I've given this a little bit of thought and could see US, UK and Canada forming an alliance. I could also see the Nordic countries, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland either forming another or joining the UK/US/Canada one. Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic would be in a hard place. ...Jump to post
Gas... if Putin chooses, he can cripple much of Europe socially (cooking and heating in homes) and industrially (industries using gas) as and when he chooses. Interrupting or reducing supplies when Russia chooses would throw some European economies into disarray. Gas is Europe's Achilles heel, isn'...Jump to post
Ironic considering Ukraine are getting pretty old, 2nd hand T-72 variants from allies, Russia however; https://www.youtube.com/post/UgkxkowDFQOqbRLZH725wKHvViR6pkra4mlw Love the comment there: Itimonium 6 hours ago (edited) Imagine Historians in 5,000 years arguing wether this event was a war or a ...Jump to post
Particularly when you see this: https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/20/we-have-to-buy-everything-ourselves-how-russian-soldiers-go-off-to-fight-a77751 That’s bad enough in itself, the lack of what are now basics in Western forces are lacking across the board, the modern body armour, as some obse...Jump to post
Hungary or Slovakia bucking the trend may be understandable, as they are very dependent on Russian oil. But Italy? EU seems to talk the talk but doesn't walk the walk... https://www.ft.com/content/83fa3e90-e36d-463a-a4db-9ea24f22964f This will probably give Orban more bargaining power when it comes...Jump to post
MohawkWeekend wrote:Wonder how many of their troops are drunk in the field. Maybe the Ukrainian Special Forces should infiltrate Russian lines and leave poisoned vodka.
MohawkWeekend wrote:While hibernating thru COVID I watched a ton of video's of Russian drivers.
Banning the export of airbags to Russia will overwhelm their hospitals.
Rules of the road appear to be suggestions in that country.
https://www.autoevolution.com/news/sanctions-send-russias-car-industry-back-to-the-80s-new-cars-now-without-airbags-and-abs-188967.html https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-ukraine-war-sanctions-putin-safety-environmental-standards-cars-airbags/ There have been many articles appearing regarding how ...Jump to post
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/16/putin-involved-russia-ukraine-war-western-sources Putin involved in war ‘at level of colonel or brigadier’, say western sources Translation: The situation is so bad now that only the supreme brilliance of the great dictator can surely turn it all around ...Jump to post
For a nation with an already declining population, low fertility, relatively low life expectancy and an already depressing skewed age pyramid, Putin is certainly making sure that Russia's population shrinks even faster by liberally slaughtering a good chunk of the already too scarce Russian males o...Jump to post
Apparently Ukrainian artillery is hitting inside Russia in the area above Kharhiv. The FIRMS sites reports a hot spot at 50.23892 36.62459, which is about 20 miles NNE of Karhiv and one mile inside the Russian border. There are also several other hot spots in the area above Karhiv within Ukraine. D...Jump to post
If the Ukraine military is this good and or the Russian military so poor, would I be correct in assuming that the only reason why Crimea remained in Russians hands since 2014 is because of the Ukrainians forces who are aligned with Russia? That there have been 8 years of drawing the right conclusio...Jump to post
It's due to their offering asylum to people Turkey calls terrorists. Can we boot out Turkey? Probably a move to negotiate concessions. You would think NATO would be more willing to trade Sweden and Finland for Turkey even of it means losing control of the Bosporus Straight. And Turkey knows it. bt ...Jump to post
Sooner or later there will be talks between Russia and Ukraine and don’t be surprised Putin is still in charge. In geopolitics you have to negotiate with everyone, even it’s the devil himself. First negotiate a deal and then get rid of him. Actually: 1. Fight them until they have to surrender (see ...Jump to post
This fascinating article from 1987 written by a former West German chancellor explains the Russian mindset. I think his views are mostly correct, but very politically incorrect to say out loud. https://mobile.twitter.com/WeLoveNATO/status/1524819261083881472 The full article is in German but google...Jump to post
Another video from this excellent channel, about foreign aid, Lend Lease and what it means in practical terms; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va8VTrNl_xY The irony being that the program had previously been used to boost the Soviet Union to defeat Hitler, now it's being used to boost Ukraine to de...Jump to post
Not trying to take sides in yall's back and forth, but it does bring up a good point: yes, we need to provide aid that can be utilized quickly. Yes, insofar the provision of "experience-compatible" material mainly from the eastern european allies was exactly right (with that again backfil...Jump to post
Your post came off as a scathing indictment of US aid, you shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you. Really? That's where your mind goes just by default? :sarcastic: The actual point was that these systems can be a lot more complex than just a cannon with the various electronic support systems and ev...Jump to post
I wasn't talking about any specific type, in fact I was pointing out that all howitzers operate off the same rules of physics: the ballistics curve is the same for all of them. The nuances for any Howitzer, such as how you open the breech, how you set elevation or what color the different powder ba...Jump to post
likely needing the most training for, the Pzh2000's Not you, but others here and elsewhere make too big of a deal about this IMO. The training needed in order to use an artillery piece effectively, is 95% in the locating the piece and the locating of the target and then doing the calculations neede...Jump to post
I'd expect it's mostly lack of resources (including pilots), not daring to open their flank to the ukrainians by pulling relevant aircraft away from the war zone and readiness being limited even there. Maintenance resources may be increasingly problematic under sanctions conditions. What they had be...Jump to post
Putin's "victory day" speech was remarkably bland and made no attempt to move the needle in any way – it was just a pretty tepid self-justification for the invasion, of course shifting all the blame to NATO and again completely ignoring the self-determination of Ukraine, but with no forwar...Jump to post
So how long until this guy has a "falling out of the window" accident? https://mobile.twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1523036461595242498 He had actually predicted the difficulties of an Ukraine invasion by Russia quite realistically (note the date!), especially criticizing the over-opt...Jump to post
That Island is perfect for a future drone based patrol squadron. Fortify it like Gibraltar! bt Post war naval development of UA army should be interesting. A destroyer, with Neptune missiles and drone control room(s) to take over control of drones that is stationed on snake island or other close to...Jump to post
The russian soldiers who end up in that level of field "hospital" are merely considered "meat" (cannon fodder) by their own superiors, and it's those superiors who tell them what to shoot at. Quite a few of them are Donbass residents who were forcibly pressed into the fight again...Jump to post
GDB wrote:Saw this, couldn't resist;
https://www.youtube.com/post/Ugkxm8MoVW ... mNARFBB_Np
Vintage wrote:What a war, we can watch it from out front rooms.
kelval wrote:And North Korea has proved that huge sanctions aren't enough to provoke a regime change.
Looks like the Chinese are hanging the Russians out to dry; no evidence of China providing any overt military or economic assistance to Russia, and have even backed away from some deals: https://www.reuters.com/world/us-relieved-china-appears-heed-warnings-russia-2022-05-03/ China is not in a good ...Jump to post
It looks like it would have been a lot of work or alternatively quite dangerous to get rid of that ammunition, though. You would beed some c-4 charge and a long detonator chord. I recall an Ukranian video of a couple of guys who disabled a Russian tank with properly set charge. They were some dista...Jump to post
Inside an abandoned BMD-4M, the main fighting vehicle of the supposed elite VDV airborne troops, full of ammo. You would think the crew would at least destroy it to prevent it falling into enemy hands, some sources claim the Ukrainians have captured a number of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...Jump to post
https://twitter.com/visegrad24/status/1521437994632327168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1521437994632327168%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url= Could simply be a coincidence, but it made me chuckle. There have been numerous mysterious fires breaking out in Russia recently. S...Jump to post
seems, the Ukrainian army has hit the next command post and killed the next general, still to be confirmed.The original sources are not good... It shall be either: Major General Simonov or General olexander scherbua https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/ufgl3x/reports_of_a_successful_ukrainian_...Jump to post
MohawkWeekend wrote:But if you were going to do a false flag operation, this would be the time and place.
Looks like there's going to be a LOT of empty seats in the May 9th parade in Moscow :D I wonder if there will be a May 9th parade. They might cancel it because of the war or some other more politically expedient excuse (Covid!). They've already started the dry runs, though (it was in the news). And...Jump to post
"The purpose NATO is to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down," British General Hasting Ismay (1952) And now Britain has isolated itself much to the glee of Russia, everyone wants Germany to be more aggressive and the USA is the somewhat wobbly candidate within NAT...Jump to post
T4thH wrote:(the last battle is of course a joke... the battle of Moskov).
There is a lot of room between “not frightened” and the enthusiasm some people over here are talking about nukes. This war is escalating beyond the Cuba crisis. Nobody here is talking about it with "enthusiasm". We merely decide how serious the threat really is. How many times have the Ru...Jump to post
It's uncomfortable and perhaps even scary, but we absolutely have to call Putin's bluff, and be hard-over about it too. We have to make it absolutely clear to him that there is no winning scenario whatever he threatens to do. That is NOT the same as being a "western power mad warmonger". ...Jump to post
More good news ---- Russian train carrying military weapons to the Ukrainian battlefield exploded ---- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX3n9xeEXfM Pretty incomprehensible voiceover but did it not actually talk of a derailment rather than an explosion? I don't suppose it matters too much if the tank...Jump to post
They have just confirmed what everyone here have been saying all along. https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEOohFUDj_MbcE68AYwWTSOUqGQgEKhAIACoHCAowvIaCCzDnxf4CMP2F8gU?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen That near real-time intelligence-sharing also paved the way for Ukraine to shoot down a Russia...Jump to post
DeltaMD90 wrote : It is all probably a coincidence, but I also wouldn't be surprised if some unhappy oligarchs are giving Putin a taste of his own medicine to get him out of the way, while making it look natural... Maybe someone wants to be a millionaire https://www.marca.com/en/lifestyle/world-new...Jump to post
I am definitely NOT a conspiracy theorist, but given Russia's past with assassinations and poison... Is there any poison that kills slowly (over the course of a few weeks) and gives the symptoms that Putin is currently showing? Yes: A chronic overdose of ruling power combined with an acute case of ...Jump to post
The pressure is clearly weighing on him, as it should!Jump to post
Francoflier wrote:The US estimates that Russia has committed 75% of its military to the Ukrainian invasion:
https://news.yahoo.com/putin-committed- ... 19152.html
I question the prevailing wisdom of the May 9th end date. It's been widely reported, but I haven't actually seen anything official stating Russia has to wrap it up by then. I guess they never would publically say it, but are we so certain that is the end date? I don't think it is an "end date&...Jump to post
Sorry if it has been discussed: Why did Kherson fall on quickly in comparison to Mariupol? Seems live there was barely a fight for it. I would guess that the steel works in Mariupol with its very specific topology provided a unique tactical advantage for the ukrainian defenders and a corresponding ...Jump to post
Russia is already struggling and receiving severe setbacks against Ukraine as it is. Unilaterally attacking NATO on top of that would be suicidal for Russia and the russian brass know it, whatever Putin says.Jump to post
This thread has been successfully derailed to discuss almost only why we shouldn't look at the suffering of the ukrainian people but instead only how the poor tyrant of Russia may have been troubled by not being sufficiently appeased. But recent events especially since 2014 have thoroughly proven be...Jump to post
Microsoft pull the plug... https://news.sky.com/story/microsoft-to-suspend-all-sales-and-services-in-russia-12557408 Putin (desperate, enraged): "Nuke them all!!" Computer: "Windows needs to update now; Please stand by..." Computer: "An error has occurred: Your license is n...Jump to post