The most significant error in Russia's military campaign is political

An invasion that was planned for many months turned into a shambolic improvisation. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - It is an immutable lesson of warfare: however carefully and well-constructed, no war plan survives the first contact with battle.

But as the war in Ukraine hit the 100-day mark, the sheer scale of the failure of Russia's plan is by now undeniable. The only question is whether its military is still capable of snatching a modest victory out of what, by any other yardstick, can only be considered a humiliating strategic defeat.

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