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Is Ukraine about to have a war?

Old 3rd Mar 2022, 09:20
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The US is to set up a 'Kleptocapture' task force in Monaco to go after the assets of oligarch's linked to Putin's regime. Looks like a fun job.

On which note, I bet Abramovich is sweating about liquidating his assets in London and elsewhere in Europe, him now being a 'person of interest'.
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 09:21
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‘Game-changing’ drones helping Ukraine in battle for the skies

Article &
photo in The Times.

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The Ukrainian military has been using “Punisher” drones that can target fuel storage, ammunition supplies and electronic warfare stations up to 30 miles behind enemy lines.

Eugene Bulatsev, an engineer with the Ukrainian designer UA-Dynamics, said that the electric drones were “game-changing” and had completed up to 60 “successful” missions since the invasion began.

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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 09:25
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Here is the tracking link
Leo Blavatnik?? Bejesus, forget about Cecil Rhodes, Oxford Uni are going to have to get the sign writers in:

The Blavatnik School of Government

"Our mission is to inspire and support better government and public policy around the world."

Err, does that include violent regime change??

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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 09:27
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
Here is the tracking link
Thanks NutLoose, you are fast!

Unfortunately it is down now (see the developers notes from yesterday) so isn't much of use in this occasion.
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 09:43
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They should cancel the fuel cards of the oligharcs jets which would mean cash to refuel.
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Are the use of these drones another example of a Russian own-goal? Its been reported that Russian forces don't have widespread access to mil grade comms, and are instead having to rely on mobile phones and OTS walkie-talkies - the latter which operate on similar frequencies to commercial drones.

Related to this, the EW environment does seem to be rather benign, possibly another consequence of their comms limitations?
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The Atlantic has an article regarding having conscript reserves. This was discussed earlier in the topic, before Putins hordes invaded Ukraine.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...ession/623334/
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 11:06
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Originally Posted by dead_pan
the EW environment does seem to be rather benign, possibly another consequence of their comms limitations?
What makes you say this? Do you expect that EW capabilities and associated results to be made public? Personally, from past experience, I can imagine the EW environment to be very busy.
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 11:17
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Originally Posted by golfbananajam
What makes you say this? Do you expect that EW capabilities and associated results to be made public? Personally, from past experience, I can imagine the EW environment to be very busy.
I was referring to Russian EW activities. I would have expected there to have been an EM blizzard there by now - no TV or phone signals etc.
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 11:42
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Regarding Russians treating prisoners fairly, I guess both sides are lying through their teeth.
I am guessing for every prisoner that is shown being fine, there are at least ten being beaten up.
One thing that does make me wonder, if everything is going that fine for UKR forces, why the release of military experienced prisoners few days ago?
Heard today that Moscow admited 500 KIA abd 1500 WIA. I'm sure it's a lot more than that. Do we know what are Ukrainian military losses? Both personel and material?
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 11:53
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This sounds interesting, coming from a Belarusian media. No confirmation however from other sources so far. If you dont count Linda Thomas-Greenfield making a statement in the UN yesterday of Putin threatening Finland and Sweden with an invasion.

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Lexif has posted this on jetblast, it is the AN225 on fire in its shed

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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 12:09
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Originally Posted by Beamr
This sounds interesting, coming from a Belarusian media. No confirmation however from other sources so far. If you dont count Linda Thomas-Greenfield making a statement in the UN yesterday of Putin threatening Finland and Sweden with an invasion.

https://twitter.com/nexta_tv/status/1499227333688975365

Don't forget Finland discovered a secret Russian base on one of their islands a couple of years back with barracks, 9 piers, a helipad, and CCTC covering the whole island owned by a Russian.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a8612161.html
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 12:15
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
Don't forget Finland discovered a secret Russian base on one of their islands a couple of years back with barracks, 9 piers, a helipad, and CCTC covering the whole island owned by a Russian.
When the russian owner was asked why he built all those dock there he said he likes to swim around the island
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 12:16
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Do we know what are Ukrainian military losses? Both personel and material?
Probably huge. But they die defending their country, which is different from dying invading another.
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 12:44
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It's still young men dying in wars started by old men.............
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Originally Posted by Beamr
This sounds interesting, coming from a Belarusian media. No confirmation however from other sources so far. If you dont count Linda Thomas-Greenfield making a statement in the UN yesterday of Putin threatening Finland and Sweden with an invasion.
Cant see it really happening. Finland and Sweden are both part of the EU. The EU has a binding mutual defence clause in the charter.

Doing so would have him start a conflict with the entire EU, and given what we have seen so far even without the US he wouldn’t stand a chance against the combined militaries of the EU.
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..France “strongly” urged its citizens on Thursday to leave Russia if their presence there was “not essential”, following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and the closure of airspace between Russia and the European Union.
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From France24.com...perhaps HMG should give the same advice?
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Old 3rd Mar 2022, 12:53
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Originally Posted by dead_pan
The US is to set up a 'Kleptocapture' task force in Monaco to go after the assets of oligarch's linked to Putin's regime. Looks like a fun job.

On which note, I bet Abramovich is sweating about liquidating his assets in London and elsewhere in Europe, him now being a 'person of interest'.
That's why he is selling Chelsea. It’s hard to move a football club offshore. Quick
sell of his assets here and sent offshore to be hidden QuickTime.
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Originally Posted by tartare
Yep - it's a 40-60 percent hit to Germany's energy supply and others, and short/medium term will create huge economic problems.
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A few days ago I read in focus.de that gas reserves are good until springtime with no mention of any restrictions.
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