China behaving like an autistic borderliner again.
Taiwan is pending.. Better pick a side lest you'll be next with no friends left.
China is not going to send troops to Ukraine to help Russia, just like Russia is not going to send troops to help China if a conflict with Taiwan starts, but continuing to buy Russian energy and food and other products, and Russia continuing to sell energy and food and other products and materials to China is all that is required for now.
These slant eyed bastards cannot be trusted. They are not real friends. If I'm Russia, I would not back China on the Taiwan issue. I would be neutral. Especially if more idiotic rhetoric like this comes from Beijing.
Russia does not need Chinese support and China does not need Russias support, what they need is for the other to remain neutral and not join the sanctions orgy of the west.
^ Probably the rigidity of the bureaucracy. They are stuck with the rules of SMO until the right papers are signed I guess. Overly legalistic bs. FFS it is so frustrating.
I rather doubt that even comes in to it... the best chance for a mouse to escape a trap is when it realises it is a trap and has time to escape from it.
Traps must be fast and complete or the targets will get away.
One Million? thats more men than needed unless the russians really wanna get this war done fast but still mobilize one million men takes months as all the gear for these formations need to be supplied
The Source might as well been the US State Department.
Don't wanna sound like a conspiracy nutter, just an observation.
Not a conspiracy... they have been shaping opinions since their inception, but being very subtle so that no one gets alarmed.
Talk about Russians or Chinese fixing US elections... try Google and Microsoft...
I'm not even Indian. Then again, you prove your stupidity just by posting. I bet outside of this, you do so just by breathing.
Wagner is a mercenary group dumbass.
You will be waiting a month for a reply.
Kadyrov was asking for 85,000. They went with 300,000.
He wanted 85K more men in Ukraine to fight... we don't know for sure what these 300K are going to be used for specifically.
In this war, we see that the russian air force simply doesnt have the numbers to coverthe front area which allows for ukrainian armored groups to attack and marshall almost unimpeded. This numerical insufficiency can be remedied by having thousands of drones like forpost and inokhodets constantly patrolling, the frontline and behind it, but russia only has a few dozen of them at best. Meanwhile russian strike aircraft are too valuable to be risked to strike behind enemy lines.
We see in every conflict that small groups of mobile well armed enemy are difficult targets for any air power... even all of HATO.
This proves that retiring the MiG-27 and Su-22M4 was a mistake. They were affordable and effective ground attack aircraft with just as much, if not more, modernization potential than the Su-25. The MiG-27K had a far superior laser targeting system than the vanilla Su-25 for example. If russia still had a few hundred Su-22M4s and MiG-27s, it could use them instead of overkill aircraft like the Su-34 for battlefield interdiction.
I would have to disagree... for striking specific targets like a bridge or building they were very good but operating over the battlefield they were too fast.
The Su-25SM3 has a pretty good laser and EO system fitted, but much of the time they don't roam the battlefield looking for targets of opportunity, they are normally sent on specific missions to hit enemy forces in specific locations as identified by ground forces.
Ie the enemy are advancing and moving through a forest in front of our troops... Su-25s could launch volleys of rockets lofted into the air to fall near vertically on the target area... rockets coming in near vertical are vastly more capable and effective than rockets arriving at a near horizontal angle... the first dozen trees will stop them coming in near horizontal... lofted rockets are dangerous anywhere inside the entire length and width of the forest... hitting a branch up in the trees just increases the spread of fragments...
Didn't you guys throw a fit when I used the word conscripts?
They are being conscripted but the traditional meaning of conscripts is inexperienced people from ordinary life called up for mandatory military service.
In this case they are previous contract soldiers with combat experience, so no, by definition they are not conscript soldiers, they are being called conscripts because they are being mobilised... called up... conscripted.
Frontline attack aircraft are extremely vulnerable because of widespread MANPADS. The only reason old useless dinosaurs like the Su-25 and the A-10 still linger on is because they have been proven to be very good at general CAS in less MANPADs-saturated environments. They were designed with some survivability in a light AAA (implying guns and cannons) environment, not the way a frontline battlefield looks today...(1)
The EW equipment their helicopters and Su-25s are carrying seem to be rather effective considering there are supposed to be thousands of MANPADS in country including British and American and of course Soviet and Polish etc etc missiles too.
(1) The A-10 and the Su-25 were both designed for ridiculous survivability, they both excel at it. But the A-10 also has a gigantic main autocannon that is pretty much useless except for local troop support in an environment where you already fully control the airspace. It was designed to destroy heavily armored vehicles, and by the time it was fielded it couldn't. As this weapon is overkill for every mission it can realistically do something good in (lighter cannon pods, rocket pods etc would do a much better job), and it takes up a good chunk of the A-10s overall weight since it's simply built-in, the A-10 is the worse platform of the two, ironically enough.
The gun, the ammo bin and the electric motor that drives the gun is the size of a small car and is the reason the A-10 is the size of a B-25.
Even a broken clock is correct twice a day
But he isn't.
He was claiming raw conscripts with no military or combat experience from the last few conscription periods were going to be conscripted again... ie that they would actually be actual conscripts.
These men are being conscripted but the requirement they have combat experience means only former contract soldiers or special forces that actually went to war are going to be conscripted.
These are not green conscripts like Chechnia.
I would say denying air supremacy when you don't really have an air force and when you are utilizing primarily SAMS developed by your enemy 30 years ago is pretty successful.
Not really... they seem to continue to hit ground targets and despite HATO support and more MANPADS than most western countries have available on their own, while losses of aircraft and even standoff weapons seems to be the exception... they have been upgrading their systems all this time just like Russia has and has had HATO input for the last decade too, so no excuses for not being up to scratch.
On the other hand we have the ex military conscripts, up to 300k, going back into the military as part of the ongoing mobilization.
Only former soldiers with combat experience will be mobilised which excludes conscripts as they are portrayed in the traditional sense.
These experienced veterans are being conscripted/mobilised, but they are not green untrained inexperienced conscripts as used in Chechnia or Vietnam (by the US).
Question 2:- Does this statement "All conscripts, regardless of the VUS, will serve on the territory of Russia, there will be no dispatch to the NWO zone." mean that neither group will serve in Ukraine (i.e. outside Russia)?
They are mobilising them now but they wont get sent anywhere for a month or so, which means the Donbass and Lugansk might be the territory of Russia.
Question 3:- Does this change after parts of Ukraine become part of Russia next week?
They places they can be sent changes if Russia expands further into the former Ukraine.
Judging by how russia is using its Su-34s(droppping dumb bombs flying right sabove the target) and almost not using strike UAVs it is the 70s.
The Su-34 of today is vastly superior to Su-22 or Su-17 or MiG-27 or Su-24s from the 1970s.
The Su-22M4 was as good as the Su-25 in ground attack.
No it wasn't, the troops on the ground said the Su-25 was rather better at finding the enemy positions they directed them to and hitting the enemy positions in Afghanistan... and since.
Yet russia is using Su-34s, Su-30s and Su-25s to do the job of drones. Its better to lose a MiG-27 or Su-22M4 than a Su-34. Oh wait, Su-34s were lost already.
Fitters and Floggers were lost too.
Armor is bullshit. Speed, DIRCM, MAWS, flares/chaff and jammer pods are what matters. The Su-22M4 and MiG-27 had more upgrade potential than the Su-25.
Funny because Su-25s have all those, while the Fitters and Floggers had speed and flares.
Su-25s have landed with one engine taken out... something a Fitter and Flogger simply can't do.
I have never, ever witnessed the level of harshness the Chinese diplomacy is using now. They used to be the way you are describing them, but ... not for a while. They openly carried vast support to Russian actions, and some of the comments towards the US are simply offensive. It has never been this way, Chinese always used a non-confrontal language. Aside of that, sure, they could ram a spy airplane if they wanted Twisted Evil Laughing yet they have always covered that with nice words.
Now they don't care anymore, they can call the US president a moron openly.
We haven't seen real diplomacy from the west for quite a few decades now, so their honesty is refreshing... when European leaders predicted Clinton would win because Trump is an idiot... who would vote for him, then of course they were shocked and horrified when Trump won and then treated them like the shit they are.
Real diplomacy is Putin... when did he reply to western reporters with his opinion of who should win any sort of election in the west.
Putin would always reply that it is not for him to select such a person, the voters need to decide for themselves... that way there is no awkwardness if the other guy wins... like there was with Trump.
Putin and the Chinese have realised there is no appeasing the west... they are what they are and have no reason to change for the moment.
So far, so good. We'll see how all this pans out but somehow I doubt there will be any fighting on this island.
Not to say they wont try, but I think they are going to get very desperate and try all sorts of stuff... their own actions have made Ukrainian citizens fear them so much they want to join the Russian Federation to protect themselves from these idiots.
The irony is that if Putin wanted to re-absorb the Crimea and enormous swathes of the Ukraine I would have said that was absurd in the early 2000s... but western and specifically US actions have made it actually necessary to reduce the death toll to a minimum.
Good to hear you are safe and well... we are thinking about you.