Russia’s underwhelming performance in Ukraine has shocked global military analysts, who had expected the Russian forces to take the country within the first 72 hours.
But as reports emerge that Russia’s troops are beginning to withdraw from the country’s north, experts are examining the corruption within Russia’s military.
For a nation that prides itself on excessive yearly military parades…
Russia’s lacklustre performance in Ukraine has surprised European leaders and the Pentagon.
Russia’s attack in the opening days of Putin’s war in Ukraine was unexpectedly — underwhelming.
History of corruption
While many have celebrated Ukraine’s willingness to push back – other’s are looking deeper into a tangled web of Russia’s military might.
Could corruption have led to a catastrophic combination of incorrect assessments and poor performance on the ground?
The corruption in defence procurement has undermined logistics for the Russian soldiers on the ground.
Poor logistics impacts troop momentum but also importantly, morale.
Most companies responsible for providing food to the Russian military are connected to Yevgeny Prig-ozhin — the patron of PMC Wagner – the mercenary organisation.
PMC Wagner has also been accused of meddling in the US election.
Prig-ozhin’s companies have been accused of gaming the state’s bidding system for defence orders.
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Raking in profits worth hundreds of millions of dollars, at the cost of Russian soldiers.
The quality of food and housing for Russia’s military is reportedly worse than its prisons.
For a country so rich on oil and gas, Russia’s advancement in Ukraine has been set back by a lack of fuel for troop carriers and tanks.
Fuel is often called Russia’s second currency, and military fuel contracts have been ripe for embezzlement.
Many technological innovations celebrated in military parades have never materialised in combat – due to embezzlement and fraud.
The level of corruption within Russia’s industrial military complex has been the subject of intense speculation.
After all, how do you account for the fact that top officials in the Russian Defence Ministry own property that significantly outmatches their income.
It’s a world away from the Russian troops, fighting, and dying on Putin’s battlefield.
Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia
Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.
“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.
In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.
He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.
Protests engulf major Russia cities
In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.
Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.
As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.
The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.
In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.
Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.
In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.
In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.
“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.
Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.
U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future
U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch
The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.
Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.
Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.
“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.
When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.
Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.
This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.
Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine
A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region
The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.
The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.
Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.
The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”
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