Phillips O'Brien

The Russian army is running out of options

A man walks past destroyed Russian military vehicles in Bucha, Ukraine (photo: Getty)

So much had been written about the Russian armed forces’ modernisation and improvement over the last decade that that it was widely believed that the Russians possessed one of the largest and most powerful armies in the world until a few weeks ago. The army might not be on par with the US or China, but it was certainly capable of conquering a military minnow like Ukraine – or so the logic went.

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