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  #2890723 23-Mar-2022 15:02
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  #2890852 23-Mar-2022 16:47
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BBC News - US slams Russian refusal to rule out nuclear arms

 

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The latest developments in Ukraine

 

  •     Putin's top spokesman refused to rule out the use of nuclear weapons in an interview with CNN on Tuesday, saying they would only be used in the event of an "existential threat" to Russia

  •     The US Pentagon denounced the statement as reckless, saying "it's not the way a responsible nuclear power should act"

 

 

 

I am old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis (1962), when I broke into a cold sweat on a hot day, listening to President Kennedy's ultimatum on the radio.

 

There is a terrible sense of deja vu here.   🙁





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  #2890860 23-Mar-2022 17:16
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Already mentioned in this thread, the Russian TOS-1 Flamethrower

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  #2890863 23-Mar-2022 17:23
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Putin's top spokesman refused to rule out the use of nuclear weapons in an interview with CNN on Tuesday, saying they would only be used in the event of an "existential threat" to Russia

 

 

That doesn't really mean anything either way. The existential threat that Russia is terrified of is Nato moving into Ukraine and up to the Russian border so that's just saying 'don't even think about it', and any guarantee they give about not doing something is completely worthless. I don't know why the CNN reporter even bothered asking that, unless they were channelling what they thought the viewers wanted asked.

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  #2890892 23-Mar-2022 18:06
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US military logistics guy talking about the problems with Russian military equipment, and in particular the effects of rampant corruption on the supply and maintenance chain.

 

 

If Napoleon was defeated by General Winter, Putin will be defeated by General Corruption.

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  #2890973 23-Mar-2022 19:20
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Sideface:

 

 

 

I am old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis (1962), when I broke into a cold sweat on a hot day, listening to President Kennedy's ultimatum on the radio.

 

There is a terrible sense of deja vu here.   🙁

 

 

As Ive stated a few pages back, that was a different time. USSR vs USA was far worse than than what it is now, BUT both leaders weren't stupid. Nuclear deterrent worked. Now we have less nukes, but we have Putin, aka, Mr WW2 Germany, Idi Amin, and so on. Thats the problem. Im some ways, if Putin made a mistake and let missiles hit Poland, which allowed NATO to act, maybe that could be a good thing, relatively speaking. Russian people are not the problem, China will not act, its a ONE person issue. As WW2 was. Same emotional bias as well, Putin has his hallowed USSR thing, Mr H had his astrological thing (I think)

 

Glass half full, if this spilled over, we could get a stable world. The world doesnt need ALL to be democratic as long as the governance of choice was peaceful and for the country. 


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  #2890977 23-Mar-2022 19:23
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neb: US military logistics guy talking about the problems with Russian military equipment, and in particular the effects of rampant corruption on the supply and maintenance chain. If Napoleon was defeated by General Winter, Putin will be defeated by General Corruption.

 

Simplistically Good vs Evil. 

 

No help to innocent Ukrainians though. While we can land on a comet, grab a scoop and return, we still cant get on. Its ;ike having a Poet Laureate who cant start a lawn mower. This needs to change.


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  #2891019 23-Mar-2022 21:05
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Russian is somewhat notorious for getting senior military officers killed.

As a backgrounder, you may find this video interesting about 1981 Russia lost 16 Admirals in a single accident.

Foreign Policy: ‘Winging It’: Russia Is Getting Its Generals Killed on the Front Lines

Russia has lost at least five generals fighting in Ukraine in less than a month, Western officials said Monday, as communications failures and a lack of discipline among hundreds of thousands of conscripted Russian troops have made it more difficult to communicate orders to the front lines.

The tally of Russian generals killed in the nearly monthlong conflict—most of them one- and two-star commanders, including at least one lieutenant general—is likely the highest casualty rate among general officers in the Russian military since World War II.

On Sunday, Mykhailo Podoliak, a top advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said six Russian generals had been killed, calling the invading army “fully unprepared” for the fight in Ukraine. Western assessments of deaths among Russian commanders are slightly more conservative.

One European diplomat familiar with Western intelligence assessments told Foreign Policy on Monday that at least five Russian generals had been killed, owing mostly to failures in electronic communications equipment that left them vulnerable to targeted strikes and to their efforts to get a large force of nearly 200,000 troops—many of them young conscripts—to follow orders by leading from the front.

“They’re struggling on the front line to get their orders through,” said the European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss recent battlefield intelligence. “They’re having to go to the front line to make things happen, which is putting them at much greater risk than you would normally see.”
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  #2891023 23-Mar-2022 21:21
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The sub-header is also interesting:

 

Russian generals have had to lead from the front because its amateur army can’t move otherwise.

 

Really not a good look for someone who likes to play the strongman.

 

 

Like Hitler in late 1944/1945, it could be the only reason he's still hanging onto an obviously lost cause is because he can't think of anything else to do and changing nothing pushes out the awful inevitable.

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  #2891024 23-Mar-2022 21:26
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Christ, turn on CNN for a bit, first I hear is that attacks on civilians and civilian targets is denied.Lies lies and more lies


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  #2891050 23-Mar-2022 22:39
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Excellent analysis of Putin and the oligarchs by historian Steve Kotkin, including why neither they nor Putin need the Russian people, or at least their support and tax revenue, as long as money keeps flowing out of the ground.

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  #2891090 24-Mar-2022 08:01
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The Washington Post - U.S. determines Russian forces have committed war crimes ...

 

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The U.S. government has determined members of Russia’s military have committed war crimes in Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday ...

 

Blinken said that assessment is based in part on U.S. intelligence and pointed to the suffering of civilians in Mariupol, a key port city that’s been the site of continued bombardments.

 

The remarks come as Biden travels to Brussels on a trip meant to bolster Western alliances as Russia’s increasingly brutal invasion continues, and as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced plans deploy four more battle groups. ...

 

 

 

 

The significance of this - it is an "official" White House position statement, rather than just the "personal opinion" of the President.





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  #2891183 24-Mar-2022 10:10
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Note: there's no gore, but Russian soldiers were obviously killed in this video.

Shows Ukrainians shooting down large helicopter gunship. I'd say the pilots had at most 2 seconds to react.



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  #2891367 24-Mar-2022 12:40
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The Washington Post - U.S. determines Russian forces have committed war crimes; NATO to deploy more troops 

 

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The U.S. government has determined members of Russia’s military have committed war crimes in Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday ...

 

 

 

 

Just more words. Doesn’t do anything to stop it. The troops are only being deployed to NATO countries so only a deterrence to stop Putin going across the boarder. If chemical weapons were used don’t see strategy changing either, except to send Ukraine protective gear. :(

 

When Biden said war crimes got the impression slip of tongue and not official, as you said at least it is an official position now, but it doesn’t point at the Russian leadership, just members of the military.


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  #2891383 24-Mar-2022 13:29
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neb: US military logistics guy talking about the problems with Russian military equipment, and in particular the effects of rampant corruption on the supply and maintenance chain. If Napoleon was defeated by General Winter, Putin will be defeated by General Corruption.

 

 

 

Nah in my opinion this segment is misleading.

 

The Ordinance Officer placed far too much emphasis on brittle truck tyres while ignoring the large pink elephant in the room - the elephant being that the trucks shown as examples were already mired in the mud (Rasputitsa).

 

Any pincer movements using a largely mechanized invasion force with armoured spearheads while sticking to main roads to avoid quagmire and a 90mile supply line is doomed?


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