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Russia Now on ‘Defense,’ Ukraine Can ‘Pick Where They Attack’: Hertling

Retired U.S. Army General Mark Hertling said Saturday that Russia happens to be on “defense” while Ukraine will be able to “pick where they attack” because the war between your two continues to rage on.

“Early RU [Russia] goals were beyond their capability. Reducing the goals didn’t help. Now, RU’s defending in more places against an evergrowing conventional UA [Ukraine] threat & an expanded guerilla war. UKR has transitioned to the offense & can pick where they attack; RU is currently on the defense,” he wrote on Twitter in a thread.

The retired general added that Russian troops on the floor are actually “poorly-led, ill-trained & with low morale” and they were not able to execute combined arms operations (CAO’s) in Ukraine. CAO’s is really a mix of infantry, tanks, offensive and defensive fire powers, aviation, and intel.

Early RU goals were beyond their capability. Reducing the goals didn’t help. Now, RU’s defending in more places against an evergrowing conventional UA threat & an expanded guerilla war. UKR has transitioned to the offense & can pick where they attack; RU is currently on the defense.16/

Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) August 20, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s army has suffered a large numbers of casualties through the war, with Colin Kahl, a U.S. Department of Defense official, estimating earlier this month that Moscow has seen around 80,000 casualties in under half a year.

Meanwhile, the British Ministry of Defense said this week that Russia’s failure to “enforce low-level battle discipline” had resulted in recent “poor performance of Russia’s forces,” adding that failures by Russian tank crews caused “heavy attrition” in combat.

“Russia arrived to this fight thinking they might execute a ‘Desert Storm-like offensive’ that might be completed in just a few days. This is delusional,” Hertling tweeted Saturday. “They lacked the leadership, training, equipment, to accomplish it. Given RU culture & systems, they aren’t with the capacity of fixing this.”

Ukraine currently does not have working out or kind of organizations or equipment to handle large scale CAO’s, in accordance with Hertling, despite the fact that troops are “relatively” well-trained and also have high morale because they continue steadily to receive support from their government and citizens.

Hertling says Russia Now on ‘Defense'
Above, Ukrainian servicemen take a seat on infantry fighting vehicles in the Donetsk region on Thursday 8 amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Retired U.S. Army General Mark Hertling said Saturday that Russia happens to be on “defense” while Ukraine has the capacity to “pick where they attack” because the war continues to rage on.Photo by ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP via Getty Images

However, Hertling clarified: “Do not get me wrong, UA *canexecute defensive operations, counterattacks, hasty attacks & smaller scale CAO’s. They’re not yet with the capacity of large-scale CAO’s over large areas. BUT, they’re adapting, training w/allies, incorporating new equipment, and doing this rapidly.”

The retired general added that Ukraine knows a thing that Russia doesn’t, that is that “you can’t *WINwars with artillery or air alone. Those may affect the results, as well as prep the battlefield for future fights, but an force can’t regain ground with ‘fires’ alone. You should do it with maneuver forces…in CAO’s.”

Last month, Hertling said that the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HMARS) which were provided to Ukraine certainly are a “game changer,” adding that Russian forces are actually “in dire shape.”

The HIMARS were provided within a security aid package of $270 million that the White House said will be delivered to the Eastern European country, and also have been a massive help to Ukrainian forces.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.

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