With the Western media flooded with images of tanks running out of petrol and abandoned by the side of the road, the Russian army’s weaknesses are being badly exposed.
Most particularly its ability to provide sustainable logistic support to a widely dispersed ground force facing prolonged opposition, is becoming obvious.
The Russians were clearly expecting the war to be over very quickly and that their tanks would probably only need to be refuelled a couple of times.
Two photos highlight the Russian’s problem. This tank appears to run off the road. It’s not as difficult terrain.
The video of the Ukrainian driver offering to tow the Russian tank, which had run out of petrol, back to Russia, must have been humiliating for Putin.
Worse still, was the admission from the tank driver that he didn’t know where he was going. Pretty much everyone else in the Western world could have let him know that.
It’s probably fake news. But it’s very damaging in the current climate.
There is also video on the Mirror website of a destroyed Russian supply convoy.
This could have been the result of a fortuitous ambush. It’s more likely to have been the result of a highly well coordinated satellite/drone and missile attack. Someone must be supplying the satellite/drone data. And probably the missiles as well.
The Ukrainians are claiming some remarkable successes Including the shooting down of Russian jets and helicopters and hitting their tanks and convoys on the ground. At the same time, they are arming their brave civilians with rifles and Molotov cocktails. it’s an interesting contrast in technologies.
Media reports indicate that Putin is discussing the nuclear option with his senior advisers. A nuclear attack on Kyiv will expose his troops to nuclear radiation. This will make Kyiv uninhabitable and alienate large sections of the Russian population.
The longer he has to maintain his troops in the field, the narrower Putin’s options become.
One raising the stakes. This is increasingly risky. The other is going back to the negotiating table. This will be very humiliating.