Yeah the Russians are being super quiet all things considered, suggesting Putin doesn't want anyone saying anything.
Idk if Putin is really hand cuffing his guys this bad someone needs to grow a pair and tell him
Enough is enough he needs to let them fight properly.
You'd expect to see Russian Military but instead they are using enlarged version of DPR militia
Where is airforce?
Where are cruise missiles?
Where is artillery?
This is like watching Saudis fighting a war but at least Saudis are intelligent enough to use the missiles and airforce
And Russian corpses keep piling up
We should be seeing several highways of death of Ukrainian vehicles per hour but instead we have Russian convoys torched like they hired bunch of Saddam's rejects to do this for them
They shredded their economy and global status for this?
At this rate Soviet-Afghan War and fall of USSR will look like the good old days
I think the aim is to borrow an American Euphemism, to win hearts and minds. Putin wants to set the stage for a "denazified" and "demilitarized" Ukraine and that means being able to install a government that can police the country. You cannot install a government -that can keep in power- if its viewed as the servant of an occupying state that brutalizes the natives. As an American I saw brutality against Iraqi civilians fail to do anything but radicalize an Islamicist insurgency and create a bloody decade long civil war that ultimately saw Iraq fall into the orbit of the Iranians. In Afghanistan? Anti terror operations, though brutal, did nothing but create the tragedy of the Kabul Airport where our allies in country fell from the wheel wells of our fleeing transport planes.
Unfortunately, its a damned if you do/damned if you don't affair. If you use kid gloves, fanatics can hide amongst civilians and attack you and your logistics networks. If you use blunt force, and civilians start dying by the thousands, then you create a population that haaaaates you and you are in a far weaker position than you were before the war.
My personal fear, and I am not some yankee cheerleader, is that as this war continues it is going to escalate from a war where the Russian military tries to use finesse and velvet gloves into a situation where they attempt blunt force and brutality.