March 08, 2022

Assessing the Russian military’s options in Ukraine (with Fred Kagan)

Giselle, Dalibor, and Iulia again welcome Fred Kagan, Senior Fellow and Director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project (CTP), who offers another update on the state of Russian forces in Ukraine.

The good news, for Ukraine, is that the Russian military has committed the sin of underpreparing and that it has forgotten major lessons from previous military campaigns. Fred discusses various options the stalled Russian military may consider to achieve Vladimir Putin’s objectives, offering analysis of fighting in key territories like eastern and southern Ukraine. Fred also unpacks the timeline, how Russian military attempts to control Ukraine’s most targeted cities could require at least two weeks of further preparations, given Ukrainian opposition.

Receive regular updates on Ukraine from Fred and his colleagues at CTP here.