What? The design of the tank will have to be changed to accommodate a 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher instead of a 23mm cannon.
The DNR soldiers didn't have underbarrel grenade launchers so they improvised... they got engineers to take 23mm cannon barrels and cut them into short sections of 20-30cm long and threaded them so they could be attached to the muzzles of their rifles. Get the 23mm cannon ammo and pull the projectiles out of the shell cases because they had nothing to mount the guns on and no use for the 23mm ammo, so carrying around the 23mm projectiles if you muzzle load them into the tube on the muzzle of your rifle and load a blank cartridge and fire it.... the 23mm projectile is launched in the direction of the enemy position. With no projectile in the muzzle device you can still fire standard ammo so the top round being a blank to launch the projectile and you would then have to manually reload the next round in the mag which will be a normal rifle cartridge to shoot like a normal rifle.
Very dangerous and risky, but it is what they had to do because they were not getting supplied by the Russians as per Minsk agreements despite Kiev saying otherwise.
What I am saying is they can dump those and use 40mm grenade launchers instead... much safer and much more accurate and more powerful too.
It would be smart for the Russians to capture whoever the VIPs are, and get them on film, expose to the world.
I am surprised Ukraine left the helicopter rescue until the last minute. They had weeks to get them out.
There are things they could trade them for...
Problem is that trading them for Russians imprisoned in the west could lead to the west putting more Russians in prison.
Only the 3K60 BAL coastal missile system has not been used to hit targets in the former Ukraine. All in all, I think that if the Onyx coastal missile system is already capable of hitting targets on the ground, it could be BAL as well. Time will tell whether I am right or not.
Bal is Uran and comes in a range of versions.... land (BAL) Sea (URAN) and air (URAN) launched missiles and most likely has already been used in the Ukraine... it is a useful little missile.
and i see people claiming that as a sign of Russian runs out of missiles that they now have to use antiship mssile for land attack. Boy, such myth runs deeps eh. They really-really dont want to see Russia use Precision munitions.
The enormous range of choice they have is an advantage and I am sure they have old stocks of all types of missiles they will want to use in conflict because it is a very realistic test against real targets and recon forces can monitor how effective they are too.
Even the Ukrainian ambassador in Germany is really acting as if he is the boss of the German government, and giving "orders" and "ultimatums" to them.
His experience with US diplomats in Ukraine and Germany probably lead him to believe that this is how he should act too.
The USA wants to destroy Germany's and UE economy, which is why their vassals put such pressure on the EU embargo on Russian gas and oil. Germany will not give up gas from Russia because it is thinking about its own interests.
This conflict is all about separating the EU from Russia so the US can sell products to the EU and Russia can't... if Russia and the EU joined together WTF would Europe need the US for?
Yeah, but the problem is that people are fed with 404 agitprop, and they are winning there, you know? Laughing
The Russkies' withdrawal from the north gave them a huge propaganda load that they are using now.
Russia is giving up on the west... the west will have their win, but on the ground Russia will be dictating terms and doing what they need to do.
An important aspect is that the viability of the German industrial economy is guaranteed by cheap Russian gas. It's not enough to have the gas. It needs to be cheap to ensure the competitiveness of its industrial park in world trade. I. Very difficult to replace Russian gas.
Very true... it was the low price of Russian gas that made their production so competitive.... now Russia and China will be competing from a much better position on the world markets...
Russia really has to take the whole thing.
Not worth the cost.
Take as much as they want and then seal it off... I suspect there are going to be at least four bits of the former Ukraine.... the Crimea is Russia so that is one, the Donbass and Lugansk and other bits nearby might want to join the RF straight away. Another part including the entire southern coast and most of the centre of Ukraine might be an independent but Russia friendly area and then the western Ukraine is screwed anyway... let the nazis move there... that region wont be invaded or occupied but it will be shelled and weapons stores and known locations of nazi groups will be taken out when possible, but it is not worth saving.
If Russia cannot build states, it will collapse , simple as that and the reality of Russia since beginning
Russia can build states.... it rebuilt itself and is preparing to rebuild the rest of the world in a mutual growth and development partnership.... something the west has been rejecting from Russia these last 20 years and the entire world the last 300 years.
No parts has to be allowed to join other economic or military alliances (unless RF plan to put some parts of northwestern Ucraine as a Trojan horse in the European Union or in Poland).
Northwest Ukraine is broken... it will fit right in with the west.... it has no agriculture or industry... it is more west than the west.
A fast war would benefit Russia and would allow Russia to develop a posture against NATO
Not if it means concessions to make that war short. Russia went into this conflict with specific goals... it needs to take as much time to achieve those goals as it takes and no less.
Handicraft armoring with improvised materials of wheeled vehicles of the RF Armed Forces in the hope of increasing protection."
Not as stupid as it looks... putting wood around the engine would make it harder to detect and lock using Javelin...
Well that's the thing, first I doubt there are 190,000 Russians in Ukraine
More like 50,000 to 60,000,
There will be a lot who don't give a shit as long as roads are being built and infrastructure is being improved and they have customers for their products and jobs to go to to provide for a market that is bigger than the Ukraine.
They gave up the Russian market expecting to make money in the EU market but they don't buy what the Ukraine makes generally so they ended up with no market... so many who could left.
Very interesting example behind him. Am I seeing era blocks on the bonnet?
Probably to deal with drone dropped bomblets or rockets fired from above... and even then how effective they might be is questionable.
I hope so. Borders in Syria seem to have been stuck for a couple of years now.
Russia has been balancing the interests of the US and Turkey and Israel there all these years... I rather suspect the US and Israel can be removed from that list now.
That should allow progress in a few areas.
BTW The US has already made it clear it does not want to get involved on the ground in the Ukraine and there wont be much that changes that.