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In Stunning Shift, WaPo Admits Catastrophic-Conditions, Collapsing-Morale Of Ukraine Front-Line Forces, by Tyler Durden

The propaganda narrative about Ukraine is crumbling. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

With Russia’s war in Ukraine now in its fourth month, mainstream media consumers have been treated to seemingly endless headlines and analysis of Russia’s extensive military losses. At the same time Ukrainian forces have tended to be lionized and their battlefield prowess romanticized, with essentially zero public information so far being given which details up-to-date Ukrainian force casualties, set-backs, and equipment losses.

But for the first time The Washington Post is out with a surprisingly dire and negative assessment of how US-backed and equipped Ukrainian forces are actually fairing. Gone is the rosy idealizing lens through which each and every encounter with the Russians is typically portrayed. WaPo correspondent and author of the new report Sudarsan Raghavan underscores of the true situation that “Ukrainian leaders project an image of military invulnerability against Russia. But commanders offer a more realistic portrait of the war, where outgunned volunteers describe being abandoned by their military brass and facing certain death at the front.”

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Operation Z–Dumb Bombs Go To School, by Helmholtz Schmidt

This article says a lot about the difference between the American and Russian approach to war. From Helmholtz Schmidt at sonar21.com:

We are told (old news now that Azovstal has been relieved or evacuated or however the West now spells surrendered) that Russia is so short of smart bombs that it’s hitting Azovstal with dumb bombs.

Well, the short and the simple is this – Russia doesn’t have any dumb bombs – they’ve all been sent to school.

Let me explain.

It’s World War 2, you’re in a bomber flying from a base in England to a target in Germany 500 miles away. You have a sophisticated bomb sight that can “put a bomb in a pickle barrel” but only if it has really accurate inputs. What’s your altitude? That is calculated by a barometer; you set it when you left your base but you’re 500 miles away and the air pressure is different. So the altitude your gauge tells you has a big plus or minus. What’s your speed over the ground? You have a reasonably good take on your airspeed (plus or minus) but that’s not – given winds – what your ground speed is. So that’s another estimate. And where are you anyway? You have a navigator and a lot of maps but it’s really only dead reckoning and there are plenty of ways that that can go wrong; so a huge plus or minus on that input. Later in the war you have Oboe and that makes the plus or minus a lot smaller but still not zero. And the Germans have turned all the lights off and done everything they can think of to make your target look like a forest and a forest look like your target. And where is the target anyway? The bomb sight only works if you can actually see it. So clouds, smoke pots, camouflage add another level to the estimation. In actual use, your bomb sight is 16 times less accurate than you were told it was.

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Day 35 of the Russian SMO in the Ukraine – a “naysayers special”! By Andrei

In the middle of the article is a good analysis of the military situation from Scott Ritter. From Andrei at thesaker.is:

How many of you remember the endless stream of warnings that “Putin works for Schwab” or “Putin is in bed with Netanyahu”, he will “sell out the Donbass” and he is “bluffing” about sanctions.

Then came the ultimatum.  They dismissed it.

Then came the Special Military Operation (SMO).  They dismissed it.

Then came the news that Russia would sell gas to hostile states only in Rubles.  They dismissed it.

See, for them, there are only two options:

  1. Putin is a Davos/Bilderberger/CFR/WEF/etc. agent
  2. Putin is bluffing

So let me ask you all: with a eight year track of being wrong, every time, why would you listen to these clowns?

I mean, seriously, not only are they wrong, but they are using all the talking points of US PSYOPs.  Some do that in the name of freedom, democracy, and their love for the pure and Nazi-free Ukraine they support so much, others do that in the name of Holy Russia and their desire to overthrow Putin to replace him with… … somebody better.

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Ukraine: Transfer of Power Balance from West to East, by Cameron Leckie

The American Empire and dollar hegemony are over. From Cameron Leckie at consortiumnews.com:

Own goal: Cameron Leckie says the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is rapidly accelerating what had been a more drawn-out process.  

Economic connections between U.S., EU, China, Russia and India. (Thereisnous, CC0, Wikimedia Commons)

Most of the debate and coverage of the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war in Australia and the Western world is decidedly banal. It is characterized by the simplification of an extremely complex situation to generate a narrative that can be summarized as Putin and Russia are evil and Ukraine is good.

This gross simplification is not helpful in either understanding the causes of the war, the nature of the war, its broader implications and most importantly of all, how it can be ended with the least number of additional deaths and injuries and damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure.

The preponderance of human-interest reporting of the conflict in lieu of coverage of the war itself is illustrative. The heartbreaking examples of families torn asunder along with the brave exploits of Ukrainian soldiers or allegations of war crimes by Russia, whilst important, tends to trigger an emotional response rather than provide an accurate depiction of the course of events.

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The Russian-Ukraine War/ Tactical and Strategic Summary, by M.J. Shields

The Russians don’t say much, but they’re winning. From M.J. Shields at theburningplatform.com:

The Russian military’s planning staff is competent and satiric. The Russians painted all their mechanized force reconnaissance vehicles and apparatus with the letter “Z” prominently on tops and sides.

This keeps all their stuff from being mistakenly shot to hell and to pieces by marauding attack jets and helicopters. And the reference to Zelinsky that “we’re here for you buddy” is laughably ironic.

So the most important Russian element of the first phase; being the probe down both sides of the Dnieper River to Kiev, is the main event in this three-pronged, 3-ring apocalyptic show.

For securing the capital has symbolic importance in establishing a new, militarily neutral direction for Ukraine: Kiev is the capital and most populous city. **https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyiv

Preceding or simultaneous to this beginning phase, Russian air assets seem to have taken out any large-formation capability of Ukrainian forces in Operation Desert Storm style. And most videos as of this time and date appear to show calm skies above Ukraine.

There is a common video now of an aircraft being struck by a missile and crashing into a building below.

So the Russians are certain to rule the sky.

That brave pilot seems to be the last of his kind. Interestingly, the Russians seem to keep their air assets in reserve whenever possible, relying on drones, Spetsnaz, and mobile radars and military satellites to keep an eye on the battlefield. And there are probably many scout/sniper teams operating as information sources, and maybe with new SVDM sniper rifles.

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The Universal Boosting of Putin, by Craig Murray

Neither Russia nor Putin is as strong as they are commonly portrayed, but the portrayals stoke fear and fear feeds military budgets. From Craig Murray at craigmurray.org.uk:

Back in the days when I was one of the British state’s more efficient functionaries, I spoke with British officers who had been in Russia during the Yeltsin period, when they had been able to get up close and effectively inventory the Russian armed forces. (For those who don’t know, I was First Secretary at the British Embassy in Warsaw, I was British Ambassador in Tashkent, and I was taught to be fluent in both Polish and Russian, which included living in St Petersburg as a language student while Ambassador designate).

What we (as I was then a cog in this machine) found was that the strength of the Soviet Union’s Red Army had been massively exaggerated in all our intelligence estimates, on which defence strategy had been based for decades. We had over-estimated the numbers, the mobility and above all the capability of Soviet weapons systems. Much of it was barely functional; the problems with both quality and maintenance were not just the product of the disintegration of the Soviet system, they evidently went back decades.

One interesting thing – and I recall discussing this with a British Brigadier General at the Polish exercise area in Drawsko – was that years of military planning had involved scenarios which revolved around successive defensive lines in Western Europe and eschewed any kind of counter-attacking strategy. That conversation had started because, when the British Army first started exercising on the former Warsaw pact training area at Drawsko, we had to strengthen bridges in Eastern Germany and Western Poland in order to get our tanks there.

We were musing that this had never been considered a problem in cold war strategy, because it was presumed our tanks would never go forward. We now knew they could have, which was interesting the analysts.

The truth, of course, was that it had always been in the interest of MI6, the Defence Intelligence Service, the British armed forces, of their American counterparts, and of all their NATO counterparts, massively to exaggerate the strength of the Red Army. Because the greater the perceived enemy, the more we needed to throw money at MI6, the Defence Intelligence Service, the British armed forces, their American counterparts, and at all their NATO counterparts.

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Grand Strategy Revisited, by Andrei Martyanov

This article is written by a writer who’s first language is probably not English. However, beneath the awkward syntax he makes an important point. While Russia could have responded to all sorts of provocations the last few years, under Black Belt Strategist Vladimir Putin Russia has minded its own business, concentrating on rebuilding its economy and military and becoming an Euroasian power. It’s worked. From Andrei Martyanov at unz.com:

We live in the world of models, all kinds of them. Some models are simple, others—very complex. The main task of those models is to predict how things, those models describe, will behave depending on the circumstances. Some of those models work brilliantly, others fail miserably. Worst models in terms of reliability are those dealing with geopolitics. A record of dismal failures of Western in general, and American in particular, geopolitical models to predict anything right is widely available for everyone to see. Time after time those models and predictions turned out to be wrong. In terms of “predicting” anything in regards to Russia, those predictions were not only wrong, they were downright dangerous.

No better demonstration exists of a complete breakdown in the process of predicting anything than evolution of Russian military and economic power. As late as 2016, claims that Russia remained nothing more than, in the words of John McCain, a gas station masquerading as a country continued to pour in by all kinds of “experts”, who, despite a huge collection of facts to the contrary, continued to believe that these are only Russia’s nuclear forces which keep Russia as some secondary factor in the international relations. There are even some Russian experts who shared this point of view. Their models and predictions turned out to be wrong. They lacked the most important predictor of them all.

Fast forward to March 1 this year to Putin’s speech to Federal Assembly—the loud echo from this speech is still being heard today, half-a-year later. It is still loud. In fact, the volume increases. It was the day majority of models of international relations and balance of power, all those matrices, differential equations, arrays of information became completely irrelevant, because military power and full ability to wage both nuclear and, what is most important, conventional war, and win in it, not some abstract financial or cooked military “rankings” data, is what defines geopolitical status of the nation. Any serious military analyst knew already in 2014 that neither US, nor NATO as a whole, could defeat Russia in conventional war near Russia’s borders.

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American F-35 vs Russian SU-30. Who wins? by Stucky

American military superiority is generally assumed, but that assumption may not always be correct. From Stucky, at theburningplatform.com:

I want to introduce you to a website I just found a few days ago that deals with Russian-American politics. I’ve thoroughly perused the site, and I greatly enjoyed it. Lots of unique stuff. The video section is great. I think you’ll like it also. You’ll probably add it to your favorites folder. Here is the main page;

http://russia-insider.com

Amerikan war-whores keep on declaring a defacto war on Russia. First with sanctions, which truly are an act of war, and yesterday the House Of Prostitutes voted overwhelmingly to arm Nazi Ukies with lethal offensive weaponry … despite their prohibition in the Minsk agreements. Amerika does what it wants, when it wants, to whom it wants … fuck you very much.

We’re poking a bear with ten thousand nukes. But, forget about that for now. What about their conventional capabilities?

To read virtually any MSM press, you would be led to believe that while somewhat formidable, the Russian military is comprised mostly of old rusty junk which can’t possibly match Amerikan modern technology especially in radars and electronics, troop morale is bad (it’s always bad, they say), and a rather inept leadership.

Amerikan military sites are even worse. You would be led to believe that the Russkies never recovered from their own Afgan debacle almost four decades ago, and that they are at best, a second-rate wannabe military power. If we ever entered into a real war with them … we would kick their sorry asses back to the Stone Age. It would be quick, surgical, … and only last a few months. USA!USA!USA! Hooah!!

This is all a massive load of BULLSHIT.

There are dozens of militaristic capabilities one can compare. The Russian Navy is being thoroughly modernized. New nuke subs are being built. No one will admit it, but the Russians have missiles and torpedo technology to take out an Amerikan aircraft carrier rather speedily. Russian anti-aircraft batteries are equal to, or likely superior to, anything in the Amerikan arsenal.

But, let’s keep it simple. This copy and pasted article from Russian Insider will focus only one particular piece of hardware. An airplane. Their best vs. our best.

Please do spare me the obvious comment that this website is probably biased. Duh!! But, on the other hand, there are countless Amerikan websites which proclaim the F-35 to be one of the biggest duds in military history. But, the whores in Congress will continue to move forward on this trillion dollar shitpile.

A war with Russia either in Europe, or on Russian soil, will result in a modern day Trail Of Tears …. only a thousand times worse. Amerikan blood will flow in the Volga for the next hundred years.

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The Latest Russian Fighter Jet Blows America’s Away

This article is an excellent read to understand how Russia’s technological level is best in its class in many military sectors, especially with regard to fighter jets. It originally appeared in Russia & India Report. The SU-30 continues to be the number one choice among global buyers.

Built to be the deadliest hunter killer aircraft of all time, the F-35 has quite literally become the hunted. In every scenario that the F-35 has been wargamed against Su-30 Flankers, the Russian aircraft have emerged winners. America’s newest stealth aircraft – costing $191 million per unit – is riddled with such critical design flaws that it’s likely to get blown away in a shootout with the super-maneuverable Sukhois.
Stubby wings (that reduce lift and maneuverability), a bulbous fuselage (that makes it less aerodynamic) low speed and a super hot engine (which a half decent radar can identify) are just a few of the major flaws that will expose its vulnerability during air combat.

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2015/03/25/american-f-35-vs-russian-su-30-who-wins/

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Russia Escalates Military Posture: Deploys Strategic Bombers To Crimea, Launches Massive Drills Across Nation, from The Burning Platform

Vladimir Putin disappeared from public view for nine days, reappearing yesterday. It looks like he might have been holed up with his military brass, making contingency plans. From theburningplatform.com, via zerohedge.com:

Fourth Turnings lead to total war. Remember that.

All those who were wondering where Putin had “disappeared” to, and spreading rumors whether it was more likely his girlfriend had given birth in Switzerland or aliens had abducted him, will probably be satisfied if he were to promptly disappear once more following news that not only yesterday had he put 40,000 troops on full alert as part of “snap-readiness exercises”, but less than 24 hours followed this up with even more demonstrative military “drills” after Sputnik reported that Russian strategic Tu-22M3 (Backfire) strike bombers have been deployed to the Crimean Peninsula to hold snap combat readiness drills, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday, in addition to further massive troops and equipment deployment tests in the western part of the nation as well as around the Arctic circle.

As a reminder, Crimea was recently in the news following a weekend report citing Putin that he was ready to use nukes to secure the recently repossessed peninsula. So one can perhaps look at this as de-escalation.

“During the snap combat readiness drills by the Armed Forces, strategic Tu-22M3s will be deployed to Crimea,” the source said.

Then, perhaps to counter the build of NATO troops in the Baltics, Russia also deployed fighters and bombers to the country’s western exclave of Kaliningrad for snap combat readiness exercises, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

“Fighter and bomber aviation is to be redeployed to the Kaliningrad Region, and ground troops on the Baltic will be reinforced with Iskander missile complexes in the Western Military District that will be delivered on large landing ships from the Baltic Fleet,” the source said.

On Monday, President Vladimir Putin gave the order to bring Russia’s Northern Fleet, separate units of the Western Military District and the Airborne Troops to full alert in snap combat readiness exercises. The drills involve a total of 38,000 troops, 3,360 military vehicles, 110 aircraft and helicopters, 41 ships and 15 submarines.
Snap military exercises will be held in the sea, as well as on the ground and in the air until March 21. Their ultimate goal is to improve the military capabilities of the Russian Armed Forces, according to the Defense Ministry.

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2015/03/17/russia-escalates-military-posture-deploys-strategic-bombers-to-crimea-launches-massive-drills-across-nation/

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