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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Not Going to Plan?

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2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine – invasion of Ukraine by Russia starting on 24 February 2022.

On the second day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian troops are encountering significant resistance across Ukraine and have failed to achieve their major objectives. However, Russian forces continue to advance in the south from Crimea, the east toward Kharkiv, and north toward Kyiv.

War Moves Toward Kyiv

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Antonov airport, which is located 10 miles west of the Ukrainian capital, was captured on Friday. The airport was one of the first targets for the invading Russian forces on the first day of the operation. A Russian air assault took the airport by surprise, but a Ukrainian counterattack with tanks and special operations forces retook it on Thursday night.

Russian troops coming from Belarus seem to have linked with the airborne troops in the airport, thus blocking Kyiv from the West. The mayor of Kyiv has declared an emergency, and Ukrainian forces are handing out weapons to Ukrainian civilians to fight off the invading Russian troops.

Russian Losses in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that since the first day of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian military had destroyed 80 tanks, ten aircraft, seven helicopters, and 516 armored personnel carriers and vehicles. If accurate, the destruction of so many tanks and armored vehicles means that the U.S.-made FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile and the Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW), which the U.K. provided to the Ukrainian military, are put to good use.

In addition, the British Ministry of Defense estimates that the invading Russian forces suffered 450 killed in action on the first day of the operation.

“Our assessment, as of this morning, is that Russia has not taken any of its major objectives,” the defence secretary said. In fact it’s behind its hoped-for timetable. They’ve lost over 450 personnel. One of the significant airports they were trying to capture with their elite spetsnaz has failed to be taken and, in fact, the Ukrainians have taken it back. So I think, contrary to great Russian claims and indeed President Putin’s vision that somehow the Ukrainians would be liberated and would be flocking to his cause, he’s got that completely wrong. And the Russian army has failed to deliver on day one its main objective,” British Minister of Defence Ben Wallace said.

It is worth noting that the airport near Kyiv that the Ukrainian forces recaptured after the bold Russian air assault on day one of the invasion seems to have been retaken by a large Russian airborne force.

In a televised statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Ukrainian troops to lay down their weapons and surrender and described the Ukrainian government as a “band of drug addicts and neo-Nazis.”

On Thursday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had said that he was Russia’s “target number 1.”

1945’s New Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business InsiderSandboxx, and SOFREP.

1945’s Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist with specialized expertise in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.



  1. bob

    February 25, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Shock and Awe are one thing. Holding on to real estate is another thing. How did it work out for you in Chechnya or Afghanistan?

  2. robert sweat

    February 25, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Or us in viet nam, iraq and afghanistan, the american military leadership is not allowed to lead without checking in with the state department which has no military experience but tells our military how to be useful idiots. Shame on our military leaders for allowing this to happen!

  3. Alex

    February 25, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    The tasks set by Russia have now been fulfilled. Not in full, but there was no offensive of the main forces. There was only reconnaissance in battle.

  4. TrustbutVerify

    February 26, 2022 at 8:58 am

    And now we know for sure that “Alex” is a Russian troll…as if we didn’t know from prior posts. But you can now put his comments in perspective.

  5. Alex

    February 26, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Not a respected Ukrainian nationalist. I am neither Russian nor Ukrainian. I am Polish and proud of it! I just look at everything from the side. And for those who want to see me as a troll, what are you, a Ukrainian Nazi. I advise everyone to read about the Volyn massacre, about our Polish Galicia, Volhynia and the story of how such Bandera people as your ancestors and you appeared in our Polish Galicia. It was they, the Bandera Nazis, in the entire history of mankind who committed such brutal murders of all sexes and ages that they are at least in the top ten of this monstrous Olympiad in the entire history of mankind and life on Earth in general. Yes, right now I am on the side of Russia. Let them justly decide your fate, as the Nuremberg Trials once decided.

  6. Rasputin

    February 26, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Brandon’s Build Back Better isn’t going as planned.

  7. Quartermaster

    February 26, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    @Robert Sweat

    The US held Iraq and gave to the constituted government when we left. We left on our own. We had to go back and help them kill ISIS. They were driven into eastern Syria where we have been dealing with them since. Iraq has been handling its own affairs since 2011.

    Anyone could have predicted what happened in AFG. The US went in to get bin Landen. We found him hiding in Pakistan and killed him. That was when the US should have left. They simply don’t want to be ruled by anyone, including themselves. When they don’t have foreigners to fight, they fight each other.

  8. Quartermaster

    February 26, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    @Alex. the Russian will be glad to decide your fate after they finish with Ukraine. We’ll see how pro-Russian you are then. remember, the Soviet Russians invaded Poland in 1939 as well. Your outrage is a bit slective.

  9. Lepke Buchalter

    February 26, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    The Ukrainians are fighting for their freedom and homes. Don’t sell them short. History shows many smaller forces fighting above their weight when protecting their homes and families. The Pole who commented above should read about the Battle of Wizna, when less than a thousand reservists and untrained volunteers stopped a 40,000 man German army for several days with rifles and a few light machine guns. They eventually surrendered, but only after all ammo was expended and most were dead and the rest wounded. And there are many other examples like the Battle of Britain, Thermopylae, and so on.

  10. jdp

    February 26, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Mostly a one sided article to sway others Ukraine does not have the forces Russia has, and weak minded Joe is no match for Putin.

  11. jdp

    February 26, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Who said it not going to the plan? You know some things will be lost in a war, and you prepare for it. Was Kiev airport retaken by Russia ? there, ya go, use a weaker force to penetrate, then full force to dominate.

  12. jdp

    February 26, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    I think blowing up Bio-labs on Russia’s border is a major part of their plan. This will destroy the DS and their money hijacking virus profits.

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