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Re: 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2022, 02:54:42 PM »
News:

Putin 'chose war' and will face consequences, says Biden - BBC News

Transcript: President Biden addresses Russia's 'brutal assault' on Ukraine, further sanctions on Russia

One notable takeaway:
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And we're preparing to do more. In addition to the economic penalties we’re imposing, we're also taking steps to defend our NATO allies, particularly in the East. Tomorrow, NATO will convene a summit – we’ll be there – to bring together the leaders of 30 allied nations and close partners to affirm our solidarity and to map out the next steps we will take to further strengthen all aspects of our NATO Alliance.

Although we provided over $650 million in defensive assistance to Ukraine, just this year, this last year, let me say it again. Our forces are not and will not be engaged in a conflict with Russia in Ukraine. Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO allies and reassure those allies in the East. As I made crystal clear, the United States will defend every inch of NATO territory with the full force of American power. And the good news is, NATO is more united and more determined than ever. There is no doubt, no doubt that the United States and every NATO ally will meet our Article Five commitments, which says an attack on one is an attack on all.

Over the past few weeks, I ordered thousands of additional forces to Germany and Poland as part of our commitment to NATO. On Tuesday, in response to Russia's aggressive action, including his troop presence in Belarus and the Black Sea, I've authorized deployment of ground and air forces already stationed in Europe to NATO's eastern flank allies: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

Our allies have also been stepping up, the other allies, the rest of NATO, adding their own forces and capabilities to ensure collective defense. And today, within hours of Russia unleashing its assault, NATO came together and authorized and activated an activation of response plans. This will enable NATO's high readiness forces to deploy, and when and where they're needed to protect our NATO allies on the eastern boundaries of Europe.

And now I'm authorizing additional U.S. force capabilities to deploy to Germany as part of NATO's response, including some of the U.S.-based forces that the Department of Defense placed on standby weeks ago. I've also spoken with Defense Secretary Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Milley about preparations for additional moves, should they become necessary to protect our NATO allies and support the greatest military alliance in the history of the world: NATO.

Ukraine calls on hacker underground to defend against Russia

Media:
Russian Ka-52 and Mi-8 helicopters over the Kyiv Reservoir earlier today.

Video from British volunteer in combat @ Hostomel airport

Ankara confirms Kyiv's request to restrict the movement of Russian military ships in the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits

In-order to slow-down the speed of the Russian Army armoured convoys on their ways to Kiev, Ukraine Army destroyed a bridge in Romanivka, North west of the city.

An abandoned Russian BTR in the failed offensive on Kharkov city is being drained from its diesel fuel by locals.

Video (Youtube):

Russia invades. Ukraine puts up a fierce fight. Day 1.
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Re: 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2022, 04:40:51 PM »
Some information on what the U.S. government apparently thinks has happened by way of former USN Youtuber SubBrief:





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Re: 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2022, 12:08:40 AM »
Recent reports indicate that the one-of-a-kind An-225 heavy lifter parked at the Hostomel/Antonov airport has been destroyed in recent fighting. Seemingly by Ukrainian strikes against the Russian forces currently occupying the airport.

Links (Twitter):
 
Gostomel Airport struck: occupier's equipment and delivery vehicles destroyed, personnel destroyed

Reports that the unique Antonov An-225, the largest plane in the world is on fire at Hostomel Airport.


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Re: 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2022, 01:37:34 AM »

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Re: 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2022, 02:34:12 PM »
Transcripts of supposed accounts from front line Russian soldiers. The second seems to corroborate intelligence reports that most low-level troops used in the invasion were unaware of the true nature of their deployments, underlying a massive morale issue for Russian forces.





Saw this video a while back, some interesting points on the several topics (electronic warfare, armored warfare, artillery, etc.)

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Dr. Phillip Karber, president of the Potomac Foundation, speaks at West Point about Russian operations in Ukraine, highlighting observations based on many trips to the war's front lines. He discusses new Russian tactics and the trends that define the operating environment.

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Re: 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2022, 02:41:41 PM »
Attack on Europe: Documenting Equipment Losses During the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine
By Stijn Mitzer in collaboration with Kemal, Dan and Jakub Janovsky
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A detailed list of the destroyed and captured vehicles and equipment of both sides can be seen below. This list is constantly updated as additional footage becomes available.
 
This list only includes destroyed vehicles and equipment of which photo or videographic evidence is available. Therefore, the amount of equipment destroyed is significantly higher than recorded here. Small arms, munitions, civilian vehicles, trailers and derelict equipment are not included in this list. Many of the entries listed under 'abandoned' are currently located in no-man's land that is neither under control of Russia nor Ukraine, and will later be captured by whoever takes control of that particular area.
 
(Click on the numbers to get a picture of each individual captured or destroyed vehicle)

https://twitter.com/oryxspioenkop/status/1497953304378327043
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I’m trying my best to incorporate equipment losses of both sides as fast as possible, but the Russian Army is simply losing too much equipment for me to keep up. I’ve made lists for Afghanistan, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh, but this is just insane. Absolute meat grinder.
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Re: 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2022, 03:43:37 PM »
https://twitter.com/EliotACohen/status/1498026780204191747

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Stipulating that we have no idea how this will turn out, it is worth tallying some of the surprises thus far.

Apparent lack of punch in Russian initial attack, to include on Ukrainian air forces; ineffective airborne assaults and spetsnaz raids; ferocity of Ukrainian resistance in depth. 1/

Unanimity of western response, to include arms supplies (e.g. Sweden of all places), and Germans not only participating in sanctions, but deciding to lay out double their annual defense budget. This on top of demonstrations, etc. 2/

Extent of sanctions, to include suspending SWIFT, and much more; closing of air space to Russian aircraft, and the general move to make Russia a pariah state. This includes denunciations from, e.g. Kenya and other non-European states. 3/

Western and Ukrainian superiority in the information warfare realm -- to include heartening videos and stories, pictures of Russian soldiers looting or being pushed around by Ukrainian civilians, etc. all on top of effective release of US and allied intel before the crisis 4/

What appears to be considerable Ukrainian tactical successes against Russian armored columns, and serious problems with the battalion tactical groups which we have heard so much about. 5/

A variety of forms of opposition to the war being expressed in Russia, which takes considerable courage on the part of those doing it. Including more muted criticisms from within the elite. 6/

The leadership qualities of President Zelensky, grossly underestimated by a lot of Western analysts. 7/

And I could go on. The point is that analysts who were (a) mesmerized by Russian hardware; (b) impressed by Russian doctrine; (c) inclined to pessimism about Western democracy in general and the willingness to push back of our leaders missed a great deal. 8/

Instead, some old truths, all found in Clausewitz and Tolstoy, viz., the moral element matters in war, as do the decisions of many individuals; that the fog of war exists; that war is the domain of surprise; and that it is about interaction, not mechanical planning. 9/

Finally: we do not know how this will unfold, but one does sense that history is moving remarkably quickly here. And - at great cost in human suffering - the outcome may be the end of the road for a brutal dictator, and renewed confidence in free institutions. One hopes. 10/10.

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Re: 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2022, 04:02:55 PM »
Video (YouTube):

Ukraine's army invalidated the Russian invasion plan. Day 4.

Russian POWs Say They Were Tricked, Threatened During Invasion


Video (Twitter):

Kharkiv, MLRS impacts

Ka-52s near Kyiv flying at treetop level

Photos:

Captured Russian equipment (MANPAD, tactical radios, etc.)

Ukrainian TB2 striking a Russian BUK Air Defense System

News:

Translation of a prepared article for the "end of the operation" on February 26th that was accidentally published by RIA Novosti. The article has since been deleted.

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The offensive of Russia and the new world

A new world is being born before our eyes. Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has ushered in a new era - and in three dimensions at once. And of course, in the fourth, internal Russian dimension.

Here begins a new period both in ideology and in the very model of our socio-economic system - but this is worth talking about separately a little bit later.

Russia is restoring its unity - the tragedy of 1991, this terrible catastrophe in our history,its unnatural dislocation, has been overcome. Yes, at a great cost.
Yes, through the tragic events of a virtual civil war, because brothers, who are separated by belonging to the Russian and Ukrainian armies, are still shooting at each other.
But there will be no more Ukraine as anti-Russia. Russia is restoring its historical fullness, collecting the Russian world, the Russian people together - in its entirety of Great Russians, Belarusians and Little Russians.

If we had abandoned this, if we had allowed the temporary division to take hold for centuries, then we would not only betray the memory of our ancestors, but would also be cursed by our descendants for allowing the disintegration of the Russian land.

Nationalists in Ukraine are fighting on the recommendation of foreigners, Putin said

Vladimir Putin has assumed, without a drop of exaggeration, a historic responsibility by deciding not to leave the solution of the Ukrainian question to future generations.
After all, the need to solve it would always remain the main problem for Russia for two key reasons. The issue of national security, that is the creation of anti-Russia from Ukraine and an outpost for the West to put pressure on us, is only the second most important among them.

The first would always be the complex of a divided people, the complex of national humiliation - when the Russian house first lost part of its foundation (Kiev), and then was forced to come to terms with the existence of two states, not one, but two peoples.

That is, either to abandon their history, agreeing with the insane versions that "only Ukraine is the real Russia," or to gnash one's teeth helplessly, remembering the times when "we lost Ukraine."
Returning Ukraine, that is, turning it back to Russia, would be more and more difficult with every decade - recoding, de-Russification of Russians and inciting Ukrainian Little Russians against Russians would gain momentum.

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Denmark becomes the First European Country to let volunteers join foreign brigade in Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian delegations meet at the border near the Pripyat River to negotiate
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