Wed, 10 May 2023 at 5:15 pm BST
Today on Ukraine: The Latest, the panel analyse reports of a Ukrainian counter-attack in Bakhmut, bring you concerning updates from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, and ask former British soldiers Dom Nicholls and Hamish de Bretton-Gordon what they think armies can learn from the Ukrainian military.
On the matter of supplying equipment to Ukraine, Associate Editor for Defence, Dominic Nicholls, observes:
Bringing a new capability into service, as opposed to just buying kits off the shelf, is very tricky. And yet Ukraine have been able to do that at such speed. Necessity is the mother of invention, and having 300,000 Russians on his doorstep focuses the mind.
Weaving in his own military experience, Dom compares the British Army to the Ukrainian’s:
We didn’t have to innovate in that way, and I don’t feel as if the British Army culturally would be able to take on board innovation to the degree as quickly as Ukraine has. I’d be very interested to see what it is about the psychology there that enabled that shift to happen so quickly.
Another former military man, Hamish De Bretton-Gordon, former commander of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment, chimes in:
I was asked by a very senior Ukrainian what advice I could give to Ukrainian tank commanders and tank brigade commanders. I said: ‘nothing’. They’ve got it right. They’ve got the morale, they’ve got the fighting spirit. But only as long as we give them the kit.
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David is Head of Social Media at the Telegraph where he has worked for almost two years. Previously he worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He speaks French.
Dom is Associate Editor (Defence) at the Telegraph having joined in 2018. He previously served for 23 years in the British Army, in tank and helicopter units. He had operational deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.
Francis is Assistant Comment Editor at the Telegraph. Prior to working as a journalist, he was Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board at the Houses of Parliament in London. He studied History at Cambridge University and on the podcast explores how the past shines a light on the latest diplomatic, political, and strategic developments.
They are also regularly joined by the Telegraph‘s foreign correspondents around the world, including Joe Barnes (Brussels), Sophia Yan (China), Nataliya Vasilyeva (Russia), Roland Oliphant (Senior Reporter) and Colin Freeman (Reporter). In London, Venetia Rainey (Weekend Foreign Editor), Katie O’Neill (Assistant Foreign Editor), and Verity Bowman (News Reporter) also frequently appear to offer updates.