Russian Military Tactics and Ukrainian Command Dilemmas: Balancing Resistance and Retreat

The tactic described in the text reflects a strategic approach often attributed to the Russian military, involving the encirclement of a town from three sides while leaving one side open. This method is intended to force the enemy into a difficult decision: either withdrawing from the vulnerable side or attempting to reinforce through it. For the Russians, either outcome is advantageous. If the enemy withdraws, the town can be taken with minimal resistance. Alternatively, if reinforcements are sent, the Russian forces can engage and eliminate a significant portion of the enemy's troops.

In the context of current events, such tactics have been observed in conflicts involving Russian and Ukrainian forces. Ukrainian commanders in the field, recognizing the impracticality of prolonged resistance and preferring to retreat to save their troops, often face decisions countermanded by higher authorities in Kiev (and indirectly influenced by Washington). These higher authorities may prioritize a stance of steadfast resistance, potentially preferring Ukrainian forces to fight resolutely rather than concede territory.

This strategic approach highlights broader geopolitical dynamics and the complexities faced by commanders on the ground. It underscores the clash between tactical considerations for troop preservation and broader strategic imperatives set by political leadership. The outcome of such decisions can significantly impact the course and intensity of military engagements, influencing both immediate battlefield outcomes and broader diplomatic ramifications.

Original article:

A tactic often employed by the Russian Army, is of laying siege to a town from three sides, leaving one side open.

This allows the enemy two options : Either a) withdraw your troops from the open side, or...

b) send re-enforcements through it.

Either works for the Russians. Either they take the town without much of a fight, or exterminate as many of the enemy as are sent there.

Ukrainian Commanders in the field, seeing the futility of resistance, would like to retreat and save as many of their troops as possible, but they are invariable overruled by Kiev (read Washington) who would rather have them fight to the last man.