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After Museveni’s Kasarani speech Bobi Wine announces plan to extend his struggle beyond Ugandan border

by Joshua Wanga
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Within hours of Uganda’s president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni making his Afrocentric speech at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani which called for regional integration, his fierce critic and Ugandan Opposition Leader Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, announced plans to extend his fight for democracy across the Ugandan borders and into other countries.

Bobi Wine took to Twitter to express solidarity with the Ukrainian people who are currently braving a sustained war waged by the Putin-led Russia. He noted that since dictators stand by each other, democrats should stand by each other too. His tweet read,

BOBI WINE
@HEBobiwine
In Kyiv-Ukraine to express solidarity with the Ukranian people and leadership against Russia’s war of aggression and occupation. 
If the dictators stand by each other, the democrats should stand by each other too. It’s dangerous but noble. 

When President Vladimir Putin launched his war on Feb 22nd after months of buildup on Ukraine’s borders, he sent hundreds of helicopter-borne commandos — the best of the best of Russia’s “spetsnaz” special forces soldiers — to assault and seize a lightly defended airfield on Kyiv’s doorstep.

Other Russian forces struck elsewhere across Ukraine, including toward the eastern city of Kharkiv as well as in the contested Donbas region and along the Black Sea coast. But as the seat of national power, Kyiv was the main prize. Thus the thrust by elite airborne forces in the war’s opening hours.

But Putin failed to achieve his goal of quickly crushing Ukraine’s outgunned and outnumbered army. The Russians were ill-prepared for Ukrainian resistance, proved incapable of adjusting to setbacks, failed to effectively combine air and land operations, misjudged Ukraine’s ability to defend its skies, and bungled basic military functions like planning and executing the movement of supplies.

“That’s a really bad combination if you want to conquer a country,” said Peter Mansoor, a retired Army colonel and professor of military history at Ohio State University.

For now at least, Putin’s forces have shifted away from Kyiv, to eastern Ukraine. Ultimately, the Russian leader may achieve some of his objectives. Yet his failure to seize Kyiv will be long remembered — for how it defied prewar expectations and exposed surprising weaknesses in a military thought to be one of the strongest in the world.

“It’s stunning,” said military historian Frederick Kagan of the the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project, who says he knows of no parallel to a major military power like Russia invading a country at the time of its choosing and failing so utterly.

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