Russia is huge and well militarised. Why did it end up asking Kazakhstan for troops? [closed]

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The Politicus
Feb 26, 2022 08:05 PM 0 Answers
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As reported today, Kazakhstan has denied a request by Russia for troops to join Russian forces in Ukraine.

Setting aside all discussion of why Kazakhstan answered as it did, why on earth was Russia asking?

Russia is huge, with a substantial military, Putin control and presumed preplanning for a long time. That would mean they'd know their strength and be ready with what they need. No country launches an attack only to ask others to lend them more troops just days later. Especially a preplanned major attack. I don't quite believe that strong resistance covers it.

Looking for less obvious possible reasons, the only one I can think of is that it hoped past allies would offer troops it didn't really need, that it could use to show how other countries supported it?

So why did Russia end up in a situation where bare days after invading, it went almost cap in hand, it sounds like, asking allies for further troops?

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