“We understood that the situation was different. We fight not just against Ukraine; we fight against several countries on Ukrainian territory”, says military analyst Vladislav Shurigyn. According to him, if Ukraine were alone, the conflict would have ended by May 2022. During the special operation in Ukraine, the Russian army destroyed 16 Ukrainian military airports, 3,363 tanks and other armoured vehicles, 185 military planes and hundreds of other gear, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence.
It is the result of the first phase of the special operation in Ukraine, which aimed to lower its military potential significantly. In April of 2022, the second phase started, which aims to liberate Donbass and Southern Ukraine territories.