When the Russian forces declared the fire with Ukraine, they forcefully displaced millions of Ukrainians, killed hundreds-of-thousands civilians, and left Ukraine under massive destruction while occupying all its key cities and frontiers.

Nearly five months after the war erupted, what’s left with Ukraine aside from financial aid from its allies is just one hope: to end the conflict “before winter sets in.” 

But what’s fascinating with this armed struggle is that hunches are already happening and experts are sharing their takes on what’s to come for the Russian Navy. Despite annexing Ukraine, the Russian Navy has failed to maintain its dominance in the war with Ukraine and exclusion in uniting the West, according to BBC.

Even though Russia’s naval forces have played an “important role” in the war, their conduct, however, during the power struggle seems to have been, at best, uneven, according to the 1945 assessment.

According to the Military-Industrial Commission, which is directly accountable to President Putin, Russia’s spending on its defense will rise by twenty percent.

“Moskva” (“Moscow”) (ex-“Slava,” which means “Glory”) is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy. The Project 1164 Atlant class was developed as “Aircraft carriers killer.” This warship was used in the 2008 Russia–Georgia War. The Black Sea. Sevastopol. (George Chernilevsky, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

As a byproduct of the spike, Russia’s budget might surge by as much as 700 billion roubles (about 9.9 billion pounds) compared to 2021, as predicted by First Deputy Chairman Andrey Elchaninov.

Plagued fleet

The current fleet the Russian Navy is using is plagued with challenges. The fate of Russia’s aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is one discussion point that remains unanswered. Given that it has been embroiled in many technical accidents over the past fifteen years, along with several fires and the imploding of a crane, the Kuznetsov has been used more frequently as a source of amusement than as an actual fighting vessel. Since Kuznetsov has not been seen outside its home port since 2017, it is fair to assume that it no longer operates as a functional unit.

The Russian Navy was able to embargo ports consistently and fire missiles against targets located throughout Ukraine. However, while doing so, it suffered the loss of its Black Sea flagship, the Moskva. Russia also destroyed one of its most valuable warfare ships and failed to maintain hold of Snake Island. They also failed to capture and charge crucial “amphibious operations” along the Ukrainian seaboard.