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  #2924929 10-Jun-2022 20:13
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  #2924935 10-Jun-2022 20:37
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The "McPutins" logo



Perhaps the law firm Westerberg would have an issue


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  #2924938 10-Jun-2022 20:50
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Or closer to home Morena Coffee in Napier, Hawke’s Bay


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  #2925115 11-Jun-2022 09:11
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Rikkitic:  Peter the Great modernised Russia. Putin the Putrid is taking it backwards.

 

 


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The Guardian - Putin compares himself to Peter the Great in quest to take back Russian lands

 

10 June

 

 

Putin, celebrating the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great’s birth, is confused about history again,” wrote Andrei Kolesnikov, a Russian political analyst.

 

Peter the Great has opened a window to Europe, Putin is hammering it up with rotten planks from the time of Ivan the Terrible.”

 

 

 





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  #2925121 11-Jun-2022 09:33
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Ukraine's deputy intel chief makes candid comments on Ukraine's military situation:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/10/were-almost-out-of-ammunition-and-relying-on-western-arms-says-ukraine

Locked in artillery war nearly out of shells. Supply from Europe is slowing reaching limits of stocks.

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  #2925193 11-Jun-2022 11:02
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Drones are playing a huge part in this war. I think the Russian are too reliant on tanks, and the US is too reliant on its Navy and Airforce.

For any infantry men, There's already some nasty new technology here in the form of drones. There's some gory videos of Ukrainians pursuing Russian solider with drones, and dropping hand grenades. ''

It first reminded me of WWI biplanes doing the same, but at least the men in the trenches would see and hear the planes.

This is off subject, but this scares me:

The Verge: Watch a swarm of drones autonomously track a human through a dense forest

"Scientists from China’s Zhejiang University have unveiled a drone swarm capable of navigating through a dense bamboo forest without human guidance.

The group of 10 palm-sized drones communicate with one another to stay in formation, sharing data collected by on-board depth-sensing cameras to map their surroundings. This method means that if the path in front of one drone is blocked, it can use information collected by its neighbors to plot a new route. The researchers note that this technique can also be used by the swarm to track a human walking through the same environment. If one drone loses sight of the target, others are able to pick up the trail."


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This is possibly what gave Putin his big chance to step up the ranks, back in 1993, St Petersburg.
The 'ton' of cocaine that disappeared.

 

CORNED BEEF AND COCAINE
Putin’s Men, The Israeli Smugglers, And The Great St. Petersburg Drug Bust
https://www.rferl.org/a/putin-cocaine-connection/31855099.html

 

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“Tastes bitter. Numbs the tongue,” he said as laughter filled the room.

 

It was February 1993 in St. Petersburg, and the man in the military uniform was sampling what was billed as the largest cocaine haul in Russian history: just over a metric ton -- with an estimated value of more than $100 million -- stashed in cans of corned beef that had been shipped from Colombia and smuggled into Russia by road via Finland.

 

The man whose security agents had seized the drugs was Viktor Cherkesov, known during Soviet times as a merciless KGB investigator. He was also a confidant of a fellow KGB alumnus serving as deputy mayor of St. Petersburg: an unremarkable spy-turned-bureaucrat named Vladimir Putin.
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But no trial ever materialized in Russia. Cherkesov’s office halted the investigation seven months later, saying the main suspects had fled the country.

 

Nearly three decades later, it also remains unclear exactly what officials did with the 1,092 kilograms of Colombian cocaine, 
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  #2925812 12-Jun-2022 17:44
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The Big Picture

 

This is a very useful political map, published the The Sunday Times today:

 





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Hisutton.com: Russian oligarch's luxury mega-yacht Nord, cutaway.

You might know the owner's name Alexei Mordashov from the Pandora Papers. He had over 65 shell companies in various secrecy jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands. Besides his published Russian Steel holdings, his secret presence was in Russian logging, coal, and media industries.

Among other things, it has
  • Five "normal" hangers
  • Plus one telescopic helicopter hanger
  • a landing craft
  • which holds a SUV
  • a submarine
  • a hovercraft
  • a pool with retractable roof


It's roughly the same size as a Soviet Navy KIEV Class carrier.

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  #2926582 14-Jun-2022 20:30
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kingdragonfly:  Hisutton.com: Russian oligarch's luxury mega-yacht Nord, cutaway.



 

He's obviously a fan of Thunderbirds and Stingray ...

 

    





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  #2926626 15-Jun-2022 04:47
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A question about the ongoing Russia/Ukraine artillery duel: Back in 1945, a Cpl.A.Hitler observed that Russians are made of artillery (well, actually what he said was that Russians aren't made of artillery, but then some Russians turned up and convinced him otherwise).

 

 

So for Ukraine to get drawn into an artillery duel with Russia seems like absolutely the last thing they'd want to do. Can anyone with military experience comment on (a) why you'd do this and (b) if there isn't any other way to continue?

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  #2926631 15-Jun-2022 06:43
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I guess there are two ways to counter it. One is to have air supremacy and just cruise around spotting them and plinking them with drones - but they don't have that. The other way is to use counter-battery radars and shoot it back. They have some of that now and are getting more of it. I haven't got time to look right now before I leave for work, but I saw a video last week of the procedure to aim the old ex-Soviet rocket artillery systems. Essentially you get out, use a theodolite to get your levels - presumably in 2022 they have hand-held satnavs so they at least know their own lat/long precisely - and the climb up onto the truck to use hand cranks and an iron sight to aim it by eye. The setup procedure takes 12-15 minutes and then you have to hand crank it all to pack up again.

 

The western howitzers with counter-battery radars and digital fire control can put return fire in the air before the rockets land if the gun is already deployed, and you can be driving again in a couple of minutes.

 

Some combination of those two is the only way they're going to counter it, but it will be a long, blodoy fight.





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  #2926645 15-Jun-2022 08:34
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It's telling that Russia isn't trying to use overwhelming air superiority.

My theory on Putin's thinking: killing your own soldiers and getting obsolete hardware destroyed is cheaper than having relatively expensive planes and helicopters shot down.

It's tempting to draw parallels to the Korean war. But there were few Russian pilots, and they were covert, even wearing Chinese uniforms while flying, and not speaking Russian over-the-air.

It might be more similar to World War I where all sides got into trench warfare, and an inability to thinking thinking laterally.

It's a lose-lose for both the Ukrainians and the Russians.

The only winner, so far, is NATO. It may serve as a Chinese deterrent also.

That's my humble opinion.

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neb: A question about the ongoing Russia/Ukraine artillery duel: Back in 1945, a Cpl.A.Hitler observed that Russians are made of artillery (well, actually what he said was that Russians aren't made of artillery, but then some Russians turned up and convinced him otherwise). So for Ukraine to get drawn into an artillery duel with Russia seems like absolutely the last thing they'd want to do. Can anyone with military experience comment on (a) why you'd do this and (b) if there isn't any other way to continue?

 

No expertise, just reading a lot of commentary.  They (Ukraine) do not have a choice is ultimately the reason this is turning into an Artillery battle.  As more NATO equipment makes it in, they are at an advantage with longer range capabilities.  Which means being out of range to your enemy, while they are in range for you.  Equally they have used Severodonetsk as an urban battle ground, drawing Russian troops in, so that they cannot just sit back dropping shells on it, while slaughtering when they can in urban warfare.

 

The irony for this whole situation is that the fastest way out of it, is more weapons, better weapons. My take on it is that Ukraine need far more trained soldiers to use this equipment, to maintain it, and to be effective with it.  A war of attrition on their home soil is not what they want, look for more effective pushes when and where they can once the new equipment (MLRS etc) arrives in a month or so.  With that being said the Kherson push looks to be working, all beit slowly, with latest suggestions they are 10km from the outskirts, 15km from the center.


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  #2927775 15-Jun-2022 10:30
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itxtme:

 

The irony for this whole situation is that the fastest way out of it, is more weapons, better weapons.

 

 

 

 

Which is why Russia keeps complaining, in effect, 'If you would just stop sending weapons to Ukraine and let us win, this war would be over a lot sooner!'





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