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Current Events / Re: Russia's War Against Ukrai...
Last post by Uberhaus - Today at 09:09:29 PM
Quote from: GDS_Starfury on Today at 08:59:51 PMwe'll see what happens when the Kerch bridge is hit again.   :twirl:
I'll welcome that when it happens, but how many Storm Shadow missiles can Ukraine have left while Germany hesitates to send Taurus?  They'll need to overwhelm the air defences.
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Current Events / Re: Russia's War Against Ukrai...
Last post by GDS_Starfury - Today at 08:59:51 PM
we'll see what happens when the Kerch bridge is hit again.   :twirl:
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Current Events / Re: Russia's War Against Ukrai...
Last post by Uberhaus - Today at 08:56:28 PM
Well, we'll see what Putin says in his speech tomorrow as the run-up to his re-election in March.  With control over almost all media and speech he doesn't really need to pause out of concern for losing the election.  I doubt the Russians are ready to give up in Ukraine and their goals are still maximalist, the destruction of Ukraine.  With Ukraine's current shortages of weapons and manpower, the Russians might not ever be in a better position.

Outside of Ukraine, the Russians are agitating around the world.  https://ca.news.yahoo.com/top-putin-ally-pledges-russian-223157597.html 
QuoteRussian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, a top ally of President Vladimir Putin, pledged on Monday to help Latin American countries counter what he described as U.S. attempts to interfere in their internal affairs.

He made his comments in Nicaragua, led by former Marxist guerrilla Daniel Ortega, after meeting Cuba's former leader Raul Castro in Havana.

Next he visits Bolivia and you guessed it, Venezuela.  " which like Cuba and Nicaragua are ran by leftist governments that have had frosty relationships with Washington."

On the other southern continent, Wagner has rebranded itself.  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-68322230
QuoteRussia is offering governments in Africa a "regime survival package" in exchange for access to strategically important natural resources, a major new report has found.

Internal Russian government documents, seen by the BBC, also detail how it is working to change mining laws in West Africa, with the ambition of dislodging Western companies from an area of strategic importance.
This is part of the process of the Russian government taking over the businesses of the Wagner mercenary group, broken up after a failed coup in June 2023.
The multibillion dollar operations are now mostly being run as the Russian "Expeditionary Corps", managed by the man accused of being behind the attempt to murder Sergei Skripal using the Novichok nerve agent on the streets of the UK - a charge Russia has denied.

Russia is protecting these coup leaders in exchange for mineral rights and is getting the governments to change the laws to restrict access by Western mineral companies to strategic resources.  It must be nice to discredit the Western powers as colonial exploiters while doing the exact same thing, but dressed up as revolutionary partners.
QuoteAccording to Dr Watling [of RUSI], Wagner was operating in a well-established tradition: "There is a standard Russian modus operandi, which is that you cover the operational costs with parallel business activity. In Africa, that is primarily through mining concessions."
In every country in which it operates, Wagner was reported to have secured valuable natural resources using these to not only cover costs, but also extract significant revenue. Russia has extracted $2.5bn (£2bn) worth of gold from Africa in the past two years, which is likely to have helped fund its war in Ukraine, according to the Blood Gold Report.

Russia isn't done, not by a long shot.  They will use disinformation to make the West hesitate, waver and question its ability to confront this War on Democracy, while they play a long strategic game where they build up alliances world wide that stir up trouble while restricting the Wests access to vital resources.
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Current Events / Re: Russia's War Against Ukrai...
Last post by GDS_Starfury - Today at 06:58:03 PM
what Red Sea cable pulling?  I've had a busy day.
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Current Events / Re: Russia's War Against Ukrai...
Last post by MengJiao - Today at 06:47:33 PM
Quote from: Windigo on Today at 06:32:07 PM
Quote from: Gusington on Today at 04:39:57 PM:embarrassed:

I think that policy paper was deliberately leaked to try and influence western European leaders. Putin doesn't have a death wish so he won't do anything of the sort.

Seems plausible.  I think the Russians have now started working on the problem of how to look good while giving up.  Sure, they can go on pounding on Ukraine for the next 200 years, but that really doesn't seem to be doing much good.  What's going on right now?  Iran isn't helping.  China isn't helping.  The Houthi thing is curiously unconvincing and so maybe the Russians are trying to make that look more menacing by pulling up the cables under the Red Sea and saying the Houthi did it.  And of course something about nukes, though I think even the Houthi are more threatening at the moment than Russia's thing about the nukes -- hence the cable pulling under the Red Sea to imply they have strings to pull all over the world so you'd better let them have an Oblast or two or else things could get serious.
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Current Events / Re: Russia's War Against Ukrai...
Last post by GDS_Starfury - Today at 06:43:48 PM
thats my take as well.
#8
Current Events / Re: It's Good to be Informed
Last post by Windigo - Today at 06:39:02 PM
Total 5.56 ammo purchased - (5.56 ammo in storage + 5.56 ammo allocated to units) = pieces of paper that 'verify' the ammo was shot or otherwise used in some way
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Tabletop AARs / Re: Bohemian Nightmare
Last post by MengJiao - Today at 06:32:32 PM
Quote from: MengJiao on Today at 06:20:22 AM
Quote from: MengJiao on Yesterday at 11:43:56 AMSo in the summer of 1813, Napoleon had several chances to make some kind of deal with Austria...
Here, Leichtenstein's Light Division moves quickly to secure the bridges on the south side of the middle loop: 

Hmmm..

About 6 am and the Prussians are still doing okay here and there.  They fired artillery and hit some of the Kaiser Franz Cheuverlegeire.  The Fusiliers in Klein-Burgk stopped a promising-looking attack by a lot of Grenadiers.
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Current Events / Re: Russia's War Against Ukrai...
Last post by Windigo - Today at 06:32:07 PM
Quote from: Gusington on Today at 04:39:57 PM:embarrassed:

I think that policy paper was deliberately leaked to try and influence western European leaders. Putin doesn't have a death wish so he won't do anything of the sort.