As a career U.S. special forces officer, Liam Collins has a unique vantage point on the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. He was part of an American military team that helped train Ukrainian soldiers after Russia’s 2014 attack on Ukraine and Georgia.

As such, Collins is well-placed to explain why the widely projected view that an overpowering Russian army would force a quick capitulation of Ukrainian forces didn’t happen. Instead, stiff Ukrainian resistance and massive amounts of Western military aid have tilted the balance, leaving “no end in sight,” he writes.

The resistance and counterattacks have caused Russian forces to slow and even halt some of its advances. The reality on the ground is forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin to learn a valuable lesson. “War is often much longer and costlier than anticipated,” Collins writes.

Howard Manly

Race + Equity Editor

A Ukrainian soldier inspects a residential building after it was damaged following a Russian shelling attack In Kyiv. Mykhaylo Palinchak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Unexpected Ukrainian resistance continues to thwart Russia’s initial plans for quick, decisive victories

Liam Collins, United States Military Academy West Point

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