The long and winding road

Why a huge Russian convoy remains stalled north of Kyiv

Botched logistics and fierce resistance are causing problems. But the respite could be temporary.

A satellite image from Feb 28, 2022, shows a military convoy along a highway, north of Ivankiv, Ukraine. PHOTO: AFP
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General Valery Gerasimov, Russia's enigmatic chief of general staff, once co-authored a short manual for his commanders, called "The principles of victory in combat".

Russian officers had become too predictable, he thought. Surprise is achieved by "striking the enemy at a time or place or in a manner for which the enemy is unprepared".

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