A desperate Vladimir Putin is trying to ‘conceal fuel trucks as regular support vehicles’ as Ukrainian forces continue to hammer his beleaguered support lines — while the Russian President has also stepped up attacks on civilians in a ‘bid to break morale’. …
A huge Russian military convoy was pictured traveling towards the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv earlier this week, understood to extend for 40 miles, but has made no progress of note for at least two days due to fuel and food shortages.
And aerial footage has now emerged of burning Russian vehicles and armoured cars sat burning having being left abandoned after running out of fuel.
Now Russia is trying to disguise its fuel trucks in order to minimise losses.
Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said today that Russia is failing with ‘basics in terms of the maintenance of its kit’ and its forces are becoming demoralised after suffering ‘terrible losses’.
He told the BBC: ‘We don’t have a complete picture but we do know about a series of factors. Russia hasn’t operated at this scale since the Second World War. To do what is called “combined arms manoeuvre” is incredibly complex and incredibly difficult. We are seeing Russia failing to do that in a competent fashion.
‘They were held up north of Kyiv and their forces started to become dislocated. Then you have seen the failure of Russia with just some basics in terms of the maintenance of their kit. Their kit has been failing. At the same time, Russia has been attacked by Ukrainian armed forces, some of their logistics have been attacked, and now you are seeing that whole convoy stuck. That is impacting on morale.
‘There are stories of the troops in those vehicles not wanting to stay in those vehicles so they are camping in the forest — they are stuck there. Russia has got itself into a mess not just with that convoy, but with the whole of Ukraine.
Some of the battalion tactical groups, those that have been leading the fight for Russia, have suffered terrible losses. We know that Russia has acknowledged it lost nearly 500 people. To put that into context, it is more than the UK lost in Afghanistan over 20 years.
‘We know that some of the lead elements of Russian forces have been decimated by the Ukrainian response.’ …
There have also been warnings that the vulnerability of Russian jets and helicopters may lead Putin’s commanders to further rely on artillery to bombard civilian infrastructure. This is likely to lead to further innocent lives being lost because artillery is less accurate than air strikes.
Hard to sort out the propaganda from reality. We’ll find out what really happened a year after the war.
It is incredible and indisputable that the Russians still do not have air superiority. Given the mismatch in equipment and numbers, this points to massive incompetence.
In the meantime, the Russians have a great deal of artillery and they may resort to using it. Mass destruction will follow, and the Russians can force a “victory”.