On Sunday, the UK MoD listed some of the setbacks the Russian military is experiencing in Ukraine in its ongoing invasion, adding that these failures are “likely to endure”.
“The commanders’ forward deployment exposed them to significant risk, resulting in disproportionate losses of Russian officers in this conflict,” the ministry said. said in a tweet. “This has resulted in a force that is slow to react to setbacks and unable to change its approach on the battlefield. These problems are likely to persist given the relative lack of operational command experience of officers promoted from those who were killed.”
The UK MoD also said senior commanders had been pressured into going to the battlefield likely to personally conduct operations due to “command and control difficulties” and “failing Russian performance on the front line”.
“However, it is unclear whether the presence of these commanders on the battlefield led to a refined or modified operational concept. Faulty planning assumptions and failures in sustainment continue to undermine Russian progress.” , the ministry added.
Meanwhile, officials have suggested that Russia is not making progress in its war. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told a press briefing on Wednesday that Russia was not achieving the desired goals.
“All I can tell you is that the Russians haven’t made the kind of progress in Donbass and the south that we think they wanted to make. We think they’re behind the times. We think that it was slow, and each time in turn they met strong Ukrainian resistance,” he said.
Kirby also suggested that Russian precision-guided missiles missed their targets in Ukraine, likely due to “technical problems”, adding that “it could definitely be the Ukrainian defenses, or it could just be incompetence on the part of the Ukrainians.” operators”.
The United States has estimated Russia’s failure rates in Ukraine as high as 60% for some of its precision-guided missiles, three unnamed U.S. officials with knowledge of the intelligence told Reuters in March. However, US officials did not cite evidence to support this assessment and did not provide details on the exact reasons for the high missile failure rates.
Former NATO commander James Stavridis said last week that Russia had shown “incredible incompetence” in Ukraine.
“In modern history, there is no comparable situation in terms of deaths of generals,” he said during a radio interview on WABC 770 AM. “Just to make a point of comparison here, the United States in all of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq…in all those years and all those battles, not a single general lost in battle. On the Russian side, in two months we have seen at least a dozen, if not more, Russian generals killed Incredible incompetence.
Stavridis also said the Russian military was “unable to carry out logistics” and “battle plans”.
However, Russia seemed to think otherwise when its foreign ministry said in March on its Twitter account that its operation in Ukraine was going “as planned”.
Newsweek has contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry and its Defense Ministry for comment.