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by Klaus
Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

IMO sabotage would be just as likely to be present with the reactors running as with them shut down. This way the Ukrainians will still have that NPP when winter arrives. Let's hope that the russians will desert the power plant without any trouble! It's not as if they could really win anything by s...

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by Klaus
Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Kazakhstan has always been firmly in Russia's orbit and grip. The mere presence of Xi highlights how much wiser it likely is for then to become closer to, and more under the influence of, China. And there is nothing Putin can say to really effectively counter the obvious reality of that. It's not q...

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by Klaus
Sun Sep 11, 2022 5:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Putin is uncharacteristically silent. Maybe he's busy dusting off those escape plans. Probably busy digging a tunnel out of the Kremlin with a spoon. Others might want him to just get a bit of fresh air at a window... Seems like the truth of what is happening in Ukraine is seeping through. There re...

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by Klaus
Sun Sep 11, 2022 4:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
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Obviously Charles had experienced first hand how hard on the family and particularly on the children an early accession can be, so he clearly wants to spare William and his children the same fate at least for some more years. Being something of an interim Monarch also has its upsides if he actually ...

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by Klaus
Sun Sep 11, 2022 1:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Documenting that they are treating prisoners humanely can help russian soldiers to surrender; That is one of the good reasons to be the better party in such a conflict, similar to the WWII allies vs. the nazi troops.

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by Klaus
Sun Sep 11, 2022 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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I think a few thousands of young troops heading back home, wounded, defeated, angry as to how the war went, will be really hard to shut up as to the fuck party Vlad started. That's great propaganda and hard to silence. Unfortunately those are mostly people who don't count in Russia – ethnic minorit...

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by Klaus
Sat Sep 10, 2022 12:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Ideally a non-resisting and unimpeded retreat due to a fast collapse of the russian occupation front could save many lives among both armies and especially among the remaining population in these areas, so this would be the best possible outcome based on the strength and success of the ukrainian for...

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by Klaus
Sat Sep 10, 2022 1:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

par13del wrote:
Hopefully not enough to divert valuable resources to keep watch over them.....hhmmm, that may be a Russian strategy, overwhelm the defenders with prisoners....based on how the have conducted this special operation, anything is possible.

Yeah, sounds like a cunning plan that can't fail...!

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by Klaus
Fri Sep 09, 2022 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12954

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I'm not saying a president would fare better in the role (Trump is living proof a president can break a nation), just that this role isn't working right now. Northern Ireland will be gone, Scotland will almost certainly be gone, hold the referendum after that (and the death of the current old gener...

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by Klaus
Fri Sep 09, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Views: 876571

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Sorry, no one will open the back doors/hatches against the water pressure from outsite. Sure they can, when the water is already gushing into the compartment and thus sinking the vehicle in the shallow water! BMPs have also roof hatches,if you have to escape...through the roof hatches. At least as ...

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by Klaus
Fri Sep 09, 2022 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12954

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

I don't have any time for the monarchy as an institution, but Elizabeth made lots of good and often just human choices inhabiting it, and by that she has earned respect, gratitude and affection beyond her nominal realm, even from myself. In the way she actually served her people and tried to be ther...

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by Klaus
Fri Sep 09, 2022 12:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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BMPs are fully amphibious after short preparation. I really do not understand, how they have managed to drown them. Looking at the footage, it seems their rear doors are open. Surely that can’t help their buoyancy. :D To be fair though, they might have opened the doors to escape the sinking BMP. Wh...

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by Klaus
Thu Sep 08, 2022 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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The Russians in Charkow have managed to drown three BMPs during crossing of a small river. BMPs are fully amphibious after short preparation. I really do not understand, how they have managed to drown them. Panic? Far too fast? Not taken enough time, to prepare the BMPs accordingly? So running away...

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by Klaus
Wed Sep 07, 2022 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Saw the full version, very grim and if you are not a psycho distressing. It is however an invading army responsible for looting and massacres of civilians. All this one does really is in its unexpurgated version, give an idea what happens inside those vehicles, armored and soft skin, when they get ...

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by Klaus
Tue May 31, 2022 2:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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. ...

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by Klaus
Tue May 31, 2022 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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'...

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by Klaus
Wed May 25, 2022 2:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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 ...

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by Klaus
Sun May 22, 2022 12:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Sat May 21, 2022 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Sat May 21, 2022 1:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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.

Or just more vodka...!

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by Klaus
Sat May 21, 2022 12:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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.

The notoriously rampant abuse of alcohol seems to be a factor there.

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by Klaus
Fri May 20, 2022 12:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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 ...

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by Klaus
Mon May 16, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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 ...

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by Klaus
Mon May 16, 2022 11:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Sun May 15, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Sun May 15, 2022 6:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Sat May 14, 2022 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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 ...

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by Klaus
Sat May 14, 2022 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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 ...

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by Klaus
Fri May 13, 2022 11:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Wed May 11, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Wed May 11, 2022 3:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Wed May 11, 2022 12:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Tue May 10, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Tue May 10, 2022 9:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Mon May 09, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Mon May 09, 2022 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Mon May 09, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Sun May 08, 2022 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Fri May 06, 2022 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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GDB wrote:

Really, really angry birds! :rotfl:

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by Klaus
Thu May 05, 2022 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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Vintage wrote:
What a war, we can watch it from out front rooms.

Without actually being in the blast zone, and that makes the difference between most of us and the ukrainians!

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by Klaus
Wed May 04, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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kelval wrote:
And North Korea has proved that huge sanctions aren't enough to provoke a regime change.

That is not a good example because the north korean regime would immediately collapse if it wasn't actively propped up by China to preserve the status quo.

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by Klaus
Wed May 04, 2022 12:40 am
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Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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 ...

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by Klaus
Tue May 03, 2022 9:24 pm
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Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Tue May 03, 2022 8:36 pm
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Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Tue May 03, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Sun May 01, 2022 10:16 pm
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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_...

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by Klaus
Sun May 01, 2022 8:16 pm
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MohawkWeekend wrote:
But if you were going to do a false flag operation, this would be the time and place.

It would be really bad for that, though, as it would do significant psychological harm to the Putin regime and undermine its credibility even if there was just some disruption without actual damage.

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by Klaus
Sun May 01, 2022 6:54 pm
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Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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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...

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by Klaus
Sat Apr 30, 2022 10:11 pm
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Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
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"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...

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