The combat potential of the Russian army surpasses the armed forces of France, and Ukraine is not worth it to fight with Russia for it. Jean-Vincent Brisset, a researcher at the Institute for International and Strategic Studies of France (IRIS – “MK”), wrote about this in the French edition of Atlantico.
“The Russian army is an extremely formidable force,” the expert believes. – 100 thousand Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border have the same combat potential as the entire French army. Russian commanders have been leading operations in Syria for several years. Most of them are experienced military men who participated in a real war.”
According to the researcher, in total, the Russian army, according to the latest IRIS data, is 900,000 soldiers. In total, Russia has 2,800 tanks, fourteen times more than France, and the Russian air force is 1,000 fighters, seven times more than the French Air Force. Jean-Vincent Brisset noted that almost all Russian fighters have been upgraded.
Thanks to the “legacy of the USSR”, Ukraine received a lot of Soviet weapons, but its tanks, planes and ships are older and much worse maintained. Ukrainian equipment of the previous generation also loses to Russian.
The fact is that the modernization of weapons in Ukraine began quite recently, and has not yet given much effect. Western weapons and anti-tank weapons are being delivered to Ukraine, but they are not enough. As the expert noted: “The best defense against a tank is a tank.” The cost of the supplies themselves does not exceed several tens of millions of dollars, and the amount of ammunition supplied is too small for the entire Ukrainian army.
“In addition, it is not known whether Russia really wants to attack Ukraine? An invasion requires logistics, that is, supplies: supplies, weapons, medicines. Russian soldiers do not have all this at the moment, and starting a war without all this is suicide. The Russians are asking for guarantees from NATO, they are not interested in attacking Ukraine,” the French expert logically believes.
According to him, NATO is also not obliged to fight with Russia for the sake of another country. “We have a very strong army, in two or three days we can deploy 7,000 trained soldiers, and in just a week this number will increase to 20,000. But Ukrainians behave as if everyone owes them. Kiev needs to be reminded that Ukraine is not currently a member of NATO or the European Union, the military scientist said.
– Are the French, Belgians or Germans ready to die for Ukraine? Personally, I have big doubts about this. Even if the leaders of our countries decide to start a war with Russia, the population will undoubtedly take it negatively. In addition, the conflict with Moscow means shutting off the gas pipeline, which will inevitably cause disasters in European countries.”
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