Many observers believed Russia’s overwhelming combat power would enable a quick victory over Ukraine. However, these analysts did not consider that more than just weapon-systems numbers influence wartime performance.


This article by Liam Collins, writing for The Conversation, makes the following points:
  • Success in battle also relies on strategy, operational employment, doctrine, training, leadership, culture and the will to fight.
  • Russia has an overwhelming numerical advantage in manpower and weapon systems, but Ukraine holds the advantage in every other factor.
  • Ukraine’s military competence goes a long way to explaining why Russia failed to seize Kyiv and Kharkiv.
  • Following a comprehensive review of its military, Ukraine enacted the Strategic Defense Bulletin of Ukraine in 2016, which included sweeping defence reform that would produce a force capable of performing to NATO standards by 2020.


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