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Russia has ‘increasing difficulty waging a war in Ukraine’: Rice

Russia is finding it “increasingly difficult” to carry out its invasion of Ukraine, said Dan Rice, special adviser to Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzzhnyi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, citing the need to “liberate” the separatist Donbass region and rid the Ukrainian government of Nazis, even though Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish.

While Putin hoped for a quick invasion, he was met with a stronger than expected response from the Ukrainian military. After five months of fighting, Russian gains have stalled and fighting remains concentrated in eastern Ukraine as the army has encountered several problems.

In an interview with Ukrinform published on Friday, Rice said invading Russia is likely to remain difficult for them, predicting that they will have “increasing difficulty waging war in Ukraine”.

Russia is finding it “increasingly difficult” to carry out its invasion of Ukraine, in part because of “immoral” and “undisciplined” troops, said Dan Rice, special adviser to Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzzhnyi. Above, a Russian soldier drives a military vehicle in Moscow on May 4, 2022.
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Rice praised Ukraine for doing a “great job” in its defense by attacking command and control, supply depots and concentrated troop formations.

“The Russian army’s logistics system requires centralized depots, due to the palletized way of logistics. This makes better targets for HIMARS or M777 precision-guided strikes,” he said, referring to the M142 high mobility artillery rocket systems produced in the United States. were credited with bolstering Ukraine’s defense efforts.

He said that Ukrainians receiving Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACM) could further strengthen their army, thus making the invasion of Russia even more difficult as they would have “nowhere in Ukraine” to “hide neither their command and control systems nor their supply depots”.

‘Immoral’ Troops Hamper Russian Army, Rice Says

Russia’s weaknesses also stem from the fact that the leadership uses a Soviet model of top-down leadership, Rice said, explaining that the style of leadership used by the military makes it harder to bring about change on the battlefield.

He also criticized Russian troops as “undisciplined and immoral” and the leadership as having “no respect for innocent Ukrainian civilians”.

“This weakness is exploited by Ukraine by targeting and killing Russian leaders. As the Russian military bogs down, generals and colonels have to go further and further to the front and are effectively targeted by the services intelligence agencies working with Ukrainian soldiers to kill Russian military command and control,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said Ukraine’s biggest weakness was that Russia had a much larger army with more weapons, but had “built up” its army since the beginning of the invasion, partly with weapons supplied by the United States and the West.

Rice is not the first military expert to suggest that Russian soldiers, who have been portrayed as inexperienced and suffering from low morale, were a reason for Russian failures. Some soldiers were reportedly sent to the front lines with little or no training, according to a July report from MediaZone. The Institute for the Study of War reported April 29 that military leaders have had to promote unqualified soldiers to leadership positions amid casualties, and that some soldiers are faking illnesses in order not to serve.

Others pointed to larger, more systemic problems in the Russian military. For example, US Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told a hearing in May that weaknesses stemmed from a poor chain of command, resulting in the deaths of scores of generals.

Newsweek contacted the Russian Ministry of Defense for comments.


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