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  #2928002 15-Jun-2022 15:54
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A German infographic on the length of the conflict in Ukraine.

 

So may explain why you need a lot of weapons to cover, especially if you don't have airpower.

 


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  #2929987 15-Jun-2022 17:13
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Drone Wars: Ukraine And Russia's Aerial Battle In The Skies Over Donbas

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An array of aerial drones are playing a critical role for both the Ukrainian and Russian militaries in the skies above the eastern Donbas region.


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  #2930006 15-Jun-2022 18:36
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Kingdragonfly
I note in this they talk of drones lasting 2 or 3 weeks, so they are burning through them.
It was also noted in the earlier article below that equipment damage and loss rate is very high.
Thus constant need for more vests, imagers, drones all the time.

 

There was another interview with a drone operator saying he had lost a number of his colleagues as they are hunted.

 

“With start of invasion, foreign firms started selling us sh*t.” How Ukraine’s top military charity saves lives today
https://euromaidanpress.com/2022/05/26/how-ukraines-top-military-charity-come-back-alive-foundation-saves-lives/?swcfpc=1

 

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The Come Back Alive Foundation was established in the first days of the 2014 aggression by the Russian army. Initial undertakings were to supply the Ukrainian army with bulletproof vests, walkie-talkies, binoculars and other basic military articles. But the main tactical device at the time was thermal imagers.

 

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It is difficult to work with German, French, and Israeli companies. For example, we wanted to buy a batch of French drones, quite high quality, which are in service in the United States. We had already contracted and paid the bill. Then they said they would not sell us what all we had agreed upon, but only a part of it.

 

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We expect that donations will gradually decline, and are preparing for this. Unfortunately, the war continues and everything we bought at the beginning of the war is consumable. More than half of our thermal imagers, to my knowledge, have already been destroyed, most drones are no longer flying. But without these, confrontation with the so-called “second army of the world” will be impossible.
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  #2930007 15-Jun-2022 18:51
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Switchblade Drones: Ukraine’s Angels of Death

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  #2931035 17-Jun-2022 17:10
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For those interested in war footage, you may want to search Youtube for

"Ukraine War Footage Day 113 Summary | The Enforcer Short Clips"

There's no blood, but it does involve two vehicles blown up, most likely no survivors.

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  #2931784 19-Jun-2022 19:15
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Interesting if somewhat dry assessment of the effect of western weapons deliveries to Ukraine, English and German, the latter having a bit more detail. It's by an instructor at the Theresian Military Academy in Austria (a former head of the school was Erwin Rommel), so not the usual World of Tanks player with a Youtube channel.

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  #2932350 21-Jun-2022 00:58
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Interesting report from the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies analysing the impact and prospects for the special military operation, including the economic basis for continuing the war, it dates from April but is still pertinent.

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  #2932433 21-Jun-2022 11:20
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No surprises here ...

 

The Guardian - Russian emails appear to show ‘network’ holding $4.5bn assets linked to Putin

 

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Palaces, yachts and vineyards reportedly provided to Vladimir Putin by friends and oligarchs can now be linked to what appears to be an informal network holding assets worth more than [US] $4.5bn.

 

A digital paper trail appears to suggest that an array of holiday homes and other assets reportedly used by the Russian president, which according to available records belong to or have been owned by separate individuals, companies and charities, are linked through a common email domain name, LLCInvest.ru.

 

 





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  #2933666 23-Jun-2022 20:15
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Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
Information Portal «Human Rights in Ukraine»

 

Chief Russian propagandist: “All our hope is pinned on famine”
https://khpg.org/en/1608810761

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Simonyan was, officially, addressing both Putin and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, at the so-called international St Petersburg economic forum.  She said the following: “A cynical joke or perhaps an exclamation has appeared, I’ve already heard it from several people in Moscow.  ‘All hope is pinned on famine’.  What is meant is that famine will begin and they [in the West] will come to their senses, will remove sanctions and will be friends with us because it’s impossible to not be friends.”
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Fammine as a weapon is something Ukraine knows well, and they might have thought they should not see it again.

 

Bombing Food stores and supplies, queues, blocking NGO and UN aid groups access to distribute humanitarian aid.
Perhaps 1000's, or 10,s thousands already died in Ukraine from lack of access to food, even clean water in Ukraine.

 

Now they want to apply this Globally. 
Grain and seed stores, and the loading facilities to export as targets.

 

Putin has lots of the very best friends who will slink away should he fall.
It was him we were not responsible, just scared rabbits following orders.
Then quietly rally around to boost the next dictator.


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  #2933668 23-Jun-2022 20:36
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ezbee:

Fammine as a weapon is something Ukraine knows well, and they might have thought they should not see it again.

 

 

For those who don't understand the significance of that comment, google "Holodomor", the Ukrainian holocaust. Made in Russia.

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  #2933977 24-Jun-2022 17:26
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Ukraine, Moldova and I think Georgia now have candidate status to the EU

 

The west needs to stand up here, Putin started off as a debacle and a failure, but the West is bowing to him. Arguably Russia is calling the shots and the West is following. Putin seems to be very powerful, based not on him and his emotional altar-ego but on the West keeping away and giving him space to move. Oil and gas sales are down but prices are up, and BRICS enjoy the supply.

 

I thought war meant friends help friends. Doesnt seem so. The end result is more Ukrainian deaths and potentially famine to other non First World countries. That the First World are causing inflation induced by oil and gas prices isnt that important compared to deaths, but its another branch that Putin has been allowed to put in place. Like it or not Putin is controlling this war, and we are following.


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  #2934341 25-Jun-2022 19:04
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"Сэр, у нас проблема. Возможно, вы захотите надеть шлем."

"Sir, we have a problem. You may want to put on a helmet."

Russian missile fails and 'boomerangs back at Russian troops'


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  #2934435 25-Jun-2022 20:46
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The Guardian - Russia-Ukraine war:  today

 

Ukraine’s Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security claims that Russia has lost 34,700 troops since it began its invasion in February.

 

 

Ukranian (estimated) claims





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  #2934545 26-Jun-2022 10:23
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BBC News - Russia promises Belarus Iskander-M nuclear-capable missiles

 

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Russia will send nuclear capable short-range missile systems to its ally Belarus in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin has said.

 

He said Iskander-M systems "can fire ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear types".

 

The systems have a range of up to 500km (310 miles).

 

 

More nuclear sabre-rattling.





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  #2934626 26-Jun-2022 15:38
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Belarus and Nuclear weapons.
Really its not much of an escalation if any as Kaliningrad is by all accounts bristling with them.
Being base for Baltic Fleet and one jumping point right in midst of EU as it were.

 

Upgrading storage bunkers and perpetrations for Isanders to add to whatever Baltic Fleet has.
Back in 2018.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/18/kaliningrad-nuclear-bunker-russia-satellite-photos-report

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The US says that because of their range, the Iskanders represent a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty.

 

Kaliningrad also serves as a base for Russia’s Baltic fleet.
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I'm sure Belarus will not have direct control over nukes, really its just more Russian forces on Belarus territory, to go with virtual takeover of Airbases etc.

 

There have been some indications Putin has been pressuring Belarus to fully become a state of Russia. Nukes would actually be an excuse for security reasons to do so I expect. 


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