We've been hearing this "They're ruining their best formations" chatter out of Western analysts for a while, but this is the first time I'm hearing it from a pro-Russian commentator who seems to have some real bona fides. It's a little unclear to me if he's a former or current Russian general.
At first I was thinking that Russia's apparent lack of control of the Russian information sphere was a bug in Putin's program and even a sign of weakness. But, as I study it more closely, I'm coming to believe that it's a feature.
Russian commentators are allowed to be critical of individual generals and military decisions, but I'm not aware that any internal Russian commentators are allowed to be critical of the war's purpose or of Putin himself. That consistency suggests that the Russians do have control of the information space, as they've not been afraid to lie blatantly on certain other topics (e.g., Ukrainian atrocities).
It also speaks to Putin's calculations that he can't risk any particular military figure or group becoming powerful enough to challenge him. Even if that limits his military's effectiveness in the short term.
Putin's clearly settled in for the long game now, hoping that NATO will tire of supporting Ukraine and/or the Ukrainian people will grow tired of being bombed.
Going back to something I posted before, little girl gets roller coaster ride from dad, it really wouldn't be too hard to make a human powered motion simulator. You'd just need a buddy or a peon to provide the movement for you while you did the flying.