List of Wars Russia Lost over the Past 150 Years

I know more than the so-called “experts” who get paid the big bucks to spout their “wisdom” on news talk shows. Retired military generals and ex-Defense Department leaders told political news pundits Kiev, Ukraine would fall to the Russian Army in 24-48 hours. A few weeks ago, I was curious and spent 30 minutes researching the Ukranian and Russian militaries on Google. I learned Ukraine has a decent military. On paper Russia has far more firepower than the Ukraine, but the Russian military is notorious for having soldiers with low morale and weapon systems that often malfunction. The experts’ claim that Kiev would fall fast made no sense to me. Furthermore, these experts questioned whether Ukrainians would have the will to fight. I wondered why they assumed Russians would have the will to fight. 7 days into this war, it seems as if my 30 minutes of research makes me smarter than the wrinkled-up generals who talk to Wolf Blitzer on CNN. CNN should fire them and hire me.

Russia’s military is performing terribly. It appears as if their generals don’t know what they are doing, their soldiers don’t even know why they are there, and their equipment stinks. Russian missiles often miss their targets, then don’t even explode. Troops ran out of gas and food after just 2 days. Their tactics are disastrous. They are feeding troops piecemeal into Kiev, and they are getting slaughtered. Much of their army is stuck in a traffic jam on 1 highway, and the element of surprise has been lost. Russia hasn’t even yet achieved air superiority over the tiny Ukranian Air Force, a phase that should have taken 2 hours. I don’t think Russia will ever take Kiev, but if they do, they will face an insurgency they will never be able to quell. Putin is a stupid bully who made a stupid blunder that may eventually bring down his regime. I’m puzzled why the world community and military experts thought the Russian military was invincible. Russia has a long history of losing wars.

Russia fought the Ottoman Empire, England, France, and Sardinia during the Crimean War from 1853-1856. Russia lost 500,000 men and was forced to give up Romania, Moldavia, and Serbia. The Crimean Peninsula was demilitarized, and Russian warships were banned from the Black Sea. It was a disastrous loss.

500,000 Russian soldiers were killed during the Crimean War of the mid-19th century. Russia lost this war.

Japan humiliated Russia during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. Japanese soldiers drove the Russian Army out of Manchuria. During the Battle of Tsushima the Japanese Navy sank 4 Russian battleships, 7 cruisers, and 3 destroyers; and they captured 3 battleships and 3 destroyers. Japanese losses were minimal–3 damaged battleships and 3 little patrol torpedo boats sunk. Teddy Roosevelt brokered a peace deal where Russia simply agreed to give up Manchuria.

The Japanese sunk most of the Russian Navy during the Battle of Tsushima during 1905, leading to another Russian military disaster.

Though Russia was on the allied side with England and France (the U.S. entered about the time Russia dropped out), Russia still managed to lose WWI to Germany. The Battle of Tannenberg was the main reason why Russia lost that war. Retreating Russian army groups ran right into fortified German trenches. Russia lost tens of thousands of men killed (the exact number is unknown) and 92,000 were captured. This disastrous loss sparked the Russian Revolution, and Russia sued for peace with Germany.

Russian armies retreated and ran into German fortified trenches during WWI. Over 30,000 men were killed and 92,000 were captured. Russia sued for peace.

After the Russian Revolution, Russia tried to spread communism by force to neighboring countries including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania. All of these military efforts failed by 1921. Russia was more successful following WWII.

Russia spent 10 years fighting a war in Afghanistan from 1979-1989. The primitive Mujahadeen defeated them. Russia also failed to subdue the tiny province of Chechnya from 1994-1996 and were forced to withdraw. They returned in 1999, but it took them 10 years to defeat the Chechen insurgency. The Ukraine is much larger, and the people are fighting for freedom and democracy. Ukraine did fight a guerilla war against the Soviet Union from 1944-1953. The Soviet Union was much stronger then, and people were war weary. I see no way for Russia to win this time, and in this war there are clear cut good guys and bad guys. Putin is a brutal dictator who poisons his political rivals. Zelensky is a democratically elected Jewish comedian who refuses to flee for his own personal safety. It’s a modern-day David vs Goliath story. I am rooting for freedom and that means the Ukrainian Army needs to kill as many Russian soldiers as possible. Twitter temporarily locked my account for tweeting this wish, but I can express this opinion on my blog. Winning a war means killing.


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8 Responses to “List of Wars Russia Lost over the Past 150 Years”

  1. zachmatthews Says:

    Great post Mark! I laughed out loud and you are 100% right.

  2. Mila Alien Says:

    If you plan to become an expert, here are some corrections for you to make.
    1) Kyiv, not “Kiev”.
    2nd unknown place is how russia spells it. The real city, the capital of Ukraine is KYIV. #kyivnotkiev

    2) Ukraine, not “the Ukraine”.
    2nd unknown place is how russia says it. To imply that my country’s name is used with the article “the” means that we aren’t the independent country, but a territory, just the land. That’s how rusian propaganda refers to us to convince the world that we are just their lost territories they are trying to get back.

    Thank you for understanding.

    • markgelbart Says:

      If you plan to be an obnoxious putz, I will explain that I spelled those words the English way because this blog is written in English.

      • Mila Alien Says:

        I am Ukrainian. And these spellings are in English. Check Britannica, White House website, or any official website of the Ukrainian government. I can provide you with links.

        Thanks for being so rude. You seem to be nothing different than those experts who aren’t willing to check the sources and just refuse to learn when corrected.

      • markgelbart Says:

        Here’s a link. Wikipedia says Kyiv also spelled Kiev. I prefer the latter spelling. It is the English spelling. Kyiv would be a foreign spelling.,most%20populous%20city%20in%20Europe.

      • Mila Alien Says:

        Do you realize that you just named other versions THROUGHOUT history of Ukraine?

        You’ve shared link to Wikipedia (cite that can be edited by anyone). Since you trust Wikipedia more than any oficcial sources, here is what Wikipedia says:
        In September 2020, the English Wikipedia switched from using Kiev to Kyiv. As of 2022, the remaining major news websites that continue to use “Kiev” are mostly Russian-linked sites funded by the Russian government, such as TASS, Sputnik News, and RT.

        Here are other links:

        And here are screenshots (don’t know where else to share them, so yeah, the link to my own video):

        Other versions but “KYIV” have nothing to do with correct spelling. As you’ve said it yourself “you PREFER to say it that way”. PREFER,not spell it as it suppose to be. All you do is supporting russian narrative.

        KYIV is a TRANSLITERATION in ENGLISH. Not a foreign spelling. Foreign spelling is when other countries use their own spellings in their own languages.

        If you look at my video I show you the screenshots of WHITE HOUSE, Ukrainian Consulate in Chicago (they speak English), Britannica Dictionary Website, US Senate Comitte on FOREIGN RELATIONS website, etc. Which you should trust more than Wikipedia.

        It is really important to be accurate and not use a “preferred” language especially since it’s the language that RUSSIA is making people to use. The same russia you are criticizing in your article, yet you use their narrative when talking about my country that’s been colonized by them for centuries therefore THEY were spreading their agenda to the world, not us. We had no say to introduce our country to the English-speaking world.

        Sad to see smart adults being so stubborn, calling names people who politely point out at things you might have NOT known and then continue stubbornly arguing with someone who came with good intentions to help you out to be like a real, not pretend, expert.

        Do what you want with this information. But all I got from all of this interaction is a bitter residue, even though the article itself was really good. Have a good day.

      • markgelbart Says:

        I’m not an expert and never claimed to be. Your comment seemed sarcastic to me. I don’t care how Kiev is supposed to be spelled, but Kyiv just looks like a stupid spelling from someone whose language is English.

      • Mila Alien Says:

        Just wow!!! Rude as hell towards me and every single Ukrainian. Not an expert byt not willing to learn from someone who does actually know it better. I guess your own government, world’s famous reputable dictionary and famous publications know it less than you and use a “stupid” spelling of my city, as well as English isn’t their first language. Now I see the full picture of what you are.

        And give us a favor, don’t use sarcasm in your post yourself about experts and you being smarter than them (your whole 1st paragraph was full of sarcasm… you are so willing to use it, while a possible sarcasm from me, which i didnt use, has bruised your ego so badly, that you’ve decided to personally insult me, a person you don’t even know) when you after all these interactions with someone who red your post came sincerely with good intentions to help you out. Something…

        Your first language is English, but looks like you are using it as you wish to your own liking instead of ow it suppose to be, according to standards and rules. That’s not what people do, if their first and/or only language is English… but what do I know, a linguist by profession… I had a better impression of you when landed here to read this article.

        Have a day you deserve.

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