Retreat is not defeat.

Robin Horsfall June 25

Former SAS soldier. Writer, Veterans Campaigner and Public Speaker. University of Surrey.

The withdrawal from Severodonetsk is not a defeat. It is simply a tactical withdrawal. With supply lines in the rear threatened and bridges destroyed there was no reason to lose troops fighting for a city that has been flattened by artillery. There was an increasing risk of Ukrainian forces being cut off.

After a long battle which forced Russia to expend huge amounts of men and materiel it was time to pull back to new defensive positions. Russia might regard conquering a pile of rubble as a victory but it is a pyric victory at best. It has cost them more than they wished to spend. To advance again Russian forces must cross the Donetsk River under heavy fire and start the process all over again.

In the north near Kharkiv Russia is static but hoping for support from Belarus. This is a wild card that hasn’t been played yet. Alexander Lukashenko has little confidence that his army will obey him if he orders them to invade Ukraine. In the South Russia is struggling to hold Kherson on the Dnipro River. In the Black Sea the Russian fleet has retreated out to sea to avoid missile attacks.

Retreat is not defeat, it is good tactical soldiering which preserves Ukrainian armed forces and enables them to fight another day.

Slava Ukraine!

Who Dares Shares.

Robin Horsfall

One comment

  1. “After a long battle which forced Russia to expend huge amounts of men and materiel it was time to pull back to new defensive positions. Russia might regard conquering a pile of rubble as a victory but it is a pyric victory at best. It has cost them more than they wished to spend. To advance again Russian forces must cross the Donetsk River under heavy fire and start the process all over again.”

    This was Ukraine’s plan all along and the mafia general staff swallowed it, hook, line, sinker and fishing rod. Just think if every city was to be taken under the same circumstance. The mafia army can do so only one more time before it’s finished.
    In the meantime, Ukrainian forces are getting ready to take a much more important city; Kherson.

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