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"The first phase has been a Russian military failure of colossal proportions, a truly impressive thing. It will be the subject of study at military academies due to the accumulation of mistakes," says François Heisbourg, a special advisor for France's Foundation for Strategic Research (FFRS), the leading French center of expertise on international security and defense issues. The core cause, says Heisbourg, is an erroneous political analysis by the Kremlin that led officials to believe there would not be such a strong resistance by Ukrainians, a fact that also led to inadequate military planning.

"It's been a disaster," agrees Ruth Deyermond, a scholar at the Department of War Studies at King's College London who specializes in security in the post-Soviet space. "We are observing great losses, communication and logistical failures, signs of corruption. They are being forced to resort to mercenaries, and they are withdrawing from Kyiv. No doubt Russia is losing the war. We cannot confidently say that Ukraine is winning, but we can clearly say that Russia is losing," she says.

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by eurogreen on Fri Apr 8th, 2022 at 02:15:15 PM EST

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