April 11, 2022

Russia downscales its war, but not in brutality

By Michael Kofman

Michael Kofman joins Ryan Evans to provide an update on the war in Ukraine. In this episode, Kofman explains how and why Russia is refocusing on the east of Ukraine, what the war in Syria revealed about shortcomings in Russian air force, and what Ukrainian forces need in terms of weaponry and supply to win this war. The two also discuss Russian war crimes and their relation to the Russian military’s internal culture of violence and hazing as well as Vladimir Putin’s framing of this war of “de-nazification.”

Listen to the full podcast from War on the Rocks.

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