Bill Hemmer delves into the inner workings of Russian military strength

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With Putin’s invasion of Ukraine being ‘the most monumental thing’ to happen in Europe since the end of World War II, Fox News host Bill Hemmer and Bill Whittle dive into the various military machines that the Russians are using to attack Ukraine and how the country is rebuilding its military strength after the fall of the Soviet Union.

“It was an open secret that Vladimir Putin intended to go to Ukraine. The deployment happened in real time before our eyes. We saw his soldiers moving south. We saw his tanks massed at the border, then at the right time they rolled, flew and sailed uninvited into a sovereign nation,” Hemmer said.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, so did the Russian military. “The entire Soviet arsenal has been left to rust – just to rust. Their submarines are rusting on the docks. The army is under-prepared, under-fed, under-armed,” Whittle said.

Tanks move during the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military exercises at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in Belarus.
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)

Whittle explained that after the fall of the Soviet Union, it took Russia “three decades” to rebuild its “war machine”, resulting in a “leaner and meaner” military force.

“So now the Russian military and Russian forces are in a situation where they are much smaller than they were during the Cold War, and they are also considerably more technologically advanced,” Whittle explained. .

Hemmer went on to explain how Ukrainians are, in some ways, a generation behind when it comes to military equipment. “The Ukrainians are fighting the equipment of the Soviet Union against modern Russia, and there is a considerable gap between the two,” Whittle added, pointing to the gap between the military forces of the two countries.

“When Putin decided to move his restored force into position, he called in the armored personnel carrier, known as the APC. The APC originated during the Cold War when the United States and the Soviets needed to move troops into battle under heavy fire,” Whittle said.


Whittle explained that infantry no longer “march” in battles. Instead, military forces ride in vehicles that, to the “untrained eye”, look like tanks and tracked vehicles.

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