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  • Originally posted by Goatboy View Post
    A brigade's worth of captured Russian tanks and armored vehicles?

    Holy balls what a haul. I wonder how many other vehicle parks like that are just waiting for transfer to the UA

    If nothing else there's a fat mountain of spare parts just waiting to be stripped down.
    Seen in the comments section: "Wow... that is an impressive Special Resupply Mission... thank you Russia I'm sure the new Ukraine owners will be sending you a proper thank you."
    “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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    • AFU now fighting at Lyschansk and at Donetsk airport. In a few days the Ukrainians have taken back most of the territory that took Russia months of grinding attrition warfare to get. Donetsk airport was seized in 2015!
      There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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      • Hit hard. Hit fast. Hit blindside. Hit below the Belt. And Keep On Hitting.
        Chimo

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        • Originally posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
          Hit hard. Hit fast. Hit blindside. Hit below the Belt. And Keep On Hitting.
          That sir, sounds strangely similar to the the advice you'd give to someone going in to their first bar-fight!
          When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. - Anais Nin

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          • After almost 6 months of slow grinding warfare, the Ukrainian gains the past few days seem outstanding. Could it be possible that the goal of the Ukrainians is to attack the Russians in Luhansk and Donetsk provinces on their northern flank and essentially roll them over all the way back to the Sea of Azov and perhaps even to Crimea? Combined with the Kherson offensive can the entire Russian army in Ukraine besides Crimea be cutoff and surrounded and defeated?

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            • Ukraine's stunning counteroffensive in Kharkiv and Donbas

              Ukraine’s stunning counteroffensive in Kharkiv is the type of military action that will be written about and analyzed for decades, maybe centuries.

              With rapid speed, the defenders have cut through Russian-occupied positions over the past four days, recapturing as many as 2,500 square kilometers of terrain, according to the Washington-based think tank the Institute for the Study of War, an area roughly equivalent to the combined area of the cities of New York and Los Angeles. Ukraine has also claimed to have killed upward of 1,000 Russian soldiers in as many days, although that figure cannot be independently verified.

              But both Russian and Ukrainian sources are in rare agreement about a number of developments.

              Both acknowledge that the Russian occupiers have fled Izyum, a strategically important city that the Russian army had been using as its headquarters for operations in the area for months. Ukrainian troops have been visually confirmed to be in the center of Kupyansk, another city in Kharkiv, and Russian forces are said to be retreating from the third of it that they still hold. Kupyansk is a key railway hub and a strategically important location for the Russian army, at the intersection of several railway lines. Unlike NATO nations, Russia's logistical model is based mainly on moving materiel by train, with motorized transport responsible only for a small distance, at the end of the journey.

              The town of Balakliya has also been completely liberated, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, which posted a video of Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, the commander of Ukrainian Land Forces, standing in the center of the town as soldiers raise Ukraine's gold-and-blue flag. Other videos show emotional Ukrainian residents greeting their army in Balakliya.

              Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for Russia’s Ministry of Defense, confirmed Russian troops’ withdrawal from Balakliya and Izyum, describing what certainly looks like a rout as a decision to “regroup in order to boost efforts in the Donetsk area.”

              Ukraine’s campaign has, remarkably, pressed beyond Kharkiv into occupied Donbas.

              Denis Pushilin, the head of the Russian proxy known as the Donetsk People’s Republic, recorded a video of himself fleeing the fighting by car and admitting that the situation around the city of Lyman in Donetsk was “difficult.” There are also unconfirmed reports of fighting around Lysychansk, a city in Luhansk that Russia captured at the beginning of July after weeks of heavy shelling. Ukrainian forces have advanced to the outskirts of Lysychansk, according to the oblast’s governor, Serhiy Haidai.

              Taken as a whole, Ukraine’s offensive has decisively shown that it has the manpower, resolve and weapons to prosecute the next phase of a war that many analysts and politicians warned would devolve into a prolonged stalemate or war of attrition. And it comes at a time when Russia has threatened to “freeze” Europe by cutting off gas supplies for the coming winter, as cracks in European Union unity on sanctions have apparently widened. On Sept. 8, the United States announced another security package for Ukraine worth $675 million, much of it ammunition for weapons platforms that have already been provided, including the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

              Ukraine spent months telegraphing its intent to mount a major counteroffensive in the southern region of Kherson. That campaign got underway on Aug. 29, and has made consistent but unspectacular progress. The Kharkiv operation, however, was totally unannounced — not even hinted at. “Basically, the Russians thinned all their troops out to protect Kherson,” said Dr. Mike Martin, a visiting fellow in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. “The Ukrainians spotted this, fixed the Russians in Kherson, and kept a reserve that they used to strike through the Russian line east of Kharkiv, and then managed to capture their two main logistics hubs supplying the Russian effort in the northeast and east of the country.”

              As a result, Russian frontlines are now collapsing. One video taken somewhere in Kharkiv and posted to Twitter shows retreating Russian soldiers riding on top of a T-72 tank as it runs into an advance party of Ukrainian special forces. The tank immediately starts shedding soldiers before it finally skids around a sharp bend and careens into a tree.

              Pro-Russian Telegram channels, which in the past have resorted to denial or rationalization to account for Russian losses, are through coping. They are now in a state of panic or full of violent recriminations for what they see as the Kremlin’s incompetence, if not treachery. Ultranationalists are demanding a mobilization and a declaration of martial law in Russia. Some have even called for nuclear strikes on Western Ukraine to force a capitulation.

              Russia’s military bloggers, meanwhile, are clear-eyed about what has transpired in less than a week — and unusually deferential to the enemy. As a British military strategist, Sir Lawrence Freedman, has noted, “At times, it can seem as if the bloggers (in sharp contrast to the propagandists) are talking up the Ukrainians to make their own troops look less bad.”

              It is difficult to know where the Russians will decide to make their stand, given that they seem to have little in the way of an operational or strategic reserve and that the Ukrainians have broken through all their pre-prepared lines of defense. More critically, Western-supplied weaponry, particularly the HIMARS, has been pounding Russian ammunition and fuel depots and supply lines around Kharkiv, making any future effort to recapture lost land far more arduous. The Ukrainians have even been pushing up the HIMARS’ bigger, more heavily armored cousin, the M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System), to positions close to the frontline, as the Ukrainian advance brings new targets into range.

              The rapid withdrawal from the north and northeast at such short notice is likely to cause the Russians problems in other areas of occupied Ukraine. Russian propaganda is being torn down all across Kharkiv and collaborators are forming long queues to leave the area and enter Belgorod, the Russian oblast on the other side of the border.

              Even Russian state journalists have taken notice of the evisceration. “Well, brothers and sisters. Have you become depressed? Have you screamed? Have you argued? Have you lost heart?” Andrey Medvedev, a television reporter, posted to Telegram.

              “I understand, I agree, it’s been a very difficult day.”

              ________

              Well....it's always possible that a Baghdad Bob-type at the Kremlin will decide to crawl out of a hole and try to put lipstick on this slaughtered pig, but for now it's pretty telling that pro-Russian media and bloggers aren't brushing all this off as "fake news". Guess they really have no other choice...simply too much unimpeachable footage being uploaded for them to deny.
              “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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              • Originally posted by astralis View Post

                Russian equipment losses have, if anything, worsened significantly over the last 24 hours given the speed of the Ukrainian offensive. The Kharkiv attack absolutely caught them with their pants down. Lots of captured equipment and visual evidence of Russians caught out in the open and mowed down while trying to retreat.

                https://twitter.com/livfaustdiejung/...7K5-yruihOBMgg
                for those counting at home: first post, Russia lost 76 vehicles/arty in 2 days.

                second post, 45 vehicles in 1 day.

                today: 70 vehicles in a day -- a significant portion captured.

                https://twitter.com/Rebel44CZ/status...17017938526216

                There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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                • Originally posted by Amled View Post

                  Would it grant him some "wiggle room" if he shit canned his ridiculous "Special Military Operation",
                  and declared all out war on Ukraine?
                  Potentially a lot but only in the longer term and only if along with declaring it a war he also orders a full mobilization. Failing that? Declaring war but doing nothing else than scraping up whatever reinforcements can be sent quickly only has bad consequences domestically and changes nothing much internationally. Putin has spent months sheltering his key support base from the worst impacts of the war by not calling it one. Suddenly announcing that it is one would be tantamount to admitting that Russia is losing! This might not matter much in rural Russia but it will hurt him badly in the big cities, primarily Moscow and St Petersburg the two largest and most important cities in Russia.

                  And if he orders a general mobilization? It has potentially dire consequence for both sides. For Russia because it will be hugely unpopular & hugely expensive and another sign Russia is losing. For Ukraine because if (and that's a big if) they can succeed Russia will have the manpower it needs to slowly swamp Ukraine in a grind. The good news on that front though is that its doubtful Russia has the ability to mobilize and equip even a small % of that potential manpower quickly. If its struggling to maintain its current field armies ToE its hard to see them equipping new ones any time soon. Training and equipping most if not all of those new troops properly would take years and Moscow mothers won't tolerate their sons being sent to the front lines in minivans armed with mosin nagants!
                  Last edited by Monash; 11 Sep 22,, 14:16.
                  If you are emotionally invested in 'believing' something is true you have lost the ability to tell if it is true.

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                  • Originally posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
                    Hit hard. Hit fast. Hit blindside. Hit below the Belt. And Keep On Hitting.
                    You've met my wife then?
                    If you are emotionally invested in 'believing' something is true you have lost the ability to tell if it is true.

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                    • Reports that Russian troops fleeing Vovchansk and that the UA has entered the city.

                      https://mobile.twitter.com/visegrad2...54019865755654
                      Last edited by statquo; 11 Sep 22,, 01:53.

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                      • Originally posted by Amled View Post
                        That sir, sounds strangely similar to the the advice you'd give to someone going in to their first bar-fight!
                        Never was drunk enough to start a fight with a guy bigger than me.

                        Originally posted by Monash View Post
                        You've met my wife then?
                        Really? Mine was nag first. Nag nonstop. Nag about everything. Nag about nothing. Just nag, nag, nag.

                        Chimo

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                          ISW's map as of this afternoon. Waiting for their Sept 10 update.
                          “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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                          • For those of us addicted to Perun's YouTube videos, he's likely going to wait a bit before giving his update on the situation on the ground:

                            Due to the extremely rapid pace of developments in Ukraine, my intention is to delay my 6/7 month update on the course of the war to allow the situation to become clearer and, just as importantly, give me time to cross-check some of the news that is filtering out. Getting a proper cross check between Russian and Ukrainian sources is harder when things are developing quickly and there are rumours everywhere.

                            Expect a defence-economics video this week, with the 6/7 month update delayed until I can confidently produce it. I'm aware there are plenty of channels providing daily updates, but I don't think that's really my area.

                            Poll is provided to confirm that people generally agree with this approach
                            His subscribers have affirmed this approach 87% to 13%
                            “He was the most prodigious personification of all human inferiorities. He was an utterly incapable, unadapted, irresponsible, psychopathic personality, full of empty, infantile fantasies, but cursed with the keen intuition of a rat or a guttersnipe. He represented the shadow, the inferior part of everybody’s personality, in an overwhelming degree, and this was another reason why they fell for him.”

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                            • Originally posted by statquo View Post
                              Reports that Russian troops fleeing Vovchansk and that the UA has entered the city.

                              https://mobile.twitter.com/visegrad2...54019865755654
                              This is big news if true. Vovchansk is the key to the northern flank of this offensive.
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                              Win nervously lose tragically - Reds C C

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                              • Originally posted by TopHatter View Post

                                Holy balls what a haul. I wonder how many other vehicle parks like that are just waiting for transfer to the UA

                                If nothing else there's a fat mountain of spare parts just waiting to be stripped down.
                                Seen in the comments section: "Wow... that is an impressive Special Resupply Mission... thank you Russia I'm sure the new Ukraine owners will be sending you a proper thank you."
                                Quite the haul by LTJG. Holden and Ramon...

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