July 19, 2023

A Sobering Analysis Of Ukraine’s Counteroffensive From The Front

Source: The Warzone

Journalist: Howard Altman

Franz-Stefan Gady, a senior fellow with the Institute for International Strategic Studies and the Center for New American Security, says after his visit to Ukraine it's clear the country is struggling with how to employ its forces. Once in the fight, they sometimes display poor tactics and a lack of coordination between units. All while having to cope with a still deeply entrenched bureaucracy, infighting and a continued reliance on “Soviet-style thinking.” Then there are the Russians, who are “putting up stiff resistance.”

Conversely, no one single reason - such as the lack of more Western weaponry, including longer-range munitions and additional demining equipment - is the cause for "the lack of progress," the analyst argues.

“The narrative that Ukrainian progress thus far is slow just because of a lack of weapons deliveries and support is monocausal and is not shared by those we spoke to actually fighting and exercising command on the frontline,” Gady said in an analytical Twitter thread he posted Tuesday that you will read more about a little later in this story.

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Authors

  • Franz-Stefan Gady

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Franz-Stefan Gady has advised militaries in Europe and the United States on structural reform and the future of high-intensity warfare. He is a former Senior Fellow with the I...