Russia's unjustifiable war of aggression in Ukraine

catcha

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Some volunteers are coming back from Ukraine. Here are some of their stories:

An American Marine from Ohio:


A Polish former soldier and a football hooligan (auto translation to English):


Interesting to see different but similar approach. Different from what the first returning volunteers were saying month or more ago.

and some news from the UK:


Some equipment from PL and NL on the video:

 
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an liathroid beag

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Russia stormed out of a UN Security Council meeting after the EU blamed Moscow for causing a global food crisis by blocking ports and stealing grain in Ukraine.

Charles Michel, the European Council president, said Russia used food supplies as a “stealth missile” against the developing world during a war that has left Ukrainian food exports stuck in port.

He said, "The dramatic consequences of Russia's war are spilling over across the globe, and this is driving up food prices, pushing people into poverty, and destabilising entire regions.”

“The Kremlin is also targeting grain storages and stealing grain from areas it has occupied while shifting the blame on others,” Mr Michel said on Monday evening in New York.

“Russia is solely responsible for this food crisis, despite its campaign of lies,” the former prime minister of Belgium added.

Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia, who later accused Mr Michel of spreading lies, walked out of the meeting.

Mr Michel said, “You may leave the room. Maybe it’s easier not to hear to the truth, dear ambassador.”
 

catcha

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Russia stormed out of a UN Security Council meeting after the EU blamed Moscow for causing a global food crisis by blocking ports and stealing grain in Ukraine.

Charles Michel, the European Council president, said Russia used food supplies as a “stealth missile” against the developing world during a war that has left Ukrainian food exports stuck in port.

He said, "The dramatic consequences of Russia's war are spilling over across the globe, and this is driving up food prices, pushing people into poverty, and destabilising entire regions.”

“The Kremlin is also targeting grain storages and stealing grain from areas it has occupied while shifting the blame on others,” Mr Michel said on Monday evening in New York.

“Russia is solely responsible for this food crisis, despite its campaign of lies,” the former prime minister of Belgium added.

Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia, who later accused Mr Michel of spreading lies, walked out of the meeting.

Mr Michel said, “You may leave the room. Maybe it’s easier not to hear to the truth, dear ambassador.”

I was watching it live and even double checked who is this guy talking, is it Michel or sort of hallucinations ;)
 
Russia stormed out of a UN Security Council meeting after the EU blamed Moscow for causing a global food crisis by blocking ports and stealing grain in Ukraine.

Charles Michel, the European Council president, said Russia used food supplies as a “stealth missile” against the developing world during a war that has left Ukrainian food exports stuck in port.

He said, "The dramatic consequences of Russia's war are spilling over across the globe, and this is driving up food prices, pushing people into poverty, and destabilising entire regions.”

“The Kremlin is also targeting grain storages and stealing grain from areas it has occupied while shifting the blame on others,” Mr Michel said on Monday evening in New York.

“Russia is solely responsible for this food crisis, despite its campaign of lies,” the former prime minister of Belgium added.

Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia, who later accused Mr Michel of spreading lies, walked out of the meeting.

Mr Michel said, “You may leave the room. Maybe it’s easier not to hear to the truth, dear ambassador.”

“You may leave the room. Maybe it’s easier not to hear to the truth, dear ambassador.” I hope he followed on from here with 'get out of here ya whores melt and take that gang of cunts with you'
 

catcha

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Only €60 ;)


They have other stuff too, like KRAB Howitzer system ;)

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Apparently Russian progress is not as expected (by Russians):


They were claiming, that they will finish this campaign by the 10th of June.

Meanwhile in the Russian state TV they started the narrative that after Ukraine Poland must be next ;)

Medviediev posted an interesting entry on his official telegram. He stated that he hates West and will not rest until it vanishes :)

He is a bit emotional, maybe because US authorities told his son on Monday that he has 48hrs to leave the country and that his visa is cancelled ;)

bonus:

this is how work in 2S1 Gvozdik 122mm Howitzer looks alike:

 
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catcha

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Meanwhile in Italy:


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LOL:

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It seems Ukrainians are trying to use everything they have:


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From the Polish board: This is not an Ukrainian Punisher but Polish FlyEye (with main module destroyed), the WartMate drone has the head used, meaning it hit the target or received a self-destruct signal. Still this means, that since those models where introduced (2014) it would be the first time when opponents captured it in such a good state (but without the head it is useless to engineer).
 

an liathroid beag

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Putin and Xi declared their ill intentions toward the West with the recent 5,000 word Winter Olympics declaration, proclaiming that together they would champion an authoritarian axis against the American led democratic order. Putin believed this agreement would provide him the much-needed assistance in his endeavors to limit NATO and reconstruct Russia's sphere of influence. Again, he was wrong.

Rather than coming to Putin's defense when Russia started seeking more weapons to fight in Ukraine, China has largely remained on the sidelines. Chinese hesitancy is demonstrated by clear splits among China's ruling elite on how to respond to the war in Ukraine, further complicating Putin's plans for an "authoritarian axis." For now, China is above all interested in protecting its economic growth and access to Western technology and markets that would be cut off if Beijing embraces Moscow's aggression.

Putin grossly miscalculated the responses of the West's leaders, as well as those of public opinion, China, Ukraine and even his own military capabilities. He has allowed his blind hatred of the West and of Ukraine to cloud his analytical prowess. Putin has single-handedly expanded NATO, to include Finland and Sweden, incentivized European cohesion, re-militarized Germany, destroyed the Russian economy, pushed Russia further into China's steel grip and most importantly, reinvigorated the Western democratic order after three decade of malaise.

Not bad for a former KGB lieutenant-colonel.
 

catcha

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Situation swings again:


and a really interesting article:


No War for Old Spies: Putin, the Kremlin and Intelligence​

Philip H J Davies and Toby Steward
20 May 20227 Minute Read


Old hands: Russian President Vladimir Putin with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Director of the Federal Secret Service Alexander Bortnikov and Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin. Image: kremlin.ru / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0
Old hands: Russian President Vladimir Putin with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Director of the Federal Secret Service Alexander Bortnikov and Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin. Image: kremlin.ru / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0


Russia’s failures are a result of outdated Soviet attitudes and ideas that cannot keep up with the evolving intelligence environment.
The Russian offensive against Ukraine has been dogged by a cascade of intelligence failures at every level of command. This has ranged from completely failing to assess the likelihood and shape of a unified Western response and Ukraine’s determined resistance, to inadequate preparations for Ukraine’s ‘mud season’ and a bewildering lack of any effective operational security (OPSEC) measures. The irony of this, of course, is that Vladimir Putin’s ruling coterie is numerically and functionally dominated by former intelligence officers. Attempts to explain this paradox have tended to rely on conventional wisdoms of why authoritarian regimes are often bad at strategic intelligence. Such governments, the orthodoxy runs, may invest heavily in covert information collection, but they are typically poor at analysis and assessment. In part this is because of an institutional bias towards espionage that neglects analysis, partly because of a pressure to tell autocrats what they want to hear because of the personal and professional risks of doing otherwise, and partly because autocrats tend to act as their own intelligence officers and ignore the truth even when someone dares speak it, acting instead on their own judgement.

While these accounts are entirely plausible as far as they go, none of them has considered specifically whether Russian intelligence has gone wrong precisely because so many of Russia’s leaders are former intelligence officers of a certain type and vintage. This is crucial because, while Putin and his clique have spent the last three decades trying to restore the kind of police state intelligence concept that had once been their professional milieu, intelligence in the democratic West had been undergoing a succession of so-called ‘revolutions’. As a result, Russia’s leadership entered the conflict almost entirely unprepared for the capabilities and uses of the 21st century intelligence that would be deployed against them.

Russia’s Retreat from Reform​

Putin, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, FSB head Alexander Bortnikov and SVR chief Sergei Naryshkin all joined the KGB during the 1970s. Even the Head of the National Guard of Russia (Rosgvardia) started out in the oft-overlooked KGB Border Guards Directorate. Their formative early professional lives were, therefore, shaped by the concepts and practices of a very specific form of police state that John Dziak has called a ‘counterintelligence state’.

Significantly, the common generic term for Russia’s agencies is not ‘intelligence’ or even ‘security’ services but special services. The first function of such special services, as acknowledged by one FSB official, is to act as the clandestine executive arm of the state. Their first task is regime protection through the pursuit of the regime’s perceived enemies at home and abroad in which foreign strategic intelligence is a second order consequence of that pursuit. And as executive organs, executive powers such as enforcement and covert political and paramilitary action are equal with the collection and processing of information in their mission.

Russia’s leadership entered the conflict almost entirely unprepared for the capabilities and uses of the 21st century intelligence that would be deployed against them

Under Boris Yeltsin there was a short-lived effort to recast the old ‘special services’ in the mould of a Western-style ‘intelligence community’. The sprawling KGB was dismantled and its foreign intelligence First Chief Directorate was hived off to become the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). The domestic secret police apparatus that was the Second Chief Directorate was carved out, stripped of many of its wider powers, and designated the Federal Counterintelligence Service (FSK). The protective security Ninth Chief Directorate evolved into today’s Federal Protection Service (FSO). The KGB’s two signals intelligence (SIGINT) directorates, the 8th and the 16th, were excised and amalgamated into an entirely new entity, the Federal Agency for Government Communications and Information (FAPSI). FAPSI, it was announced, was to be modelled on Western SIGINT and communications security agencies like NSA and GCHQ.
Only military intelligence, the GRU, escaped untouched and unreformed because it was subordinate to the Ministry of Defence and not the disgraced Communist Party.

Warning signs came early and in close succession. Despite abortive efforts to transfer the KGB’s Third Chief Directorate for military counterintelligence to the General Staff, it was incorporated into the FSK instead. And, against the backdrop of the First Chechen War, the FSK began claw back lost powers and influence. In 1995 – still under Yeltsin – it was awarded a wider mandate for internal security and specifically for counterterrorism, and rebranded the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Vladimir Putin’s KGB career had started in the Second Chief Directorate followed by transfer to the First. He was not really a member of the well-heeled espionage elite of officers pursuing careers beyond the ‘near abroad’ as illegals or under diplomatic cover. Spending the last five years of his KGB service in Dresden, he was one of the many second-class citizens of foreign intelligence working within the Soviet bloc. He was, therefore, in his niche during his year as FSB director overseeing the resurgence of that agency. An especially alarming development during his directorship was the re-incorporation of two former KGB special forces units, Alfa and Vympel, into FSB.

When Putin left to become a First Deputy Prime Minister, his immediate successors Patrushev and then Bortnikov continued to manage the on-going reinforcement and enlargement of the FSB. Meanwhile, as Acting President, in 2000 Putin expanded and intensified the FSB’s military counterintelligence role. In 2003, he abolished FAPSI, initially transferring its functions and capabilities, then later distributed them between both the FSB and FSO. Later that year, the FSB re-acquired the Border Guards, and then in 2004 was tasked by a 2003 statute to set up a new division for foreign intelligence, albeit one theoretically confined to operating within the ‘near abroad’. By the middle of that decade, therefore, the KGB had been largely resurrected in all but name.

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You begin to wonder what exactly is going on with weapons supply to Ukraine. The report is that US has agreed to send 4 rocket launchers and UK is sending 3.

7 for a 1000 mile front when Russia is shelling and bombing the Donbas to dust.



Meanwhile Angela Merkel is more concerned about her own legacy than applying pressure on Scholz to supply arms to Ukraine.

She should have bern honest and admitted that she got it horribly wrong.

The world would have more respect for her.

Schroder is a crook but he doesn't try to hide it.

Merkels legacy is toxic
 
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