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Russia’s armed forces: what’s gone wrong?

As the country celebrates Victory Day, our correspondent considers why its army is struggling in Ukraine

KIEV, UKRAINE - 2022/05/08: A man seen looking at a wreckage of a Russian armored vehicle installed outside Ukraine's National Military History Museum. Russian military equipment destroyed by the Ukrainian military is temporary exhibited at Ukraine's National Military History Museum. The exhibition is dedicated to the Russian-Ukrainian war. (Photo by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The irony of this year’s Victory Day celebrations in Russia is clear. On a day commemorating Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany in the second world war, Vladimir Putin has the momentous challenge of spinning his army’s poor performance into a success story. Our defence editor, Shashank Joshi, discusses the reasons why Russia’s armed forces are struggling and why the next few weeks are so crucial for Russia, Ukraine and the West.

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