The War in the Ukraine

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A win for fascism. Are Proud Boys still banned?

Going by their Telegram channels and some independent accounts, there aren’t many fascists left in the regiment. It’s mostly full of 2022 recruits now, and is fully integrated and under the control of the national guard. The danger is more in what ties remain with the Azov Movement and senior leadership.

In the same way, Wagner’s fascists have been killed off or subsumed by the masses of cannon fodder recently press ganged into service.

 

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“very expensive to operate, very expensive to fuel, very expensive to maintain, and [require] a lot of training.”

Were these even used extensively in Afghanistan or Iraq?
 

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“very expensive to operate, very expensive to fuel, very expensive to maintain, and [require] a lot of training.”

Were these even used extensively in Afghanistan or Iraq?
Afghanistan: no.

Iraq: yes. There were some huge, sweeping desert tank battles in the first two or three gulf wars.

But the US also has the big logistics tail to support the teeth of a high-maintenance Abrams. The Iraqis were given about 80 of them to fight insurgents and ISIS. Most were captured, abandoned or destroyed.

The M1 runs on jet fuel, whereas the Leopard 2 drinks regular old diesel. That alone is a significant logistical support difference.
 

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Even if Ukraine is only losing a fraction of what the invaders are, they don’t have as many people to draw upon. And for all the attention the foreign legion fighters get, their numbers are still very small.
 

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"Adding to that stress was the fact that, by Ira's reckoning, about a third of those who had chosen to stay in the cellar were pro-Russian, actively hoping that Ukraine would lose the war.

'Yes, there were people who supported Russia. But they left when Ukraine started liberating territory. When the so-called Russian authorities moved out, they went with them, taking their children. Probably because they were scared of what would happen to them here,' adds Ira."
 

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"Deputy Defence Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov also resigned, following reports he oversaw the purchase of military food supplies at inflated prices from a relatively unknown firm. The department called this a 'technical mistake' and claimed no money had changed hands.

The defence minister himself - Oleksii Reznikov - has been under scrutiny for the same reason."

Maybe that was the only supplier who could deliver.
 

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Cheers, Fwiffs!

How we will get it over there is another question. It was a logistics issue that I recall relied on allies to get it back and forth to Afghanistan which was what they were originally purchased for.
 

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"... while the country's established AFV industry also allows Canada to deliver types like the ACSV and Roshel Senator without having to compromise on its own military capabilities"

There have been some domestic grumbles in the media that all these funds and new equipment could have went to the Canadian forces so having a contractor that just makes things for Ukraine....and Azerbaijan is great. We still only dedicate <2% of our GDP for defence spending contrary to NATO requirements and you have to wonder all this aid for Ukraine whether it gets us closer to 2%.

The Canadian defence industry and to be honest the entire manufacturing industry is a mess. Canada maintains this fantasy moral high ground where it doesn't act like other countries in which the government, lobbyists for trade/regulatory organisations, and corporations work hand in hand to win.

That's why they got killed in aerospace. Canadian politicians are happy to get brownie points to crack down on their own firms doing dirty business in sh*thole countries with bribes, etc. But exporting to Saudi Arabia and Qatar - no problem for us. The policies are all over the place. Now there's a company in suburban Toronto doing armoured vehicles on Canadian aid money set aside for Ukraine - it's like self-funding an industry.
 

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"When asked if a face-to-face meeting with Mr Putin would help to resolve the ongoing conflict, Mr Zelenskyy said: 'It is not interesting for me. Not interesting to meet, not interesting to speak. Why? Because we had meeting with him in Normandy Format, it was before full-scale invasion. I saw the man who said one thing and then did another.

'I can't understand - is it his decisions or somebody else? So to meet what, to shake hands? Not interesting. To speak? I really don't understand who makes decisions in Russia.'

'Who is he now? After full-scale invasion, for me he is nobody, nobody.'"


"Mr Zelensky declined to say whether Mr Johnson should get an official role representing the UK in Ukraine, appearing to laugh at the suggestion and indicating the former PM might not be ready for such a role.

‘He is good guy,’ he said. ‘Who knows? With pleasure, with pleasure, really.'"
 

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Mr Tweet is sliding ever closer to the MAGA-Russia axis. Great to see he is still serious about curbing disinformation on his platform though.
 

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“General Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie in a press briefing Monday announcing the completion of the withdrawal from Afghanistan said the U.S. on its way out of Hamid Karzai International Airport destroyed up to 70 MRAPs and 23 Humvees - military vehicles - and 73 aircraft.

’Those aircraft will never fly again,‘McKenzie said. ’They'll never be able to be operated by anyone. Most of them were non-mission capable, to begin with, but certainly they'll never be able to be flown again.’

In the final days of the withdrawal, the U.S. balanced loading or destroying equipment with the need to evacuate people out of Afghanistan. Some of the equipment was taken out on flights, demilitarized at the airport, or destroyed in controlled blasts.“

 
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