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.