Preliminary lessons in conventional warfighting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Think tank: RUSI

Author(s): Mykhaylo Zabrodskyi; Dr Jack Watling; Oleksandr V Danylyuk; Nick Reynolds

December 15, 2022

This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at the implications of a range of capabilities for modern warfare from the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 has provided an invaluable opportunity to assess the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (AFRF) and the implications of a range of capabilities for modern warfare. Many publicly made judgements on these issues have lacked supporting data or insight into Ukrainian operational planning and decision-making. To ensure that those drawing lessons from the conflict do so from a solid foundation, this report seeks to outline key lessons, based on the operational data accumulated by the Ukrainian General Staff, from the fighting between February and July 2022. As the underlying source material for much of this report cannot yet be made public, this should be understood as testimony rather than as an academic study. Given the requirements for operational security, it is necessarily incomplete.