The US invasion of Iraq cost the US 254 million dollars a day on average – for more than 10 years. But the first months of the war were in the billions of dollars a day. And the US, over 10 years of fighting, lost a great deal LESS equipment and aircraft than Russia has in just 15 or so days of fighting. For example, the US lost 80 M1 tanks during the entire war. I think Russia lost 80 or more tanks in the first couple of days.
I don’t know what kind of resources Russia has, and they are much closer so transport expense are much less, but they seem to fighting the war on a shoestring and it appears to be costing in the hundreds of millions of US dollars a day. How long can a nation with the GDP of Italy or a single large US state continue to do this, especially when no one is lending them mq?
There must be a limit. I don’t know what it is, however. At some point, the cost of the war will exceed the nation’s ability to fight it. You can use all kinds of extractive reserves, which Russia has in spades, but that takes time.
Nevertheless, Russia and Ukraine supplies almost 1/3 of the world’s food and people WILL suffer worldwide.
The Russians seem to be without any kind of real skill when it comes to fighting protracted war against a determined enemy.
It may be just a matter of time before the tactical nukes come out and then who knows what will happen. One thing is for sure – if the Russians do lose, they will destroy the country on the way out. Ukraine will need a Marshall Plan after that.