Interesting post from Aleksandar Khodakovsky. It gives valuable insight on what needs to be fixed in chain of command.
In two days of fighting in the offensive in the conditions of the "crossroads" I lost five irretrievably and seven wounded. In terms of irretrievable losses, this is more than three months of fighting in Mariupol. In principle, I am considered the most "economical" in this regard, and therefore I do not count by dozens, but this is not a reason not to do an analysis even with such a relatively small amount, especially since the current losses were accompanied by more than a modest result.
The main thing: not a single dead or wounded from small arms fire - only from artillery. So, we are talking about artillery ... The own artillery of the advancing units, as a rule, is short-range, and is located in the affected area. The reaction rate of the enemy is four or six of our shots, after which immediately "answer". This suggests that their artillery intelligence is working effectively. Artillery, on the other hand, is more long-range, which is outside the zone of destruction, obeys only the senior commander, and it takes from thirty minutes to four hours to engage it, while similar enemy artillery reacts in a matter of minutes - why?
The point, it seems to me, is in the structure of the army organization and in the structure of army thinking. The NATO approach, which is now actively used in Ukraine, implies the possibility for any sergeant, as part of the implementation of the plan, to request exactly the resource that can help solve the problem. But our system does not imply this: you need to go through the entire chain of approvals before the senior boss decides to allocate you the necessary funds, which, as you yourself understand, is problematic.
The means work according to the planned goals, but the plans of the senior commander may not coincide with the plans on the sector of the front, where there is a need for a heavier resource, and then you have to wait, and at this time the enemy is working and inflicting damage on us. Then our offensives are thwarted, then our defenses break through.
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