The former UK ambassador to Russia says the Russians are shocked to learn that their country has an “inept” army.
The Russians are shocked to see their military being so “inept,” said the former UK ambassador to Russia.
Sir Andrew Wood said Russian citizens would “rely” on their military to win quickly in Ukraine.
Instead, the situation “is a terrible shock to them,” he said.
The former UK ambassador to Russia said Russian citizens are shocked that the country’s military was “inept” during the invasion of Ukraine.
Sir Andrew Wood, who was the UK’s ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1985 to 1989 and to Russia from 1995 to 2000, told Sky News Tuesday.
“It was a shock to the Russians to be so inept militarily,” he said.
He added that the Russians would have thought that their military would be able to quickly take over Ukraine and that Russia could then rule it, a scenario that did not happen some 40 days later.
“It is also a complete contrast to what they not only expected, but relied on: it was not only the speed of their victory, they assumed, but also that from then on it would be possible for them, in fact, to rule the Ukraine. “
Wood also said he believed a large number of Russians believed the war crimes allegations against Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite state censorship of the invasion.
“I think most of the Russian people will suspect this is true and that all kinds of emotional forces will make them very, very anxious to deny it,” he said.
“They had great faith in their military, more faith in them than the government in general. And this is a terrible shock to them.”
The US and UK, and other Western countries, shared intelligence assessments that Russia expected to make rapid progress in capturing Ukraine.
Instead, Russia’s efforts have stalled amid fierce Ukrainian resistance and apparent problems with logistics, planning and coordination among Russian forces. Ukraine has also recaptured some areas from Russian forces.
Russia also suffered heavy losses from its troops, including a large number of generals.
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