Russia vs. Ukraine 2024

Ukraine is starting the year off on a stong note

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You forgot this

What were those 500k troops up to in the last year? :thinking:

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Making Shoigu money and consolidating his power.

Looks like finally in Russia the pressure from relatives was big enough to force Russian government to continue prisoner exchanges.

The Russian government has not allowed any outside bodies, including the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, to visit the facility which before the war was used exclusively to hold Russian prisoners.

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Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Secures Russian Military Tech Documents


The Defense Intelligence press service reported receiving 100 gigabytes of classified data from the Russian company Special Technological Center LLC (STC).
The array of information contains documentation on 194 nomenclature items on both existing and prospective military developments: drawings, specifications, patents, software, etc…

In particular, the intelligence officers received documentation concerning Orlan-10, Altius, Inokhodets, Sirius drones, 14C227 Tobol and Svet-KU electronic warfare systems, R-438 Barrier-T and R-168 Aqueduct communication systems, and Kometa chips.

According to preliminary estimates, the value of the data obtained could be as high as US$1.5 billion.

… the secret information was seized from the Russian enterprise due to employees who were dissatisfied with corruption.

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Increasing Shoigu’s wealth and power.

Interesting if true

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Sounds unlikely… But I’d love it to be true.

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Good news for Taiwan, the PRC tanks are based on Russian technology (any Chinese tech added on would be largely untested, and possibly crippled by corruption), while Taiwan has Bushmasters on their Clouded Lepard IFV. I hope the PLA are thinking carefully about what they see here

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The Ukraine war is over for all intents and purposes. Ukraine will need to negotiate something to have any hope of retaining statehood for a small part of Ukraine.

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I disagree. The lines have barely moved in the past year and Ukraine still controls most of the country. As long as things are as they have been since the war started, the stalemate can continue.

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For a while. Want to bet on how long?

What’s your wager?

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Let’s call it a gentleman’s bet, no pay-off other than being right.

And the terms?

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How about: within 6 months Ukraine is going to lose significant additional territory.