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  #2917679 23-May-2022 16:38
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BBC World Service - Mariupol: The 80 days that left a flourishing city in ruins

 


After almost three months of relentless assault, Mariupol has fallen. Ukraine's military says its combat mission in the besieged port is over.

 

More than any other Ukrainian city, Mariupol has come to symbolise the ferocious brutality of Russia's assault and the stubbornness of Ukraine's resistance. 

 





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  #2917686 23-May-2022 17:01
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The NY Times - The Russian Orthodox Leader at the Core of Putin’s Ambitions

 

 

Krill has hit the headlines before. In a classic propaganda stuff up, he was photographed wearing an expensive watch which had been poorly photoshopped out.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17622820

 

Obviously Krill hasn't sworn a vow of poverty to be wearing a ~$30,000 watch. 

 

Maybe a vow of poverty is not even a thing in the eastern church, I don't know. Nevertheless, he must have felt too embarrassed to be seen wearing it and thus have it photoshopped out.

 

 

 

Putin himself has also been photographed wearing many expensive watches over the years. Having watches worth $700k is not bad for an official salary of USD136k

 

https://blog.watchdoctor.biz/2022/02/07/watches-of-world-leaders-putin/

 

 





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  #2917687 23-May-2022 17:02
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For some irony, see "2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine."

Reminds me of the saying "be careful what you wish for" or the Twilight Show show entitled "To serve man"

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  #2918144 24-May-2022 20:38
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Is NATO running out of weapons to supply Ukraine? (no)

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  #2918147 24-May-2022 20:42
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kingdragonfly: Is NATO running out of weapons to supply Ukraine? (no)

 

 

Is this a counterexample to Betteridge's Law? :-).

 

 

Updated to add: From a quick listen, the main point is that what's being sent to Ukraine is warehouses full of old stock that would otherwise have been destined for training/the National Guard/landfills, as is a lot of the other military aid that's being sent, e.g. countries sending all their Soviet-era gear into Ukraine. Not saying that they're dumping junk on them, but more that it's a pragmatic decision, may as well use the stuff rather than waiting a few more years until it has to be scrapped anyway.

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  #2918241 25-May-2022 08:22
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In terms of things like Javelins and Stingers - the Javelin production line is now running at full speed and options are being worked on to increase it with both "economical" top speed as well as "money is no object" top speed. For Javelin the issues are mainly around getting the lines themselves bolstered and staffed. For Stingers the issues are more complicated: the CPUs they use haven't been manufactured for decades and the small stock left on the shelf will be used up in no time. A design using a newer one will take a couple of years to validate before they could begin making more Stingers.





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  #2918246 25-May-2022 08:40
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neb: From a quick listen, the main point is that what's being sent to Ukraine is warehouses full of old stock that would otherwise have been destined for training/the National Guard/landfills, as is a lot of the other military aid that's being sent, e.g. countries sending all their Soviet-era gear into Ukraine. Not saying that they're dumping junk on them, but more that it's a pragmatic decision, may as well use the stuff rather than waiting a few more years until it has to be scrapped anyway.


If Russia is getting their ass kicked by 1980's hardware, it speaks volumes to what long-term unfettered corruption did to this super-power.

The top-down management, crushing of free speech, and a country being run by a modern day Stalin doesn't help.

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  #2918247 25-May-2022 08:52
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SaltyNZ:

For Stingers the issues are more complicated: the CPUs they use haven't been manufactured for decades and the small stock left on the shelf will be used up in no time. A design using a newer one will take a couple of years to validate before they could begin making more Stingers.

 

 

It'll be interesting to see where this leads, the US Army's AAA has always been the USAF but that doesn't work for the proxy wars the US is likely to become involved in as long as Mini-Stalin or any successors who act like him are around. The same goes for many other countries, so the ones who've invested in sizeable quantities of modern MANPADs are all ones who don't or can't rely on their air force that much, but who are also unlikely to sell to the US: Iran, Pakistan, China, ...

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  #2918266 25-May-2022 09:59
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Gotta love Google's autogenerated subtitles, especially given how flabby he looks these days...

 





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  #2918502 25-May-2022 16:26
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The Guardian - Ukraine invasion may be start of ‘third world war’, says George Soros

 

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens to be the “beginning of the third world war” that could spell the end of civilisation, the veteran philanthropist and former financier George Soros has warned.

 

In a ferocious attack on Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Soros warned that autocratic regimes were in the ascendant and the global economy was heading for a depression.

 

Soros, who has become a hate figure for the hard right in the US, also heavily criticised the former German chancellor Angela Merkel for cosying up to Moscow and Beijing.

 

With the mood in Davos already downbeat due to the war in Ukraine, Soros ramped up the gloomy rhetoric to new heights.

 

The invasion may have been the beginning of the third world war and our civilisation may not survive it,” he said.

 

The invasion of Ukraine didn’t come out of the blue. The world has been increasingly engaged in a struggle between two systems of governance that are diametrically opposed to each other: open society and closed society.” ...

 

 

 

 

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  #2918583 25-May-2022 19:21
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Soros, who has become a hate figure for the hard right in the US,

 

 

For those unfamiliar with the name, George Soros, formerly György Schwartz, is a wealthy Jewish holocaust survivor. You can see why American Nazis are so obsessed with him, and depressing that the same ----- that was around in 1930s Nazi Germany is still alive and thriving in 21st century USA.

 

 

However, the comments are just one guy's opinion and he's a financier not a military or geopolitical strategist, I wouldn't take his gloominess too seriously.

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A little aside into real currency values when you have restricted exchange.

 

What is a Ruble worth in DJI Mavic III 's
About 140R to 1 USD 
Where if you go to official exchange rate you find its about 57 
In Russia at the moment the only exchange rate that matters is the black market one.

 

I'm guessing when India is buying Rubles to pay for Oil etc is taking this into account ?

 

From this video.

 

Ukraine: military situation update with maps, May 25, 2022
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTKi5XDfMls

 

It was pointed out on a aeroplane tracking site that large Russian aircargo planes have been going in and out of Shenzhen.
Some urgent Aliexpress shopping ? 

 


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  #2919137 26-May-2022 18:33
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SaltyNZ:

 

K8Toledo:

 

 

 

Ukraine has less than 100 tanks.

 

 

 

 

Pretty sure they have more tanks now than they started the war with. According to Oryx, they've captured over 240 Russian tanks while only losing 176.

 

 

That may well be true however last I checked they were down to 78 tanks not including AFV's. That was maybe a month ago.


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  #2919147 26-May-2022 19:33
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How Did Putin Get it so Wrong?

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  #2919474 27-May-2022 15:56
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Create a problem, and then ask to be rewarded if get some relief from sanctions.

 

Moscow offers safe passage of Ukrainian food  exports in exchange for easing of sanctions.

 

https://www.rferl.org/amp/russia-ukrainian-food-exports-blockade-rudenko/31867169.html

 

Just be easier to give ships NATO escort, my view, but they keep tip toeing around Russia.

 

Realise Not as simplistic as both sides probably have mines in water as well. Getting food out by rail is not an option if Russia is striking the rail network.

 

At least shows the sanctions are hurting.

 

 

 

 


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