“We Weren’t Ready for This War”

Very interesting article on NATO trainers working with the Ukrainians to stave off the next Russian onslaught. 

Among the several telling quotes:

[Ukrainian officer] Danilo is particularly concerned with enemy propaganda, which has made liberating towns during his previous deployments that much more difficult. His countrymen, who have only been exposed to pro-Russian TV for months, now require convincing that defeating the separatists represents a victory.

The pro-Russian forces, believed to be backed by Moscow directly, have perfected other 21st century warfighting techniques that make their infantry movements that much more effective. Troops here say they are harassed with “reverse text messages,” prompting them to lay down their arms and quit. Their enemy has also integrated drones into its fighting formations, using them to identify targets like Danilo and his men, and firing artillery much more accurately.

Each of these tactics adds to the list of battlefield realities that have strained the Ukrainians’ ability to respond. That’s the central focus of the training here.

We’ve mentioned this before, how Russia is waging warfare, integrating new technologies and tactics very successfully. And we have noted several times that the Russians, love them or hate them, are playing to win.

Do we play to win, anymore? If you say “yes,” please provide an example.

We might want to learn how, again.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to “We Weren’t Ready for This War”

  1. slater says:

    Their use of artillery…as in they are weapons free would do a lot of the convincing I’d think.

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  2. DaveO says:

    Last example of playing to win was Inchon. Since then the metrics have gotten a bit blurred. Maybe if we imported another 100,000 military-age males from the ME into small towns along I-81 will clarify the concept of winning.

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