This thread, by the insightful Kamil Galeev at The Wilson Center, is from March 12. It’s not breaking news.

However, the background of how the Russian army operates is probably just as valid today as it was 11 days ago.

If it looks like “TL:DR” — or you can’t see tweets — here’s a brief summary. First, the Russian army, despite a lot of propaganda, is not that strong. It hasn’t fought a full-scale war since WW II, and certainly not against a well-equipped army.

Second, the Russian army has been deliberately weakened. You’ve got the culture of kleptocracy. Theft and abuse are not just tolerated, but are actively encouraged. Why? Because Putin fears the military. And, of course, those who are too popular risk defenestration.

Anyway, here are the tweets, collected in one place, with all the wonderful imagery.

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If you click on the last tweet, you can see that the thread continues with how some of putin’s closest allies are feeling — mostly very nervous — but that’s a more fluid situation, so I’ll stop here.

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