Russia’s Potemkin army

It turns out the Russian military is not 10 feet tall after all.

The jury may be out on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin can achieve his revanchist goals in Ukraine by brutally shelling civilians into submission. Still, the verdict is in on his vaunted military, which has been unmasked as a Potemkin force — unprepared, poorly equipped, badly led, and woefully inept in waging conventional modern warfare.

It is a revelation that shocked and secretly delighted observers at the Pentagon, who feared a Russian blitzkrieg would seize the capital, Kyiv, in a matter of days, topple the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and quickly
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