The US is now saying the Patriot is back in operation after minor repair. Its a pity that the Russians hardly ever provide photo evidence of their claims.
They fired off 32 missiles so they hit probably 5 empty launchers and likely the radar array so the minor repair would be replacement launch vehicles and a new radar.
The job of Patriot was to defend the city and itself and it failed in both roles.
It offers a good protection against advancing troops.
But does it?
Didn't stop the Germans or the Soviets during WWII in either direction...
The reason the Russian BMPs are amphibious is so rivers are no longer obstacles...
With MLRS and US satelittes intel' ukro can attack the positions where russians would try to cross and put minefields around.
Which is why the ukros need to be eliminated as a force because they will continue to launch attacks on Russians and Russia...
Crossing is possible but with lot of losses. We already saw such bad endings previously in the war on both sides when they tried to cross minor rivers. Here it is a big one and would be more difficult.
Crossing of large rivers is something they practise and are equipped for... not easy, but not impossible either.
Best way to cross is actually through cities on the Dniepr where artillery fire is difficult thabks to buildings and with lot more bridges and civilian boats. In the open you are at the mercy of artillery and missiles.
Russia needs to keep destroying Orc artillery and it is easiest when it reveals its location by firing...
Most of their missiles get shot down when fired at military targets.
Its going to be on corps and people making over 400K.
So the people owning shops and businesses will be charged more to fix America... how will they respond... by putting up the price of their products and services?
We are witnessing huge Ukrainian diplomatic offensive right now.
Zelensky was last week in Germany, Italy, France and UK. His wife was in S. Korea at the same time.
All those missiles landing in Kiev... sounds like he wants to be somewhere else most of the time...
Medvedev I think said on twitter it's time to get ride of him after the attack on the Kremlin.
The return of the Zelensky before the Israeli PM told him he was safe... Bunker bunny.... of course what he is doing to his own people pretty soon he will be hiding from them too.
400k a year for a couple in states like California or New York is upper middle class. They are already paying about 50% of their income in taxes when you add federal, state, local, and sales tax. More pertinently, most of those people making 400k are producing productive income.
People earning 400K per year have accountants to hide their money in trusts and buy failing businesses so they can write off tax payments and pay almost nothing in tax.
Look at how much Trump was paying. In Australia the most wealthy guy in the 1990s was paying zero income tax and his companies were paying bugger all too... because that is what accountants do.
Yes Russia is totally overshadowed by Ukraine diplomatically or more precisely it is getting huge slaps right and left straight to its face past few days.
Russia is signing deals with all those countries Zelensky visited except the western G7 countries of course... they buy their Russian goods from third countries at a good markup.
On these terms it's possible to come to agreements with many forces in the Ukraine that would be ready to oppose Zelensky if the conditions are right.
There is no reason to believe Russia could believe anything signed by that lot... from Minsk to date they are not honest.
When their military collapses move forward and accept their surrender and take out the obvious war criminals for trial and release the rest while taking and occupying the rest of the country... then start referendums giving them choices that Russia will accept and let them decide, but all the while hunt down the criminals and put them on trial for what they have done... when you start doing that perhaps some of those who fled the Ukraine that hate Zelensky can probably resettle and be good neighbours.
Some regions will be very unhappy but Russia does not need to shell them like Kiev did to regions not happy with Kievs rule.
People really not happy will try terrorism and be arrested or killed along with those that help them. Other people not happy can move to the west... I am sure the US will offer them green cards... they love their nazis.
If Cuba was regime changed by China, defense pacts were written between both countries or were in the process to go through, and Cuba was getting more military support, was preparing for offensives, and started seriously discussing openly the retaking of Guantanamo bay, what do you think America would do? Well the first legit regime change America has done in many generations. I'd be proud.
Personally I think Cuba should dig a trench 500m wide and 40-50m deep around the entire perimeter of Guantanimo Bay and use it as a land fill... put all the rubbish from the island in there... the smellier the better... let them stay as long as they want.
Russia's greatest enemy and the only real one is the West.
The west sees Russia as an enemy because it has interests that make it so... Russia has a lot of talent and resources and some western countries want to break that up so they can take advantage of the chaos to get some for itself.
Open conflict with the west is not the solution, the solution in this situation is to wait for the American people to vote Biden out of office... he is the one driving this... when he is gone there wont be anyone else who wants to throw money away at Kiev of all places, they will be looking to rebuild the US and the west... which is not happening with a war against Russia or China or both.
Russia does not need Kharkov or Odessa, Russia needs victory against the West.
Denying such regions to nazis is a good thing for Russia and for those regions... they got rid of the nutters in Chechnia and they can do the same in Ukraine... there are plenty of non nazis in these regions who can take over and take care of business... they know who the nazis are...
And how do you suggest Russia achieves that without conquering the whole of Ukraine and turning it into a Russian protectorate, landlocked without Black Sea access and a standing military? Or would you rather sign Minsk 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 respectively?
I suspect there will become a point where western funding stops and they run out of cannon fodder and their frontlines collapse in multiple places and Russian forces can advance anywhere they please because all the forces across the country have been gutted of all the young and willing leaving a dads army remnant in the other regions who are more likely to talk and allow Russian forces in to keep the peace while referendums are organised and run.
Which forces? The only people that had the power and coordination to oppose the nazi scum joined the LDPR resistance from 2014 onwards. All other opposition groups are either in jail, dead or hiding in fear.
I think there will be quite a few who got caught up in all the excitement and didn't really think things through properly who are now realising they made a mistake and those in charge have gone too far.
Sirsky meanwhile is older, and may prove to be more conservative in his war-fighting strategy, that would actually disadvantage Russia. Still though, I'd say it's quite a plausible explanation too.
Well if he turns out to be more capable they can always target and kill him too...
They have that luxury.
The Russian political leadership figured that Zaluzhny was too much a darling of the US, too well connected to them, too committed to the current course and ideological in his nationalism
Perhaps hitting the pro US Orcs could be a new strategy... to weaken Zelensky and the US by eliminating their buddies in the infrastructure in the military and politics...
Hell on Earth tonight
Looks a bit like a scifi channel movie with alien spacecraft coming out of hyperspace above their target... covered in lights.
Does anyone know the purpose of raining WP on Bakhmut?
They are saying only 1% of the area is under orc control and that area getting covered in incendiaries looks rather larger than 1% of the area.
I suspect if this is Bakhmut that these are historical videos from the last decade or so and those rocket delivered incendiaries are being fired by Orc launchers at civilians who are resisting.