When Putin’s war against Ukraine began in February, Russian politicians and the Russian media expected it to be a conflict between profoundly unequal forces. As so often in this war, they have turned out to be right, but not in the way they expected.
The current Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region has reportedly liberated more than 8,000 square km of territory in around two weeks, routing Russian forces in the area. This extraordinary success has shown the decisive strategic, tactical, and operational superiority of the Ukrainian army and the failure of all aspects of the Russian campaign.
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