For more on the state of the war in Ukraine, we turn again to Dmitry Alperovitch. he is co-founder of the Silverado Policy Accelerator. It’s a Washington-based think tank.
Dmitry, welcome to the “NewsHour”. Thanks for join us.
Let’s start with your assessment of this Russian war effort on the ground. I spoke earlier with Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. He said, yes, Russia is learning from past mistakes, it is better at replenishing forces on the ground, better at combining air and ground capabilities, but its progress has been slow and uneven.
What’s your read on how they’re doing?
Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder, Silverado Policy Accelerator
The reality is that the Russians have learned from their mistakes and are using overwhelming fire, as we just learned in the report, indiscriminately bombarding Ukrainian positions, killing, of course, many civilians in the process, but they are still making very little progress because they are now facing very well armed Ukrainians.
They source from the West. They are entrenched in their defensive positions. And that makes it very, very difficult for the Russians. And they suffer heavy losses.