Hello Russophile..Although I am not as active member as other members here.
I would like to put mu point of view on your Ukrainian question.
My second question is that I see on Youtube what appear to be Ukrainian S-300 batteries (about eight of them) moving
towards Odessa. Question: Are Russian pilots trained to evade and use ECM's on Russian anti-aircraft missiles such as the S-300?
First thing to note that the crews of the such battalions , regiments
are not of Ukrainian loyalty.
They can vary.The chain of command in Ukrainian air defence is not as strong
as strong one might think of.
The russian Nval spetnaz can take care of Odessa and also other neighbouring regions
(Kherson which already is Russian).
I dont think Ukranian S-300 will pose any danger to Russian fighters.
1. The loyalty is dubious.
2. The chain of cmd not present at all.
3. Strong dislike of present Government.
4. hUGE OF Russian navl infanty and latest smart weapons like yakhont filling
all the coastlines all over Odessa.
5. that Russian Yakhont deployed in Crimea and very shortly off the coast
in Odessa is a dedicated ABM buster almost as equal to Iskander.
Not much details are know but what is known Russian version of yakhont is a dedicated land attack
(as well as naval attack) missile with lots of counter measures as smart seeker , precision homing, ECM ,manuevring ,
All in all Ukrainian S-300 are a least priority for Russian Naval deployments all over Crimea and Odessa.