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  1. The Ukrainians have been using fish bait bombs to drop grenades on Russian troops from small commercial drones. The grenades fit neatly inside, and on impact, the two plastic halves pop open and release the unpinned grenade. The grenade fuse delay can also be modified so they explode on impact without the delay.
  2. The Russian naval blockade in the Black Sea is taking it's toll on the grain industry. 2019 figures for Ukraine's contribution to world grain supplies were: 42% of the world’s sunflower oil exports, 16% of corn exports, 10% of barley and 9% of wheat. Currently, it's estimated that 25 million tonnes of grain is stuck in Ukraine, along with 85 commercial ships. Ukraine farmers are about to start harvesting winter crops but lack storage. Adding to the problem, Russian forces have been accused of destroying storage facilities and stealing farm equipment. Theft of Ukraine's grain by Russia is so far estimated at 440,000 tonnes, including a cargo of 27,000 tonnes of grain sent to Syria.
  3. The start of that interview where they discuss the wounded reminded me that I read somewhere that the FSB was checking injuries. Presumably if they determined the wounds were self inflicted, the soldier would be in a lot of trouble.
  4. I recently read a comparison of Russian tanks and the Abrahms. It was in relation to the spate of Russian tanks suffering secondary explosions from ammunition cooking off. In the end, it came down to whether you'd rather blow up in a Russian tank or burn in an Abrahms. Not good options either way. Even staying alive in one would be a hard experience.
  5. An interesting interview with Leonid Dyachenko, former son in law of Boris Yeltsin: https://vickyward.substack.com/p/how-can-you-win-a-war-with-the-whole?utm_campaign=post&s=r
  6. Looks like real strongarm steering.
  7. I seem to remember a bren gun carrier having a steering wheel. I think it had long rods running back to the steering clutches.
  8. The things we take for granted. The Russians have been pushed back from around Kharkiv city, and in the north, Ukrainian troops have reached the border and planted a symbolic border marker post. So for the time being, the air raid sirens have gone silent in the city. Alexander K. spent three hours in the kitchen at 2.00am this morning cooking soup; the first chance to slow cook since the war began. Until now, it's been come up out of the basement, cook a quick meal, then take it back down to the basement. He's not fighting on the front line and is doing volunteer work around town, feeding the elderly, running shuttles for people evacuating and a million other things. A lot of the younger people (women and children) have evacuated to the west, but a lot of the elderly have been left behind. Many are too infirm to travel, some are isolated and have no relatives, and others simply don't have the money to go anywhere else. That's where people like Alexander and his friends come into the picture. He's used what he could of his own money to buy food and medicines for the old people, and now relies on donations from people through social media networks. During the day, he has been running the gauntlet driving around to the old people. When the shelling started in Kharkiv, Alexander and his wife were hosting several families in their basement come air raid shelter. High morale and strong spirit has got them through it so far. I was pleased to hear that his wife and little daughter were recently able to evacuate to the west, as they were there through a lot of the hostilities. I'll think of them next time I make soup in my very peaceful kitchen. We are so lucky to live in a country like Australia. P.S. it's mushroom and barley soup with goat cheese on top. It looks good; I'll have to get his recipe.
  9. I wonder what the drive system is on their tanks. I saw one video of a Russian tank somewhere in Ukraine turning on to a sealed road. It was a jerky affair as if they had steering clutches and turning brakes. Certainly didn't look like hydrostatic drive. Maybe it was just a bad driver.
  10. If the Russians don't rapidly learn to combine and coordinate their various fighting and support elements in a more intelligent and professional way, all the flash gear in the world won't help them. They seem to be sending a lot of them off half-cocked and alone, like lambs to the slaughter. The most obvious thing going against them from the start is poor command. It's been said that the Russian higher command rarely delegates authority to those further down the chain, and as a result, a lot don't get enough command experience that would be expected of their rank. Poor planning and logistical support; the list goes on. The Ukrainians have fought smart right from the start. In the battles for Kiev and Kharkiv, they quickly withdrew to more difficult and easier to defend ground. It shortened their supply lines and lengthened the Russian supply lines. Add to that, the mud and poorly maintained Russian gear, low morale and motivation in the ranks, very little logistical planning etc,. I'd better stop now. You could write pages of criticism. Their whole army is f'd up.
  11. Interesting report that as the Russian forces make a hasty retreat from around Kharkiv, they are broadcasting on regional radio calling on the Ukrainian forces to surrender and save themselves. Wishful thinking.
  12. One of our Bushmasters photographed on the move in East Ukraine:
  13. When some relative peace and normality returns to Ukraine, expect to see a lot of Ukrainian eBay sellers selling war artifacts. There's a big market for that sort of thing, and it will supply a good financial sideline for a lot of people. Tank parts are a bit heavy for economical postage, but smaller items like switches, gauges and track link pins would sell like hot cakes. With almost 400 aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary destroyed, there will be a few years supply of bits and pieces to sell. With most of it aluminium, parts are very viable to post internationally. Anything from switches, turbine blades, gauges, small panels and hatch covers, if fact, almost any bit from an aircraft will sell. A control stick complete with grip and buttons from a Mil-8, Su-25 or Su-27 would easily bring $500 USD. A stick from a Kamov Alligator would sell easily for 6 or 700 USD, possibly more.
  14. Israel is in a similar situation to Turkey and the Emirates - they have a lot of money to lose if they upset the Russians too much. Israel has a lot of wealthy, influential Russians living there as well as other trade and economic links. From a political and security point of view, Israel depends on Russia's influence in the Middle East to keep a lid on the Iranians and Hezbollah, both allies of sorts of the Russians. They don't want to supply lethal aid to Ukraine, but are supplying helmets and vests for medical teams and first responders. They've also decided not to block Estonia from sending Israeli made anti-ship and anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine. On the other side of the coin, there are Israeli Russians living there who oppose the Russian government and would love to see Israel upset Russia. One notable one is billionaire Leonard Nevzlin (one of the ex Yukos blokes) who lives in exile in Israel.
  15. The FSB would no doubt be trawling through media and social media, using facial recognition and every means available to identify people. I think they were bringing in laws to make it a crime to say anything against the military and the war. Correction: 'special military operation', don't mention the war.
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