Its all over the news today (western press) that Lavrov says the goal is to overthrow Zelensky.
Zelensky got in to power promising better communication with Russia and negotiating a settlement with the break away regions but when he got elected he essentially did a Donald Trump and went back to the old policies... whether that is because of frustration or by threats of force or not really understanding the reality of the situation when he was running for election.
Either way while the nazis remain strong removing him has no real value... keep the incompetent fool in charge... if you kill him or scare him away he might be replaced with someone who knows what they are doing.
Perhaps the reason he has not been killed because their spies surround him and are giving him the bad advice, so don't break the system that works best for Russia.
He could have surrendered on day 1... he could have started talks with the DNR and LNR when he got into office... but he chose war with Russia... in fact claims the Ukraine has been at war with Russia since 2014 and that the Ukrainians who want independence are actually Russians that need to be exterminated or kicked off Ukrainian land.
Those newly delivered German Gepard tanks don't look very impressive to me. Rather like Shilkas with a modernized equipment. Scholz has feared to send better weapons, because he knows Russian gas is vital for Germany.
Once they switch on those search radars then ARMs will be hunting them down from long range... Even the old AS-12, let alone the Kh-31 and Kh-58 would do a great job, but of course Vikhr and Hermes and LMUR and even Shturm and Ataka and Khrisantema and Kornet could all deal with the vehicle from outside the 35mm guns range.
That's a change, originally I thought they were ignoring Zelensky because they needed him to sign surrender documents, now that doesn't seem to be the case.
I think it was pretty obvious from the start that Zelensky can't be trusted to follow though on agreements signed (MINSK) so any documents he signs are pretty worthless anyway.
Keep him in charge while you deal with the bulk of their ground forces and then encourage the remaining Ukrainians to shake off the Nazi and foreign control and elect their own government and then start to talk with a cease fire in place.
If you wanna sit there and proclaim "Mah plane da best" then have it to against equal foes.
Well duh... by definition if the enemy has equal quality of aircraft then how could you possibly claim your plane is the best?
All you could say would be is that you pilots are superior if your results are superior with the same equipment, but then the west has been claiming better planes and better pilots while engaging tiny third world countries under economic sanctions with all sorts of disadvantages too.
Ukraine is much closer to a peer enemy for Russia in terms of aircraft numbers committed to the fight and also in air defence capacity and numbers than any enemy the US has fought since the Japanese and the Germans in WWII.
Trans-loading would go down drastically with a common use Multi barrel rocket launchers (MBRL). Also, a common-use MBRL launcher for different types of rockets also comes with standardized test-equipment, thereby doing away with the need for rocket-specific equipment.
Not really... having one vehicle for all rocket types means your vehicle needs to cope with the heaviest rocket type which means it is going to be bigger and more expensive than is needed for the lighter rocket types.
Rocket support vehicles can be standardised across the rocket types and expanded to include mine rocket launch vehicles and TOS vehicles too without much problem... and without pallets.
Russia has similar systems thereby allowing them to launch rockets of varying diameters, like 214mm, 300mm & even 800mm BSMs like the ATACMS.
The thing is that rocket artillery is normally used for all sorts of battlefield tasks and supports ground units... having a multirole vehicle means it might be launching strikes deep behind enemy lines or performing counter battery work... during which time the units it is supposed to be supporting have no support available.
The idea is that you have a unified modular launcher and then based on the mission and condition and location you select the rocket size that best suits and that is the rocket that is supplied... because each rocket calibre has a range of rocket types too so you need to offer a selection of rocket types as well as the volume needed for the mission.
Except the concept of the pallet or pod design is that rockets are preloaded in pods ready to load onto the launch vehicle at once but there is no flexibility.
The Russian pallet loaded vehicle takes two rocket pallets that appear able to be mixed so you can have a pallet with 122mm rockets and a pallet with 220mm or 300mm rockets too on the one vehicle.
This offers flexibility but how are the pallets loaded... at some stage you will have soldiers loading rockets into tubes whether it is on preloaded pods or pallets or on the launch vehicle themselves.
There are an enormous variety of the different rockets types each with different roles, so having lots of launchers makes sense... perhaps the solution is an enormous truck with four or five ready to launch rocket batteries each with different rocket types ready to launch, but in that case it would make sense to hand load the launchers because as you use rockets you can top them up.
For instance an enemy force is counter attacking 15km away so firing off some HE Frag airburst 122mm rockets makes sense, but then an armoured force is detected so sensor fused top attack munitions can be fired at the location of that armoured force but also anti tank minelet rockets can be launched to sow minefields on their lines of retreat... followed 10 minutes later by HE Frag airburst in case anyone goes and starts picking up the surface laid mines...
HI Sutton , Jive Turkey and the whole submarine media complex became Ukraine giga shills as soon as the war started.
He was sold to me as unbiased, but has clearly jumped on the western propaganda bandwagon and twists his comments in favour of the west.
That is fine... he can play to his audience, but don't tell me he is a useful source for anything but western propaganda.
Without deep modernization they suck. Mig-29 was good only in the 90s but with its short range range r-27 and no datalink it became an easy target for modernized f-16 and new eurocanards.
Su-27 lack a good r-77-1 and has a big RCS. Even su-30 is not modern by modern standards with its huge rcs but has better missiles and more modern electronics eventhough they make better now.
The Ukraine makes the RVV-AE, the R-77 so there is no excuse that their MiGs and Su-27s don't have them operational, and they have cooperated with various countries on various things... if they didn't have the funds or the interest to improve their fighters who is to blame?
their Sergeant York despite using the F-16's radar.
Was it the F-16s radar or the F-18s? I seem to remember it being described as an M48 tank with WWII 40mm Bofors guns and F-18 radar all cobbled together to make a piece of crap that was no good for anything.
So he is right when he says su-35 destroying old su-27 ust like f-15 destroying serbian mig-29 means nothing. The gap is huge so the results is well known.
He also said the F-15 and F-16 are the best planes in the world because they manage to defeat the crap planes they go up against... flown by third world pilots or pilots of incomplete aircraft that would not get clearance to take off in their airforce.
Garry b wrote " SAM site moving every 10 minutes is a convoy and not a SAM site... take down and set up times for S-300 is about 5 minutes.... " ok a convoy we need and a convoy we have . Simply allow all vehicles to hook-up like a train and move like a convoy . Either in straight line , back and forth or zig -zag through the craters ! Alternatively dig a canal filled with water and float all devices on barges , back and forth . No missile can destroy water ! Providing the electronics work , while mobile .
Such a solution means they don't need to destroy them... they will already be ineffective in their role and be useless as a SAM if it is always moving and never set up and working.
That would be true if the su-35 or other modern aircraft is alone.
The Russians would have all sorts of aircraft in the air at any one time and only a tiny fraction of them will be Su-35s for a given time.
A Ukrainian Su-27 would obviously struggle against an Su-35 but what about against an Su-24 or Su-25 or Mi-17 or Mi-24?
The airspace over the Ukraine is pretty busy with quite a bit happening... making it sound like all inferior aircraft would be destroyed immediately is interesting because US forces struggled to shoot down MiG-25s in Iraq despite lack of upgrades...
I must had that those ukrainian pilots are brave.
Yeah, defending the master race... reminds me of what SS said about Iraqi or Syrian locals he would shoot if they got in his way... perspective is a fine thing...
One mans hero is another mans fool... perhaps if he had protested all this anti Russian bullshit ten years ago we might not be in this situation... too late to be brave when you are kneeling at the guillotine with a blindfold on and your hands tied behind your back...
It is crystal clear the z symbol has become a symbol of solidarity amongst russian population and their soldiers. Reading anything other than that into a z on a ruskie boomer sub is cringe af.
They have been putting Zs on their space launch rockets too... don't let him know or he might think it contains a nuke warhead for a stealth attack on the west.
Destroyed by "
" BTR-60 of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the battles for the liberation of the LPR
Looks like a hit to the front with the burned surface from the HEAT rocket strike already rusted this is not recent.
Add to that the wheels are completely missing as opposed to burned up because of lack of burnt paint I suspect this was abandoned and the wheels were taken as spares for their own vehicles. All the wheels are gone so they must all have been in good condition...
Can someone explain to me what the sherwood forest by izyum is? It seems like it has completely stopped russian forces for 3 months now. What exactly makes it so difficult to advance through compared to other forests in the donbass?
Don't confuse inability to move forward with lack of interest to move forward.
Maybe they have booby trapped the forest and have special forces in there killing any forward observers or ambush teams the Orcs send in to attack the nearby Russian forces... who knows...