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#18201 Roman Alymov

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 1440 PM

 


 

Well, that makes the reason for the Cossack move clear, since they famed as cavalry and that figure you presented means that Mr. Yatsenuk has likely been acting like the south end of a northbound horse.  :angry2:

 

Actually traditional Dniper Cossacks were quite poor cavalry (since they were mostly fresh runaway peasants from regions of modern Russia and Belorussia, without good horses and cavalryman training) -  - so their way of actions against  Poles was mostly typical way of peasants acting against nobles cavalry everywhere, including use of mobile camp as fortress. Only generations later Cossacks became "born Cossacks" and good light cavalry.
This reel from Polish movie is giving good idea of Cossack infantry actions.


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Posted 15 December 2018 - 1013 AM

Another Su-27 crash in Ukraine near Jitomir during landing, pilot killed.

  
Video from pro-Ukr attack drone shot down by pro-Russians, with "selfies" of operators


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Posted 15 December 2018 - 1900 PM


Another Su-27 crash in Ukraine near Jitomir during landing, pilot killed.

  
Video from pro-Ukr attack drone shot down by pro-Russians, with "selfies" of operators

 

 

Ukraine just made some hay about putting a small number of Su-27s back into operational service.  i wonder if this Flanker was one of those.


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#18204 Simon Tan

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 1938 PM

I wonder if Azov and other Nationalist battalions are going to be in vanguard.
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 1523 PM

 


 

Another Su-27 crash in Ukraine near Jitomir during landing, pilot killed.

 

 

Ukraine just made some hay about putting a small number of Su-27s back into operational service.  i wonder if this Flanker was one of those.

 

 

Here are the data of crashed Su-27 "55 blue" - produced in 1987, repaired 2015-2016, 824 landings, 479 flight hours, was "one of the newest planes of this type in Ukr Air Force". Killed pilot was fighter brigade head of air fire & tactic training,  45 flight hours this year, 482 hours total, participated in "ATO"
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This plane was taking part in celebrating Ukr Army anniversary last week
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Posted 16 December 2018 - 2202 PM

479 hours is remarkably low. Most Malaysian SU-30MKMs are waaaay above that and are now hangar queens because the previous government basically looted the maintenance budget with the aid and abetment of the company tasked with it. It did not help that we tried to hybridize the maintenance regimes with Western models. 


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Posted Yesterday, 02:21 AM

479 hours is remarkably low.

 

I was thinking the same, barely 16 hours per year. Maybe it was stored for a few years. Do you have any figure for Malaysia's?


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#18208 Roman Alymov

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Posted Yesterday, 02:59 AM

479 hours is remarkably low.

Ukraine Air force was underfinanced for years, with very low flight hours (see killed pilot, 43 yo, only having less than 500 flight hours despite serving in air force since 1992 (for 26 years)- less than 20 hours per year, and he is described as also trained for Mig-29, so guess how many hours for each plane type. Taking into account most of planes across former USSR are stored without hangars   main damage is from weather and time (plus in some cases looting or cannibalization)


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Posted Yesterday, 03:24 AM

https://www.nytimes....e&region=Footer

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — The din of Ukraine’s long, grinding conflict with Russia still rattles windows in the port city of Mariupol, a reminder of a front line frozen for three years just a few miles outside town.

Most worrying for the city’s and Ukraine’s future these days, however, is not the muffled noise of sporadic fighting on the outskirts, but the alarming quiet that has gripped Mariupol’s sprawling port after Russia seized three small Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 sailors last month and began restricting shipping in local waters.

“This is not a joke. It is not a Hollywood movie. It is a very serious situation,” Volodymyr Omelyan, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, said during a recent visit to the becalmed port on the Sea of Azov, empty of large ships except for a nearly-50-year-old military vessel that serves as the command ship of Ukraine’s puny navy.

Mariupol is now at the center of a combustible struggle between Russia and the West over the future of Ukraine — and over rules that govern the world’s seas. Some believe that Russia, through its Nov. 25 confrontation with the Ukrainian Navy and its subsequent restrictions on shipping, is trying to rewrite the rules in the Sea of Azov, just as China has done in the South China Sea.

 

Traffic picked up last week ahead of a Dec. 8 briefing in Moscow by Russian border forces, at which they denied blocking maritime traffic. The easing of what officials in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, describe as an on-again, off-again naval blockade allowed four cargo ships to enter the Sea of Azov and to dock at Mariupol, a port with 18 berths.

 

One of them, a Lebanese ship, waited 12 days at sea before being allowed by Russia to move into the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait, under a new Russian bridge to Crimea.

Ukraine’s border service reported on Monday that, after easing up on restrictions, Russia is again severely disrupting sea traffic heading to and from Mariupol and the nearby Ukrainian port of Berdyansk under the bridge to Crimea. It said that more than 100 vessels were waiting for Russian permission to pass through the Kerch Strait, a previously little-known waterway that has now joined the Strait of Hormuz as one of the world’s most closely watched choke points.

But a report issued by Andrii Klymenko, the head of an independent research group in Kiev that monitors maritime traffic, suggested that the Ukrainian border service had inflated the number of stranded ships.

The problem, he said, is no longer so much that Russia is blocking passage, but that shipowners, unnerved by previous aggression by Russia and alarm over its future intentions, have stopped sending vessels to Mariupol. He predicted that in coming days, the city’s port would be mostly empty “because of the fears of shipowners.”


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Posted Yesterday, 04:30 AM

 

https://www.nytimes....e&region=Footer

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — The din of Ukraine’s long, grinding conflict with Russia still rattles windows in the port city of Mariupol, a reminder of a front line frozen for three years just a few miles outside town.

 
But a report issued by Andrii Klymenko, the head of an independent research group in Kiev that monitors maritime traffic, suggested that the Ukrainian border service had inflated the number of stranded ships.

The problem, he said, is no longer so much that Russia is blocking passage, but that shipowners, unnerved by previous aggression by Russia and alarm over its future intentions, have stopped sending vessels to Mariupol. He predicted that in coming days, the city’s port would be mostly empty “because of the fears of shipowners.”

 

 

The guys are pretending to be in war with Russia (and winning), threaten attacks on Russian infrastructure etc. and at the same time demand Russia to behave like threat do not exist, and ship owners to stay comfortable. Sorry but it is not going to work this way, and routine checks are the very modest reply to pro-Ukrainian steps. The real question is to Russian Gov - why this measures taken only now, not since 2014.
     The real question is "who will be sponsoring Ukraine, tool against Russia". West want Ukraine to be Russian burden (de-facto Russia sponsoring hostile Ukraine with NG transit, allowing it to continue benefiting from Soviet heavy industry etc.) - while Russia is diverting cash flow away from Ukraine (with Nord Stream and other measures) - so making Ukraine burden of the West.
  Meanwhile photos of crashed Su-27
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Posted Yesterday, 04:33 AM

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Posted Yesterday, 12:43 PM

Pro-Ukr side concentration near Gorlovka: quite logical for them to use numerical advantage over DNR\LNR and to attack in more than one place
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Meanwhile Lavrov talking about expected provocation on Crimea border


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