Have we overestimated the Russian Armies?

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the armies of the Kremlin have been closely observed by military specialists. This is, in fact, the first massive deployment of these armies since the invasion of Georgia in 2008, an operation which revealed many serious shortcomings within them. However, as in 2008, it appears that the Russian Armies are the subject of significant difficulties, even though the reforms of 2008 and 2012 were designed specifically to correct them and bring the Russian Armies to a much higher operational standard than that observed in the field. Under these conditions, and in view of the observations made on...

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The 5 critical failings of Russian forces in Ukraine

To say that on the 7th day of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the operations did not go as expected by the Russian General Staff, is obviously an understatement, to the point that now Moscow is restructuring its offensives to respect a strategy much more classic based on the extraordinary firepower of Russian artillery and bombing aviation. However, these first days of combat made it possible, through numerous observations widely analyzed by the OSINT community, to identify several critical failures affecting the Russian forces engaged in this operation. Surprisingly, some of these failures precisely affect reputed areas of excellence of the Russian army, and in fact raise questions about…

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Towards a failure of the Russia-NATO negotiations?

The negotiations which are being held this week in Geneva between the representatives of the Russian Federation and those of the Western camp, including the United States and NATO, have been experiencing a severe hardening since yesterday evening after the rejection, on the whole predictable, of the Westerners of the demands in the form of an ultimatum put on the table by the Kremlin. Since then, the situation has continued to deteriorate; and the statements, largely coming from the Russian side, raise fears of a very severe hardening of relations between the two camps, which could even lead to an armed conflict, in Ukraine or even beyond. Remember that Russia is demanding several concessions from NATO...

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As in 2021, the Russian Navy will receive 3 new nuclear submarines in 2022

For more than 2 decades, the Russian Navy was the poor relation of the country's armed forces, unable even to finance the maintenance in operational condition of its fleet inherited from the Soviet Union. From 2012, however, the political orientations changed with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin and the arrival of Sergei Shoigu at the Ministry of Defense, and a vast plan of financing and modernization of the means but also of the Russian naval infrastructures was implemented. This plan is now bearing fruit, since despite a shaky economy and a nominal GDP barely higher than that of Spain, the…

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With the S-550, Russia completes the future anti-aircraft and ballistic defense of its airspace

Russian anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic defense is today universally recognized as one of the best in the world, if not the best. Its multi-layered, multi-system cooperative composition already allows it to respond to almost all threats, including 5th generation stealth aircraft, constituting in fact a particularly dissuasive rampart for any of the adversaries. potential of the country. If the famous S-400, Buk, Tor, Pantsir and the future S-500 Prometei system were already well known to specialists in the subject, the announcement made on November 9 by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about a new S-550 system, unseated…

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Russia's Strategic Preparedness Achieves Its Objectives

On July 3, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, promulgated a new version of the Military and Defense Doctrine Plan for the Russian Federation, for the period 2021 to 2025. This new doctrine recognizes the success of the previous doctrine, from 2016 to 2020, which provided for a major effort to modernize the armed forces, but also their operational readiness and availability, as well as the preparation and resilience of institutions and civil society to possible aggression. In the future, and according to this doctrine, Moscow intends to use armed force wherever it will be...

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Russia to create 20 military units in response to "Western provocations"

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Monday that 20 new military units would be formed in the western part of the country to respond to "provocations" from the West, focusing on Europe and the United the responsibility of this decision which will not fail to increase the tensions between the two blocs. The nature of these units, nor the timetable have not been disclosed, making it impossible to precisely assess the consequences of such announcements, which come at a time when relations between the West and Russia have once again deteriorated. after Moscow provided support…

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V. Putin: 85% of Russian unit leaders have acquired combat experience in Syria

The severe setbacks suffered by the Russian armed forces in Chechnya in 1995, as well as the failures noted during the offensive in Georgia in 2008, had led the military and political leaders of the country to profoundly reform the organization of the forces, and to undertake major modernizations of the units. From 2012, and the arrival of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the Chief of Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, a particular effort was put into the operational preparation of units and their leaders. This effort materialized with the Russian intervention in Syria from 2015, in order to protect the regime of the ally Bashar…

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In a seemingly banal speech, V. Putin confirms his military supremacy over Europe

Finally, will the mountain have given birth to a mouse? In his annual speech to the Russian parliament, anxiously awaited by Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians alike, Vladimir Putin finally made no startling announcement concerning the possible attachment of the secessionist Ukrainian provinces of Donbass or Belarus to the Federation of Russia. However, tensions remain at their highest in the two countries, while the gathering of Russian forces on the borders of Ukraine, and the deployment of security forces in Belarus remain very high. Without prejudging the future consequences of these two files, Vladimir Putin having a conference…

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The T14 Armata will be delivered one year late… Again!

Presented in 2015 during the parade celebrating the victory in the Great Patriotic War, the new generation heavy tank T14 Armata stunned many observers. It is true that no new modern battle tank had seen the light of day in Russia as in the West since the end of the cold war, and that many strategists then considered that the battle tank had become an obsolete tool in the face of the accuracy and range of modern anti-tank missiles. The wars in Donbass, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh have shown that this was not the case, and that if the tank was indeed…

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