of “Inexperienced Males” who seemed like well-armed and well-equipped troopers, wearing inexperienced uniforms with none rank markings, who acted thoughtfully, there was no chaos of their habits, successfully choosing new targets in Ukraine, it gave us knowledgeable picture of the Russian Army, and the Russian soldier. You needed to concern such an opponent. The whole lot indicated that the Russian Army underwent a psychological, technological and tactical change. Technological, as a result of they started to concentrate to the soldier’s private tools, they used knee and elbow pads, ballistic goggles to guard eyesight, and virtually all of them had a tactical vest with ballistics and kevlar helmets.

Mentally, as a result of their look and the above tools indicated that they started to take care of every soldier individually quite than seeing them as a mob of armed males, and that is necessary once you wish to have devoted and courageous troopers.

And the tactical change, they acted rigorously, having a plan, occupying giant areas of Ukraine with just about no firing. At this time we all know that these “inexperienced males” are former troopers of particular forces, airborne troops, and marines of the Russian Federation, however this doesn’t change the truth that they seemed and acted professionally and successfully. 

This Russian soldier is with out physique armor or the opposite commonplace package of a contemporary infantryman. He’s armed with a bolt motion Mosen Nagant M91-30 PU with a 3.5 energy scope. This rifle is about 80 years outdated and the easy scope mounted over the open bolt means the operator has to load every spherical within the fastened five-round field journal one by one. He’s going to battle in opposition to Ukrainian troops with totally computerized weapons. Be aware the soldier within the background carrying an outdated Soviet Ssh-68 helmet that dates again to the Nineteen Sixties.

At this time, eight years after these occasions, we might concern Russia as a rustic with a contemporary military, with well-equipped troopers and commanders who plan to win, and never simply die by hundreds. That’s the reason I entitled my in the present day’s column “Russia Deceived Us and Itself”, as a result of what is occurring on the Ukrainian-Russian entrance, from the very first day confirmed that Russia is a army energy with clay legs, with outdated tools, poor morale amongst its troopers, and with commanders who deceive their senior commanders about the actual situation of their males and progress on the sector.

Photographs of Russian troopers holding weapons from the start of the twentieth century, which had been used throughout World Battle II, plenty of tactical errors, little appreciation of their opponent, and normal chaos of their employment and operations inform lots concerning the situation of the Russian military, and the Inexperienced Males who’re solely a small share that military anyway had been slaughtered through the first days of the battle once they met decided resistance. Sure, Russia continues to be harmful, it might finish the world with an arsenal of nuclear weapons, however taking a look at Russian missiles, a lot of which fail to launch or return to strike their very own launching web site add to the proof of Russia having an enormous quantity of unreliable tools. The one factor worse than capturing a nuclear missile at any individual is for it to come back again and hit you as an alternative.

Trying on the chaotic strikes of Russian commanders and I have no idea what to name it apart from extravagance in expending the lives of so a lot of their very own troopers.  For me and others who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, Russian army doctrine bares no relation to a contemporary strategy to tools and other people.

Based on the figures supplied by the Ukrainian aspect, Russian troops have misplaced since February 24,

1,805 tanks,

4,055 armored automobiles,

958 artillery methods,

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260 missile launchers,

132 anti-aircraft protection methods,

223 plane,

191 helicopters,

182 maneuvering missiles,

750 drones,

15 vessels, together with mighty cruiser Moscow.

And between 60,000 and 80,000 males killed, wounded, lacking, or taken prisoner.

I believe as I write of Russia deceiving us by pretending to be a world energy. After all, Russia nonetheless must be reckoned with, however extra like somebody unpredictable than a real typical army energy.  It’s getting depleted daily, and it’s being dulled by the trendy tools we and different Western international locations present. Ukraine, having within the first days solely a thousandth of contemporary tools equipped from the west, was in a position to successfully oppose this large nation. All the information and comparisons concerning the financial system, sources and armaments point out that Ukraine ought to not be on the world map in the present day, and but it’s and is preventing Russia as a peer army. I’m writing about tools, however it isn’t the tools itself that wins battles, it’s a man who wins or dies on each battlefield, and a soldier in battle, who’s cared for and skilled throughout peace, and commanded by officers who don’t throw their lives away, battle higher than some other form. The Western soldier is instructed what he’s preventing for, he doesn’t merely go the place he’s ordered.  His perception is the reason for that battle makes him a superior soldier to the one pushed to battle wholly blind to his goals, each militarily and politically. 



Greater than something, I believe this explains why the Ukrainian soldier has crushed the Russian soldier up to now.  At this time we are able to discover many reviews the place the Russians write about how they ended up within the battle. Over 100,000 randomly chosen males within the Russian-occupied Donetsk and Lugansk areas had been pressured into uniform and despatched, they had been instructed, to a three-day army train. The composition of those items and formations included utterly random folks, such because the musicians of the Donetsk Philharmonic Society, who had been integrated actually a number of hours earlier than the beginning of the Russian invasion. That they had no actual coaching, they didn’t know one another in any respect, and had no unit cohesion which is crucial to a preventing unit.

What does it say about how a lot Russia trusts its personal residents to battle for a trigger when, because the Russian conscripts themselves say “The management of the federal government deceived us, they instructed us that there can be a couple of days’ workout routines, and in reality, we had been despatched to the preventing space with none preparation.”

We are able to ask ourselves what civilized state, what authorities would keep in energy with losses just like these incurred by Russia in Ukraine, and what society would settle for the loss of life of so a lot of its so-called “brothers and sisters” in Ukraine, within the thousand whereas dropping a a lot better variety of its personal sons, fathers and husbands with out analyzing the justice of its trigger?

Whereas Russia definitely deceived the West concerning the functionality of its military, it additionally massively deceived itself about what the Russian soldier might do.

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