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1 hour ago, surrept33 said:

Former PRC ambassador to Ukraine writes article in Chinese press saying that Russia is on its way to losing, gets censored within hours:

https://gaodawei.wordpress.com/2022/05/10/fmr-prc-amb-to-ukraine-on-russias-impending-defeat-and-international-relations/

That's what free speech in dictatorships look like. 

We must always stay informed. I heard of this myself and shared it on my other sites. 

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/south-ukrainian-armed-forces-kill-225217381.html

 

South: Ukrainian Armed Forces kill 79 invaders and destroy 12 units of Russian equipment

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Tue, May 10, 2022, 5:52 PM
 
 

Olha Hlushchenko - Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 01:52

Defenders of Ukraine killed 79 invaders and 12 units of Russian military equipment in the south in a 24-hour period.

Source: "Pivden" (South) Operational Command on Facebook

Quote: "Realising the distribution of forces and the invincibility of our people, the enemy is firing mercilessly at the Mykolaiv area from the occupied territories using volley fire systems. [This is an] attempt to intimidate and once again inflict painful damage using banned cluster munitions that have an indiscriminate effect.

Private residential buildings and agricultural facilities have been damaged. The power supply to one of the settlements has been disrupted. There is no available information about casualties.

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In the Kherson region, both attempts by the enemy to use their Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles ended with the spy drones being hit and destroyed."

Details: In total, Ukrainian missile and artillery units, aircraft of the Air Force and the Land Forces hit over 90 targets at aggressor positions over the past 24 hours.

The total losses of the aggressor in the South amounted to 79 invaders, 12 units of military equipment, including howitzers, motor and armoured vehicles as well as the UAVs.

In the Odesa region, the aggressor continued to exert psychological pressure on the residents of the areas bordering Transnistria, with a possible blockade of the region caused by the cessation of functioning of the Dniester Bridge, where rocket attacks had been used again.

The situation is further escalated by putting the armed forces of the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova and units of the Russian troops task force on "Polna" (high) alert.

"The southern Defence Forces ready for duty. Ukraine's borders have been strengthened and comprehensive measures have been undertaken", "Pivden" (South) Operational Command said in a statement.

There remains the threat of missile strikes from the temporarily occupied Crimea, both from the air using aircraft and from the sea, where a Russian naval group of vessels equipped with cruise missiles continues to be present.

 
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On 5/10/2022 at 3:09 AM, frankfurter said:

Only an idiot accepts as fact the opinions of self-proclaimed experts. If we presume you are not an idiot, then, by spreading such opinion, you support idiots.

Nothing stated is fact. I suppose we cannot escape amurcun wokeness. A pity.

 

Glorious war Supported by military cathedrals hasent convinced you Russian boys to fill the much needed gaps in the tank commander ranks. Your that woke, right? Lol

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How can drones loiter above Russian troops and equipment. Seems Russian engineering forgot to make over the shoulder missile launchers? So in response Russian troops just die. This seems rather inefficient. Or are the troops so slow that’s just the cost of business? Seems like instead of military cathedrals and all the brass on those uniforms you should get your ass in gear and think about letting your troops save their own lives. 
 

Seems like US and European countries could ask the Turks how to make the cheap drone that rules the Russians. Musk might be the man to tap for building the machine that builds the machine. Drones, missile and missile launchers were proven in Iraq yet our war machine politicians seem to lack brain power. We want the 13 billion put lives at risk aircraft carrier instead of missiles that made most of todays war machine obsolete. 

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Finland (and probably Sweden) continue to truck along towards NATO membership.

https://apnews.com/article/sweden-finland-sauli-niinisto-4ede1942b679dd15bd3021f9b194cbec

Finland’s leaders call for NATO membership ‘without delay’

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders said Thursday they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, paving the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles with its war in Ukraine.

The dramatic move by Finland was announced by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin. It means that Finland is all but certain to join NATO, though a few steps remain before the application process can begin. Neighboring Sweden is expected to decide on joining NATO in coming days.

“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” Niinisto and Marin said in a joint statement.

“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” they said. “We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”

Russia reacted to the development with a warning. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that if Finland joins NATO, it will “inflict serious damage to Russian-Finnish relations as well as stability and security in Northern Europe.”

“Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security,” the ministry said.

“History will determine why Finland needed to turn its territory into a bulwark of military face-off with Russia while losing independence in making its own decisions,” it added.

The ministry’s statement follows Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov’s comment earlier Thursday that Finland’s decision wouldn’t help stability and security in Europe. Peskov said that Russia’s response will depend on NATO’s moves to expand its infrastructure closer to the Russian borders.

Previously, the Kremlin had warned of “military and political repercussions” if Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO. Should they apply, there will be an interim period lasting from when an application has been handed in until all 30 NATO members’ parliaments have ratified it.

In NATO member Estonia, which also borders Russia, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas tweeted that “history being made by our northern neighbors.” She pledged to support “a rapid accession process” for Finland into NATO.

Finland’s announcement came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited both Finland and Sweden to sign a military cooperation agreement.

The U.K. pledged on Wednesday to come to the aid of Sweden and Finland if the two Nordic nations came under attack.

During a joint news conference with Johnson and Niinisto in Helsinki, the Finnish head of state said Moscow could only blame itself should his nation of 5.5 million people become a NATO member.

“You (Russia) caused this. Look at the mirror,” Niinisto said pointedly Wednesday.

On Thursday, Niinisto tweeted that he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about Finland’s firm support for Ukraine and the country’s intention to join NATO. Niinisto said that Zelenskyy “expressed his full support for it.”

In 2017, Sweden and Finland joined the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force, which is designed to be more flexible and respond more quickly than the larger NATO alliance. It uses NATO standards and doctrine, so it can operate in conjunction with NATO, the United Nations or other

multinational coalitions. Fully operational since 2018, the force has held a number of exercises both independently and in cooperation with NATO.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 prompted Finland and Sweden to reconsider their historic tradition of military nonalignment and join the 30-member NATO. After Moscow launched its attack on Ukraine, public support in the two countries started to quickly shift toward membership in NATO, first in Finland and a bit later in Sweden.

The latest opinion poll conducted by Finnish public broadcaster YLE showed earlier this week that 76% of Finns are in favor of joining NATO, a big change from earlier years when only 20-30% of respondents favored such military alignment.

Speaking to European Union lawmakers Thursday as Niinisto’s and Marin’s announcement was made, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that “the war started by Russia jeopardizes the security and stability of the whole of Europe.”

Haavisto said that Russia’s unpredictable behavior is a serious concern for Finland, notably Moscow’s readiness to wage “high-risk operations” that could lead to many casualties, including among Russians themselves.

Should Finland become a NATO member, it would mean the biggest change in the Nordic country’s defense and security policy since World War II when it fought two lost wars against the Soviet Union. Along with Sweden, Finland joined the European Union in 1995 and has the longest border with Russia out of all the bloc’s 27 members.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde tweeted that Finland’s announcement gave an “important message” and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that there were “strong messages” from Finland’s president and prime minister.

During the Cold War, Finland stayed away from NATO to avoid provoking the Soviet Union, instead opting to remain a neutral buffer between the East and the West while maintaining good relations with Moscow and also with the United States.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the military alliance would welcome Finland

 and Sweden — both of which have strong, modern militaries — with open arms and expects the accession process to be speedy and smooth.

NATO officials say the Nordic duo’s accession process could be done “in a couple of weeks.” The most time consuming part of the procedure – ratification of the country’s protocol by the 30 NATO member countries – could even be completed in less time than the four months or so that it took West Germany, Turkey and Greece to join in the 1950s, when there were only 12 members to ratify their applications.

“These are not normal times,” one NATO official said this week, discussing the possible applications of Finland and Sweden. The official was briefing reporters about the accession process on condition that he not be named as no application has been made by the two countries.

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Lorne Cook in Brussels, and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.

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River crossings. The bane of every military since 1800 BC:

 

73 vehicles lost by Russia in a river crossing: 

https://twitter.com/Blue_Sauron/status/1524742847664173057

Backstory from an UKR EOD officer involved in recon leading up to the failed crossing. Makes for an interesting read. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/kms_d4k/status/1524506104192974849

 

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On 5/11/2022 at 10:02 PM, Boat said:

How can drones loiter above Russian troops and equipment. Seems Russian engineering forgot to make over the shoulder missile launchers? So in response Russian troops just die. This seems rather inefficient. Or are the troops so slow that’s just the cost of business? Seems like instead of military cathedrals and all the brass on those uniforms you should get your ass in gear and think about letting your troops save their own lives. 
 

Seems like US and European countries could ask the Turks how to make the cheap drone that rules the Russians. Musk might be the man to tap for building the machine that builds the machine. Drones, missile and missile launchers were proven in Iraq yet our war machine politicians seem to lack brain power. We want the 13 billion put lives at risk aircraft carrier instead of missiles that made most of todays war machine obsolete. 

Our navy is in the process of decommissioning our "littoral" ships just built in the last 3 years. They are poorly built with defective hulls and do not have the proper electronic equipment to destroy submarines or much of anything else. We have wasted at least three years building them and many billions of dollars! 

IMHO it is time to totally reassess the mission of the navy and how it can be totally remade in a much more effective and hopefully less expensive way. I see large ships as archaic sitting ducks. I am an army vet and also see large armies in much the same way unless they are air mobile and have a full array of modern up to date technology. I think our present army is much more efficient than ever before, but am open to discussion about all of this. I am also impressed with our marines that depend on the navy, and would like to see the marines have a lot more power in the chain of command in the navy. Our air force is also very expensive and in need of cost cutting but I believe it is the best there is. 

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/navy-launched-new-lcs-ship-doesnt-want/

Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship

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13 hours ago, surrept33 said:

Finland (and probably Sweden) continue to truck along towards NATO membership.

https://apnews.com/article/sweden-finland-sauli-niinisto-4ede1942b679dd15bd3021f9b194cbec

Finland’s leaders call for NATO membership ‘without delay’

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders said Thursday they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, paving the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles with its war in Ukraine.

The dramatic move by Finland was announced by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin. It means that Finland is all but certain to join NATO, though a few steps remain before the application process can begin. Neighboring Sweden is expected to decide on joining NATO in coming days.

“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” Niinisto and Marin said in a joint statement.

“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” they said. “We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”

Russia reacted to the development with a warning. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that if Finland joins NATO, it will “inflict serious damage to Russian-Finnish relations as well as stability and security in Northern Europe.”

“Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps of military-technical and other characteristics in order to counter the emerging threats to its national security,” the ministry said.

“History will determine why Finland needed to turn its territory into a bulwark of military face-off with Russia while losing independence in making its own decisions,” it added.

The ministry’s statement follows Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov’s comment earlier Thursday that Finland’s decision wouldn’t help stability and security in Europe. Peskov said that Russia’s response will depend on NATO’s moves to expand its infrastructure closer to the Russian borders.

Previously, the Kremlin had warned of “military and political repercussions” if Sweden and Finland decide to join NATO. Should they apply, there will be an interim period lasting from when an application has been handed in until all 30 NATO members’ parliaments have ratified it.

In NATO member Estonia, which also borders Russia, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas tweeted that “history being made by our northern neighbors.” She pledged to support “a rapid accession process” for Finland into NATO.

Finland’s announcement came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited both Finland and Sweden to sign a military cooperation agreement.

The U.K. pledged on Wednesday to come to the aid of Sweden and Finland if the two Nordic nations came under attack.

During a joint news conference with Johnson and Niinisto in Helsinki, the Finnish head of state said Moscow could only blame itself should his nation of 5.5 million people become a NATO member.

“You (Russia) caused this. Look at the mirror,” Niinisto said pointedly Wednesday.

On Thursday, Niinisto tweeted that he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy about Finland’s firm support for Ukraine and the country’s intention to join NATO. Niinisto said that Zelenskyy “expressed his full support for it.”

In 2017, Sweden and Finland joined the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force, which is designed to be more flexible and respond more quickly than the larger NATO alliance. It uses NATO standards and doctrine, so it can operate in conjunction with NATO, the United Nations or other

multinational coalitions. Fully operational since 2018, the force has held a number of exercises both independently and in cooperation with NATO.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 prompted Finland and Sweden to reconsider their historic tradition of military nonalignment and join the 30-member NATO. After Moscow launched its attack on Ukraine, public support in the two countries started to quickly shift toward membership in NATO, first in Finland and a bit later in Sweden.

The latest opinion poll conducted by Finnish public broadcaster YLE showed earlier this week that 76% of Finns are in favor of joining NATO, a big change from earlier years when only 20-30% of respondents favored such military alignment.

Speaking to European Union lawmakers Thursday as Niinisto’s and Marin’s announcement was made, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that “the war started by Russia jeopardizes the security and stability of the whole of Europe.”

Haavisto said that Russia’s unpredictable behavior is a serious concern for Finland, notably Moscow’s readiness to wage “high-risk operations” that could lead to many casualties, including among Russians themselves.

Should Finland become a NATO member, it would mean the biggest change in the Nordic country’s defense and security policy since World War II when it fought two lost wars against the Soviet Union. Along with Sweden, Finland joined the European Union in 1995 and has the longest border with Russia out of all the bloc’s 27 members.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde tweeted that Finland’s announcement gave an “important message” and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that there were “strong messages” from Finland’s president and prime minister.

During the Cold War, Finland stayed away from NATO to avoid provoking the Soviet Union, instead opting to remain a neutral buffer between the East and the West while maintaining good relations with Moscow and also with the United States.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the military alliance would welcome Finland

 and Sweden — both of which have strong, modern militaries — with open arms and expects the accession process to be speedy and smooth.

NATO officials say the Nordic duo’s accession process could be done “in a couple of weeks.” The most time consuming part of the procedure – ratification of the country’s protocol by the 30 NATO member countries – could even be completed in less time than the four months or so that it took West Germany, Turkey and Greece to join in the 1950s, when there were only 12 members to ratify their applications.

“These are not normal times,” one NATO official said this week, discussing the possible applications of Finland and Sweden. The official was briefing reporters about the accession process on condition that he not be named as no application has been made by the two countries.

___

Lorne Cook in Brussels, and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.

So, the UK has turned the clock back to 31 March 1939.

To all you warmongers, beware the ides of March.

 

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4 minutes ago, frankfurter said:

So, the UK has turned the clock back to 31 March 1939.

To all you warmongers, beware the ides of March.

 

There ain't gonna be war. That's for warmongers like Putin.

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14 minutes ago, frankfurter said:

So, the UK has turned the clock back to 31 March 1939.

To all you warmongers, beware the ides of March.

 

Fearing the military might of Russia is only reasonable when looking at them without NATO. Joining NATO is only logical. Russia is now weakening itself greatly because of a grandiose and ignorant leader who is akin to Hitler in his outsize ambitions. He is now rightfully fearful of his own cronies as well as those Russians who see right through his stupid plans. Not long ago Russia wanted to join NATO. That would have been wise. 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/04/ex-nato-head-says-putin-wanted-to-join-alliance-early-on-in-his-rule#_=_

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22 minutes ago, frankfurter said:

So, the UK has turned the clock back to 31 March 1939.

To all you warmongers, beware the ides of March.

 

How strong do you think Russia will be next Mittle March?

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https://understandingwar.org/Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 12

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Russian forces may be abandoning efforts at a wide encirclement of Ukrainian troops along the Izyum-Slovyansk-Debaltseve line in favor of shallower encirclements of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. Russian forces likely control almost all of Rubizhne as of May 12 and have likely seized the town of Voevodivka, north of Severdonetsk. They will likely launch a ground offensive on or around Severodonetsk in the coming days. The relative success of Russian operations in this area combined with their failure to advance from Izyum and the notable decline in the energy of that attempted advance suggest that they may be giving up on the Izyum axis. Reports that Russian forces in Popasna are advancing north, toward Severodonetsk-Lysychansk, rather than east toward the Slovyansk-Debaltseve highway, support this hypothesis.

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https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/12/russia-bogged-down-in-ukraine-amid-long-war-warnings-a77654

 

Russia Bogged Down in Ukraine Amid 'Long War' Warnings

 

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Updated: 15 hours ago
    

TASS_52614785.jpgA serviceman of the Lugansk People's Republic militia pushes a bicycle past burning stalls at a market in the town of Popasnaya.Alexander Reka / TASS

When Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine in February, Russian general Yakov Rezantsev apparently told his troops that they would not be at war for long.

“This operation is going to be over in mere hours,” Rezantsev said, according to an intercepted conversation released by the Ukrainian security services. The Moscow Times was unable to verify the recording. 

More than two months later, Russian troops have made only limited gains in Ukraine and are bogged down in brutal fighting, inching forward in some places and losing territory in others. With Russia’s losses of men and materiel rising rapidly, predictions of a long and bloody military stalemate are becoming increasingly common. 

Rezantsev himself was killed in March in a Ukrainian airstrike near the Russian-occupied city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, according to the BBC.

Despite expectations that the symbolic date of May 9, when Russia marks the Soviet Union’s victory of Nazi Germany, would see President Vladimir Putin announced a change of tack in Ukraine, it passed without a public change in Moscow’s approach.

General Yakov Rezantsev.           Press Service of the 49th Combined ArmyGeneral Yakov Rezantsev.Press Service of the 49th Combined Army

"We assess President Putin is preparing for prolonged conflict in Ukraine," U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday. 

The Russian advance has been “slow and difficult,” said Tracey German, a security expert at King's College London, and they have failed to capture strategic towns in eastern Ukraine including Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. Russian forces have lost “a lot of manpower and equipment, and are struggling to replace such losses,” German added.

Even modest gains made recently by Russia have come at the cost of losing control over other areas, in particular near the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

“[They] have to make trade-offs,” said Dmitry Gorenburg, an expert on Russian security at the Virginia-based CNA think tank. “The price for making gains in one place is that the Russians have to move forces out of another area, and then Ukraine can take back territory.”  CONTINUED

Edited by Ron Wagner

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https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/09/anti-war-activists-stage-guerrilla-protests-on-victory-day-a77625

 

Anti-War Activists Stage ‘Guerrilla’ Protests on Victory Day

 

 
Updated: May 11, 2022
    
Screenshot2022-05-09165802777.pngAnti-war graffiti in the southern Russian city of Volgograd.philippenzo / Instagram

Russians opposed to the invasion of Ukraine staged a series of protests Monday as the country marked Victory Day, the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany.

Some of the anonymous protests included anti-war messages on the homepage of a pro-Kremlin online news website, graffiti in the southern Russia city of Volgograd, and hackers who targeted Russia’s television listings.

Victory Day is one of Russia’s most popular holidays and is traditionally marked by military parades in cities across the country. In recent years, the celebrations have been promoted by the Kremlin as a way to rally support for the Armed Forces and foster patriotism.

CONTINUED
 

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On 5/10/2022 at 4:40 AM, nsdp said:

Only the Gurkas  stand higher on the podium and provide better lessons if you are willing to learn..

Now that is one serious brigade! Never a truer word spoken nsdp!

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How President Putin Protected Russia from Nato's Eastward "War" with Ukraine:

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Russian Annexation of Occupied Ukraine Is Putin’s Unacceptable “Off-Ramp”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin likely intends to annex occupied southern and eastern Ukraine directly into the Russian Federation in the coming months. He will likely then state, directly or obliquely, that Russian doctrine permitting the use of nuclear weapons to defend Russian territory applies to those newly annexed territories. Such actions would threaten Ukraine and its partners with nuclear attack if Ukrainian counteroffensives to liberate Russian-occupied territory continue. Putin may believe that the threat or use of nuclear weapons would restore Russian deterrence after his disastrous invasion shattered Russia's conventional deterrent capabilities.

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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/russian-battalion-devastated-as-it-crosses-river-989vvnj9v?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1652364036

 

WAR IN UKRAINE

Russian battalion wiped out trying to cross river of death

Ukrainians bide time before airstrikes destroy estimated 50 vehicles

 
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The Russian army lost almost an entire battalion at the weekend in an attempt to cross a river in eastern Ukraine.

More than 70 tanks and armoured fighting vehicles were estimated to have been destroyed and possibly 1,000 soldiers killed in a single set of strikes by Ukrainian forces.

In what has been described as some of the heaviest fighting of the war, artillery bombardments and air strikes devastated the battalion as it used a pontoon bridge to try to cross the Siverskyi Donets River on Sunday.

 
 

The attack on the banks of the river, which runs west to east between the separatist provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk, has dealt a significant blow to Russian forces as they struggle to make meaningful gains in Donbas.

The river, which connects southern Russia to eastern Ukraine, is one of several natural barriers that block armoured units from advancing into territory held by Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian army published pictures and drone video images showing the charred wreckage of more than 50 vehicles hit by shells. The armed forces’ general staff said the battalion was caught on the pontoon as it tried to encircle Lysychansk and Severodonetsk and attack the city of Lyman, about 17km from the river.

Soldiers of Ukraine’s 17th tank brigade are thought to have noticed a build-up of forces on the Russian side of the river last Friday and fed intelligence to nearby artillery and air crews. They used drones to watch for signs of Russians constructing a crossing.

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A Ukrainian explosive ordnance disposal officer named Maxim claimed to have co-ordinated the attack after identifying where the bridge was likely to be constructed. He was ordered to explore the area on Saturday and suggested a location.

Using rangefinders, he calculated that the ideal crossing point was 80m wide, meaning that the battalion would have to join eight pontoon sections to complete the floating bridge.

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“I knew they would need motorised boats to arrange such a bridge,” he posted on Twitter. “And it would take them at least two hours of work.”

The Russians moved the next day, setting fire to nearby fields and forests to mask their movements. The defending units were alerted by the sound of tank engines and motor boats. Minutes later they unleashed heavy barrages with howitzers and airstrikes.

 
 
 

“Artillery was ready,” Maxim said. “In 20 minutes after [our] recon unit confirmed the Russian bridge being mounted, heavy artillery engaged against Russian forces, and then aviation chipped in as well.”

The officer, who completed a tour in the Donbas region before the invasion, added: “I have never seen/heard such heavy combat in my life.”

Continued 

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This tells you the kind of scum in the Kremlin and Ministry of defense.

Ukraine update: Russian soldiers reported 'missing in action' actually piled high in 'body dump'

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/5/10/2097099/-Ukraine-update-Russian-soldiers-reported-missing-in-action-actually-piled-high-in-body-dump?detail=emaildkbow

"a woman is looking for her brother, who has been among the missing in Ukraine. After a long search, his sister has found him. Though not in a way that anyone would want to find a family member.

Man: His sister, she went to Donetsk … there was a, basically a dump.

Woman: Oh, fuck.

Man: She paid money [to let them search through the bodies]. They are stacked on top of one another.

Woman: Oh, fuck.

Man: … She paid money, good money, so they moved the bodies around until they found him. … She says it’s a pile there. There’s nowhere else to put them. It’s a dump. I’m telling you in Russian — a dump. 

Woman: Oh, fuck. Shit …

Man: She says thousands. Thousands. They are thrown here and there, for them it’s easier to make it look like they are missing in action. … It’s not a morgue. It’s a dump.

The phrase “I’m telling you in Russian” in this exchange means more or less “I’m being serious.” https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/5/10/2097099/-Ukraine-update-Russian-soldiers-reported-missing-in-action-actually-piled-high-in-body-dump?detail=emaildkbow

A REAL army will not leave its dead or wounded behind.  Ron knows the drill.

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On 5/12/2022 at 10:53 PM, Ron Wagner said:

Our navy is in the process of decommissioning our "littoral" ships just built in the last 3 years. They are poorly built with defective hulls and do not have the proper electronic equipment to destroy submarines or much of anything else. We have wasted at least three years building them and many billions of dollars! 

IMHO it is time to totally reassess the mission of the navy and how it can be totally remade in a much more effective and hopefully less expensive way. I see large ships as archaic sitting ducks. I am an army vet and also see large armies in much the same way unless they are air mobile and have a full array of modern up to date technology. I think our present army is much more efficient than ever before, but am open to discussion about all of this. I am also impressed with our marines that depend on the navy, and would like to see the marines have a lot more power in the chain of command in the navy. Our air force is also very expensive and in need of cost cutting but I believe it is the best there is. 

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/navy-launched-new-lcs-ship-doesnt-want/

Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship

Ron those would be good convoy escorts if given the proper equipment.  these were intended 10 years the ago to go pirate hunting off the Horn of Africa.   The Coast Guard always needs more ships. Not ideal but they have a lot of the same characteristics as Ocean Cutters the CG has.  Sort of like the 4 stack destroyers we gave the Brits in august 1940. they used them for convoy work until 1945. 

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20 hours ago, nsdp said:

Ron those would be good convoy escorts if given the proper equipment.  these were intended 10 years the ago to go pirate hunting off the Horn of Africa.   The Coast Guard always needs more ships. Not ideal but they have a lot of the same characteristics as Ocean Cutters the CG has.  Sort of like the 4 stack destroyers we gave the Brits in august 1940. they used them for convoy work until 1945. 

That makes total sense to me but our distinguished admirals want to junk them. Reminds me of the A10 problem, we should have given them to Ukraine a long time ago. I understand it takes a lot of training to fly them and support to keep them going. 

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https://fortune.com/2022/05/14/does-putin-have-cancer-coup-underway-blood-cancer-ukraine-war/

This would be the logical thing to do if a rational leader could take charge. The Russian people need a good leader who can tell them the truth about what is going on in the world. They need freedom of speech and a free press et all. RCW

 

Coup to remove cancer-stricken Putin underway in Russia, Ukrainian intelligence chief says

May 14, 2022 9:46 AM CDT

 
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https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3484132-ukrainian-joint-forces-repel-17-enemy-attacks-destroy-two-helicopters-three-tanks.html

 

Servicemen of the Ukrainian Joint Forces have destroyed two Russian helicopters, three tanks and six armored fighting vehicles over the past day.

The Ukrainian Joint Forces reported this on Facebook, according to Ukrinform.

According to the report, Ukrainian fighters continue to conduct a defensive operation in their area of responsibility in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Along the entire line of defense, Russian troops use combat aircraft, multiple rocket launchers, large-caliber artillery, tanks, mortars of various systems, launching missile and bomb strikes on civilian infrastructure and residential areas.

The invaders shelled 23 settlements in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, destroying and damaging 32 houses.

Ukrainian defenders of the Joint Forces repelled 17 enemy attacks on May 15. The invaders are suffering losses in manpower and equipment.

In the past day, Ukrainian Joint Forces servicemen destroyed three tanks, an artillery system, six armored vehicles and an enemy vehicle.

Air defense units shot down two enemy helicopters (a Ka-52 and a Mi-28) and five Orlan-10 drones in eastern Ukraine.

This week, the Ukrainian Joint Forces repulsed 93 enemy attacks during. Ukrainian defenders destroyed 58 Russian tanks, 26 artillery systems, including a multiple rocket launcher, 98 armored fighting vehicles, seven units of special engineering equipment, 33 vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun and an anti-aircraft missile system.

At the same time, Ukrainian air defense units downed four helicopters and 27 enemy drones.

Photo: General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces

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In Russia, army enlistment offices targeted in arson attacks

Four military draft stations have been set on fire across Russia within just three days.

Overnight Sunday, May 15, a fire was reported in the military commissariat covering three of the city districts. This was the fourth confirmed arson attack on the Russian military enlistment office in three days.

This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to the Baza Telegram channel.

"Someone tried to burn down another military enlistment office this night. This time, in Volgograd. At around 2 am, a fire broke out in the utility office of the military commissariat for the Sovetsky, Voroshilovsky, and Kirovsky districts. The fire engulfed 20 square meters," the statement said.

Read also: Even women could be drafted into Russian army in occupied areas, Ombudsperson warns

A shattered glass bottle and a piece of cloth were found at the scene of the fire - a "Molotov cocktail" was presumably hurled into the building. Police are searching for the perpetrators.

On the night of May 14, in Ryazan region, someone tried to set fire to the doors and window frame of a military draft office in the village of Pronsk (65 kilometers away from Ryazan).

On the night of May 13, in Rostov region, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the wall of a military registration and enlistment office in the city of Gukovo (120 kilometers from Rostov-on-Don). That same night, a bottle of the incendiary mixture was thrown into the building of a military draft office in Omsk.

After the start of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, arson attempts targeting military enlistment offices are recorded regularly. Such cases were reported in Cherepovets, Nizhnevartovsk, Moscow, Moscow region, Voronezh, Mordovia, Sverdlovsk, and Ivanovo regions.

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