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    Post  AlfaT8 Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:14 pm

    walle83 wrote:Russian tank column attacked again. Only one tank lost this time. Very good video however.


    I know this has been said before, but in all honesty, WTF are the Russian recon units doing??

    Seriously, each unit should have their own drones and be continuously monitoring the battlefield and sending almost live updates to various forward moving units.

    Why was a main road not properly checked via drones, are the drones lacking IR capabilities??
    The F is going on??

    Don't give me the usual "You don't know, so don't ask" BS.
    Where the F are the Recon units!

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    Post  d_taddei2 Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:20 pm

    Great article on the importance of the two nuclear power plants. Bad news for USA good news for Russia

    Russia Sees Gold in Ukraine’s Nuclear Plants
    The takeover of Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhya could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Putin’s economy


    An unappreciated motive for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is that Kyiv was positioning itself to break from its longtime Russian nuclear suppliers, as the U.S. was encroaching on Russia’s largest nuclear export market.

    By taking over Chernobyl, Russia gives itself control of the disposal of its spent fuel, which it can store in canisters at the site or ship to a reprocessing facility in Russia. Either way, this represents hundreds of millions of dollars for Rosatom, the Russian state-owned nuclear enterprise.

    The shift could displace Holtec, an American designer and maker of dry-storage canister technologies for used nuclear fuel. In 2007 State Specialized Enterprise Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant authorized Holtec to build a facility to store for 100 years the 22,000 used fuel assemblies from Chernobyl. The project was intended to allow Ukraine to store this fuel safely without shipping it back to Russia for reprocessing. The processing and storage facility was completed in 2020, and Holtec and SSE Chernobyl were loading the canisters to be stored when the war began on Feb. 24.

    Further, Ukraine has 15 operating nuclear reactors at four sites, including Zaporizhzhya, that the Russians designed and built. That is the largest number of such plants built by Russians outside their own country. Beginning in 2005, however, the American company Westinghouse emerged as a competitor to the Russian nuclear supplier, Atomstroyexport, owned by Rosatom. At the time of the invasion, Westinghouse supplied fuel to six of the 15 nuclear reactors and could displace the Russians in all of them. The U.S. government had been highly supportive of this effort, and these fuel contracts represented hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly lost sales to Atomstroyexport. By seizing the nuclear plants, Russia is able to retake the market for Ukrainian nuclear fuel.

    Most important, Westinghouse, with support from the U.S., was in a position to build nuclear reactors in Ukraine over the next two decades. On Aug. 31, 2021, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and her Ukrainian counterpart, Herman Halushchenko, signed a strategic cooperation agreement to build five nuclear units with a value, according to the World Nuclear Association, of more than $30 billion

    On Nov. 22, Patrick Fragman and Petro Kotin, the CEOs, respectively, of Westinghouse and Energoatom, the Ukrainian state-owned utility, signed a contract to build the first Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear unit in the city of Khmelnitsky, where two Russian-built nuclear units currently operate. The plan was to use the site of a Russian-designed nuclear reactor that had been left about one-third complete in 1990—as well as parts from a canceled American nuclear project in South Carolina. The goal, Mr. Kotin said, was 24 gigawatts of nuclear capability by 2040.

    The timing is telling. In November 2021, Ukraine’s leaders signed a deal with Westinghouse to start construction on what they hoped would be at least five nuclear units—the first tranche of a program that could more than double the number of plants in the country, with a potential total value approaching $100 billion. Ukraine clearly intended that Russia receive none of that business.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/russia-sees-gold-in-ukraine-nuclear-plants-chernobyl-reactor-fuel-waste-disposal-11646946568

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    Post  Airbornewolf Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:22 pm

    Godric wrote:must add both Sputnik and RT.com websites are now blocked in the UK

    Seems RT and Sputnik is switching to alternatives. Like Odysee
    Seems to work in the EU for me with VPN disabled.

    Kudo's to VARGR198 who posted it here.

    https://odysee.com/@RT:fd

    https://odysee.com/@SputnikInternational:c

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    Post  franco Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:27 pm

    miketheterrible wrote:
    franco wrote:The home page of the poster who does a lot of detailed maps (in Russian). https://dragon-first-1.livejournal.com/

    Re JohninMK Black Sea update. Notice the Ukrainian units tied up defending Odessa and Mykolaiv in the SW from what??

    https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/dragon_first_1/72271520/158566/158566_original.jpg

    How come it looks like Russia or DNR didn't take anything according to those maps?

    It's said Russia has about 40% of the country, that makes it look like half that

    Not sure of percentage or even importance of that. A new stage has commenced and that is destruction of actual units so progress will be measured in that, not so much kilometers.

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    Post  Urluber Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:28 pm

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    The situation in Mariupol, which is critical for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, cannot last long - even Ukrainian sources predict that the current situation will continue for another 2-5 days.

    According to them, the Azov regiment cannot cope with the pressure and offensive of the DNR troops and has been asking for help from the leadership since the beginning of this week - they are demanding a counter-offensive.

    The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine promises help, assuring the nationalists of the plan to release the blockade, but immediately notes that it will be difficult to really do anything about it.

    Based on the fact that Mariupol is completely surrounded by DNR troops, no counter-offensive is expected from outside. And taking into account the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have no reserves, despite the reassuring messages from the leadership,Azov cannot wait for help

    Therefore, in the coming days,the situation will develop something like this: as soon as Mariupol is taken over by the forces of the Russarmy and the DNR,which are now working on a slow strategy to minimize losses among civilians,the entire eastern front RF to Kiev,Kharkov is at risk

    Hehee, they are delusional. I wonder if the nazis trapped in Mariupol really believe there is some "government of Kiev" which could provide air support yet alone "counter offensive" Shocked

    Only support that is coming is yet another enforcement to Chechen battalions. Reportedly on their way to Byelorus now.

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    Post  Mig-31BM2 Super Irbis-E Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:28 pm

    Current situation
    Special attention to the top in the south west. From here it should be progressed quickly.
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    For the armored losses for Russia, I guess it on about 60 to 80 tanks. Mostly ambush.
    Yes, drones (there are enough commercially available drones) should have every reconnaissance troop. But also supply convoys and their protection. Especially these!

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    Post  zorobabel Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:35 pm

    Probably already posted but Dragon's first full map of Ukraine. Interested to see how things progress after the fall of Volnovakha.

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    Post  Ispan Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:42 pm

    Ispan wrote:Today's briefings on the situation at midnight yesterday, one is from another guy, I confused him with Rozhin, but is somebody else

    https://guerraenucrania.wordpress.com/2022/03/12/parte-de-guerra-12-03-2022/

    some updates and various other reports and stories y the evening briefing

    https://guerraenucrania.wordpress.com/2022/03/12/parte-guerra-12-03-2022-noche/

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    Post  d_taddei2 Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:54 pm

    A few interesting points
    Biden throwing a hissy fit for his own mistakes lol!

    Updates

    1)March 10 (Reuters) - Russia will suspend exports of wheat, meslin, rye, barley and corn to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) until Aug 31 in a move to secure its home market with enough food, the economy ministry said on Thursday.

    Russia will also ban sugar exports to third countries until Aug 31 but some exceptions would be possible for the EEU countries, membership of which comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia itself, the ministry added.

    2) Russian Forces Down Ukrainian Mi-24 Helicopter, Three UAVs, Including Bayraktar Drone, MoD Says

    3) Russia Warns West Convoys With Foreign Weapons for Ukraine Are Legit Military Targets

    4) Russian Military: Ukrainian Far-Right Holding 6,900 Foreigners Hostage
    More than 6,900 foreign nationals are being held by Ukrainian far-right forces to be used as a human shield, the head of the Russian National Defense Control Center said on Saturday.

    Foreign crews of more than 50 foreign-flagged vessels have been stranded in Ukrainian seaports, the general added.

    The foreigners hail from Azerbaijan, Greece, Georgia, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, the Philippines and Jamaica, among others. Russia is in contact with their respective diplomatic missions.

    5) DPR to Allow People From Liberated Territory of Republic to Leave for Ukraine, If They Want to Do So

    **6) Russia Disables Ukraine's Main Radio Intelligence Centre
    The Russian armed forces disabled the main radio intelligence center of the Ukrainian military with a precision strike, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.On the morning of 12 March, a strike with a long-range precision weapon hit Ukraine's military infrastructure facilities. The military airfield in Vasylkiv and the main center of radio and radio engineering intelligence of the Ukrainian armed forces in Brovary were put out of action", Konashenkov said.

    7) LPR Forces Have Liberated 80% of Republic's Territory, Militia Says

    8 ) Joe Biden is 'Sick' of Americans Blaming Him for Inflation and Not Putin.
    "I'm sick of this stuff… The American people think the reason for inflation is the government spending more money", an emotional Biden said during a speech at a House Democrats retreat in Philadephia. "Make no mistake, inflation is largely the fault of Putin".

    Inflation in the US is currently at about 7.8 percent, and is a 40-year high for the country. Yet, President Joe Biden insists he "can't do much" about it right now because it is the Russian president who is to blame, not his administration.

    9 ) Kamala Harris Grilled After Laughing When Asked About Fate of Ukrainian Refugees

    10) Engels Air Force Base -a large amount of Strategic bombers seen in preparation.

    11) Aide to chief of office of President Zelensky: Negotiations with the RF delegation are now ongoing in a continuous video format. Special working subgroups have been created. Ukraine's positions are determined by the previous directives

    12) Russian forces in Kherson call deputies of the local regional council and try to convince them cooperate. According Sergey Khlan, a deputy who was contacted, they are trying to hold a "referendum" on the establishment of the "Kherson People's Republic"

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    Post  limb Sat Mar 12, 2022 10:56 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    walle83 wrote:Russian tank column attacked again. Only one tank lost this time. Very good video however.


    I know this has been said before, but in all honesty, WTF are the Russian recon units doing??

    Seriously, each unit should have their own drones and be continuously monitoring the battlefield and sending almost live updates to various forward moving units.

    Why was a main road not properly checked via drones, are the drones lacking IR capabilities??
    The F is going on??

    Don't give me the usual "You don't know, so don't ask" BS.
    Where the F are the Recon units!

    I've been asking that for a week now, and nobody can explain to me the rationale for tightly packed convoys moving with very little recon.

    What's wierd is how Ukrainians predict the direction of the convoys.

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    Post  LMFS Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:03 pm

    It looks like a good moment to turn the pain dial up on the Western partners angel

    The Russian Foreign Ministry announced a change in the configuration for security guarantees

    The Russian Foreign Ministry announced a complete change in the configuration of security guarantees that were previously sent to the United States and NATO, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

    "I would not say that Russia's proposals on security guarantees remain fully in force, the situation has changed, "RIA Novosti quoted Ryabkovas saying.

    https://vz.ru/news/2022/3/12/1148247.html

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    Post  Mig-31BM2 Super Irbis-E Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:07 pm

    limb wrote:
    AlfaT8 wrote:
    walle83 wrote:Russian tank column attacked again. Only one tank lost this time. Very good video however.


    I know this has been said before, but in all honesty, WTF are the Russian recon units doing??

    Seriously, each unit should have their own drones and be continuously monitoring the battlefield and sending almost live updates to various forward moving units.

    Why was a main road not properly checked via drones, are the drones lacking IR capabilities??
    The F is going on??

    Don't give me the usual "You don't know, so don't ask" BS.
    Where the F are the Recon units!

    I've been asking that for a week now, and nobody can explain to me the rationale for tightly packed convoys moving with very little recon.

    What's wierd is how Ukrainians predict the direction of the convoys.
    There is nothing strange because of it. That is normal. A shock is always recognized. The fighting should not find even between civilians instead, so if possible on the entire area.

    What we see is a good counterfraction. The enemy knows how to fight but he is killed immediately. The tank is written off, the crew alive and reusable.

    The push continues. Clean the field next to it.

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    Post  d_taddei2 Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:18 pm

    With Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts having the majority of heavy industries and coal in Ukraine now lost for Ukrainian government. If Kherson oblast joins the other people's Republics in a vote Ukrainian government are going to be pretty up sh*t creek without a paddle. Not only will this secure water for Crimea but they will lose another large revenue stream, and the biggest agricultural industry in the country. Some details on Kherson oblast economy.


    Kherson region is the territory with a well-developed agricultural industry. The region possesses about 2 million hectares of agricultural land which is the greatest share of plowed fields in Ukraine.
    The region is a leading producer of vegetables and gourds in Ukraine. As well as grains, meat, dairy, eggs, wine, and sunflower oil

    The industrial complex of the Kherson region is formed by more than 200 enterprises of different branches of economic activity: machine-engineering, food and processing industries, chemical, pulp-and-paper, light industries, and electric-power generation and shipbuilding industry.

    Kherson shipbuilding companies provide a full production cycle, from series-produced vessels to their repairing. Modern ship-repairing floating docks, produced by the Kherson plant “Pallada” are exported to many countries of the world

    Kherson region companies master technologies of foundry production of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and aluminum recycling. The regional enterprises produce construction metal structures and hardware, heaters and central-heating boilers, tools, attachment devices, chains and springs, roadway markers.

    One of the most important industrial branches is machine-engineering. Kherson enterprises produce high-capacity electric machines, special welding equipment, agricultural machinery (harvesters and tractors), graders, lift-trucks, light single-engined aircraft, hydraulic structures, service parts for diesel locomotive engines, pumping equipment and hunting ammunition. There are also producers of dry building mixes, constructional materials (brick, expanded concrete) and construction equipment.

    The pulp-and-paper enterprises manufacture filter paper for the car industry

    The chemical industry plants produce a wide range of products: pharmaceuticals, paintwork materials, a variety of plastic products, plastic windows and doors, plastic bags, rubber technical goods and so on.

    Unique features of the region determine the fact that the food industry possesses the largest share in the industrial structure. Kherson companies supply regional and export markets with flour and pastas, sunflower seed oil and confectioner's goods, juices and canned vegetables.

    Since 2006 the “Danone Dnipro” factory has been operating. The plant produces over 80% of the whole Ukrainian “Danone” dairy products.


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    Post  flamming_python Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:25 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    I know this has been said before, but in all honesty, WTF are the Russian recon units doing??

    Seriously, each unit should have their own drones and be continuously monitoring the battlefield and sending almost live updates to various forward moving units.

    Why was a main road not properly checked via drones, are the drones lacking IR capabilities??
    The F is going on??

    Don't give me the usual "You don't know, so don't ask" BS.
    Where the F are the Recon units!

    What do you mean where are the recon units?

    Probably rode on ahead

    Actually the recon units were the first ones to enter the Ukraine, on the Tigr vehicles and so on

    Now each battalion will have at least a recon platoon. But they could be a kilometer ahead or whatever too

    It's enemy territory and that ATGM team could have taken up a concealed position there any time and decided when and what to strike. Neither drones nor recon units are a guarantee of anything.

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    Post  kvs Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:29 pm

    The female narrator is just spewing some inanity. The cook-off looks like it died down and the turret did not pop off. The ambush
    gang looks like it was mopped up and the narrator totally ignores this. The ambush is apparently staged by volunteer Banderites
    who eliminate themselves after "taking out" one tank.

    Reminds me of the "rebels" who got turned into minced meat after they attempted to ambush a Russian column near Kherson. A video
    was linked of the aftermath. Although it was not evident from it, the Banderites seem to have had grenade launchers in addition to
    Bandera smoothies.

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    Post  Vann7 Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:48 pm

    ucmvulcan wrote:
    miketheterrible wrote:
    lancelot wrote:
    Broski wrote:I heard some folks on the Indian forums complaining about RT being blocked so Youtube must be doing this unilaterally.
    YouTube started glitching RT's videos in India. All of RT's videos were glitched with video filters on purpose.

    Today RT has been blocked both in India and in the US. Not just the EU as a couple days ago.

    You guys need to specify cause RT is also on cable TV. So you are saying JUST youtube, right?

    DirecTv took down RT at the start of the conflict.  Youtube silenced them in the land of the free (because the First Amendment is under full attack here in the United States), but at least the website still works. . . . For now.  Same with Sputnik.  Its all good, I have VPN ready to go when they decide ban it here, and obscenely, absurdly, and tragically that day is probably fast approaching.  


    RT . com continues working for me.. same with sputniknews. com

    is on youtube , facebook and in western social media that are banned . but there was
    DOS attacks on RT days ago and was very hard to enter. but now they reinforced their security of their main website.

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    Post  ATLASCUB Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:48 pm

    "Agree to a new JCPOA or else...." Iran basically right now.

    Exploiting the fact that both Europe and the U.S (to a lesser extent) caught by the balls energy wise.

    Finally.... just look at how much Russia standing up for itself does for the world. Long due.

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    Post  flamming_python Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:53 pm

    ATLASCUB wrote:"Agree to a new JCPOA or else...." Iran basically right now.

    Both Europe and the U.S caught by the balls energy wise.

    Finally.... just look at how much Russia standing up for itself does for the world.

    I think the confrontation would have been better done 2-3 years from now. Many of the key Russian mega-projects were due to come online within that time frame. While China would have only become even more economically dominant.

    Putin fked up I think by refusing further Ukrainian gas transit and insisting on just Nord Stream 2. I believe our govt. line when they say that there was no choice by this point, that there was some provocation or attack planned. Because how else to explain such a mad decision. But that Russia was cornered into war is the fault of the same Russian policies, and even up until fairly recently it could have been avoided or postponed.

    A smarter strategy could have led to the Kiev regime, which was struggling economically and socially anyway for all of 2020-2021, being in a weaker position and with less cohesion, while Russia by 2024-2025 would have been in an economically stronger position. But I guess Putin wanted a send-off, and perhaps the West would have provoked all this anyhow before Russia would have liked.


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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:56 pm

    limb wrote:

    What's wierd is how Ukrainians predict the direction of the convoys.

    All USA/NATO COMINT/ELINT provides Ukronmazi info + I guess coordinate their actions.

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    Post  franco Sun Mar 13, 2022 12:04 am

    flamming_python wrote:
    ATLASCUB wrote:"Agree to a new JCPOA or else...." Iran basically right now.

    Both Europe and the U.S caught by the balls energy wise.

    Finally.... just look at how much Russia standing up for itself does for the world.

    I think the confrontation would have been better done in 2-3 years from now. Many of the key Russian mega-projects were due to come online within that time frame. While China would have only become even more economically dominant.

    Putin fked up I think by refusing further Ukrainian gas transit and insisting on just Nord Stream 2. I believe our govt. line when they say that there was no choice by this point, that there was some provocation or attack planned. Because how else to explain such a mad decision. But that Russia was cornered into war is the fault of the same Russian policies, and even up until fairly recently it could have been avoided or postponed.

    A smarter strategy could have led to the Kiev regime, which was struggling economically and socially anyway for all of 2020-2021, being in a weaker position and with less cohesion, while Russia by 2024-2025 would have been in an economically stronger position

    Realize that you have struggled with this and I wasn't so thrilled either but then went through all the points (pro and con) and came to this conclusion. The US was not going to allow Ukraine not to continue attacking the Donbas while the EU was incapable of helping accomplish that for Russia. It was either back down, surrender or draw the line. No compromise was coming from the West, instead they increased the pressure. War had to follow. Hope that helps you my young friend.

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    Post  JohninMK Sun Mar 13, 2022 12:06 am

    GunshipDemocracy wrote:
    limb wrote:

    What's wierd is how Ukrainians predict the direction of the convoys.

    All USA/NATO  COMINT/ELINT provides Ukronmazi info + I guess coordinate their actions.

    There must be a pretty good chance that western Intel is almost as up to date on the positions of major ground units and their movements as the Russian MoD is, given the assets they have flying over eastern EU.

    I say this as it seems to me that Russia is not deploying anywhere near its capability in EW or ground communications. Perhaps this is in case they actually need to use it against NATO in the future or even as simple as not wanting to blast Ukrainian citizens with full bandwidth noise.

    There certainly seems to be a lot of puzzlement in the west as to the '2nd tier' way Russia went about it.

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    Post  flamming_python Sun Mar 13, 2022 12:10 am

    JohninMK wrote:
    GunshipDemocracy wrote:
    limb wrote:

    What's wierd is how Ukrainians predict the direction of the convoys.

    All USA/NATO  COMINT/ELINT provides Ukronmazi info + I guess coordinate their actions.

    There must be a pretty good chance that western Intel is almost as up to date on the positions of major ground units and their movements as the Russian MoD is, given the assets they have flying over eastern EU.

    I say this as it seems to me that Russia is not deploying anywhere near its capability in EW or ground communications. Perhaps this is in case they actually need to use it against NATO in the future or even as simple as not wanting to blast Ukrainian citizens with full bandwidth noise.

    There certainly seems to be a lot of puzzlement in the west as to the '2nd tier' way Russia went about it.

    Appear strong when you are weak, and weak when you are strong. As Sun Tzu said

    Partly to not show NATO its full capabilities. Partly to not want to destroy the Ukrainian army per say, Russia is pursuing a different objective.

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    Post  flamming_python Sun Mar 13, 2022 12:14 am

    JohninMK wrote:They had it coming (an English quip) but didn't see it coming.

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    These NATO mercenary morons must have thought they were going on a safari to hunt Russians

    I don't think they really understand that the Ukraine is no more 'friendly' territory than Iraq or Afghanistan were. Russia has informants all over the place. It gets all the information on the ground about who goes and gathers where and so on. And that in general, everything in this country has its price, and all the more so as the Russians close in further.

    And yet these comedians pitched their HQ right in one of the main hotels of the city

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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sun Mar 13, 2022 12:35 am

    flamming_python wrote:
    These NATO mercenary morons must have thought they were going on a safari to hunt Russians

    Ukrainian command
    -so where are those mercenaries who came to help us?
    - everywhere, sir

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    Post  ucmvulcan Sun Mar 13, 2022 12:36 am

    flamming_python wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:They had it coming (an English quip) but didn't see it coming.

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    These NATO mercenary morons must have thought they were going on a safari to hunt Russians

    I don't think they really understand that the Ukraine is no more 'friendly' territory than Iraq or Afghanistan were. Russia has informants all over the place. It gets all the information on the ground about who goes and gathers where and so on. And that in general, everything in this country has its price, and all the more so as the Russians close in further.

    And yet these comedians pitched their HQ right in one of the main hotels of the city

    In a day or two, the New York Times, CNN, or MSNBC will be reinterpreting that building as either an old folks home, orphanage, or shelter for pug puppies.

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