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    France is delivering 4 very fast attack gunboats to Ukraine this week. They are being transported on a large cargo ship, strapped down on the deck of the ship. Pro-Putin azzholes published images of the cargo ship departing a French port and calling on "forces" to stop the delivery of the gunboats, by any means possible. They didn't specify who these "forces" are or should be, but Russia itself better steer clear of attacking this cargo ship. It is carrying other cargo, owned by other nations and the ship itself is registered to a Lithuanian firm, under a lease, and the ship also flies an Indian (India) flag.

    In the Kherson region, along the Dnieper River, the Russians have gone all out in airstrikes. This is the most intense aerial assault since the very early days of the war, spring 2022. Shows the Russians are desperate to contain this advance and lack the ground forces to do so. So far, using drones as alarm scouts, the Ukrans have managed to avoid any significant casualties and losses of equipment. The Russians are using their glide-bombs to minimize the risk to their fighter-bombers. While the glide-bombs are fine for attacking stationary targets, they are proving ineffective against mobile units. The Ukran drones spot the glide-bombs many miles out and the Ukrans plot the trajectory and simply evacuate the predicted impact point.

    Speaking of drones! Wow! an awesome video shot over Moscow last night. Literally thousands of Ukranian drones swarming over the city headed for military and industrial targets. There was a low cloud cover last night, specifically chosen by the Ukrans for the cover, so most of the drones were not seen, but they could be heard...the low humming of their prop motors. When there was a break in the clouds, up several thousand feet, you can see the drones. Hundreds and hundreds of them passing in a 10-second video clip. Early reports say the attack was successful, striking a dozen or more separate targets and doing substantial damage. So far only 5 casualties reported, all taken to hospitals. It is expected there were actually more casualties, but the Ukrans were not targeting personnel but rather the facilities.

    One Russian police officer, standing in the street, looking up, turns toward the video camera, says, "This is scary. These drones sometimes stray off target and strike residential units." Oh well...get rid of Putin and withdraw from Ukraine, you pieces of shit, and you won't have to worry over swarms of drones.

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    The Ukran special forces unit, nicknamed "The Eagles," struck again, and this time in Crimea. They attacked and wiped out a Russian post, on a mountain road fairly deep inside of Crimea. This happened several days ago but is only now being revealed, so the unit had time to get out safely. It was a small outpost of less than 10 Russians, and no casualties have been reported. So, did they kill all the Russians or take some prisoner? No details yet. One YouTuber says these types of attacks are designed to scare the Russians and those civilians loyal to Putin in Crimea demonstrating that they are not safe.

    Ukran drones struck two Russian bases in Crimea last night. Both bases on the far side of the peninsula, one an army base, the other a naval station. Again, this is designed to show the Ukrans are capable of reaching/attacking anywhere in Crimea.

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    This is all you need to know about which side you should be on: Putin has cancelled Christmas in Russia. He is pure evil.

    The huge Russian offensive at Avdiivka has petered out. They did seize a small portion of the industrial complex and a few streets of residential houses in the eastern section of the city. Losses for the Russians placed at 1,000+ KIA plus thousands more wounded and they lost 30 tanks/armored vehicles. The Ukrans counter-attacked north of the city, near the village of Stepove, and retook some ground.

    New technology...

    Russia has deployed an improved version of their Lancet drone making it even more effective. It carries two bombs, one designed to defeat anti-drone protection on a tank, and the second one to destroy the tank/vehicle. They have also fitted their long-range drones with a carbon fiber material designed to make it harder for radar to pick them up. Russia sent 27 of these new drones to attack Kyiv, striking residential areas, schools, and a hospital. Minimal casualties reported. There's a video of Ukran military officials holding a piece of the carbon fiber coating and explaining how they will have to take steps to try to detect these new drones.

    The Chicoms have developed a one-man attack helicopter and have sent six to Russia for testing and further development. Saw a video of the prototype and it's pretty slick. It is only about 20 feet long, end to end, has a low profile, maybe 8 feet at the most, top to bottom, and is very fast and maneuverable. It is equipped with the latest electronics to jam radar and laser-guided missiles. It carries 6 anti-tank missiles, a 30mm auto-cannon, and a variety of guided bombs for attacks on infantry and fixed positions. It has never been in actual combat so it remains to be seen how effective it might be.

    Due to Russian payoffs and promises/threats, a Polish trucking union has gone on strike and is blocking all the key crossing points into Ukraine. Critical supplies in long convoys are sitting idle along the highway waiting to cross into Ukraine. So far the Polish government has done nothing. Just police standing around with their thumbs up their butts, just like we see here when lefty groups block streets, etc.

    More video of equipment bogging down on so-called main dirt roads. Winter is setting in and soon movement of equipment of any kind will be impossible except on paved roads. Speaking of equipment, the Ukrans have placed their 31 Abrams tanks in their strategic reserve saying it will be next summer before they are deployed to the combat zone. Just as well with the crappy ground.

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    Re: Russia

    Forgot to mention, a lot of those artillery and tank shells Russia got from North Korea are shoddy. Not only are most of them duds, some are exploding in the tubes. Recently 3 Russian tankers were killed when they fired a NK shell which went off in the gun, setting off an explosion, destroying the tank and killing 3 of the 5 crew. There are also photos of artillery pieces with shattered tubes from defective shells. Oh well...

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    Typical of the spin that is occurring with the various sources, from both sides, the US-built M1 Abrams tank may, or may not, be in the combat zone. There is video of the Abrams tank being operated by Ukranian soldiers, and video of about a dozen of them being transported on flatcars on a train. The spinmeisters say this is recent video taken in eastern Ukraine. Well, if it was, it's video from months ago because it shows leaves on trees and no snow/slop on the ground. Clearly all this video was shot during the summer or early fall. Not recently because it is snowing like heck in Ukraine.

    The Putin propagandists are even sillier claiming 18 Abrams have already been destroyed and the rest withdrawn because the American-built tank is inferior...do people really believe this nonsense?

    Just a few days ago official Ukran military sources released a statement saying all 31 Abrams tanks are being held reserve, waiting to be deployed in the spring/summer when the weather and the ground is more suitable for the 70-ton vehicles to operate. Makes sense. Now, just like the Ukrans did when they first received the German Leopard tanks and the British Challenger tanks, they formed a platoon of three tanks with support vehicles to field test them and for Ukran crews to be able to report back how they performed in actual combat, perhaps there are three Abrams operating in the combat zone for the same reason. Possible. The Ukrans could have released the statement that all 31 Abrams are in reserve and released three for operational field testing, just to not alert the Russians to their presence (until it was too late for some poor Russkie saps...)

    BTW, all 31 of these tanks were taken out of the mothball reserve, all pre-2006 versions of the M1, overhauled and sent to Ukraine. These are NOT the latest version of the Abrams. But, still very good tanks. Arguably the best in the Ukraine-Russia war theater.

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    The M1 Abrams tank is notorious for having maintenance issues. Basically, it doesn't like to "get dirty" so it requires lots of preventive upkeep and TLC. One reason given for the Abrams not being deployed into combat, save for a few tanks, is concerns over maintenance. Ukran crews are still being trained on proper maintenance which is necessary to keep the tanks operational. And right now, the war zone is nothing but a big mud puddle, mixed with ice and snow and slush. Not exactly the best environment for green crews to try to operate the Abrams.

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    Ukran saboteurs (heroes) planted explosives on a freight train running between Russia and China and detonated them inside a tunnel, collapsing it and blocking the only railroad connecting the two evil countries. The Siberian Express, or at least a RR line running through Siberia. This is (was) the main line the Chicoms were using to send military supplies/equipment to Russia. Not for a while now, tch, tch. Ukran's secret service, the SBU, is taking credit for the attack. The Russkies are denying the tunnel collapsed and that the train was destroyed, saying it received minor damage and proceeded on to the next station. But in the next breath the Russkies say this won't disrupt train traffic because there is a detour track that can be used. It will add many hours to the trip but it remains open. Well...if the tunnel was not collapsed why even mention the detour route?

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    Re: Russia

    Putin is calling on Russian women to start having lots of babies. He needs to replenish his depleted ranks in the army. Can you imagine an American president making such a "request"? It's termed as a "request" because some are saying Putin will soon make it mandatory. Wow!

    Of course, I can see why Putin is doing this as his crappy army continues to get chewed up. I don't believe the numbers being published, even by reliable sources, but many say Russia is losing 900+ soldiers daily. They imply it's KIAs, but if they mean KIA, wounded, missing, captured, and desertions then yeah, I can see the 900+ number as possible. Regardless, it is clear Russia trades soldiers' lives for mere yards of ground gained. Recently, in the last 72 hours, Russia has gained ground north of Avdiivka and at Marinka, both towns along the eastern front. But they have paid a high price for these gains.

    Ukran's President Z admitted in a recent press conference the big offensive did not produce the desired results. But, the Ukrans did enjoy a net gain of territory and have inflicted WAY more losses on the Russkies than they have suffered.

    Now word is Russia is deploying 170,000 fresh, well-trained troops and Putin is calling for 410,000 more soldiers to be recruited and trained. Heard all of this kind of stuff before. If Putin really is deploying 170K fresh/trained and we can assume, properly armed and supported, troops than that will be readily obvious very soon. We will see reports of major advances by the Russians either focused in one or two places, or in general along the whole front. One source reported Putin was sending all 170K fresh troops to the Bakhmut area. Not sure why, if true, he would do that. But, we'll see.

    In February, 2022 with what some pundits termed as the #2 military in the world, Putin invaded his much smaller neighbor, one with barely a standing army to defend itself. Most people, myself included, expected a walk-over in no more than 6 weeks if Putin was serious in his invasion effort i.e. committed to making it successful. He deployed 220,000 troops together with all his latest air force planes for aerial superiority, and his best tanks. He had troops WEST OF KYIV. That bears repeating: they were WEST of KYIV! War over, right? Wrong! Now, 20 months later Putin is barely holding on to about half of the four eastern provinces he illegally annexed...and losing ground there.

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    Watched a documentary on Russia's, Putin's, push to populate and dominate the artic region. Pretty dern cold up that way! One of the things needed, if you are to establish new communities, especially in a climate like that, is dependable energy source(s). To that end, and to their credit, the Russkies have built and launched a floating nuclear power plant, really a ship as it is powered and moves on its own. It was launched in 2017 and sent to Peveko, which is the northern most Russian town, very close to the Artic Circle. Peveko is the home of an aging coal mine, a town of about 5,000 miners and their families. Russia is building three more of these floating nuke power plant ships. These next three will be sent to Russian military bases built on remote Artic Ocean islands. As the artic icecaps melt it is opening up shipping lanes and access to ground that used to be covered by thick ice. Putin, in an interview in the documentary, said there are natural resources and important minerals in the artic and he aims to claim it all for Russia.

    Russia also is occupying some islands that are part of Norway. They are Norwegian territory, but the two countries entered into a treaty back in the 1920's that grants Russia access to and control of the islands as long as they are actively engaged in economic activity. That was not an issue because Russia was operating a coal mine there, but it closed some years ago. To continue to maintain economic activity the Russians began a tourism industry inviting tourists to visit the islands and get tours of the former Soviet Union facilities. Over 20,000 tourists visited annually...until Putin invaded Ukraine. Norway immediately suspended all travel to the islands from their ports and forbad Norwegians from visiting. Since it was Norwegian travel businesses that made the tourism feasible/possible this has killed that economic activity. Now Russia is struggling to maintain industry of any kind on the islands putting their obligation under the treaty in danger. Norway has issued warnings to Russia to put up or vacate the islands for good, ending the treaty. These islands are near the Artic Circle, very far north. The Russians have not militarized the islands, save for a small security force. I expect Norway to order the 1,000 or so Russians living there to leave.

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    All of Putin's dolphins have deserted him. Yep, after that recent storm wrecked their pen on Crimea the dolphins escaped to the open sea and have just turned up at Odesa, Ukraine where they surrendered to Ukran forces. The Russian navy, like other navies, use trained dolphins to perform tasks, like locate lost equipment/weapons at sea. Well, these former Russian dolphins have appeared off the coast of Ukraine and are now safely in a new pen. Ukan officials say they will have to de-program the dolphins and hope to release them to live out their lives as dolphins and not tools of a navy.

    Meanwhile, the Russkies still have not learned that in today's era of drones you DO NOT gather officers in one place, and you especially don't make it known beforehand. Four high-ranking officers, all thought to be generals, their staffs and four Putinist police officials, and their staffs were killed when they met in a building less than 30 miles from the front in Donbas. Another 27 lower-ranking officers/staffers were either killed or wounded, according to reports. It was anti-Putin partisans operating in occupied Donbas who alerted the Ukrans, who then launched a HIMARS missile attack. Once alerted, the Ukrans dispatched a drone that confirmed the arrival of the high-ranking officers, then, bam!

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    Future of Wagner Group very much in doubt. Led by Prigozhin's son, Pavel, now Wagner has begun an aggressive recruitment campaign to refill its depleted ranks. They are offering up to $3,000/month in USD. They are not in Ukraine presently, although Pavel is vowing to return with a new force, provided he can build one. Wagner is operating in Africa, which is really a sister chapter indirectly connected to the Wagner Group of Russia. The units in Africa have different funding sources, including the Soros Foundation. Some of the Wagner troops who fought in Ukraine are in Africa, but reports say they want to return to Russia/Ukraine.

    Many of the former Wagner thugs, who fought in Ukraine, have tried civilian life and reports are they have failed miserably. Over 80% of the Wagner soldiers were in Russian prisons and earned their freedom by serving (thugging) in Ukraine. Many have been arrested for various crimes, the worst case being a brutal kidnapping/murder perpetrated by two former Wagner "soldiers." Most Russian companies/businesses refuse to hire them given their criminal past. Several interviews with former Wagner thugs show they are incapable of adapting to civilized civilian life. They suffer from PTDS and have a blood-thirsty urge to settle any problems with violence. One said he was returning to the war in Ukraine, back to the trenches, and back to the "kill or be killed" life he is best suited for. Presently there are two "Wagner" units operating in Ukraine, in the Bakhmut area. They are former members of Wagner but are under regular Russian army leadership right now.

    In other news, the Ukrans report the Russian soldiers guilty of murdering three Ukran POWs, have been wiped out. These criminal Russians, probably former Wagnernites, videoed the execution of three Ukran soldiers who had surrendered when they ran out of ammo. The video went viral across Russia and Ukraine, and other European countries, before censors stopped its spread. The guilty Russians did a great job of documenting exactly who they are (were) and their location. Duh! Three days later Ukran special forces surrounded and wiped them out, without prejudice. No details released, just a statement from the special forces commander who reports the operation was a total success, his guys suffering just two wounded in the fight, and no Russian survivors.

    In a separate incident two Ukran soldiers who had surrendered were murdered near Avdiivka. They were members of the 47th Assault Brigade, whose brothers avenged their murders by wiping out all the Russians in a patch of woods where the murders took place. A drone had caught the incident on video.

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    Re: Russia

    Russian factory complex, in Moscow, is a total loss after a fire started and grew out of control. Arson/sabotage is suspected, but no official word from the Russkies yet. The factory produced trailers, and trucks used to haul cargo, and some other supply equipment, such as metal containers used in shipping. There were two production lines, one for civilian applications and one for the military. Just the latest in infrastructure loss for the Russkies.

    Latest poll supposedly shows Putin has an 85% approval rating among the Russian populace. I find that hard to believe. Just more propaganda BS released by Putin's apologists. If true, then eff 'em. Step up the sanctions and allow the bastards to suffer. But, I doubt Putin really has such an approval rating. It's probably more like 35%, if that.

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    Ukrans had some small successes overnight, small gains, but nothing to get too excited about. President Z and the Ukrans are feeling the pressure from their allies to deliver a huge success soon, or risk losing support. There is a movement afoot being led by several European countries, and orchestrated by the British serving as a mediator, for Ukraine to accept the loss of the four eastern provinces in exchange for membership in the EU and maybe even NATO. Ukraine will have to insist that NATO membership is part of the deal else Putin will just invade the rest of the country.

    There is nothing left in the eastern provinces in terms of towns and infrastructure, all destroyed by 9 years of war. Yes, fighting has been on-going since the 2014 invasion of Crimea. In Donbas, prior to 2022, it was rebels loyal to Putin fighting the Ukrans. There is utter destruction and will have to be rebuilt from scratch. Even Crimea is being blasted back to the stone age as Ukraine attacks with cruise missiles nightly.

    At Avdiivka Putin is still trying to capture the huge industrial complex...in tack. He needs the products produced in the chemical plants and the manufacturing plants. So, the Russians are trying to take it using just light infantry as they do not want to damage/destroy the facility with artillery or aerial bombing. The Ukrans, on defense, are not so constrained as they are shooting away from the complex into the hills and fields against the attacking Russians. They have artillery, tanks, mortars, heavy machineguns in use and are fighting from prepared defensive positions. Last night the stupid Russians tried again sending about 400 fools in an attack. This morning drones show over 300 Russian casualties, most of them dead, but the wounded have been abandoned and will perish from their wounds and/or the extreme cold weather. The Ukrans had zero casualties, not even any wounded. A Ukran officer was shown on video this morning, shaking his head in utter disbelief at the suicidal attacks by the Russians. He was visibly shaken by the carnage saying this is stupid. He added he feels for those poor souls and their families who will miss them. The Russians had no chance against us, he said, none! This is stupid.

    A British military think tank places the Russian losses since February, 2022 at over 350,000.

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    Two Finnish companies are under investigation by Finland's "FBI" for violating the sanctions on Russia. Reportedly 3,500 advanced-tech drones were illegally detoured to Russia in a scheme to avert the sanctions. This involves third parties, their nationalities not revealed at this time, who rigged shipments of the drones intended for other nations to Russia. More arrests are expected as the investigation expands.

    Reports are the last of Ukrainian civilians, about 1,300 total, have been evacuated from Avdiivka. These are mostly employees of the industrial complex and some family members who had earlier refused to leave the city when ordered to do by Ukran officials. The youngest evacuee who left today is the 12-yr-old son of a plant engineer. Pundits say this evacuation means the Ukrans know heavy combat is about to occur in Avdiivka itself, and most likely in and near the industrial complex, where apartment buildings housing employees are also located. The plants shut down operation November 15th when it was feared the Russians would overrun the complex. It took about a week for the industrial engineers to bring operations to shutdown mode, which will allow restarts of the facility fairly easily, if/when the situation allows.

    The very latest reports say the Russians are within 1Km of the city itself, having seized a wooded area northeast of the city. Other Russian units are pushing hard in the south, north, and east of the city and a breakthrough could occur at any time. The Ukran commander at Avdiivka said his forces are holding out and will hold out.

    The Russians have also gained ground southwest of Bakhmut with a huge push against Ukran forces there. The 3rd Assault (Azov) Brigade had been operating in that area, but another report says the brigade was pulled out for a refit and is expected to be deployed to Avdiivka next week. The Russians may have enjoyed some success south of Bakhmut, given the Azov units being removed. Regardless, all sources agree the Russians have taken back some ground near Bakhmut, lost about 6 months ago.

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    Re: Russia

    US has supplied the Ukrans with the M1A3 Bangalore torpedo, and it has helped them breach Russian defenses. Of course, this is not a new weapon concept. Was used during WWI. But this is the latest, up-to-date version and is very effective for blowing up fixed defensive positions.

    The Ukrans have sent a special Thank You card to Australia for supplying them the APC called the "Bushmaster." It can carry 10 soldiers, armed with machineguns and anti-tank rockets, and is specifically built to protect the soldiers if the vehicle hits a mine. It has large, run-flat, tires and is armored in its underbelly. The Ukrans have routinely run over anti-personnel mines and those hardly make a dent. But recently, one of the Bushmasters struck an anti-tank mine. The explosion was enormous, engulfing the vehicle in a fireball and a cloud of smoke and dirt. The force of the blast flipped it over, it bounced and landed back on its wheels. After a few minutes the rear door opened and stunned and dazed soldiers appeared. After a few more moments, the entire crew emerged, shaken, but mostly uninjured. They examined the vehicle. Video was shot via a bodycam from another Ukran vehicle, whose commander went over to them. After a few minutes, they got back in and drove the Bushmaster back toward their lines. The tires were damaged but maintained enough shape to allow them to return safely.

    An American Bradley had its tracks blown off, probably by a mine, and the Ukrans had to abandon it because they were under heavy fire. Later the Ukrans sent a drone to try to destroy the Bradley but the explosive had little effect. The Russians over-ran the area and have captured the Bradley, towing it back toward their lines. Later the Russkies released a video tour of it, speaking amazingly about how well built it is, and the electronics in it. Hopefully the Russians won't be able to reverse-engineer it. It is far superior to any of the crap they have.

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