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    Quote Originally Posted by Easo View Post
    Hah, good luck with that.
    I have no illusions on that front. It's simply just damaging to the cause, but the stock grunts won't understand that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easo View Post

    You are trying too hard.
    Russians soldiers have been shooting themselves in the legs in order to desert before this video. Another intercepted conversation Russian soldiers search for "Ukranian ammunition" to shoot themselves in the legs and go to the hospital.
    Get captured, and ask to be shot. It really is simple. This is also that war you talked about. Your expectations are naive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easo View Post
    You are trying too hard.
    Not even Shalcker seems to care though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easo View Post
    What does some MREs gotta do with it? You have lost me.
    All part of the problem; As Russia’s Military Stumbles, Its Adversaries Take Note

    President Vladimir Putin could still reduce cities in Ukraine to rubble, officials say. But European countries say they are not as intimidated by Russian ground forces as they were in the past.

    Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine — Europe’s largest land war since 1945 — the image of a Russian military as one that other countries should fear, let alone emulate, has been shattered.

    Ukraine has shot down military transport planes carrying Russian paratroopers, downed helicopters and blown holes in Russia’s convoys using American anti-tank missiles and armed drones supplied by Turkey, these officials said, citing confidential U.S. intelligence assessments.

    The Russian soldiers have been plagued by poor morale as well as fuel and food shortages. Some troops have crossed the border with MREs (meals ready to eat) that expired in 2002, U.S. and other Western officials said, and others have surrendered and sabotaged their own vehicles to avoid fighting.

    And the Western governments that have spoken openly about Russia’s military failings are eager to spread the word to help damage Russian morale and bolster the Ukrainians.

    But with each day that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky holds out, the scenes of a frustrated Russia pounding, but not managing to finish off, a smaller opponent dominate screens around the world.

    The result: Militaries in Europe that once feared Russia say they are not as intimidated by Russian ground forces as they were in the past.

    That Russia has so quickly abandoned surgical strikes, instead killing civilians trying to flee, could damage Mr. Putin’s chances of winning a long-term war in Ukraine. The brutal tactics may eventually overwhelm Ukraine’s defenses, but they will almost certainly fuel a bloody insurgency that could bog down Russia for years, military analysts say. Most of all, Russia has exposed to its European neighbors and American rivals gaps in its military strategy that can be exploited in future battles.

    “Today what I have seen is that even this huge army or military is not so huge,” said Lt. Gen. Martin Herem, Estonia’s chief of defense, during a news conference at an air base in northern Estonia with Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Herem’s colleague and the air force chief, Brig. Gen. Rauno Sirk, in an interview with a local newspaper, was even more blunt in his assessment of the Russian air force. “If you look at what’s on the other side, you’ll see that there isn’t really an opponent anymore,” he said.

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    “The Kremlin spent the last 20 years trying to modernize its military,” said Andrei V. Kozyrev, the foreign minister for Russia under Boris Yeltsin, in a post on Twitter. “Much of that budget was stolen and spent on mega-yachts in Cyprus. But as a military advisor you cannot report that to the President. So they reported lies to him instead. Potemkin military.”

    During a trip through the Eastern European countries that fear they could next face Mr. Putin’s military, General Milley has consistently been asked the same questions. Why have the Russians performed so poorly in the early days of the war? Why did they so badly misjudge the Ukrainian resistance?

    “It’s a little bit early to draw any definitive lessons learned,” he added. “But one of the lessons that’s clearly evident is that the will of the people, the will of the Ukrainian people, and the importance of national leadership and the fighting skills of the Ukrainian army has come through loud and clear.”

    Russian battlefield defeats, and mounting casualties, also have an impact.

    “Having the Ukrainians just wreck your airborne units, elite Russian units, has to be devastating for Russian morale,” said Frederick W. Kagan, an expert on the Russian military who leads the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute. “Russian soldiers have to be looking at this and saying, ‘What the hell have we gotten ourselves into?’”

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    As for that Azerbaijan thing - they have pulled back. Probably a repeat can be expected again in couple of months, then again and again...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mekh View Post
    Not even Shalcker seems to care though.
    Are you surprised? He was the one who told us like half a year/year ago that he only cares about those closest to him. Which is funny considering how much he defends Russia, yet cares so little for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Collegeguy View Post
    Russians soldiers have been shooting themselves in the legs in order to desert before this video. Another intercepted conversation Russian soldiers search for "Ukranian ammunition" to shoot themselves in the legs and go to the hospital.
    Get captured, and ask to be shot. It really is simple. This is also that war you talked about. Your expectations are naive.
    Go and take a look at that video then ask yourself if they asked to get shot in the legs.

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    All part of the problem;
    What does this wall of text gotta do with shooting POWs?
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    Take that haters.
    IF IM STUPID, so is Donald Trump.

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    Currently going around; Russian troops attack own commanding officer after suffering heavy losses

    Russian troops reportedly attacked their own commanding officer by running him over with a tank after many in their brigade were killed amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

    Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsymbaliuk said in a post on Facebook that Russian Col. Yuri Medvedev was attacked after fighting in Ukraine left nearly half of the men in the 37th Motor Rifle Brigade dead, The Washington Post reported.

    Tsymbaliuk said the brigade injured both of Medvedev's legs by hitting him with a tank, causing him to be hospitalized, according to the newspaper.

    The incident occurred roughly 30 miles from Kyiv, in Makariv, Ukraine, the Post reported. The country reportedly retook the town this week after Russia gained control of it earlier in the war.

    A senior Western official told the newspaper that he thinks Medvedev has died, saying the incident shows the low morale among the Russian troops in Ukraine.

    He was killed “as a consequence of the scale of the losses taken by his own brigade,” the official said, according to the Post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    Currently going around; Russian troops attack own commanding officer after suffering heavy losses

    Russian troops reportedly attacked their own commanding officer by running him over with a tank after many in their brigade were killed amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

    Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsymbaliuk said in a post on Facebook that Russian Col. Yuri Medvedev was attacked after fighting in Ukraine left nearly half of the men in the 37th Motor Rifle Brigade dead, The Washington Post reported.

    Tsymbaliuk said the brigade injured both of Medvedev's legs by hitting him with a tank, causing him to be hospitalized, according to the newspaper.

    The incident occurred roughly 30 miles from Kyiv, in Makariv, Ukraine, the Post reported. The country reportedly retook the town this week after Russia gained control of it earlier in the war.

    A senior Western official told the newspaper that he thinks Medvedev has died, saying the incident shows the low morale among the Russian troops in Ukraine.

    He was killed “as a consequence of the scale of the losses taken by his own brigade,” the official said, according to the Post.
    If you're gonna go after the CO, you kill them. Not cripple them. Crippled COs get you killed. Dead COs get #thoughtsandprayers.
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    Quit using other posters as levels of crazy. That is not ok


    If you look, you can see the straw man walking a red herring up a slippery slope coming to join this conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poopymonster View Post
    If you're gonna go after the CO, you kill them. Not cripple them. Crippled COs get you killed. Dead COs get #thoughtsandprayers.
    Yea..I'm certain his dead body is a lot more well-thought of than his living self ever was.

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    https://twitter.com/obretix/status/1...2F20222240619d

    "This isn't White Phosphorus, these are thermite incendiary submunitions which are in fact even worse. we've seen similar footage of these unguided 9M22S incendiary Grad rockets in use by the Russians in Syria countless times before"

    Never heard of these before, can anyone confirm what these even are?
    “A man will contend for a false faith stronger than he will a true one,” he observes. “The truth defends itself, but a falsehood must be defended by its adherents: first to prove it to themselves and secondly, that they may appear right in the estimation of their friends.”
    -The Acts of Pilate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torched View Post
    https://twitter.com/obretix/status/1...2F20222240619d

    "This isn't White Phosphorus, these are thermite incendiary submunitions which are in fact even worse. we've seen similar footage of these unguided 9M22S incendiary Grad rockets in use by the Russians in Syria countless times before"

    Never heard of these before, can anyone confirm what these even are?
    Scroll down on your own link...

    more about these kind of rockets in this piece by @David_Hambling


    ‘White Phosphorus’ Claimed To Be Used In Ukraine May Really Be Russian Napalm Weapon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torched View Post
    https://twitter.com/obretix/status/1...2F20222240619d

    "This isn't White Phosphorus, these are thermite incendiary submunitions which are in fact even worse. we've seen similar footage of these unguided 9M22S incendiary Grad rockets in use by the Russians in Syria countless times before"

    Never heard of these before, can anyone confirm what these even are?
    These have been used by the RuaF in Syria for years, primarily against warehouses and weapon storages of the rebel factions and ISIS. It is basically rust and aluminum. While it is incendiary submunition(smaller container/device within a larger warhead, who separate), it isn't napalm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnagarde View Post
    These have been used by the RuaF in Syria for years, primarily against warehouses and weapon storages of the rebel factions and ISIS. It is basically rust and aluminum.
    I assume russian forces have vast supplies of rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XDurionX View Post
    I assume russian forces have vast supplies of rust.
    The spring will shower the armoured carcases lying all over Ukraine. Rustgardia loading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnagarde View Post
    These have been used by the RuaF in Syria for years, primarily against warehouses and weapon storages of the rebel factions and ISIS. It is basically rust and aluminum. While it is incendiary submunition(smaller container/device within a larger warhead, who separate), it isn't napalm.
    Plus they are also using illumination shells - which gives off the impression of white phosphorus.
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    Take that haters.
    IF IM STUPID, so is Donald Trump.

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    saw the kneecapping video, first advice dont commit war crimes, second advice if you are going to commit war crimes dont film it.

    remember seeing Ukraine forces saying that artillery and missile launching crews would be given no quarter.

    Looking at the infantry fighting vehicles that have been lost so far on the osint sites :

    - 41 BMP-3s
    - 15 BMD-4Ms (VDV)
    - 58 BMD-2s (VDV)
    - 108 BMP-2s
    - 51 BTR-82As

    The VDV have been taking serious losses and have done the brunt of the fighting, their units wont exist soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easo View Post
    Plus they are also using illumination shells - which gives off the impression of white phosphorus.
    I read a report a few years back that the SAAF uses the illumination shells for ground strikes during the night, once the Russians strike the target. Since they lacked the capabilities to do ground sorties during nighttime, they'd use these as a way to guide them to their targets. They used this in Daraa and especially the Idlib flatlands, at least in the later stages of the conflict when Damascus was secured.

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    So, anything of interest come up over the past 3 or 4 days? Haven't been willing to go over the back and forth with Shalcker on here and haven't been really paying a bunch of attention recently.
    Since we can't call out Trolls and Bad Faith posters and the Ignore function doesn't actually ignore it. Add
    "mmo-champion.com##li.postbitignored"
    to your ublock or adblock filter to actually ignore ignored posters. Now just need a way to ignore responses to them as well.

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    Apparently, Zelenskyi said that driving Russian forces out of Ukraine would trigger World War 3.

    Like, how?
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    And again, let’s presume equity in schools is achievable. Then why should a parent read to a child?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugus View Post
    So, anything of interest come up over the past 3 or 4 days? Haven't been willing to go over the back and forth with Shalcker on here and haven't been really paying a bunch of attention recently.
    Just today the Ukrainian negotiating team announced 3 days of talks in Turkey starting Monday and Zelenskiy announced he's ready to discuss neutrality. The Finnish news reports that he understands that WWIII would be caused if they tried to expel Russia by force from Ukraine. (I'd link it but it's in Finnish, so I doubt very many people could read it outside of the Finns in this thread.)


    Quote Originally Posted by Santti View Post
    Apparently, Zelenskyi said that driving Russian forces out of Ukraine would trigger World War 3.

    Like, how?
    I suspect he feels Russia will start throwing MWD and then NATO will interfere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iphie View Post
    Just today the Ukrainian negotiating team announced 3 days of talks in Turkey starting Monday and Zelenskiy announced he's ready to discuss neutrality. The Finnish news reports that he understands that WWIII would be caused if they tried to expel Russia by force from Ukraine. (I'd link it but it's in Finnish, so I doubt very many people could read it outside of the Finns in this thread.)
    I believe I just read them same thing.

    https://www.mtvuutiset.fi/artikkeli/...nsodan/8388884

    In case anyone is curious, but yeah, it's in Finnish.

    But I just don't quite understand. Seems pretty far fetched, if you ask me.

    The cynical in me... wait, I said that wrong.

    The cynic that is me, is wondering if this is Ukraine starting to buckle under the pressure?
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    And again, let’s presume equity in schools is achievable. Then why should a parent read to a child?

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