War in Ukraine
Jack Watling, an expert at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in the United Kingdom, points out specific problems in this regard. For example, Russian recruits usually complete their training in their units, which are now deployed in Ukraine. And the instructors who typically train recruits have also been sent to the front line. “To take new recruits, turn them into units with a basic level of training, refurbish old equipment and distribute it, and create the command and control for any sort of offensive manoeuvres will take months,” says Watling, in an article published by RUSI. But with Ukraine intensifying its counterattack, Russia may be forced to move faster.