Russia really needs some help to blunt these spearheads, until they can get their mobilized men ready to prop up the front lines and reserves. No word on Iranian UCAVs, either they are being used in fully recon mode or they haven't been deployed yet in numbers.
I said this long ago. Russia will be checkmated by NATO.
Everyone laughed at me.
Putin has no recourse. If he uses tactical nukes, US will go open season (conventionally) on all Russian battlefield assets.
At that point Putin will have to decide between WW3 (conventional or not).
Game Theory shows he will have no good options. If he doesn’t do something game changing his forces will slowly wither away. He lacks shock troops. Protests are starting in Chechneya and Dragestan .
Lastly there is negotiations, which at this point would be tantamount to capitulation. I don’t see Ukraine letting Russia keep any land not even Crimea. They are emboldened by this war and now have a battle hardened force much like SAA.