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Russia increased its 152 MM Krasnopol Artillery Ammunition Production by 20 times.

It was stated that during the period that Russia called "special military operation", the industrial sector managed to increase the production of Krasnopol bullets by 20 times.

Thanks to its precise guidance, Krasnopol-M2 carries out accurate attacks from a distance of up to 20 kilometers.

 

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Russians ‘designed’ a ‘turtle’ tank, all encased in a shell

Russia’s bizarre “turtle tank” died the way it lived: encased in an awkward metal shell that prevented its turret from rotating and surely hindered its mobility.

Just a day or so after the modified T-72 appeared on the front line around Krasnohorivka, just west of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian drone team spotted the 51-ton, three-person tank sheltering in a hangar in Donetsk’s Petrovs'kyi district.

 

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@blackjack Is this true ? Lol

Don't get me wrong, modernized MiG-23/27 with modern electronic scan-SAR capable radar, new external EO system and a better cockpit ergonomics with modern HUD and LCD displays, and UMPK integration could be Russia's answer to the air war above Ukraine right now.

Single engine planes meant faster built time and less painful to lose than dual engine jet.
 

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@blackjack Is this true ? Lol

Don't get me wrong, modernized MiG-23/27 with modern electronic scan-SAR capable radar, new external EO system and a better cockpit ergonomics with modern HUD and LCD displays, and UMPK integration could be Russia's answer to the air war above Ukraine right now.

Single engine planes meant faster built time and less painful to lose than dual engine jet.

MiG-23 (1970) was introduced at about the same time as the F-15 (1976), And the F-15 is still going strong with the F-15EX, with correct modernization to tackle the challenge of the 21st century.

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New aid package from Germany 🇩🇪 has been delivered to Ukraine. It was announced by the German government this morning. The aid package consists if the following...

- 6000 155mm artillery shells
- 1 million rounds of small arms ammunition
- 660 MK 886 assault rifles
- 50 HLR 338 sniper rifles
- 60,000 rounds of 338 ammunition
- 120 CR 308 rifles
- 16 Vector reconnaissance drones
- 30 Heidrun reconnaissance drones
- 70 infrared cameras
- 30 anti-drone devices
- 5,000 explosive detonators
- 2 Wisent 1 mine clearing tanks
- 1 Warthog tracked armored carrier
- 11 remote mine clearing systems
- 3 mine clearing ploughs
- 24 outboard motors

 

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Greece 🇬🇷 is expected to transfer 32 F-16s from its inventory to Ukraine. It's believed that it was part of the agreement for the U.S. to sell F-35s to the Greeks.

Of important note these are older model, mostly block 30 F-16s. They are not ideal for front line combat, however, however, they can still serve two important functions.

1. They are still capable of launching long range standoff weapons such as JDAMS and cruise missiles.

2. Most importantly, they can fly top cover sorties over Ukrainian cities in an air defense capacity. They can be on standby to launch as soon as Russian Shahed drones are detected to have been launched. These F-16s will be ideal for intercepting drones. They have up to 9 hardpoints that can carry a variety of air-to-air weapons. That will add to Ukraine's air defense capability considerably.


 

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Greece 🇬🇷 is expected to transfer 32 F-16s from its inventory to Ukraine. It's believed that it was part of the agreement for the U.S. to sell F-35s to the Greeks.

Of important note these are older model, mostly block 30 F-16s. They are not ideal for front line combat, however, however, they can still serve two important functions.

1. They are still capable of launching long range standoff weapons such as JDAMS and cruise missiles.

2. Most importantly, they can fly top cover sorties over Ukrainian cities in an air defense capacity. They can be on standby to launch as soon as Russian Shahed drones are detected to have been launched. These F-16s will be ideal for intercepting drones. They have up to 9 hardpoints that can carry a variety of air-to-air weapons. That will add to Ukraine's air defense capability considerably.


Greece to transfer 32 F-16s to Ukraine? If you ask me, very unlikely.
 

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The US continues to show its true colors, as Lloyd Austin criticizes Ukrainian strikes on Russia refineries. No wonder the whole world hates the US. No matter if you are their ally or their enemy, they’re still scum.

“Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned that Ukraine’s recent attacks on Russian oil refineries risk impacting global energy markets and urged the country to focus on military targets instead. “

 

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Greece to transfer 32 F-16s to Ukraine? If you ask me, very unlikely.
It's rumored to be part of the deal associated with the U.S. agreeing to sell them F-35s. The transfer won't be immediate and they're likely to be reimbursed for them through the EU facility that refunds members for sending their military hardware to Ukraine.

More to follow.
 

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One of the main security issue when it comes to Ukraine is just how close major Russian cities are to missile attack.

Ukraine choose to "tickle" This paranoia amongst Russian political leadership when they declare about joining NATO. Now they have to pay for the price.


Mass production of cheap drones to strike Russian energy and military infrastructure is as important to the Ukrainians as it is the Russians. It forces Russia to spend enormous sums of money to manufacture air defense interceptors, that thry wouldn't have to otherwise. It also forces them to keep much of their air defense back in Russia, rather than closer to the front where they'd like it to be.

Drones are having enormous impacts on both sides in this war, in a multitude of ways.
 

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Mass production of cheap drones to strike Russian energy and military infrastructure is as important to the Ukrainians as it is the Russians. It forces Russia to spend enormous sums of money to manufacture air defense interceptors, that thry wouldn't have to otherwise. It also forces them to keep much of their air defense back in Russia, rather than closer to the front where they'd like it to be.

Drones are having enormous impacts on both sides in this war, in a multitude of ways.

Iirc the Ukrainians are ordered to cease attacks against Russ oil and energy infrastructure. While drones are mostly effective against ships in the black Sea, that has no strategic impact on the situation on the ground.

As for AD, the sky over Ukraine is currently the most densely defended airspace from both Rus and Ukr mobile AD. It doesn't matter if Russia pull back some of its medium-long range SAM as both Ukrainians and Russians flew their jet on deck level, where Manpads is enough. Of course the Russians are notably flying more and more higher ever since UMPK glide bombs becomes operational.
 

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The US continues to show its true colors, as Lloyd Austin criticizes Ukrainian strikes on Russia refineries. No wonder the whole world hates the US. No matter if you are their ally or their enemy, they’re still scum.

“Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned that Ukraine’s recent attacks on Russian oil refineries risk impacting global energy markets and urged the country to focus on military targets instead. “


And to add to their pain here, the U.S diverted their shells for the IDF use in Gaza, withheld aid for Ukraine until at least November while passing over weapons to Israel without congressional supervision ASAP. And without conditions on how they plan to use it (mostly against children and women).

The Ukrainians think that by sucking up to israel, they'll secure their future, instead they got nothing while losing the little respect of the remaining whose actually sympathetic to their cause. Allying with the devil 😈has its price.

Suck it up 😅
 

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The first footage of motorcycles being used in assault operations in Ukraine. The video was filmed in the Seversky direction and shortened. Russian artillery strikes a strong point of the Ukrainian army, after which Russian units, "Storm" and "Zarya", advance to the strong point on motorcycles. The battle is not shown; the Ukrainian unit reportedly retreated from the strong point.

 

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Scholz’s Taurus missile refusal tied to fear of Putin’s nuclear threats, says Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy revealed that Chancellor Scholz had justified the refusal to supply the Taurus missiles by citing Germany’s status as a non-nuclear power.

 

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Andrew Perpetua's visually confirmed and geolocated losses for Russia and Ukraine, Tuesday, April 9th. Note that losses are VERY high because he fell behind over the weekend and is catching up. He noted that he had over 600 videos to sort through, with 2/3's being drone strikes. Those take time to make sure that you're not simply watching a duplicate video shot from another angle.

 

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Scholz’s Taurus missile refusal tied to fear of Putin’s nuclear threats, says Zelenskyy

Zelenskyy revealed that Chancellor Scholz had justified the refusal to supply the Taurus missiles by citing Germany’s status as a non-nuclear power.

The Taurus cruise missile conversation is strange because even if Germany 🇩🇪 was willing to send them to Ukraine, they could not send them in any quantity that would make a major impact on the war. They have 600-700 cruise missiles in their inventory, with 75% of those in a state of storage to lengthen out their expirary date. Even if they decided to send some to Ukraine, we'd be talking about 50-75 units, max. No doubt they could do some damage with that many cruise missiles, but it wouldn't be some kind of silver bullet.

Meanwhile, the USA 🇺🇸 is the country that can really help and they have large quantities of two seperate weapons, launched from two seperate platforms, that could largely serve the same purpose as Taurus.

1. The United States possesses several thousand JASSM cruise missiles that can be launched from F-16s. Lockheed Martin produces 500+ JASSMs per year for the U.S. Military, and is in the process of increasing production to 1000 units per year as the foreign market for them has exploded. When the U.S. inevitably passes more aid for Ukraine, they could easily send Ukraine 200'ish JASSMs in 2024, at a cost of approximately $210 million usd. Furthermore, they could up that number to 250-300 units in 2025, as production ramps up.

2. The U.S. Army is now introducing PrSMs (precision strike missiles) into their inventory to replace ATACM missiles that are launched by the HIMARS platform. PrSMs are going to continue to flow into service throughout 2024 and beyond, making both M39/M39A1 ATAM and M57 ATACM missiles obsolete and able to be transferred to Ukraine. The Americans keep approximately 1200 ATACM missiles in their inventory and Lockheed Martin builds approximately 500 units per year for export to U.S. allies. It would cost USA approximately $275 million usd in Presidential Drawdown Authority to send Ukraine 200 M39/M39A1 and M57 ATCAMS.

Germany's Taurus would help. But they're better off focusing on producing artillery and artillery shells for Ukraine, while refurbishing armor such as Marder IFVs and Leopard 1/2 MBTs to equip Ukrainian brigades facing attrition. It's the USA that is much better prepared to significantly bolster Ukraine's long range strike capability with a meaningful number of missiles that would stress Russian air defense to the max.
 
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It's the USA that is much better prepared to significantly bolster Ukraine's long range strike capability with a meaningful number of missiles that would stress Russian air defense to the max.

Of course the US has much more capabilities than Germany and could help in so many ways. The problem is the US doesn’t care at all about Ukraine (unfortunatelly Scholtz doesn’t care too), and they are more concerned about not upsetting their “partners”, the Russians. Their main concern now is the state of the Russian oil refineries, so giving long range weapons to Ukraine is out of the question.

It is obvious that for the US this war is just a game where the main objective is to ruin Russia and the EU at the same time, and for that they need the war to go on for a very long time. Ukraine’s only chance is for its European allies to ramp up military production and be able to help them more, as the US is extremely unreliable.

Europe needs to improve its long range and nuclear capabilities since the US is clearly a very unreliable partner that can’t be relied on in a difficult situation.
 

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