Putin’s failure: the Russian army makes a more than embarrassing picture

Never in its history has the Russian army presented such an embarrassing picture. Things were already not looking good at the end of March, when the Russians did not want to conquer Kiev at all.

Vladimir Putin’s officers had already brought their parade uniforms with them – but their military convoy became a 60-kilometer traffic jam, which also came under fire.

Now, half a year later, the next striking scenes follow. Russian units flee Ukrainian counterattacks in several small towns at once. Tanks are left behind, some soldiers throw away their uniforms in a panic. An army that saw itself as the second strongest in the world turns out to be the second strongest in Ukraine.

All that was decided was a “regrouping”, Moscow explains, and sticks to the Orwellian fiction of normality. With a cold smile, Putin opened a Ferris wheel in Moscow while his soldiers were in need. Shortly before, he had announced that Russia had “lost nothing” since the beginning of the war.

Nothing lost? Russia’s soldiers themselves now see things differently. Around 50,000 of them are said to have lost their lives in Ukraine, more than three times as many as in the ten-year war in Afghanistan. For the first time, many Russian soldiers now dare to point to Putin as the person responsible in chat messages.

A military turning point can also become a political one. The outcome of the showdown, both on the battlefield and inside Moscow, remains uncertain. But one thing is certain: it is part of the Russian tradition not to tolerate losers like Putin at the top of the state. Moscow’s military disaster in Afghanistan, for example, led to nothing less than the collapse of the Soviet Union – and the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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