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factotum started the topic in Thursday, 27 Aug 2020 at 11:12am

Septic Tanks are going to Septic Tank

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Sprout Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 8:32am

Jeez the Russian bots are struggling if they're reaching this far.

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etarip Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 1:21pm

Optimist’s incredibly simple take on ‘Ukraine’:

“- if you speak Russian, you’re Russian”

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sypkan Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 1:29pm
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Jeez the Russian bots are struggling if they're reaching this far.

is that you hilary?

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sypkan Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 4:01pm

big bad dom putin lining himself up to be china's bitch

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/03/13/putin_plays_chines...

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Sprout Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 4:31pm

Lol, oh dear, good day to you sir.

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velocityjohnno Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 4:40pm
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It’s not a surprise to all, especially not to Poland and the Baltic states. If we are so keen in finding historical rationale to justify the war than Poland should wage a war against EVERYONE. What they lived through in the 20th century is enough to stay in war for the whole of 21st century. Below article clearly highlights some alarm bells coming from these countries in the last 15 years or so but no one bothered to listen.

Huge respect to the great country of Poland who took more than half of refugees already and the number is well into 7 figures. Also, supply chains coming from Poland are absolutely critical (and will prove even more critical in the future) to give Ukrainian any chance. If Russia is to seal the Poland/Ukraine boundary the war would effectively be over.

https://www.politico.eu/article/western-europe-listen-to-the-baltic-coun...

Yes Poland has legitimate beef with powers on both sides. If I was to go into battle with amiable maniacs on my side, I'd choose Poland. Have had some lovely Polish friends, too.

History story: some of you will know the story of the German battleship Bismark. Her epic, against-the-odds maiden voyage into the North Atlantic. Anyway, she was home and hosed to get to a friendly Vichy French port, but a torpedo bomber (Swordfish: so obsolete the German guns are said to have trained faster than the plane could fly...) landed a hit on her rudders and left her helpless overnight in a gale force sea, awaiting the guns of the Home Fleet in the morning. It was the job of a destroyer flotilla to keep her fixed and harass her overnight... including a Polish destroyer.

The free Polish ship, Piorun, would approach in the dark to point blank range of the fully alert and firing Bismark, pinging shells at the Germans as it did, all the while talking to them by signal light "I am Polish!" and telling them exactly what they thought of them. Utter nutters, only eclipsed in insanity by HMS Glowworm.

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velocityjohnno Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 4:47pm
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VJ, what sources are you following?

I try to catch up with Rob Lee, HI Sutton for the ships, OSINT Technical, Michael Koffman, one of the OSINT Defcon sites, Maj General Mick Lee and look for the analysis pieces. Basically guys who are specialists and the OSINT to update in real time. Your link was excellent - all the info in a continually updated map. Evergreen Intel has the hottest avatar, looking for the planes of course.

Edit: with this suite you don't get the Russian side, so you have to take that into account. You won't see Ukrainian positioning posted on the twitter feeds for obvious reasons, so you must assume info is partial.

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indo-dreaming Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 4:47pm
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big bad dom putin lining himself up to be china's bitch

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/03/13/putin_plays_chines...

I get why all the sanctions etc kinda no choice in a way, but it's also kind of scary in a way, because it leaves Russia with no option to do more business with China and get all snuggly with each other.

Sanctions are kind of scary too in that, the Russian people aren't going to blame Putin for sanctions, they are going to blame the West and just confirm to the people what Putin would be peddling. (especially with heavily restricted media)

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velocityjohnno Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 5:09pm
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The Mingles from Jingle vid above posted by VJ is well worth a listen.

. Not all about NATO expansion and security etc.
. securing the potentially massive oil and gas around the Crimea and fresh water for the Crimea and a land bridge to the region were major goals to secure the long term core of the Russian economy and oligarch wealth (oil and gas) and have been achieved.
. predicts that these regions will be hung on to no matter what - even if other parts of the Ukraine are let go in negotiations.

So maybe what appears to be all round a bad outcome for Russia with no exit is not so much in their eyes - long term.

Follow the money is often at the core of most geopolitics.

I realised afterward he was doing a run through of a Viking game in the background and many of you might go 'wtf' - but it's actually quite apt as it is said the Vikings had influence early on in Ukraine...

Yeah the idea they have already achieved their strategic goals is interesting.

Oh yeah, in my wider reading there's been quite a few developments over the weekend, missiles in capital of Kurdistan for eg... But one special piece of equipment took a trip to the armoury probably for a full weapons load and that raised eyebrows. Won't say what it was here.

The other thing that blew me away, after a crazy week in commodities/finance was the 90 day bill on the SFE - anyone check it's price action? (Remember: price and yield inverse relationship).

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velocityjohnno Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 5:24pm
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Surfing keeps getting more critically important for me these last coupla years. I swear sometimes i feel like that is my only "safe place." Bobbing on a board in pointer filled soup. Lol. Now, with gas prices, and me living 40 mins from the coast, i might be doing less of it. But i'll take that burden on. Anyways, Andy, we seem agreed on the things of primary importance in all this. Sad, frightening, sickening to watch innocents suffer, hope it ends soon and as well as it can. But it's currently a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. (There. I supplied my own Gumpism.)

Amen to this Mr Wax. I'm deploring all the loss of life on all sides here. And surfing is a truly vital escape from it all. Now, because feeling silly, here's some craziness:

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etarip Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 7:47pm

China should cut Putin away - in its best strategic interest: (and interesting and compelling read, especially if it is from who it says it is from)

https://uscnpm.org/2022/03/12/hu-wei-russia-ukraine-war-china-choice/

What is it?: The article was submitted by the author to the Chinese-language edition of the US-China Perception Monitor. The article was not commissioned by the US-China Perception Monitor, nor is the author affiliated with the Carter Center or the US-China Perception Monitor.

Who is it?: Hu Wei is the vice-chairman of the Public Policy Research Center of the Counselor’s Office of the State Council, the chairman of Shanghai Public Policy Research Association, the chairman of the Academic Committee of the Chahar Institute, a professor, and a doctoral supervisor.

When?: Written on March 5, 2022. Translated by Jiaqi Liu on March 12, 2022.

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etarip Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 7:57pm

VJ: Good list. Aside from the ones you’ve got and the JominiW I’m also using:
IntelCrab
Woofers
Kamil Galeev (I’m learning so much from reading this guy’s post. Don’t agree 100% with everything, but he’s got a depth of knowledge on Russia and Ukraine that is hard to surpass)
Lawrence Freedman
Igor Girkin (and a few other Ukrainian sources - mainly because they get the first access to the product. Gotta run it thru the bias filter tho)

Mick Ryan (former Aus MAJGEN)? He writes well, but I’m not sold on him. I’ve crossed paths with him in real life and wasn’t impressed.

There’s a lot of random rabbit holes to go down. The ‘international tyre expert’ is a classic. Basically puts a lot of Russian logistical woes down to buying shitty Chinese tyres… unreal comments in the threads.

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sypkan Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 9:21pm

"I get why all the sanctions etc kinda no choice in a way, but it's also kind of scary in a way, because it leaves Russia with no option to do more business with China and get all snuggly with each other."

well that was kinda decided already... did you see how snuggly they were at the opening of the olympics?

they pretty much stated their intentions, in that diplomatic, say something, without actually saying anything manner...

"...Sanctions are kind of scary too in that, the Russian people aren't going to blame Putin for sanctions, they are going to blame the West and just confirm to the people what Putin would be peddling. (especially with heavily restricted media"

I think the scariest thing about sanctions is pushing countries away from US dollar primacy, many countries have already shown their strong desire to do this, the question is... how much of an alternative block can coalesce?

as to pushing the people away, yeh a bit, but I reckon russia is already well split on this war, the nationalist putin nutters will blame the west, the others are already blaming putin for harsh economic sanctions creating hardship

it's hard not to hate on the russians... (especially when they've corrupted your own little piece of paradise - bali/indo) ...but it just shows you cannot blame a population for a crazed governments actions...

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sypkan Monday, 14 Mar 2022 at 10:00pm

"China should cut Putin away - in its best strategic interest: (and interesting and compelling read, especially if it is from who it says it is from)"

well they should... but the question is, will they?

as the article I posted shows, on the current trajectory, china will eventually be able to just waltz in and take russia, and all its precious resources... probably with barely a shot fired...

whether that is china's master plan or not... it'd be somewhat tempting and inevitable... even if one holds that tiresome and tedious trope view '...china is not expansionist...'

good 'objective' rundown in that article, ...apart from the major fail about china being 'neutral' ...pretty clear china's intentions - or at a minimum, their wishes...

you'd kinda hope they walk away from what appears to be pending apocalyptic madness... but a bit like putin, once committed, hard for these tough guys to walk away....

I'd say it's even harder for xi to change his course, putin barely showed his intentions, and seems to have shocked most russians with his brutal little power play, he probably could walk away amd maintain power

xi on the other hand, has been priming his public for a decade or two about china's rightful place. even the western media went totally 'china supremacy inevitabilty' for a while there...

the 'rightful place' of china, and its inevitability, has been baked into the chinese public's consciousness

pretty hard - to bordering on impossible - to walk all that back

especially in china's little sheltered media ecosystem

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etarip Tuesday, 15 Mar 2022 at 7:38am

Yeah, I think China thought they were in a win:win scenario (posted about 10 days ago) but reduction of Russia to a vassal state was a real chance if the war didn’t go well. Those figures you posted really backed that up (to my non-financially aligned brain)

Putin’s switch to the tactics that he’s using have really complicated the situation for China. They’ve got reporters embedded in Russian units. A lot of Chinese journos are aligned with CCP / Intel. You can guarantee that Xi and co are getting some disturbing reflections on the ground. I’m so many ways…

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Craig Tuesday, 15 Mar 2022 at 8:37am

Thanks for that link to that article Eta, a great read.

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frog Tuesday, 15 Mar 2022 at 9:16am

Calling Sir Francis Drake, Uncle Sam needs you:

https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2022/03/02/calli...

"On Monday, Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, introduced to Congress a bill which, if passed, would authorize the president of the United States to issue letters of marque"

"Formerly, letters of marque and reprisal allowed privately owned and operated seafaring vessels to carry out acts of war, which became known as privateering — not quite piracy, but pretty darn close."

So many slippery slopes emerging.

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sypkan Tuesday, 15 Mar 2022 at 5:35pm

"So many slippery slopes emerging."

yeh... but also kinda just matching china's 'fishing fleet' also...

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sypkan Tuesday, 15 Mar 2022 at 5:37pm

just sad and desperate...

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/white-house-tiktok-stars-putin-gas-p...

not to mention bordering on more misinformation to counter 'misinformation'...

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flollo Tuesday, 15 Mar 2022 at 5:59pm
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just sad and desperate...

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/white-house-tiktok-stars-putin-gas-p...

not to mention bordering on more misinformation to counter 'misinformation'...

It's ridiculous, the reason I personally don't use social networks with the exception of Linkedin. I find it impossible to filter through bullshit.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 16 Mar 2022 at 12:47am

Refugee Crisis fuels yet another Ukrainian Racism War within a War.
Ukrainian Neo Nazis are making Putin look only half bad...
US / EU borders roll out Red Carpet in a jiffy for us White Folk but Locks out paid up black students.
Sth American Reffos stranded at US border get dizzy watchin' the new whizzbang Ukrainian turnstyle.

EU let all them other Reffos drown & freeze to death...now they butter up white Reffo Croissants.
World now sees these EU Nazi leaders & that explains why 25% blinked at Putin's War on Neo Nazis.
Only takes a few thousand more examples of EU sponsored racism & abuse to blur Horror from Evil.
Western Leaders must denounce this racism & offer equal assist or lose support real fast! All know this!
https://www.euronews.com/2022/03/02/ukrainians-go-first-how-black-and-br...
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-ukraine-refugees-racism-discriminatio...
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FNUkmxrWQAUXHYc?format=jpg&name=small
https://twitter.com/hashtag/AfricansinUkraine?src=hashtag_clickWon't someone help them out!

Looks pretty convincing & plenty big US news media are now onto this & will force GI Joe's hand..
Now asking some weird Questions...Like! So these Reffos are #1 Black Haters...Well, fuck that shit right off!
Why the fuck would the US bankroll a Nazi TV Game Show where contestants bully & beat up Black refugees!
Reckon Neo Nazi EU is in for a rude shock...could be that The Prez is forced to pull out of War on Blacks!

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 16 Mar 2022 at 4:07pm

Spotted in the wild: nuclear powered battlecruiser:

Very imposing ships this class are/were. North Cape is where Duke of York sank the Scharnhorst in 1943 in possibly the last time a battlecruiser fought at sea.

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 17 Mar 2022 at 3:31pm

An ode to 'whataboutism'? Or 'rinse & repeat' history?

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/03/15/chris-hedges-waltzing-to-armageddon/

And one for those who like getting Tubed (take notes, kids):

https://www.doubledown.news/watch/2022/march/15/ukraine-yemen-a-tale-of-...

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Optimist Thursday, 17 Mar 2022 at 4:33pm

Great article, right on the money…or should I say …collapse of it.

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sypkan Saturday, 19 Mar 2022 at 12:56am

hunter biden laptop is real

it only took about two years... and an admission buried paragraphs deep, in a page 20 story, that's talking about something else...

but new york times finally got there

hunter biden's laptop is no longer referred to as 'misinformation'

very big of them

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6301032448001#sp=show-clips

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-nyt-now-admits-the-biden-laptop?s=r

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upnorth Saturday, 19 Mar 2022 at 6:22am

Russia has an economy the size of that of South Korea. China has crunched the numbers, which would not have taken very long, and concluded that they want to keep doing business with the West rather than back an unstable and economically weakened Russia which is losing this war. It's a no brainer for them but we should not imagine that their calculations are based on anything else but self-interest.
They are not our friends.

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upnorth Saturday, 19 Mar 2022 at 6:27am

A large group of Russian invaders on the outskirts of Kyiv are moving along the road, when suddenly from behind a small hill they hear a voice shout: "One Ukrainian soldier is better than 10 Russians!"

The Russian commander orders a halt and his 10 best soldiers to go over the hill; a shooting begins, it lasts for a few minutes and stops.

Again a voice: "One Ukrainian soldier is better than 100 Russians!" The Russian commander then sends 100 of his best soldiers. Shooting again, screams, ten minutes later silence.

The quiet Ukrainian shouts again: "One Ukrainian is better than 1,000 Russian soldiers!" The Russian commander sends 1,000 of his fighters over the hill.

The sounds of fighting, grenades, shots are heard. More screams - Silence.
Suddenly, one seriously wounded Russian soldier crawls over the hill and the dying man begs his commander:

"Don't send anyone over there. It's a trap. There are two of them ..."

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zenagain Saturday, 19 Mar 2022 at 8:16am

Ha ha!

If only though.

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upnorth Saturday, 19 Mar 2022 at 9:18am

It happening Zen, Ukraine will forever deserve our admiration, thanks and support. In effect the West is now at war with Russia, but only Ukraine is bleeding and suffering horrendously.

Ukraine is the tip of a spear consisting of the full weight and manufacturing capacity of the combined $46 trillion economy of the Western bloc. One way or another, this ill-judged adventure by Putin is going to bring him down, and in the process destroy Russia as a significant actor in world affairs.

In addition, Ukraine has probably saved Taiwan too. Putin has been Xi’s useful patsy; the Chinese have now discovered, at no cost to themselves whatsoever, exactly what price they would pay for invading Taiwan.
The whole free world will owe them a debt that can never be repaid.

"An icy wind biting at their trembling hands, a makeshift platoon of the 192nd Territorial Defence Brigade crept through the trees of Kherson’s Lilac Park. Armed only with petrol bombs, they waited for the Russian troops entering their city.

It was over in a matter of minutes. Each of the 16 men died where they stood, buckled over behind trees, bombs unused, overwhelmed by the invaders’ firepower late last month. By March 1, Russian troops were in command of the city. More than two weeks later, however, it remains the only big population centre they have been able to occupy.

Militarily, the sacrifice at Lilac Park achieved nothing. But it has come to symbolise the defiance of a city proving daily to Russian forces how futile further occupations are likely to be. The past fortnight’s events have revealed President Putin’s blueprint for control of Ukraine, and how the city’s inhabitants have torn it apart.

“They occupied the TV station and Russian channels started appearing all over the region,” Yelena Plachynda, a Kherson resident, told The Times. “So we all started to get our information from the internet. After eight years our people understand well what happened to people in occupied Donbas and Crimea, and we don’t want that.”

When Russian trucks brought food and water in an effort to win hearts and minds, Kherson residents refused to accept them. A humanitarian relief event had to be staged with actors, locals said, for the benefit of a Moscow television crew. “We don’t need their food, their protection, we can take care of ourselves,” Plachynda said.

Russian forces then tried to install a local pro-Kremlin regional authority, similar to those in the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics”. Again their efforts were thwarted.

“The Russians called in deputies of the Kherson regional council and tried to force them to collaborate,” another resident, Serhiy Rodionov, 45, said. “Instead the council convened an urgent meeting via the internet and stated publicly that they would not agree to a Kherson people’s republic.”

So the occupying forces tried a different tack.

“They brought to the Kherson regional administration five traitors, pro-Russian deputies and collaborators, who announced that they had formed the Committee of Salvation for Peace and Order,” Rodionov said. “The committee immediately said they were in favour of co-operating with Russia.”

The new committee has had little local support. A recruitment drive for a police force to replace the one that withdrew with the Ukrainian military, has failed. Inhabitants of Kherson and the surrounding villages hold daily protests against the occupation, facing off against heavily armed soldiers. Protesters said that they know their city is being used for propaganda, so they wrap themselves in the Ukrainian flag and take to the streets to show the truth.

Resistance comes at a cost, however. Russian units see the civilian population as the enemy, firing on any vehicles they consider suspicious. In Tavriisk, on the outskirts of Kherson, Oleg Fedko was on the phone to his mother as she tried to leave the city with her husband, two small grandchildren and her daughter in-in-law. Fedko told local news outlets that he heard his mother screaming and his one month-old niece crying, then the rattle of gunfire. All five were killed.

There are daily raids. Russian boots batter down doors of flats suspected to house survivors of the Territorial Defence or agents of Ukraine’s state security service, the SBU. These underground resistance fighters have helped Ukrainian forces to inflict heavy casualties on the occupying forces by providing them with target information.

“We have very busy days. We’re doing everything except murder and sabotage,” one resistance fighter in his twenties said. “There are curfews in the city from 8pm and Russian patrols, so we can’t move freely. We have no weapons, our battle is to stay alive, to stay out of sight.”

As in Russia, critical voices are also targets. Oleh Baturin, a journalist in Kakhova, and Serhiy Tsygipa, an activist in Nova Kakova, were abducted by Russian forces on March 12, according to the Institute for Mass Information, a Ukrainian NGO. They have not been seen or heard from since.

Kherson’s legitimate local authorities have managed to keep the city going, maintaining power, heating and even the internet. Children stay home for safety, but take classes online.

However, cut off from the rest of the country, the city is beginning to run out of food. Supermarket shelves are empty and people queue for hours to buy bread. The Russians, too, are going hungry. Bemused Kherson residents have filmed soldiers chasing chickens and looting convenience stores.

The city’s most urgent need is medical supplies. Residents have set up social media groups to try to help each other find what they need.

“The city council publishes lists of pharmacies where you can buy insulin, but the city lacks other drugs,” Rodionov said. “People simply exchange them with each other.”

Civilians face other risks, too. Russian units have set up sniper positions in strategic locations, guarded by explosives linked to trip wires, easily set off by accident.

Despite the challenges, residents maintain astonishing determination in the face of their occupation. Heartened by the sound of Ukrainian artillery working on Russian defences as forces counter attack from Mykolaiv, they watch Russian convoys blitz through the city, some heading south in the direction of Crimea. They expect the embattled occupiers to leave any day.

“What they are doing is crazy, it makes no sense for them to be here,” Plachynda said, her voice breaking with emotion. “We will never accept them. We know our goals. I want my 13-year-old son to learn many languages, to live a European life. Ukraine was just starting to grow and develop. Now they have killed our beautiful people, destroyed our infrastructure, our roads. And for what?”"

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From the times, Charlie Parker

"An elite Ukrainian drone unit has destroyed dozens of “priority targets” by attacking Russian forces as they sleep, The Times can reveal.

Aerorozvidka, a specialist air reconnaissance unit within the army, has been picking off tanks, command trucks and vehicles carrying electronic equipment since the invasion began.

“We strike at night, when Russians sleep,” Yaroslav Honchar, the unit’s battle-hardened commander, said from his base of operations in Kyiv.

Russian forces are static when night falls, he explained, with their fear of Ukrainian shelling forcing them to hide their tanks in villages between houses, knowing that conventional artillery cannot risk hitting civilians.

But immobile convoys are the prime targets of Aerorozvidka, which has 50 squads of expert drone pilots.

Using heavy-duty octocopter drones which are modified to drop anti-tank grenades and to see with thermal cameras, the darkness is their greatest advantage.

“In the night it’s impossible to see our drones,” said an Aerorozvidka soldier, who asked not to be named for security reasons. “We look specifically for the most valuable truck in the convoy and then we hit it precisely and we can do it really well with very low collateral damage — even in the villages it’s possible. You can get much closer at night.”

Their fleet ranges from cheap commercial drones to their most important asset: heavy, custom-built octocopters maintained by in-house engineers.

The R18 model is the jewel of their arsenal, boasting a 4km range, 40-minute flight time and capacity to drop 5kg bombs that obliterate Russian armour. Considered the Ukrainians’ best device for night operations, it can carry out precise reconnaissance and direct artillery fire and drop explosives on tanks and electronic warfare trucks.

Another drone used by the unit is the PD-1, a reconnaissance device capable of hovering in the air for eight hours.

The teams carry out about 300 missions every day to help to collect information by Aerorozvidka’s advanced Nato-supported intelligence system, Delta, which identifies high-priority targets for their limited supply of bombs. Co-ordinates are given to the kill squads who take to the skies at night.

As well as utilising public communications channels where hundreds of civilian drone fliers have mobilised to push back President Putin’s forces, Aerorozvidka relies on a secure Starlink satellite system donated to them by Elon Musk. The unit was created by model plane enthusiasts in 2014 but since the success of its operations against Russian forces in Crimea it has been integrated into the Ukrainian general staff.

Many devices return to Aerorozvidka’s base battle-scarred from Russian rifles and the unit is in urgent need of parts, especially night vision and thermal cameras.

Over the past fortnight supporters from across Europe have been sending drone parts and other equipment, including 3D printers that can be used to build explosive devices and repair damaged devices.

British citizens have responded to the call and are in the process of creating a direct supply stream to Ukraine.

Drone specialists have built a Nato-standard intelligence system capable of monitoring the movements of Russians and co-ordinating precise air attacks against their positions (Charlie Parker writes).

Delta, created by the Ukrainian air reconnaissance unit Aerorozvidka, pulls together information from satellites, sensors on the battlefield, drone reconnaissance, radio interceptions and interviews with people in occupied territory.

It allows on-screen tracking of military movement in the conflict zone, showing data on an interactive map that military leaders can use for “situational awareness” and planning. Leaders of the unit have been using the system to co-ordinate bombing runs with drones against Russian targets, including tank convoys.

“We have an in-house team of military software developers who follow a Nato standard to develop our situational awareness system,” an Aerorozvidka leader told The Times. He added: “Based on the information we task our 50 teams in the field to either hit the targets identified or provide additional reconnaissance to some special parameters. Or to provide artillery with their eyes — they do the co-ordination of artillery fire.”

Because of power cuts and internet connection problems in parts of Ukraine as a result of Russian attacks, Aerorozvidka has turned to alternative methods.

Its most sophisticated drones are connected using Starlink, a system donated by Elon Musk that uses satellites in a low orbit to enable “high data rate” activities. “We use Starlink equipment and connect the drone team with our artillery team,” the officer said.

“If we use a drone with thermal vision at night, the drone must connect through Starlink to the artillery guy and create target acquisition.”

Delta proved so successful against Russia in Crimea that Ukrainian officers have been trained by Nato to use it alongside western-style battlefield command and control techniques. The system is helping to transform how units detect and respond to changes on the battlefield."

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Constance B Gibson Saturday, 19 Mar 2022 at 12:33pm

A whole lotta cordial to consume there, UN. Cheers.

A quick question: who is our friend (Australia's I mean)?

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A whole lotta cordial to consume there, UN. Cheers.

A quick question: who is our friend (Australia's I mean)?

Its a good question, US? Friend with benefits? Yeah but nah imo.

Fijians can be friendly.

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sypkan Tuesday, 22 Mar 2022 at 7:12pm

oh no!

or...

about bloody time!!

haven't decided yet...

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-expands-travel-bans-chinese-officia...

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Distracted Wednesday, 23 Mar 2022 at 8:32pm

How can you have Russia, while Putin is in charge, attend the G20 summit shortly in Bali. The guy is a war criminal.

Blocks all exits to Mariupol, prevents numerous attempts at evacuation of refugees then launches a laser guided missile at a theatre being used as a bomb shelter that had been clearly labelled “Children” for at least a week before the attack.
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Distracted wrote:

How can you have Russia, while Putin is in charge, attend the G20 summit shortly in Bali. The guy is a war criminal.

Well they let US presidents and UK prime ministers in so whats the difference ?

My favourite from CEO of Kraken regarding the calls on Twitter to suspend Russian crypto accounts (and this is not an uncommon opinon - bear in mind also no French companies have pulled out of Russia and are going gangbusters too):

"Besides, if we were going to voluntarily freeze financial accounts of residents of countries unjustly attacking and provoking violence around the world, step 1 would be to freeze all US accounts. As a practical matter, that's not really a viable business option for us."

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sypkan Friday, 25 Mar 2022 at 2:47pm

yes, i would agree he is certainly a war criminal

however, it would seem its not so cut and dry for the rest of the world...

https://www.ft.com/content/d7baedc7-c3b2-4fa4-b8fc-6a634bea7f4d?segmentI...

interesting interviews the other day on indonesian tv, with the reporter giving both the ukraine and russian ambassadors a free run without the usual hostility you'd see from a western reporter

indo pretty quiet on whether putin should attend bali or not too

Im pretty ignorant of such things, but it seems russian investment in indo. goes well beyond the canggu villa subletting and online surfschool scams...

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monkeyboy Friday, 25 Mar 2022 at 2:59pm
sypkan wrote:

yes, i would agree he is certainly a war criminal

however, it would seem its not so cut and dry for the rest of the world...

https://www.ft.com/content/d7baedc7-c3b2-4fa4-b8fc-6a634bea7f4d?segmentI...

interesting interviews the other day on indonesian tv, with the reporter giving both the ukraine and russian ambassadors a free run without the usual hostility you'd see from a western reporter

indo pretty quiet on whether putin should attend bali or not too

Im pretty ignorant of such things, but it seems russian investment in indo. goes well beyond the canggu villa subletting and online surfschool scams...

I recall seeing street signs in Phuket in Russian, next would have to be Bali - there are loads of Russians there; and why not.

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sypkan Friday, 25 Mar 2022 at 3:10pm

"I recall seeing street signs in Phuket in Russian, next would have to be Bali - there are loads of Russians there; and why not."

yep, that's the pattern I've been told about

ie. the russians fucked over thailand first, then moved into indo

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evosurfer Friday, 25 Mar 2022 at 4:57pm

Hey monkeyboy just read some of your rubbish and you think like a
russian loving fuckwit.

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indo-dreaming Friday, 25 Mar 2022 at 5:09pm

Ha ha

"Trump sues Clinton for linking him to Russia"

https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/trump-sues-clinton-for-linking-h...

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 4:55pm

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 4:56pm

I get the feeling that one might become a meme.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 5:16pm

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frog Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 5:47pm

Intended, unintended and often unexpected consequences of sanctions / economic warfare.

Inflation, famine, end of US dollar dominance etc. Be careful what you wish for world leaders - there will be blow back.

Plus how Biden could stop the war in 48 hours if he wanted.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 5:53pm

Yep, been onto this on 'interesting stuff' thread.
Russia now pricing gas in Rubles from 'unfriendly' places...

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 5:59pm

Interesting the no NATO, no EU, neutral is exactly the outcome Russia wants - I think Rickards is suggesting appeasement.

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frog Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 7:15pm

A decade ago neutrality would have been the best path to pursue for the Ukraine and strategic balance in Europe ( peace). It was never pursued by the US or NATO and so here we are.

Ukraine was a pawn in a big game but has become a sacrifical pawn through the choice of great powers pushing for check mate. It could have been a blocking pawn - a goal of stalemate.

Neutrality is still long term the most stable and balanced outcome so should not be off the table. It is just now so much more complex than it could have been.

Finland took this path a long time ago. Was that appeasement or sensible stable geopolitical strategy? Buffer states / zones between great powers work.

If Russia collapses (check mate), we don't necessarily get a happy stable west leaning country in its place. A likely outcome could be a chaotic failed state of warring feudal style warlords all armed with nuclear weapons.

Global chess on a frightening scale. Will bojo, Biden, putin etc make the right moves? Do they understand the game? Are they competent?

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 7:03pm

Finland took that path but they had to do this first:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War

So in that sense there was no appeasement offered, they just fought Russia..

" Despite superior military strength, especially in tanks and aircraft, the Soviet Union suffered severe losses and initially made little headway." Hmmm.

"The Soviets made several demands, including that Finland cede substantial border territories in exchange for land elsewhere, claiming security reasons—primarily the protection of Leningrad, 32 km (20 mi) from the Finnish border. When Finland refused, the Soviets invaded. Most sources conclude that the Soviet Union had intended to conquer all of Finland..."

doesn't history rhyme?

then this followed:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuation_War

I don't disagree that 10 years ago neutral Ukraine would have been best, but here we are.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 26 Mar 2022 at 7:59pm

And update from Russian general's point of view - looks like switch to keep the east, as previewed in the Jingles youtube vid upthread. With all extra that entailed, including oil rights I guess: and the water supply.