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Video Above: Russia Has Precision Weapons & Could Avoid Attacking Children & Civilians 

By Kris Osborn - President & Editor-In-Chief, Warrior Maven

Many experienced military observers, former senior commanders, war planners and Combined Arms experts now clearly and openly refer to the Russian invasion thus far as “failure.”

Russian "Failure"

“I tell you right up front, the war is not going the way Putin expected. With the exception of some of the initial long range airstrikes, almost everything about the Russian invasion failed,” Retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, told Warrior in an interview.

Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv, Ukraine, on February 24. 

Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv, Ukraine, on February 24. 

A parade of experts and former war commanders have expressed “surprise” at the Russian failure, suggesting that many thought the large Russian army would simply “roll over” Ukraine. Deptula listed a series of fast-developing Russian military failures.

“Ukrainian air defenses were not disabled. Ukrainian airfields were not put out of action. Ukrainian defenders were able to hold their ground. Ukrainian reserves and civilians rapidly mobilized. And surprisingly, Russia didn’t effectively integrate electronic warfare into its military attack,” Deptula said.

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The reasons for this Russian failure are a likely mixture of a number of interwoven variables, to simply include poor mission execution. The Pentagon has been clear that Russian forces likely face a morale problem and continue to suffer supply, food and fuel shortages in their move toward Kyiv.

Yet another factor has been the tenacity and successful combat tactics being implemented by Ukrainian forces who continue to make effective use of anti-armor weapons and hit and run ambush tactics. 

Video Above: Ukrainian Warfare Tactics Derail Russians

The Ukrainian resolve and will to fight has stunned the world, as thousands of everyday Ukrainians continue to take up arms and fight against the Russian invaders. Ret. Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former Commander, US Army Europe, told Warrior the Ukrainians appear to be implementing an effective decentralized or “dispersed” series of combat formations to reduce their vulnerability to Russian attacks and discover new angles from which to stage attacks and disable the Russian advance.

Yet another Russian shortcoming has been poor air-ground coordination, Pentagon officials say. This element has perhaps been among the more surprising developments, as Russia’s overwhelmingly larger Air Force has not been able to establish air supremacy over Ukraine, perhaps another testament to the Ukrainian will to resist. 

Kris Osborn is the defense editor for the National Interest and President of Warrior Maven - the Center for Military Modernization. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven President

Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven President, Center for Military Modernization