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1 hour ago, The Dog said:

I haven’t heard of a “milblogger” until today.

 

Interesting quote from TFA (emphasis mine):

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The effects of this change in tone and discourse by these milbloggers are uncertain but could be potent. People living under tightly censored regimes often trust individuals who seem to be independent of but generally aligned with the government more than the government line (even more than do citizens of democratic societies). The commentary by these widely read milbloggers may fuel burgeoning doubts in Russia about Russia’s prospects in this war and the competence of Russia’s military leaders (at least).

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Immediate items to watch

  • Russian forces will likely complete their withdrawal from the vicinity of Kharkiv City but attempt to hold a line west of Vovchansk to defend their GLOCs from Belgorod to Izyum. It is unclear if they will succeed.
  • The Russians will continue efforts to encircle Severodonetsk and Lysychansk at least from the south, possibly by focusing on cutting off the last highway connecting Severodonetsk-Lysychansk with the rest of Ukraine.
  • A Ukrainian counteroffensive around Izyum will likely begin soon.
  • The Battle of Mariupol will, apparently and surprisingly, continue.

Slava Ukraini.

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1 hour ago, Pods said:

 

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1 hour ago, Fico said:

DJ Monroe can haz T-14?

 

49 minutes ago, bernorange said:

10 miles minimum

I love old school posters. Repurposing the classics brings the Luls. All we need is a @THUJONE appearance.

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9 minutes ago, Thatguy said:

 

 

I love old school posters. Repurposing the classics brings the Luls. All we need is a @THUJONE appearance.

Cartoon dick mouth fucking Putin like Billy Liucci would be perfect.

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3 hours ago, atomheartbevo said:

No idea what he is singing, but I feel like nuclear power plants should not look like they are still in the 1980s (even if it is Chornobyl).

 

He's got the rhythm stomp down. Good growly voice. Writing all over the guitar.

Approved.

 

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2 minutes ago, cactusflinthead said:

He's got the rhythm stomp down. Good growly voice. Writing all over the guitar.

Approved.

 

According to the Twitter link these are the lyrics. Can any of our regional experts chime in? 

Evrything will be all right

I remember the time when the world just began
He who could raise himself up did so and went on
Walked up the mountain high, took with him his hope as strong as love...
 
Chorus:
Everything will be all right
For everyone of us
Everything will be all right
Our time will come
 
I saw that the destinies and beacons around us
Have changed the world more and more
And we rise higher and higher, for the heavens look different from the valley.
And something leads me on my path.
 
Chorus:
Everything will be all right
For everyone of us
Everything will be all right
Our time will come
 
And look, we're nearly where the snow and cold are
And our loneliness is near
Desires as strong as love will help us to arrive
And all the heights will be ours.
https://lyricstranslate.com
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4 hours ago, atomheartbevo said:

No idea what he is singing, but I feel like nuclear power plants should not look like they are still in the 1980s (even if it is Chornobyl).

 

  Holy straight out of a time capsule! Look at the monitor. All thats missing is the scientists should be wearing those big framed glasses from the 80's and woven ties.

 

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52 minutes ago, InkaUtexas said:

According to the Twitter link these are the lyrics. Can any of our regional experts chime in? 

Evrything will be all right

I remember the time when the world just began
He who could raise himself up did so and went on
Walked up the mountain high, took with him his hope as strong as love...
 
Chorus:
Everything will be all right
For everyone of us
Everything will be all right
Our time will come
 
I saw that the destinies and beacons around us
Have changed the world more and more
And we rise higher and higher, for the heavens look different from the valley.
And something leads me on my path.
 
Chorus:
Everything will be all right
For everyone of us
Everything will be all right
Our time will come
 
And look, we're nearly where the snow and cold are
And our loneliness is near
Desires as strong as love will help us to arrive
And all the heights will be ours.
https://lyricstranslate.com

Sing it muthafuckahhh!!!!!!

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11 minutes ago, InkaUtexas said:

They are a solid system. 

Would need to find ammo for a -74 like that somehow though.  Wasn't e: (wtf it just submitted) some company moving production here?  Would have been Russian though, so I wonder if that will ever go through after this dumpster fire.

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Just now, InkaUtexas said:

Not sure, but they are hard to find. We had them on Security Teams in Peru and Afghanistan. Fun to fire and reliable. But right now if I had one I would send it to the UA.  They need them and I don't. 

Hell, they've essentially got a supply line directly from Russia at this point.  

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1 minute ago, InkaUtexas said:

I have a drone I would be happy to send if I had a good link up. All my contacts pulled back to Poland to do evacuation support. 

And I am sure they would love 1 more. 

I'm sure they would, but then again the more people who can get away from these psychopaths the better. 

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Just now, MadBurgerMaker said:

I'm sure they would, but then again the more people who can get away from these psychopaths the better. 

Yep, and Ukraine needs to get ready for a long war. Sucks. They don't deserve this shit. Still hoping some General pops the Bunker Dwarf with their Makarov. 

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1 minute ago, InkaUtexas said:

Yep, and Ukraine needs to get ready for a long war. Sucks. They don't deserve this shit. Still hoping some General pops the Bunker Dwarf with their Makarov. 

As far as I can tell, that's basically what Makarovs are made for, so here's hoping. 

I know as Americans, especially maybe a little older Americans like me (duck and cover in school, air raid sirens, etc), we're basically built to not like Russians, but holy fuck they really went out of their way to make sure that's how everyone feels about them. 

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1 minute ago, MadBurgerMaker said:

I know as Americans, especially maybe a little older Americans like me (duck and cover in school, air raid sirens, etc), we're basically built to not like Russians, but holy fuck they really went out of their way to make sure that's how everyone feels about them. 

Preach John Stamos GIF by Fuller House

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3 minutes ago, atomheartbevo said:

Preach John Stamos GIF by Fuller House

My dad, Vietnam era old man, has one of those Berlin Wall chunks from back when they tore it down.  He got that thing, set it on a shelf in his office, and when I was up there visiting one time, told me, basically, about the "fucking Russians" lol I was like 9 or 10.

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5 hours ago, InkaUtexas said:

I have a drone I would be happy to send if I had a good link up. All my contacts pulled back to Poland to do evacuation support. 

And I am sure they would love 1 more. 

Just get it to your contacts in Poland and they will make sure it goes to good use.

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14 hours ago, Agent 13 said:

Well, your math sucks because you leave out one important variable. If it's SOP not to retrieve your  dead/wounded you won't have future fighters.

Not what I said or implied... At all.

But since you brought it up, we (US) didn't have fighters for Vietnam... Kids were drafted.

I don't mean to offend anyone who offers their life to serve. I appreciate their service. 

And I'll disengage I'm this threadjack. My bad.

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Looks like [mention=398]BearSchlong[/mention]’s badass kid will be coming back and the 101st will get to enjoy the magnificent Rzeszow airport neighborhood for a few months.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/thousands-soldiers-deployed-europe-amid-200734721.html
 
4,200 soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will replace the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
4,200 soldiers with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, will replace the 1st Armored Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.
500 members of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters will replace the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters.
The 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade will replace the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade as part of the Atlantic Resolve rotational force.
 
Oh hell yes this makes me happy.

4,200 soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will replace the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

This is the specific swap to which I'm anticipating.
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With Finland’s PM saying they’re applying to join NATO, you have to wonder how much more it will take for the handful of potential Putin successors to take out Putin. This folly has done nothing but hurt Russia and that hurt isn’t stopping if/when they retreat from Ukraine.

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16 minutes ago, Nice Guy Eddie said:

With Finland’s PM saying they’re applying to join NATO, you have to wonder how much more it will take for the handful of potential Putin successors to take out Putin. This folly has done nothing but hurt Russia and that hurt isn’t stopping if/when they retreat from Ukraine.

Taking over Russia now is like a coach taking the Texas job after Charlie Strong. There isn't much chance of success. And there is no doubt Russia will suck more under the next regime than Texas did under Herman. I think if I was so inclined to lead Russia, I would wait for the first coup leader to fail before taking over.

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25 minutes ago, Bevo said:

Taking over Russia now is like a coach taking the Texas job after Charlie Strong. There isn't much chance of success. And there is no doubt Russia will suck more under the next regime than Texas did under Herman. I think if I was so inclined to lead Russia, I would wait for the first coup leader to fail before taking over.

Russian quality of life and expectations are so low, I see it as a huge opportunity. Prostrate the country before the world to eventually lift sanctions, then pump O&G money into the country instead of the military and kleptocracy. Seems like low hanging fruit to me.

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17 minutes ago, texastough said:

Russian quality of life and expectations are so low, I see it as a huge opportunity. Prostrate the country before the world to eventually lift sanctions, then pump O&G money into the country instead of the military and kleptocracy. Seems like low hanging fruit to me.

Or a guy could think it’s cooler to keep a kleptocracy with him at the top

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A Mini-Russia Gets Squeezed by War
The self-declared republic of Transnistria, on the Ukraine border, has been steered by Moscow for decades. During a rare visit, a reporter and photographer get an inside look into how it operates, and hear from Transnistrians their fears of war.

TIRASPOL, TRANSNISTRIA — At the Back in the U.S.S.R. cafe, it is like the Soviet Union never collapsed.

Busts of Lenin greet visitors at the door. Red hammer and sickle flags hang on the wall. Huge plastic Soviet-era telephones sit on the tables, next to bowls of traditional borscht and lumps of Stolichnaya potato salad.

This cafe and the whole Transnistria region, a Russia-supported breakaway republic wedged between Moldova and Ukraine, feels like a Soviet-themed vintage shop. The cafe may be intentionally kitschy, but still, it speaks to a real nostalgia for a long-gone era and a deep appreciation for Russia.

“Russia has been like a big brother to us,” said the restaurant’s owner, Igor Martiniuc.

Until a few weeks ago, he said, “life was good.”

For three decades, this intriguing, rarely visited breakaway region has quietly survived as Russia’s little buddy, a self-declared republic at the southwestern edge of Moscow’s sphere of influence. Russia helped Transnistria fight a separatist war and split off from Moldova, creating a pro-Moscow island of Russian speakers, essentially a mini-Russia, hundreds of miles from Russia itself.

But now, despite years of benefiting enormously from Russian patronage and protection, Transnistrians want no part of Russia’s war with Ukraine.

“Most people here want to protect themselves and their businesses,” Mr. Martiniuc said. “They don’t want to get involved.”

Over the past month, there have been signs that Russia is in fact trying to engulf Transnistria in the war and sow fear and uncertainty in the West. A Russian general suggested that Moscow’s troops might charge up the Black Sea coast to rescue what he called oppressed Transnistrians. Though Western officials have said Russia lacks the military ability to do that anytime soon, it immediately raised the specter of the war spilling closer to the European Union.

Ukrainian forces rushed reinforcements to the border. Then, a few days later, a string of mysterious bombings rattled Transnistria, throwing the snake-shaped sliver of territory into red alert.

But if Russia really hopes to leverage its close relationship with Transnistria to its advantage, it might have miscalculated — in the same way it wrongly assumed its soldiers would be welcomed in Ukraine. Transnistrian authorities are now trying to furiously signal that their longstanding friendship with Russia has its limits.

“We have no plans to enter the war,” said Paul Galtsev, a spokesman at Transnistria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, housed in a quaint, three-story stone house. “We’ve made no aggressive plan, no tactical attack preparations, no request to Moscow for more troops.”

“We are small and peaceful,” he said. “We don’t want to go to war with anyone, especially with Ukraine.”

Transnistria has managed to avoid choosing sides while following its own system. It is still technically part of Moldova, but it lies outside Moldovan government control. It prints its own money (the Transnistrian ruble), flies its own flag, sings its own anthem and runs an industrial economy supporting around 300,000 people.

It does all of this thanks to billions of dollars in subsidies from its benefactors in Moscow, which in return gets a strategic enclave at the edge of the European Union where it bases at least 1,500 troops.

Until Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the world had mostly forgotten about those troops. Now their presence takes on a new dimension.

During a reporting visit this month, after the first wave of mysterious explosions, New York Times journalists saw new sandbag positions across Tiraspol, the capital. Boyish Russian soldiers strutted down the city’s grand boulevards in squads of twos and threes, Kalashnikovs gleaming.

The Russian media bubble, which dominates in Transnistria, blamed the explosions on Ukrainian saboteurs. But outside analysts believe they are the handiwork of Russian saboteurs trying to firm up local loyalties — much the same tactic Russia used in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

The explosions have been small and have not hurt anyone. But there could be a much bigger one. At the edge of Transnistria, right on the Ukraine border, sits the Cobasna ammunition dump, one of the largest arms stockpiles in Europe.

A Soviet-era relic guarded by hundreds of Russian troops, Cobasna holds a staggering 44 million pounds of bullets, grenades, rockets and artillery shells. Some of the inventory is more than 60 years old, and no one knows what kind of shape it is in. Some arms experts have warned that if Cobasna gets hit and the whole stockpile blows up, the explosion could rival the size of the Hiroshima bomb.

Transnistria’s elites had been deftly playing this territory’s unusual status, getting cheap gas from Russia to power their factories, smuggling goods out of Ukraine with the help of Ukrainian criminal networks and using Moldovan customs channels to export goods legally to the European Union.

But with Ukrainian ports now closed, the flow of goods and visitors has dropped. The other day, the Back in the U.S.S.R. cafe was mostly empty. Many Transnistrians said they did not want to choose between Russia and Ukraine. Both are part of their history.

In the 1920s, Soviet authorities carved out an autonomous zone from Ukrainian territory along the eastern banks of the Dniester River, a major waterway that traditionally separated Russia’s sphere of influence to the east and Romanian-speaking areas to the west.

During World War II, the Nazis and their Romanian allies invaded, massacring hundreds of thousands, especially Jews. Soviet forces eventually ran them out and built up the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic. But they did not develop the republic evenly; they constructed gigantic factories and power plants in the Russian-speaking areas, the region that would become Transnistria.

It was part of a larger strategy to create Russian-dominated enclaves across the Soviet republics; the Russians also did this in South Ossetia, Georgia, and the Donbas, in Ukraine. Both of those areas eventually exploded in bloodshed.

In 1990, Transnistrians felt Moldova was leaning too close to Romania, which many still associated with Nazism. So they declared independence, and two years later, with the help of Russian troops, won their separatist battle against Moldova.

No United Nations member state has recognized Transnistria’s independence, not even Russia, but the Russian troops never left.

Military analysts said there were at least 1,500 troops in Transnistria, whom the Kremlin calls “peacekeepers,” along with 3,000 to 12,000 Transnistrian soldiers, including reservists. Their weapons are light — a few armored trucks, no working helicopters, some old artillery — hardly an invasion force.

“It would be stupid for Russia to try to use this against Ukraine, and the Ukrainians know it,” said Anatoly Dirun, a Transnistrian political scientist and opposition politician.

He said that Ukraine and Russia were pumping up the threat to Transnistria for their own, different reasons.

Russia is trying to draw Ukrainian troops away from the battle in the east. And Ukraine is trying to paint a picture of a spreading war so the West sends more weapons.

“This is all noise,” Mr. Dirun said.

He and others said that Russia could not easily fly reinforcements into Transnistria even if it wanted to because the planes would have to cross Ukrainian or European airspace, putting them at risk of being shot down.

But the flow of cheap Russian gas has not stopped, allowing Transnistria’s factories to make shoes, textiles and steel bars at competitive prices. Russia subsidizes this because Transnistria serves as a powerful geopolitical lever, especially on Moldova, which wants to join the European Union but is much less attractive with Russian troops on its soil, among other issues.

“The Transnistrian economic model is based on two things: free Russian gas and smuggling,” said Alexandru Flenchea, a former Moldovan government official.

The results are on display. Tiraspol looks good. The parks are coifed, the boulevards are almost too wide and there is even a hockey rink. Russian toys sell in the toy shops, Russian flags fly from the hoods of cars and Russian is spoken everywhere.

But behind all of this, some Transnistrians say, is a devious Russian hand. The economy is tightly controlled by pro-Kremlin elites and not delivering for many people. Countless young people have left for work in Europe. With war waging nearby, more are fleeing.

Transnistria is also becoming more repressive, human rights groups say, and the authorities have harassed and arrested critics.

“There is no freedom of speech or freedom of thought,” said one young woman, Rina, who did not want to reveal her full name for fear of reprisals. “It makes you feel like you live in a jail. Or in a tower, with a dragon outside.”

Still, most of the Transnistrians recently interviewed seemed proud of their Transnistrian identity and pro-Russia, but not blindly so.

“I think the outside world has the wrong impression of us,” said Edward Volsky, a user-experience designer who was on his way one recent evening to see “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” at a cinema in Tiraspol. “We have the same clothes as you and we have the same devices. We are modern. Just look around.”

In front of him, a young couple sat at a sidewalk cafe in the waning sunshine eating burgers and sipping beer. Nearby, kids wheeled around on rollerblades.

Maybe it was the spotty cell service. Maybe it had something to do with life in a Soviet enclave. But many people in Tiraspol that day seemed less glued to their phones and, despite the sandbags and checkpoints, unusually friendly to outsiders.

When asked who he blamed for starting the war, Mr. Volsky, who spoke perfect English, said: “War is not the way to solve problems these days. I wasn’t there. I cannot judge them.”

But, he was quick to add, “Russia has done so much for us.”

 

 

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11 hours ago, Mantis Toboggan, MD said:

 


Russia is mugging Reedsky Boydovich on the river. Next they will deploy Blakarsky Gideonovich to execute an easy interception of Grahamisky Harrellovich’s forces.

 

Too soon.  I fell like this post violates the Geneva Convention. 

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Dicks. Russia is really, really intent on martyring the folks still in Azovstal. Probably not much flammable material left to burn at least.

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What a waste of WP. Everyone’s underground with nothing to burn on the surface.

Don’t know if there are bilge pumps of this size, but I would just start pumping seawater to force people above ground. 

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