News analysis

Russian military performed badly due to poorly conceived strategy, training

A charred Russian tank is seen in the Sumy region, Ukraine, on March 7, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - When Russia's armed forces launched their invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago, they appeared to enjoy decisive advantage.

The Ukrainian government was caught woefully unprepared. Days before the war erupted, Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky was still rejecting American warnings about an impending Russian invasion and refusing to order the full mobilisation of the country's reserves.

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