a brother in the Lord
no mis-calculation imho. Russia had no other goal that what they demanded when the iron curtain fell and they abandoned communism : NATO must not expand toward russia’s borders. NATO agreed then changed their mind. In Russia’s view they are fighting Nazi’s on their western border. An existential battle which they must win or die trying. As we find out more abut Biden and “his people”, it is looking more like our leaders are the Nazi’s russia is fighting... I hope the Nazi’s lose...Your point has me confused.
Shouldn’t this have been considered by the Russians planning the invasion? Don’t you review as many scenario’s as possible and for military activities give the worst case scenario at least some planning (in this invasion worst case would be immediate direct Nato force intervention). So the ‘tactical genius’ Putin miscalculated and so they get a pass?
Russia with a small limited very small very quick operation would have likely won new territory a land bridge for Crimea and left their opponents to stew.
Russia’s issue is they where greedy. They didn’t want just the 2 breakaway regions but 1/2 or all of Ukraine. Generals and military planners getting greedy and under estimating the force and capabilities of the opposition is a recipe for disaster.