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The Russian Sanctions Have Failed

Posted By pcr3 On May 16, 2022 @ 6:48 am In Guest Contributions | Comments Disabled

The Russian Sanctions Have Failed

Ruble nears five-year high against euro

The Russian currency is the world’s best-performing this year, according to Bloomberg

https://www.rt.com/business/555543-russian-ruble-rise-euro-dollar/ [1] 

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When you hear that Russia is being defeated and is running out of troops and equipment, here is the antidote:

Posted By pcr3 On May 10, 2022 @ 6:41 am In Guest Contributions | Comments Disabled

When you hear that Russia is being defeated and is running out of troops and equipment, here is the antidote:

The Russian Military: 600 Ships, 4,000 Aircraft, One Million Men
The Soviet military once boasted up to four million men, but the Russian military of 2021 is still one of the world’s deadliest.
by Kris Osborn

Here’s What You Need to Remember: The Russian military has roughly one million active-duty military personnel and as many as two million reserve forces.
While the sheer size of Soviet forces during the Cold War was massive, the combination of size with advanced weaponry and new technology makes for what might be called an even more ominous threat.
During the 1980s, Russia operated thousands of armored vehicles and had access to as many as four million troops, a scenario that presented a decades-long massive threat of a Russian-led invasion into Western Europe. The threat of a Soviet invasion on the European continent inspired large-scale U.S. deployments to Germany, upticks in nuclear weapons production and a series of now-famous American innovations including the Abrams tank, Apache attack helicopter, B-2 bomber and F-15 fighter jets.
Today, Russia’s land forces may be numerically slightly smaller than they were during the Cold War era, yet the technological sophistication of its weapons platforms such as the Su-57 fighter, T-14 Armata tank and S-400 air defenses, not to mention hypersonic missiles and tactical nuclear weapons, present an entirely new and serious threat to the U.S. and NATO.
The Russian military has roughly one million active-duty military personnel and as many as two million reserve forces, according to globalfirepower.com. During the Cold War, the Russian Army had as many as three to four million members, yet Moscow’s current forces are a serious concern today.
The Russian military is listed as having more than 4,000 aircraft and 1,500 helicopters. On the ground, Globalfirepower.com says Russia has 13,000 tanks, 27,000 armored fighting vehicles and nearly 6,000 self-propelled guns for artillery. While the Russian military may not have a conventional force the sheer size of its Cold War force, they have made efforts to both modernize and maintain portions of their mechanized weaponry and platforms. The Russian T-72 tank, for example, has been upgraded numerous times since its initial construction in the 1970s.
Finally, regarding sea power, Globalfirepower.com assesses the Russian Navy as having 600 ships, including one aircraft carrier, 15 destroyers and 63 submarines. The Black Sea is a strategically significant area for Russia in terms of economic and geopolitical considerations as it helps ensure Moscow has access to the Mediterranean.

Kris Osborn is the defense editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/russian-military-600-ships-4000-aircraft-one-million-men-195389 [1]

Osborn is incorrect when he says this force represents a threat. It is a threat only if Russia is provoked to war.

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16 May 2022 by Larry Johnson 47 Comments


The Russians captured the sea side city of Mariupol in late April, which consisted of all the parts of the city inhabited by regular folks and the government buildings. A remnant of the Azov Battalion–a proven neo-Nazi organization–retreated into the bowels of the Avostal Steel plant. Initially, the Russians set up a security cordon around the massive facility and seemed prepared to wait them out. But Russia changed its mind and its operation and re-commenced a ferocious artillery, bomber and missile barrage with the intent of killing the Azov remnants or forcing their surrender.

Between 270 and 300 Azov members opted to survive and surrendered today to the Russians.

Read More >> Azov Battalion Giving Up the Ghost in Avostal (sonar21.com)

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17 May 2022 by Larry Johnson 13 Comments


The surrender of the remaining Ukrainian forces hiding in the bowels of the Avostal steel plant in Mariupol is just another brick in the wall of the sepulcher Russia is constructing for the Ukraine military and the Ukrainian Nazis (don’t forget Putin’s objectives–de-militarize and de-nazify). And what is Ukraine’s response? Pretend this is not happening. Nope, they are pushing the nonsense that this is an orderly withdrawal and a great victory. Looks like Ukraine has taken Baghdad Bob’s course on how to polish a **** (note–you cannot polish ****). In addition, Ukraine embarked on repackaged propaganda memes to try to distract the world’s attention from the havoc Russia is raining down on the Ukrainian army and its weapons depots.

First fake squirrel, an updated “news” report from Task and Purpose recycles an old lie with this headline–Ukraine is now using Russia’s own tanks against them.

Read More >> More Ukrainian Squirrels for the Desperate West to Chase (sonar21.com)

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May 17, 2022

Ukraine - For Laughs

'Western' media are nothing but Zelenski regime megaphones.

Liveuamap @Liveuamap - 21:30 UTC · May 16, 2022
Zelensky confirms Azovstal troops evacuation: «Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive. This has been our principle»
https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/16-may... via @myroslavapetsa
The New York Times @nytimes - 22:59 UTC · May 16, 2022
Breaking News: Ukraine ended its “combat mission” in Mariupol and said fighters were being evacuated, signaling that the battle at a steel plant was over.
CNN International @cnni - 23:39 UTC · May 16, 2022
Ukrainian forces say they have ended their "combat mission" in besieged Mariupol, as hundreds are evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant. https://cnn.it/3FQALcV
Reuters @Reuters - 3:35 AM · May 17, 2022
Ukraine's military said it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment https://reut.rs/3wlYbUG

From the false headline down the Washington Post report on the issue is a master piece of propaganda:

Cont. reading: Ukraine - For Laughs


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Senate Passes $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine During 40-Year-High Inflation

Paul told Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow that the United States would have to borrow the $40 billion to send the tens of billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine. The Senate did not vote on Paul’s proposed amendment to have an inspector general ensure the billions were spent wisely.

Paul lamented the “bipartisan consensus” that Republicans need to give Democrats more social welfare spending to obtain more military spending.

The bill’s delay garnered extra attention for the legislation, which led many lawmakers to question the need to increasingly have the United States intervene on behalf of Ukraine during its conflict with Russia.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) also became a sharp detractor of the Ukraine aid bill, contending that it is not in America’s interests.

Senate Passes $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine During 40-Year-High Inflation (breitbart.com)

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DeNazification of Ukraine in Action

US funded, armed and directed Nazified thugs holed up in Mariupol’s Azovstal plant have been surrendering in large numbers this week. According to Russia’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday, 959 of their numbers capitulated so far — 694 in the past 24 hours, mostly men, a few women. While it’s unclear precisely how many more continue...

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May 19, 2022

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18 May 2022 by Larry Johnson 55 Comments

Scott Ritter created a bit of a stir over the weekend with a comment suggesting the Russians have fumbled the ball and set themselves up for Stalingrad like victory (i.e., a long and bloody struggle). I think Scott is wicked smart and we played golf together–he treated me and another who shall remain nameless at the Army Navy Club course in Virginia a few years ago. I disagree with this bit of Scott’s analysis. My other respected friend, the old squid Andrei Martyanov, also likes Scott and offers a counterpoint:

Or, what could be termed as “what Scott missed.”  I still deeply respect Scott’s position and his courage but my disagreement with his recent statement on SMO is of a purely technical nature. Let me explain. Here is a simple operational truism since 1980s: if I see you (target), I will destroy you. And here is where Scott might have missed some points, which I make all the time for years and which explain why his assertion that some US “technology” and money (most of them will be stolen and laundered inside the US) have very little impact, if any on SMO. Here is this fact: there are ONLY two countries which have a state-of-the-art ISR complex, from satellites in space to massive optronic and signal intel. Right, these are US and Russia.  


Read More >> Scott Ritter’s Unforced Error (sonar21.com)

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20 May 2022 by Larry Johnson 25 Comments



The surrender of the last of the militant Azov “soldiers” who were hiding in the bowels of the Azovstal Steel plant in Mariupol is the final curtain for NATO’s fantasy that Ukraine would beat the Russians.

Almost 2500 of the Azov battalion surrendered to the Russians and are now incarcerated in POW camps in Russia. Here’s the capitulation of the final group to give up:

Mariupol’s Final Ukrainian Chapter, Russia Writes New book (sonar21.com)

A Son of the New American Revolution (sonar21.com)

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