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Message 2096105 - Posted: 19 Mar 2022, 17:32:40 UTC
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Do you think Putin might notice?...


YouTube: Russian state TV cuts away from Putin at pro-Russia rally
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Putin was making a speech with his government in Moscow's packed Luzhniki stadium when the TV started showing patriotic songs being played at the event instead...



So... Just some "accidental birthday (anniversary)"?... Ouch.

When does the latest Russian Revolution begin?


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Message 2096107 - Posted: 19 Mar 2022, 17:59:05 UTC - in response to Message 2096096.  

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Message 2096118 - Posted: 19 Mar 2022, 20:55:40 UTC

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Message 2096130 - Posted: 19 Mar 2022, 22:54:50 UTC

It took 6 years before someone stood up to Hitler. History recorded what happened in the following 6 years.
"No one is ready to stand up to Putin," says Pavel Felgenhauer. "We're in a dangerous spot."
if there is no Russia, why do we need the planet?
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Message 2096146 - Posted: 20 Mar 2022, 5:13:30 UTC

I wonder how many generals PooTin can afford to lose.

Russian Lieutenant-General Andrey Mordvichev killed in Ukraine.
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Message 2096173 - Posted: 20 Mar 2022, 21:07:16 UTC

Is it really so bad PooTin has had to call in sailors to be land soldiers?
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russian-navy-commander-killed-ukraine-2022-03-20/
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Message 2096174 - Posted: 20 Mar 2022, 21:28:55 UTC

Elon must be getting up PooTin's nose by now with his broomsticks and satellites.

Musk is playing a key role in Ukraine’s defence against Russia.
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Message 2096189 - Posted: 21 Mar 2022, 3:21:10 UTC

I saw an interesting video on YouTube regarding the sad state of repair of much of Russia's military equipment. According to a US logistics expert, equipment such as the trucks that are bogged down in the Ukraine, is plagued with failures that are due to extremely poor quality in procurement and a total lack of maintenance. The example cited are the tires used on heavy transport equipment that are designed to be able to inflate or deflate depending on the terrain being crossed. The problem is that the people in charge of production elected to skimp on quality materials and pocket the funds that were intended to procure the materials. So after several years of sitting in depots with little or no maintenance when the vehicles were called into service for Putin's incursion into the Ukraine many of the tires have gone flat due to dry rot. It seems that the Russian leaders were more interested in acquiring expensive dachas, yachts, cars and etc. than they were in providing their army with quality equipment. Now when called upon to carry out those leader's orders much of Russia's military equipment is terribly substandard. As with much of what is seen on the various news services and YouTube this may be just another example of propaganda and wishful thinking but it does have a ring of truth to it. All that money the Russian leaders lead by Putin had to come from somewhere and it seams reasonable that in that system something like this could have happened.
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Message 2096231 - Posted: 21 Mar 2022, 18:46:28 UTC
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Elon Musk to the rescue with saucers and broomsticks!

Twice over!!


Elon Musk's Starlink arrives in Ukraine but what next?
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A lorry full of Starlink dishes has arrived in Ukraine, with the country's deputy prime minister thanking Elon Musk, who runs the firm.

It is not clear where they are heading - but it is likely that they will be used by the government itself.

Currently internet access in Ukraine is fairly good but it is expected to deteriorate as the conflict worsens...

... Alp Toker of NetBlocks cautioned against seeing Starlink as a substitute for phone networks and broadband: "Starlink can provide connectivity by creating a personal hotspot for people who are in the vicinity of the device. So this is very useful for journalists, for resistance groups or the elected government."

Mr Toker said the devices would be most useful in providing a way of journalists and politicians getting information to the wider world, if there is a blackout in Kyiv. "Even if it's only from the select few who have been chosen to receive these devices, it's better than having a total absence of information."...


OneWeb to fly on competitor SpaceX's rockets
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The London-based satellite company OneWeb will resume launches of its spacecraft using rockets operated by its American competitor, SpaceX

Both firms are building constellations in the sky to deliver broadband internet connections. But while SpaceX can send up its Starlink system using its own rockets, OneWeb was left looking for rides when the Ukraine war forced it to abandon the use of Russian Soyuz vehicles.

OneWeb has now contracted SpaceX...

But will OneWeb get their impounded satellites back from Russia? Let alone the launch fees already paid up front??...



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Message 2096330 - Posted: 23 Mar 2022, 7:14:23 UTC

Is it possible that in the kremlin's extreme greed for wealth that they have sown the seeds for disaster thru the procurement of substandard parts and equipment for their military forces. I expected this "war" to be over within a week of Russian troops crossing the border. Maybe it was a big bluff and the Ukraine called it. Now Putin is stuck and hasn't got a way out that will save face.
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Message 2096345 - Posted: 23 Mar 2022, 13:12:16 UTC

Hey, Mr. old used PooTin, what's your exit strategy?
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Message 2096367 - Posted: 23 Mar 2022, 18:13:58 UTC
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The London Telegraph reports that the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu’s has disappeared. He was very active in the media until the 11th March, but has not appeared since then.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/03/23/ukraine-war-russia-latest-news-putin-zelensky-weapons-mariupol/ at 1:56pm

Also reported is that a Russian electronic warfare system, the Krasukha-4 unit which the Ukrainians recovered is to be transported to US Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany, before it is flown to the US for closer examination.


Nato military chiefs have been wary of the technology for years as they fear it is capable of tracking the alliance’s airborne warning and control aircraft, which act as air traffic control in the event of conflict.

The equipment can also jam radar reconnaissance satellites and drones.

A Krasukha-4 system is believed to have been used in Syria against Turkish forces flying TB-2 Bayraktar drones. The Russian electronic warfare radar was thought to have interfered with the control signal to the drones, causing them to lose control and crash.

Ukraine is using TB-2 Bayraktar drones to destroy Russian tanks and armoured vehicles.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/03/23/ukrainians-capture-russian-warfare-equipment-used-intercept/

Confirmation that the deputy commander of its Black Sea Fleet Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky was killed in Ukraine.
Ukraine sources say he was the 6th high ranking general to be killed.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russias-military-hit-by-high-ranking-losses-ukraine-2022-03-23/
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Message 2096368 - Posted: 23 Mar 2022, 18:15:37 UTC

For a war that PooTin thought would over in days it now drags into its 5th week.

The reason so many of PooTin’s generals are dead.

PooTin’s generals are getting picked off, one by one.

Six senior commanders have reportedly been killed in the first three weeks of the Ukraine war. And the reasons reveal catastrophic corruption and incompetence at the highest levels.

Unreliable electronics. A burgeoning black market. Subordinates too terrified to make decisions.

It all may have been lucrative and convenient in peacetime but kickbacks and cronyism are killing Russia’s top battlefield commanders....
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Message 2096378 - Posted: 23 Mar 2022, 20:27:51 UTC
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During WWII, there was the "5th Column".
In today's society it can be called "6th Column".
A former defence attaché at the British embassy in Moscow says that his warnings of "a long, dark march to war" by Vladimir Putin were ignored.
Air Commodore Carl Scott, now retired, writes in a letter to the Financial Times that he and his colleagues "reported the inevitability of conflict in detail, regularly and with the despair of Cassandra".
The former senior officer alleges that in the years he served in Moscow (2011-16), in the UK things changed and "all was subjugated to the City, all served the interests of our lucrative status as a safe haven for corrupt, and corrupting, wealth".
Nowhere is this more clear as what the clowns in Westminster have done, sanctioned the owner of Chelsea FC,
The club, staff, players, fans all suffer.
WHY?
What changed in 20 years?
Hmm...
...a war.
******* hypocrites.
Saudi Arabia fighting in Yemen & their human rights abuse yet they'e allowed to take over Newcastle FC.
Money talks, decency walks.

Edit:
Just like Covid, the dumbo's don't know what the hell they're actually doing.
Update.
Chelsea football club will be allowed to sell tickets to away games, cup matches and games involving the women's team after the UK government made alterations to the club's special licence.
The club have been unable to sell tickets since owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the government as part of its response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Under the changed licence, the club will not receive any revenue from ticket sales. Proceeds will go directly to the Premier League and then be distributed to the relevant party.
Chelsea fans can purchase tickets for future Premier League away games, with any revenue going to the host team.
The move means Chelsea will be able to sell tickets for their home Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid on 6 April and the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on the weekend of 16 April.
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Message 2096384 - Posted: 23 Mar 2022, 21:23:32 UTC

All is certainly not going that war criminal PooTin's way as NATO countries ramp up preparations for war.

NATO: 7,000 to 15,000 Russian troops dead in Ukraine.

NATO estimated on Wednesday that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in four weeks of war in Ukraine, where fierce fighting by the country’s fast-moving defenders has denied Moscow the lightning victory it sought.

By way of comparison, Russia lost about 15,000 troops over 10 years in Afghanistan....
And then there's the leaked report on a meeting between Russian and US military officials last week.

Inside a rare US meeting with a Russian general in Moscow.

A rare face-to-face meeting between Russian and US military officials last week led to an "outburst" of emotion from a normally stoic Russian general, a "revealing moment" that the Americans present believe hinted at larger morale problems in Russia's military, according to a closely held US military readout of what transpired....

...As the meeting was breaking up, one US defense attaché "casually inquired" about Ilyin's family roots in Ukraine, and the Russian general's "stoic demeanor suddenly became flushed and agitated," according to the readout. The Americans reported Ilyin responded "yes," and said that he was born in Dnipropetrovsk before moving with his family moving to Donetsk, where he went to school.

But the US officials reported Ilyin then added that the current situation in Ukraine is "tragic and I am very depressed over it" -- and then he walked out without shaking hands, according to the readout....
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Message 2096409 - Posted: 24 Mar 2022, 8:05:01 UTC

Is this the next Russian war criminal general on the hit list?

Mikhail Mizintsev: Bloody past of Russian Colonel dubbed ‘Butcher of Mariupol’.

If not then he should be.
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Message 2096412 - Posted: 24 Mar 2022, 8:29:27 UTC

NATO estimated on Wednesday that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in four weeks of war in Ukraine, where fierce fighting by the country’s fast-moving defenders has denied Moscow the lightning victory it sought.

By way of comparison, Russia lost about 15,000 troops over 10 years in Afghanistan....

Any "sane" government loosing about 10% of a large force in matter of a few weeks would be seriously questioning both its strategy and how they managed to underestimate the effectiveness of their opponent. However I question the sanity of the current Russian leadership who appear to be saying "Only 10%, we can afford to loose many times that before we even consider giving in", (provided that number is not any of the top level leadership).
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Message 2096421 - Posted: 24 Mar 2022, 10:33:38 UTC - in response to Message 2096412.  

NATO estimated on Wednesday that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in four weeks of war in Ukraine, where fierce fighting by the country’s fast-moving defenders has denied Moscow the lightning victory it sought.

By way of comparison, Russia lost about 15,000 troops over 10 years in Afghanistan....

Any "sane" government loosing about 10% of a large force in matter of a few weeks would be seriously questioning both its strategy and how they managed to underestimate the effectiveness of their opponent. However I question the sanity of the current Russian leadership who appear to be saying "Only 10%, we can afford to loose many times that before we even consider giving in", (provided that number is not any of the top level leadership).

That number is for killed only, normally the calculation is three times as many will be wounded, captured or MIA.
Therefore if those numbers are accurate then a total between 30,000 and 60,000 soldiers can be deducted from the starting number of ~150,000.
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Message 2096423 - Posted: 24 Mar 2022, 10:37:58 UTC

NATO official estimates that 40,000 Russian troops have been captured, injured, or killed.

NATO estimates that up to 40,000 Russian troops have been killed, injured, captured or gone missing during the first month of the Kremlin's war in Ukraine, an alliance official confirmed to NBC News....
I wonder how many of the missing are actually deserters.
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