Military Doctrine At The Core Of Russia's Struggle In Ukraine

Last updated May 5, 2022

Russia has been on everyone's minds and in the news for the last couple of years. But with their invasion of Ukraine, the country is all that is talked about. One of the biggest questions on everyone's mind is why the superpower hasn't completely taken over Ukraine. They took over Kyiv at a quick pace but seem to be failing as a whole.

Strategic Errors

While their failure is a good thing, it is a bit of a strategic conundrum. Russia's military is larger, stronger, and more advanced than Ukraine's, but they have yet to achieve a victory.

Russia claims its military was just as fierce as the U.S. military. Now we are finding that is not the case. Their military has not performed at the same level of precision as the U.S. military.

In fact, they have not been able to hit any of the targets they have set for themselves. On top of that, between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian troops have been killed in action, with almost triple wounded.

Around 1,600 of their vehicles have been abandoned, destroyed, or captured. Though, Ukraine is asserting that it's at least double that. Units at the front lack supplies like fuel, food, and ammunition. Russia asserts that their new plan was part of their strategy all along.

However, they are now focusing on Eastern Ukraine. In other areas of the country, their forward movement has been slowed by a combination of logistical problems and a formidable defense by Ukraine.

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Putin seems to be just as perplexed at their strategic problems. According to some reports, the Kremlin seems to be getting rid of military and intelligence professionals left and right in response.

Russia is outsourcing its manpower to gain some ground using Chechen fighters and Wagner Group mercenaries. They are also recruiting in Syria, pulling in 16,000 pro-Assad Syrians who are poised to deploy to Ukraine.

Putin has a very weak NCO Corps, which is one reason why they are not doing well in Ukraine. In contrast, the United States had a very strong NCO corps.

Their low-end officers are also weak, which can be another source of their overall failure. The U.S., once again, is the opposite, with a lot of the strength in the lower-end positions.

While there are many reasons why the Russians are failing, it all rests with Putin and the Kremlin.

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  1. Eqypt and Syria adopted the strict, Soviet style, top down, strategy of command and control. it failed miserably against Israel and is being exposed again in Ukraine. Adding to their woes is the fact that the current Russian solder pales in comparison to the grandfathers, who defeated th Nazis in WWII. Also, let’s not forget all the trucks the US sent to Russia in WWII. It was all about logistics then, and still is today.

    1. All this talk about how Russia saved the world from Nazis - ;like Russia did it ALL alone???!!! Are YOU folks rewriting history now!!! How many of our fathers/brothers/grandfathers gave their LIVES in WWll? RUSSIA DID NOT DO IT BY THEMSELVES!!!

    2. Hitler made the same error Napolean did by attacking Russia in the winter. Like with Napolean's troops, the Russians kept retreating, causing the ill- equipped German forces to outrun their supply lines until most of them froze to death. The allied forces held up so that Stalin could catch up and occupy the parts of Berlin and of Germany that the free world leaders had agreed they could have.

  2. Our military is as much a shadow of what it was in WW II, as is Russia's, thanks to destructive policies implemented over the past 2 decades. Worse, all our infrastructure is gone as well; food production, industry, pharmaceutical manufacturing, all OFF shore! 80 yrs ago we were able to support ourselves & supply half the world besides... Today, we can't support ourselves even...

    1. True: Thanks to the Demon-rats & Rino rats our nation is much the weaker then we were in the early 1940s through the 1950s.

      1. NOT "then" - thAn --- anyhow we gave too much of our manufacturing to China and Japan - - and NOW -- TOO MANY OF US BUY STUFF IN STORES THAT ARE LABELED "MADE IN CHINA" OR "MADE IN JAPAN" OR "MADE IN INDONESIA" ETC ---WE NEED TO BRING BACK ALL THESE INDUSTRIES TO THE US - - AND THAT MEANS - EITHER US EMPLOYED EARN LESS SO PEOPLE WILL BUY US MADE THINGS OR WE ARE WILLING TO NOT SPEND ALL OUR MONEY OF "STUFF" IN THE 'dollar type stores"...EVERY ONE OF US NEED TO MAKE THAT DECISION - - SUPPORT THE US OR FOREIGNERS!!!

  3. Ukraine, as an independent nation, is now about 35 years old; and all of those born since the USSR's collapse have only known liberty. That's why even volunteer civilians are fighting against the Russian invasion so fiercely. Vlad Putin forgot it was 1989 when the USSR ceased to exist. Corruption in the officer corps ranks among the Russians has always been an historic problem. Most of the soldiers are conscripts, and have no allegiance to Russia, but are forced to fight. My The Russian people are against this war, also.

    1. Richard you are so very right. Information into Russia has been stopped so the Russian people do not really know much of what's going on, only what their told. This is what the left in our own country is trying to do. Wrong or no information is very costly anywhere.

  4. GOOD GRIEF PEOPLE - - Russia is playing a international game = "NA NA NA NUNU - I can fool YOU"
    they are pushing just far enough to get old stupid JoJo to do something to make it a fight between US & Russia...Russia is NOT week they are playing a GAME...remember the REAL BIG bullies in school...they do/did the same exact game!!!

    1. Walt Kelly (POGO) "We have have me the enemy, and it is us." Progressivism doesn't believe in borders, everybody will be enslaved by NWO (who were just testing waters with stalinist communism).

  5. Maybe their nuclear capability is as false as their conventional warfare capability. If so, they have been running a huge bluff since the 1950's causing a segment of our population to dig bomb and/or fallout shelters and generally scare the crap out of us. It's handy when the brass hats want immediate approval of their requests for military appropriations . We provided the weapons to Afghanistan that enabled it to run the Russians the hell out. Their exit was much more graceful than the cluster f___ that Biden presided over. Has Russia ever won a war outside its borders within living memory?

    1. M.A.D. only worked when WE won wars outside our borders also. The PROFIT Potential only comes from the fighting, NOT any winning. "Inclusivityness" guarantees the fight will continue through weakness (Ukraine is being supplied with weapons, the proletariat only have to supply the soldiers being killed for their warlords on both sides.)

  6. Meg Swinney: I'll caution you about BLAME: "Trump was blamed for EVERYTHING while he was President, and blame hasn't stopped now that he isn't" If the (Remove-Trump-strength-at-the-top) Panacea works, why isn't it (weakness at the top) working? (Another Bongino concise question)

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