Military briefing: ‘anaemic’ Russian advance heralds long war of attrition

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It’s important to remember we have very little to judge the tempo of this conflict against, where you have two relative peers fighting over huge territory,” said Sam Cranny-Evans, an analyst at UK think-tank the Royal United Services Institute. “When you are talking about one very well-motivated side, versus a less well-motivated, but better-equipped side, imperfectly led, how do you assess what kind of pace operations should be going at to be successful or not?” He added: “We shouldn’t forget the Russians have already advanced an equivalent depth to the whole of Estonia. [If you transposed this campaign] they would have overrun the Baltic in a few days.”