Says who. F-35s will team up with PAC-3, THAAD to shoot down any Russian cruise missile fired at Ukranian target by using a combination of TPS-80, MPQ-54 radars and the sensors aboard the F-35. NATO can carry out this operation without even entering Ukranian airspace.
The US getting involved puts US forces in the Ukraine at risk of being directly targeted.... they wont get involved... just like they didn't get involved in South Ossetia.
This is going to be a complete shitshow. Griftersphere readying the knives. Never let a good crisis go to waste. "My friends I/we need your help!"
Yeah, like Georgia was going to be a blood bath.... Russias second Afghanistan... and then it was Syria that was going to be their next Afghanistan... now you say the Ukraine.
THAAD can´t hit low flying targets. Yemen has shown that PAC-3 is a joke. F-35 would be shot down immediately.
Both THAAD and PAC-3 are dedicated SAMs designed to shoot down high speed long range ballistic rockets, they have zero capacity against cruise missiles or manouvering ballistic threats.
Iskander was designed to penetrate THAAD and Patriot defences...
Then, after 15 minutes Kiev announces a ceasefire, implementation of Minsk and TV starts broadcasting video of troops packing up to go home, whilst 'out of control' Azov roams.
Interesting theory but Kiev can't just attack and then declare a unilateral ceasefire, but if they did Russia and the separatists are not obliged to agree or apply it.... look at the situation in Georgia... the Georgians invaded and attacked the VDV peacekeeper base and then shelled the capital city with Grad rockets... when the Russian troops started arriving in numbers and pushed them back they tended to abandon heavy weapons and equipment and simply retreat... the Russians and South Ossetians pushed them out of South Ossetia and several kilometres into Georgian territory to ensure the security of abandoned equipment and artillery and I would expect any Donbass and Russian force would do the same.
15 minutes would not be long enough to achieve anything, but would be enough time for the Russians to notice and perhaps launch cruise missiles or ballistic missiles at Kiev to make them reconsider what they were planning.
Any Kiev regime attack now requires a false flag. It will need to claim victim status and "just response". This will be
their shield against a Russian R2P response.
Agree, but no matter what happens and what starts Russia is going to get the blame because remember they are the aggressors.
The point is that no matter how it starts Russia will finish it and it will be devastating for Kiev because the entire government is worthless and therefore could be targeted to stop this sort of nonsense.
Ukraine plans to disconnect from the power grids of Russia and Belarus at the end of February in a test mode for 72 hours, and to connect to the Western European energy system at the beginning of next year, German Welt has reported
Hahaha the Baltic states and Poland should disconnect from Russian gas and power too and see what that is like for 72 hours....
Word on the street is that there are at least 1T USD worth of assets ready to be taken from Russians in the west.
The obvious problem there is all the western assets in Russia.... all those car building plants and factories etc etc, not to mention the raw materials the west buys from Russia... not just oil and gas either...
The only logic in this circus is that US stages such a big provocation that Russia has to intervene, fulfilling their prophecies about "Russian invasion".
Zelensky could be riding on the front tank to invade the Donbass and Putin would get the blame...
Russia has not reason to invade the Ukraine at all... they could destroy precision targets very quickly and easily and let the soldiers of the Donbass pick up the remains of their enemies from the battlefield.
Any armoured force Kiev sends to attack the Donbass could be massacred from 120km away by a Smerch battery firing HEAT top attack munitions...
Second, SWIFT is not even a consideration any longer. Just consider it done.
Actually it is off the table... SWIFT is how the EU pays Russia for gas supplies and steel and metals and materials and how the US pays Russia for oil supplies and also Titanium and rocket motors and lots of other things.
Kicking Russia off SWIFT just means the EU and US and the rest of the world would need to find some other way of paying Russia, which would mean using an alternative to SWIFT... which will probably be MIR, the Russian equivalent.
When the west uses SWIFT to buy Russian products SWIFT generates money, if they have to use MIR then the Russians will make money with the money transfers.... you would essentially be creating and supporting an alternative money transfer system to the one you control and losing money.
Third, the idea that the USD can be replaced, or that West economy is going to tank soon is just laughabel. West economy dwarfs any other, and if we take in consideration Japan and South Korea the gap is just enourmous. That gap its not going to change anytime soon.
The economy of the west is centred around the US and US dollars... when nobody accepts US dollars any more because they just keep printing them so they are worthless monopoly money... what is going to happen to the western economy?
It is built on a house of cards.
Russia could print 400 trillion rubles... that wouldn't make her any richer, it would devalue the money they already have. And the US prints more money, which it can because the US dollar was the standard international trade currency... someone here in New Zealand wants to sell stuff to Russia and we normally did it in US Dollars so the US would know what is happening and would make some money when I converted money into US dollars to make the sale.
But the US is using the US dollar as a weapon, so countries are looking for alternatives to protect themselves from the US.
The US dollar is not the main international currency any more and it becoming less and less popular... so will be in less and less demand... that is not going to be good for the US or the west who trade in US dollars. Reduced confidence in the US dollar will lead to even less use... which has a circular spiral like a collapse really...
They might turn it around an fix things... or they might go the other way... when you hear a presidential candidate talking about reducing money on defence and closing foreign bases around the world then there is hope... but if they double down and say the world is more dangerous than it has ever been and increases spending on defence considerably, then it will likely be suicide... or cattle rustling...