Mark Hertling – How Fragile would Russia’s Autocratic System be After a Major Battlefield Defeat

GUEST: Mark Hertling – former United States Army officer ———- The last 9 months has seen a vicious war of attrition unfold in towns like Ugledar, Soledar and Bakhmut. But this should not be interpreted as a stalemate, as those struggles seems to have degraded the quantity of functional Russian equipment and depleted their fighting potential.
Will Ukraine’s much-vaunted counter offensive finally bring an end to Russia’s genocidal and pointless war? And how fragile would Russia’s autocratic, vertical system be after a major battlefield defeat?

Mark Hertling is a former United States Army officer, who served as the Commanding General of the United States Army Europe and the Seventh Army. Hertling served in Armor, Cavalry, planning, operations, and training positions, and commanded every organization from Platoon to Field Army. He commanded the 1st Armoured Division and Task Force Iron/Multinational Division-North in Iraq during the troop surge of 2007 to 2008.

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CHAPTERS: 00:00 Will Ukraine’s counter offensive finally, bring an end to Russia’s genocidal and pointless war?
On the Ukrainian side, there’s a quiet confidence, supported by new training and equipment.
Could the Ukrainians be forgiven for being a little overconfident. But is hubris dangerous?
Does the Ukrainian military need to be mindful that its human resources aren’t infinite.
The disease of autocrats is that they want everything their way – there is a narcissistic quality.
Ukrainian military has improved eliminating corruption, even though some still exists.
21:21 Russia’s reputation for toughness was actually cut in Syria, Chechnya, and Georgia.
What we’re seeing here is the fissures within Russian society emerge in the Belgorod attacks.
Do you think Ukraine now has a good opportunity to reclaim all the lost territories?
It’s going to take decades for a revamping of the Russian military to counter a Western force.
Will Ukraine need to take a chunk of Russian territory to have leverage in any negotiation?
There certainly is a new Europe and an old Europe in terms of their approach to security.

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