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    Re: Russia

    Poland delivered the first batch of F-16s intended to be fully operational as part of Ukraine's regular air force. Report didn't say how many, but talk has been of two squadrons, so 32 planes. There were 10 F-16s in Ukraine being used for training, and according to a report, Ukran pilots flew a mission using four Falcons, over Kherson. As has been their practice with new weapons/equipment Ukraine will test the F-16s in actual combat, but in as controlled a situation as possible. Then the Ukran pilots will share the real-world experience with their fellow pilots.

    Pundits say Ukraine needs a bare minimum of four squadrons, 60+ planes, to have an impact on the war. Others, like the many military think tanks, say Ukraine needs 12 squadrons, over 180 F-16s to win the war and then defend against future aggression. Taiwan has 160 F-16s, but they have a much smaller territory to defend, and they also have other modern fighter jets, like the Indian version of the French Mirage Fighter Jet.

    No doubt Russia will attack the airbase(s) where the F-16s are assigned.

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    Re: Russia

    EU threatening sanctions against China if the Chicoms continue to support Putin in his war with Ukraine. Of course, given that they are commies, the Chicoms are lying saying they are not supporting Russia. They say that even as Russian TV proudly shows Chinese weapons/ammo/supplies arriving in Russia. China wants Putin to continue the war knowing Russia cannot win as they want Russia to become so weak China can seize more Russian territory and replace Russia as the other world power. News flash for the Chicoms...mission accomplished already. China has already passed Russia as "the other" world power. Will EU sanctions have any impact on China's economy? Yes, most definitely, as long as some EU members don't cheat. We are seeing cheating happening now with the sanctions on Russia.

    Well, hopefully the EU sanctions will have some influence and the Chicoms will stop supporting Russia. Putin's evil regime must be crushed. Putin needs to face a Nuremburg type trial, he and his circle of henchmen, then be hung for his war crimes.

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    Re: Russia

    Russia has removed all ships from Crimean ports. Got tired of trying to protect them and failing miserably.

    Not much going on along the front, mostly minor skirmishing. Some pundits surmise Putin is pulling back and waiting for Trump to become prez and then he thinks he'll be awarded all of eastern Ukraine on a silver platter. Most pro-Ukrainian YouTubers agree, bellyaching that Vance is even more pro-Russia than Trump. If true then Ukraine has six months to win the war. Might as well disregard Biden's ban on using US weapons in attacks inside of Russia (save for within 100km in the Kharkiv region) and attack! attack! attack!

    Rumors flying of Poland being the first to send combat troops to Ukraine. Poland did activate a combat brigade and are sending them to the border with Ukraine. Doesn't mean they will cross the border. Meanwhile, one of Putin's allies, and one of a few friends he still has, Belarus, has withdrawn combat units away from their border with Ukraine. No official reason given but media sources inside of Belarus are reporting Belarus leaders want to avoid any accidental encounter with Ukran units that might suck them into a war. Curious, since Belarus actually invaded Ukraine in the early months of the war and only withdrew when Russia got its ass kicked and retired from northern Ukraine. Belarus expected Russia to easily defeat Ukraine and by cooperating thought Putin would give them a slice of the pie. More and more Putin is finding himself isolated, his evil friends all looking out for themselves and disavowing support for Putin's evil invasion/war.

    As for Trump-Vance I hope the US will not turn our backs on Ukraine. Biden has been heavily criticized, and rightfully so, for his abandoning our friends in Afghanistan. The US is still supporting the Kurds, but probably only because the Kurds don't require much support, and we are not spending much money supporting them. But Ukraine is facing a "world power," a country 8-10 times larger and ruled by a maniac.

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    Re: Russia

    More isolation for Putin..

    the Baltic states and Poland have taken the final steps to sever all ties to Moscow's control of the electric grid, physically cutting power lines between themselves and Russia and Belarus. In a deal going back to 2001 the four countries were 100% dependent on the Moscow-controlled power grid, but now all accommodations have been made for them to be served by the central European power grid system. Latvia had already stopped buying electricity from Russia, relying on domestically produced power since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But the power grid worked both ways and during lean times or when Russia needed more power than they could produce Russia was able to draw power from Latvia and the other countries. Not anymore, the lines are cut. How long will Belarus continue to stand with Putin? They would be better served breaking ties and joining with Europe.

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    Re: Russia

    Ukraine pulls out of Krynky abandoning their foothold across the Dnipro River. They were not pushed out as for over 6 months they have easily beaten off Russian attacks. The river crossing was meant to draw Russian reserves away from the crucial city of Vuhledar, and that worked, but then Ukraine found success and decided to stay. President Z fired his overall commander, and the new guy decided it was time to pull those troops out. In the big picture this move is insignificant as Ukraine was not in a position to expand that foothold. The ground around Krynky is marsh, open, flat, no trees, no cover, except for a small, wooded area, recently burned and so troops crossing through are easy targets. Ukraine would have suffered losses launching an attack across that ground just like Russia has been clobbered crossing through it. Ukraine is still holding various islands in the Dnipro River delta.

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    Re: Russia

    Ukraine struck a Russian airbase, about 40 miles inside of Russia. Had to use drones since the dumb Biden admin. denying use of ATACMS missiles for attacks in Russia. Ukrans used 35 drones, 8 of which survived and hit the base. Early reports show damage to fuel tanks, hangars, and a few planes.

    More skirmishing along the front, no significant results for either side. Seems activity has really slowed and both sides are waiting for something to happen, perhaps the POTUS race here. Very "All Quiet on the ______ Front."

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