Former diplomat and military analyst has said that Vladimir Putin only “thought it would be a three day war” and the true scale of “Russia’s losses is more than they ever expected.”
Ukraine estimates that more than 48,000 soldiers have been annihilated whilst the US believes the true death toll is likely to be round 80,000 after six months of fighting, which is a “shocking scale.”
Dr John Callahan who is a former diplomat and State Department official, now works as a military analyst at New England College.
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Military insider Dr Callahan believes that Putin was caught completely off guard as he thought the “war would only last three days.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Callahan said, “I think that the scale of Russia losses is shockingly more than they ever expected, obviously.
“They thought it was going to be a three-day war. There are a couple of pieces of it.
“Of course, the Russians are not saying a damn thing and why would they?
“They want to appear to be super powerful and keep moving forward.
“And so, our main source for information about this stuff is the Ukrainians, and they have a big interest in appearing to cause a lot of damage and to be strong.”
He noted the use of old Soviet equipment and spoke over the effect of Russian losses, he said, “The estimates seem to be borne out by the fact that we are seeing more and more really ancient Russian and Soviet equipment come out into the field.
“Nobody seems to have the type of gear they had in February.
“It is all personnel carriers and tanks that were even old at the end of the Cold War that are being dug out of warehouses.”