Russia-Ukraine war offers military lessons, India keen learner
Indian military planners are keenly looking at Russia’s war effort
Russia is India’s biggest defence supplier
The Russian onslaught on Ukraine has been going on for nearly two weeks
The Indian defence forces are taking military lessons from the Russia-Ukraine war that threatens the return of a Cold War-like situation in the 21st Century. Russia is India’s biggest defence supplier. Consequently, learning lessons from Russian warfare is crucial to India’s own assessment of its defence capabilities and military might.
The Russian “special military operation” in Ukraine has now nearing two months, and the onslaught does offer lessons on what to do, but also, and more importantly, what not to do in war. Indian national security planners have called upon the Service Headquarters to draw tactical lessons from the effort, according to a Hindustan Times report.
A section of ex-defence officials told Hindustan Times that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s operation in Ukraine has managed to realise two out of its three objectives: Ukraine is no longer poised to join NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and recognition for the Donbas region is work in progress. Despite this, Russia’s war on Ukraine is an expensive affair and there’s also the question of morale.
“There appears to be an issue of command and control as the Russian army is losing senior commanders in war, but the offensive seems to be restless and in pursuance of Putin’s military objectives,” according to Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, former 15 corps commander and a member of the National Security Advisory Board.
Another former Indian Army chief told Hindustan Times that the Russian offensive had severe problems. “War videos available to show that the Russian army has tactical issues in Ukraine war,” the former army chief said, on condition of anonymity.
In its war on Ukraine, Russia has followed the scorched-earth policy. The scorched-earth policy in a military strategy where the aim is to destroy any and everything that may be useful to the enemy. In the process, Russia has destroyed Ukraine’s infrastructure nearly comprehensively.