The War in the Ukraine


SampanViking

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After much discussion and against the wishes of some, the final decision has been for a new thread on the Ukrainian War to be opened.

Everybody should be aware that this is a special thread, in response to special circumstances and that a special rule regime will be enforce on this thread and this thread only. These rules will not apply to the rest of the forum.

This is a military forum and this thread will be a military thread.

It is a Military Operation thread dealing with:
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SampanViking

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So here we are in Russia's phase two Offensive
Russian forces are slowly grinding their way through the Ukrainian defenses in the Donbas with the most progress being made from the Northern Salient protruding from Izyum.

More generally, Russia is attacking transport infrastructure and logistical centers throughout the country.
Ukraine is attempting limited counterattacks at the edges of the Russian held territories around Kharkov and north of Kherson
Over to you........
 

Atomicfrog

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Kherson look like the riskier front for the Russian, don't know if they will bring reinforcement from Crimea. Only two access through 2 bridges, one in Kherson and nova kakhovka. Don't know the state of these bridge but the Russian forces can be cut off easily...

The fog of war is heavy in Russia, it's been a while that we don't see a lot of convoy sightings.

Odessa is clearly a far reach presently.
 
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gadgetcool5

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With all the attention focused on Donbas and Kherson, the Ukrainians have made a dramatic blitz advance on the Kharkov front in the past 48 hours (advance is 32km in that time).

With the capture of Staryi Saltiv, the Ukrainians are now within artillery range (from the west) of the rail line from Belgorod to Izyum. If that is cut off, the Russian troops in Izyum risk being cut off and encircled from their flank to the north. Ironically despite all the talk of the Ukrainians being encircled, it may be the Russians who find themselves suddenly encircled. I made reference to this when the Russians originally withdrew from the north. I said they needed to defend three fronts- Kherson, Donbas, and Kharkov.

They did ok with Kherson and Donbas so far but have been getting massacred near Kharkov. To save their position they probably need to halt their Donbas offensive to reinforce the Kharkov front.
 
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Temstar

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Glad to see the thread back.

Over the last two weeks or so I keep seeing on pro-Russia social media that there are instances of Ukrainian forces selling their western equipment to DNR/LNR militia for cash. A particular instance says the price for a whole armour vehicle was negotiated on USD basis but then militia handed over a stack of rubles for payment. When the Ukrainians complained that rubles is not legal tender here the militias replied "oh don't worry, it will be soon" and then the deal was made.

Is there any basis for such rumour? It would go somewhat to explain the extreme amount of gear Ukrainians are apparently going through.

It's also curious if people are welling to accept rubles outside of Donbas and Kherson currently under Russian control. Surely if you show people a big stash of rubles you are liable to be arrested by SBU for suspected treason.
 

Maikeru

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Glad to see the thread back.

Over the last two weeks or so I keep seeing on pro-Russia social media that there are instances of Ukrainian forces selling their western equipment to DNR/LNR militia for cash. A particular instance says the price for a whole armour vehicle was negotiated on USD basis but then militia handed over a stack of rubles for payment. When the Ukrainians complained that rubles is not legal tender here the militias replied "oh don't worry, it will be soon" and then the deal was made.

Is there any basis for such rumour? It would go somewhat to explain the extreme amount of gear Ukrainians are apparently going through.

It's also curious if people are welling to accept rubles outside of Donbas and Kherson currently under Russian control. Surely if you show people a big stash of rubles you are liable to be arrested by SBU for suspected treason.
Sounds at least as credible as the "Ghost of Kiev" :rolleyes:
 

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