Russia’s ‘Bad Strategy’ Leading to Embarrassing Defeats: Admiral Stavridis

Former U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis criticized Russia’s Ukraine policy and the “poor design” of its military hardware, claiming that this is the reason why President Vladimir Putin’s forces have suffered humiliating losses.
Nearly six months ago, Putin gave the order for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which was met with rapid and widespread international criticism. The Russian commander apparently thought his troops would soon seize control of much of the nation’s territory in Eastern Europe and overthrow the government in Kiev, but Moscow’s soldiers failed in the initial stages of the conflict. Since then, Russia has changed its focus to the southeast of Ukraine, but it is still having trouble accumulating significant military advantages.
Stavridis, a former supreme allied commander for Europe, discussed design issues in Russian tanks and ships during a portion of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. According to the veteran military officer, these problems made it simpler to destroy Russian vehicles.
“You remember when the flagship of the Black Sea fleet blew up and sank? Killing 500 Russians,” Stavridis said. “That’s a Slava class cruiser. It has dozens of cruise missiles topside around its bridge, if you will. This is like driving around in your car with 5-gallon jugs of gasoline surrounding you in the front seat. What do you think’s gonna happen?” the retired admiral asked.
In the middle of April, Ukraine was able to sink Russia’s flagship guided-missile cruiser Moskva. At the time, there were 510 crew members on board. Being the largest Russian battleship to be sunk in battle since World War II, it was widely regarded as a humiliating defeat for Russia and a significant triumph for Ukraine.
Stavridis remarked, “Just awful design, horrible tactics, bad strategy.” Putin’s “hand of cards [is] not enviable at this time,” he observed, despite the fact that Russia still has “a lot of fire power and a lot of capabilities.”
Morning Joe had already featured a segment on Russian tanks in Ukraine before the retired admiral’s statements. The “design flaws” that have made them simple targets for Ukrainian fighters protecting their country were discussed.

Russia’s foreign ministry was contacted by Newsweek for comment.
Putin and other Russian government representatives insist that the alleged “special military operation” is proceeding as planned. They weirdly assert that Ukraine needs to be “de-Nazified” and that it is run by “neo-Nazis,” while Putin asserts that there is a “genocide” of native Russian speakers there.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, is actually Jewish and a fluent speaker of Russian. He was also elected with roughly three-quarters of the vote in 2019, when Ukraine’s prime minister was also Jewish, which would seem to counter Russia’s claims that Ukrainians have adopted a “Nazi” ideology. Members of Zelensky’s family perished during the Holocaust perpetrated by the German Nazis during World War II.
Putin has also made references to the former Soviet Union and the Russian Empire, implying that Moscow has a claim to the Ukraine and other areas that were were a part of its legendary empire. On August 24, Ukraine will commemorate the 21st anniversary of the day it proclaimed its independence from the long-since-defunct Soviet Union.
Ukraine has put up a strong fight against Russia’s invasion, but they have also received a lot of backing from the United States and its NATO allies. The United States and NATO have given the Eastern European nation billions of euros in armaments and humanitarian supplies.
High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) in particular have aided Kyiv’s army in their battle with Russia. HIMARS has been dubbed a “game-changer” for Ukraine by analysts.

RELATED: Putin will lead Russia to strategic defeat in Ukraine, says Blinken 

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Vladimir Putin’s attempt to annex Ukraine will fail, and he will instead lead Russia into a “strategic loss” that is already taking place.
Blinken was speaking alongside Liz Truss, the UK foreign secretary, during a press conference when they both vowed to continue providing security and aid to Ukraine.
“I’m absolutely convinced that Putin will fail, and Russia will suffer a strategic defeat no matter what short-term tactical gains it may make in Ukraine,” the secretary of state said.
“Winning a battle does not necessarily indicate that you will win the war. On the contrary, Ukrainians are living proof that while a city can be taken, its inhabitants’ hearts and minds cannot.
He continued, “We’ve already seen that Russia’s main goals have been unsuccessful. It was unable to keep Ukraine under check. It won’t be able to keep Ukraine in check for very long.
Putin, according to Blinken, “has a clear plan to brutalize Ukraine, but for what purpose? He is now pursuing a plan to destroy Ukrainian cities.

RELATED: Russia May Resort to ‘Unconventional’ Warfare After Losses: Former Colonel

According to a U.K. source, Russian President Vladimir Putin may use extreme measures, including as “unconventional” warfare, as a result of his country’s escalating defeats in Ukraine. military specialist
According to British Army Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, who spoke to GB News on Thursday, the Russian war effort has been going “very badly” and Ukraine may be “getting on the front foot.” He also warned that tensions surrounding Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and threats by Russian officials suggest that a nuclear incident may be on the horizon.
According to conventional wisdom, the Russians are doing poorly, according to de Bretton-Gordon. “We’ve seen how many tanks and men they’ve lost, and they’re now losing some territory, so there is growing concern that the Russians may go to unconventional warfare, or what we call asymmetric warfare.”


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