The Logistics of Waging War that Have Slowed Down the Russian Army in Ukraine

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Russian military tanks and armored vehicles advance in Donetsk, Ukraine on February 24, 2022.  (Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

At the outset of the war in Ukraine, many expected the Russian army would quickly capture the country. But images of trucks mired in mud and reports that Russian troops are running out of food suggest that Russia’s invasion has suffered from poor planning. It is the small, but important details of waging war – spare tires for blow outs, adequate fuel, sufficient food supplies for troops, the right kind of screws to repair a tank – that seem to have stalled the Russian invasion in Ukraine, to the surprise of analysts. We’ll look at how the everyday details of waging war, which has killed hundreds of Ukrainian men, women and children, have slowed the Russians down.


Marc Champion, senior reporter covering Europe and Middle East, Bloomberg News

Dr. Cynthia Cook, director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group; senior fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

J.D. Williams, senior international and defense policy researcher, Rand Corporation; has served on the National Intelligence Council; retired Marine colonel