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#18541 Simon Tan

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 0531 AM

Dumb idiot is standing out like a sore thub. His security detail wants him killed.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 1315 PM

Dumb idiot is standing out like a sore thumb. His security detail wants him killed.

 

I'm more inclined to think he ditched the uniform Poroshenko was fond of wearing as a way of drawing the proper boundaries: Zelensky's not a military man and does not pretend to be one. By appearing as a respectful civilian, he aids morale by not pretending to be something he isn't. He appearance is a species of honesty, a thing Ukraine sorely needs.


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 2041 PM


Tzvi Arieli: Poroshenko overestimated defense reform’s success
 

Since 2014, Ukrainians increasingly like to compare their country to Israel. They want to copy my country’s success at creating a potent military force for defense.

The problem with this idea is that most Ukrainians do not know Israel’s full story. If they did, they would realize Ukraine is not taking that path.

I would know: I trained Ukrainian soldiers.

 

Immediate grave danger

The formation of Israel’s armed forces was based upon a clear understanding in Israeli society that their lives and the mere existence of their country was far from guaranteed — in fact, the young state immediately found itself in grave danger. The goal of Israel’s enemies was quite unlike that of Russia.

The Jews in the Land of Israel clearly understood that changing the country’s political course or adopting various language laws could not increase their chances of survival. If they lost the war, the they would inevitably be “dumped into the sea,” as the enemy promised. And Israel — a state that had reappeared after 2,000 years of exile — would cease to exist.

Final clarity that Israel would survive only came in 1967, in the first hours of Operation Moked during the Six-Day War. The tiny state’s tiny army destroyed the air forces of all countries in the Arab coalition combined. More than 300 combat aircraft were not even given the chance to take off. For the following six days, the land component of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), with the support of its Air Force, made history by more than doubling Israel’s territory.

In the early 1970s, despite all the American aid, Israel was still investing 30 percent of its gross domestic product into the armed forces. Not 5 percent, but 30! And unlike in Ukraine today, Israeli leaders would never have been able to sell their best weapons until their own army was fully equipped.

At that time, the IDF was the world’s largest army in relation to population size. Almost all the country’s men and women were in its active reserve. Without significant resources, Israel realized something that its Arab neighbors could not: Success in war depends on the development of one’s own science and technology.

During its first 20 years of existence, Israel’s lack of serious political and financial backing forced the country’s industry to learn how to rebuild, refurbish, and salvage every scrap at its disposal. All this hardware had arrived in Israel before its creation as a state.

While Israel was only able to buy airplanes from France before the Six-Day War, Arab states were being flooded with thousands of modern Soviet-made tanks, airplanes, and all kinds of military equipment. Israel’s adversaries did not have to worry about refurbishing their old tanks and armored personnel carriers. They could acquire everything they needed from the Soviets.

In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israeli tank gunners did not have night vision equipment, but the Syrians did. As a result, Israelis started producing everything that they could not purchase. This self-sufficiency led Israel to supply all its military needs on its own, from its own assault rifles to its own sea-to-sea missiles and Merkava tanks. These missiles would sink Soviet-built ships, while the Merkava are considered to be one of the best in their class.

Can you see anything similar happening in Ukraine? No. The bulk of Ukraine’s military hardware is still what remains of the old Soviet army depots.

Only a few nations — including the U.S., Singapore, South Korea, and several others — can compare to Israel’s cynicism toward its leaders. No matter how great, brilliant and distinguished these national leaders may be, they are not above the law. They can and will be investigated and harshly prosecuted for any crimes, including corruption.

Meanwhile, impunity reins among Ukraine’s top defense officials, like Oleh Hladkovskyi, the former deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, whom journalists implicated in a massive military production corruption scheme. 

The ugly truth is that Ukraine’s authorities are not even close to be following the Israeli model of successfully building a military. The country’s defense sector remains deeply Soviet-esque, corrupt, and ineffective.

 

Training Ukraine

In 2014, I was invited to train Ukrainian fighters in many different army units: the infantry, National Guard, SWAT police, and Special Operations units. I’ve worked on creating organic units out of a groups of motivated volunteers so that they will not fall apart in real combat.

Today, some of them are officers in the Special Forces or reconnaissance units, while others are regular citizens who left the army unsatisfied with the “great reforms” that former President Petro Poroshenko claims to have carried out.

I also keep in touch with a few other foreigners who trained or fought for Ukraine: former soldiers or officers from Germany, the U.S., and Israel. Unlike some of their counterparts (who get paid for short training missions thousands of miles from the warzone and are happy with the Ukrainian forces’ evolution), these men are less optimistic.

Ukrainian soldiers carry a machine gun in their trench on the front line with Russia-backed separatists near the town of Zolote, Luhansk region on April 20, 2019. (AFP)

I don’t think I made that great of a contribution to Ukraine’s defense capabilities. But I do know that Poroshenko and his colleagues — who pretend to be the nation’s saviors — greatly overestimated these capabilities.

Because I have not only trained regular soldiers, but have also been actively involved in creating a new “NATO standards” infantry brigade in the National Guard framework, I have seen many higher-level commanders. I have constantly met with National Guard and Internal Affairs officials and military attaches from NATO and the U.S.

I have seen the official documents, and I knew how much money was spent by the National Guard on equipment and different projects.

If I were a Ukrainian employee or an experienced bureaucrat, I might not have paid much attention to the minute details. But after seeing the disconnect between generals’ salaries and their lifestyles, between their declared values and their deeds — including the so-called “implementation of NATO standards” and their unwillingness and inability to implement them in reality — I made my own conclusions.

By that time, I had quite a few direct conversations with high-ranking officials at the National Guard. After one of those talks, I was accused by one of the generals of working for the Israeli Mossad and I was interrogated by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). By comparison, the SBU interrogators were nice to me.

The general who reported me for “hiring National Guard soldiers for the Mossad” couldn’t know that I was originally invited to assist Ukraine by another general, a former deputy head of Ukraine’s counterintelligence service, and had been cleared a number of times by other secret service structures, including military intelligence.

As I write these lines, I am still laughing. This is so typical of former Soviet officers to accuse people they don’t like of being agents of Western intelligence services!

By 2016, I had made my own conclusions:

With such theft, corruption, and resistance to reforms, both the army and the National Guard will not be modernized in the foreseeable future. Ukraine has a few well-trained former personnel who may help build a “small Soviet Army” that can still face a big one, Russia. But I could not help with that undertaking. Thus, my assistance to Ukrainian forces largely ended.

The mass outflow of motivated volunteers since 2016 — despite an increase in military personnel’s salaries — only assured me that I had drawn the right conclusions.

 

No ‘Israeli scenario’

Once in a while, I visit infantry or Special Forces units to either train them or deliver aid. Lately, I have been at forefront positions of the current conflict on the outskirts of Donetsk. I saw the obvious: a group of individuals fighting under the Ukrainian banner who lack the most basic necessities. What I have seen can be called neither “the strongest army in Europe,” as Poroshenko claims, nor a modern army at all.

During the Iraqi campaign in 1991, we already saw what happens to a million poorly trained soldiers with large amounts of old scrap. Ukraine is not even near that low Iraqi standard. It does not have such large numbers of soldiers and it still has not learned how to mobilize them quickly. Total mobilization takes months because fighters attached to a unit in Mykolaiv may be living in Kyiv.

To paraphrase Napoleon: “There are no roads in Ukraine – only directions.”

Ukrainian officials don’t realize the obvious: if Russia attacks, directions will also cease to exist.

Returning to the Israel comparison, five years of reforms in Ukraine have never approached what the Arab states did in only a two- or three-year period. After their worst defeats in battle, they were able to put tens of thousands of tanks on the battlefield in a shorter amount of time. They only lost again due to their equipment’s poor quality and their soldiers’ low motivation, not their numbers.

Israel’s adversaries — which were buying, rather than producing their own equipment — fell infinitely behind after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now, the Egyptian army receives $1 billion dollars in military aid a year, but corruption and a lack of technological capacity — including education — make it weak. According to open source information, the Egyptian military is so weak that it cannot even cope with the ISIS Bedouins in the Sinai Desert without the help of the Israeli Air Force.

Modern Ukraine isn’t reliving Israeli history and its situation is radically different. By using language and other national symbols in political clan or private interests, Ukrainian politicians are damaging national values. In fact, they are trying to have their voters at each other’s throats in order to eat a bigger piece of the electoral pie.

I do not know whether Zelenskiy can do better. But until this day, there have been no leaders capable of implementing a cooperative policy uniting as many stakeholders as possible. And the people — many living in dire poverty — play into the game of their corrupt officials, shaking their fists and threatening each other with the next mass protest or even revolution.

Tzvi Arieli is a former Israel Defense Forces serviceman, who retired with the rank of sergeant in 2003 and later served as a counter-terror officer through 2008. He has lived in Ukraine since 2013 and provided training to Ukrainian combat formations on a voluntary basis.


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#18544 Roman Alymov

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 0841 AM

Pro-Rus ATGM at work (probably dating to early spring this year)

 

 


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 1146 AM


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 0815 AM

Video from March 2019   - DNR snipers hunt for "Azov" sniper


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 1519 PM

More sniper videos from pro-Rus side

 


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 1521 PM

Pro-Ukr houme video: "Zelensky want  us to stop fire? F*** off!"

 


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 1537 PM

And back to events of 2014:

In "Jaw-Dropping" Speech Malaysian PM Says "No Evidence" Russia Shot Down MH17

https://www.zerohedg...IcIwgl82_9AxCSw

The Malaysian PM further went so far as to point to Ukrainian pro-government forces as being prime suspects: “It could be by the rebels in Ukraine; it could be Ukrainian government because they too have the same missile,” he said.

Mahathir further slammed the decision to exclude Malaysian investigators from the black box examination: “We may not have the expertise but we can buy the expertise. For some reason, Malaysia was not allowed to check the black box to see what happened,” he said.

“We don’t know why we are excluded from the examination but from the very beginning, we see too much politics in it and the idea was to find out how this happened but seems to be concentrated on trying to pin it to the Russians.”

He concluded that, “This is not a neutral kind of examination” — again questioning the basis on which suspicions of pro-Kiev forces appeared to have been superficially ruled out from the start.

“I don’t think a very highly disciplined party is responsible for launching the missile,” he added, according to Australia's ABC.

 

 

https://www.freemala...MuAcgAmVX1PjwXQ


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 1913 PM


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Posted 13 June 2019 - 1357 PM

 

Dumb idiot is standing out like a sore thumb. His security detail wants him killed.

 

I'm more inclined to think he ditched the uniform Poroshenko was fond of wearing as a way of drawing the proper boundaries: Zelensky's not a military man and does not pretend to be one. By appearing as a respectful civilian, he aids morale by not pretending to be something he isn't. He appearance is a species of honesty, a thing Ukraine sorely needs.

 

 

Yup. It is all about sending a message and public perception. Poroshenko wanted to project an image as big commander who is going to wind the war, whereas Zelensky seems to want to make peace.


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 1623 PM

Ukrainian terrorists in action


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Posted 17 June 2019 - 1708 PM

Donetsk yesterday


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0226 AM

https://www.bbc.co.u...europe-48685584

Investigators probing the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine in 2014 will present new evidence later on Wednesday.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is expected to name suspects and announce charges for the first time.

Flight MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down, killing all 298 on board.

Investigators blame Russian-backed separatists who they say targeted the plane with a Russian-made missile.

The Boeing 777 crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, at the height of the conflict between government troops and separatists.

Russia has denied any involvement and has maintained the missile was fired from Ukrainian-held territory.

Dutch investigators will hold a press conference at 13:00 local time (11:00 GMT) on Wednesday after briefing relatives of victims.

 

What will investigators say?

The JIT, which seeks to try the suspects under Dutch law, has previously said it had a "long list" of persons of interest and appealed for witness help.

On Friday, prosecutors announced the release of new findings, prompting widespread reports in Dutch media that suspects will be named.

Kateryna Zelenko, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's foreign ministry, told the Unian news agency on Tuesday that "as early as tomorrow the world will hear the names of the first four people suspected of involvement".

Ms Zelenko said Dutch prosecutors would then file the case in a Netherlands court.

"The guilt of the four suspects must be proved first and foremost in court," the spokeswoman added.

Internet open source investigators Bellingcat are also due to release a new report into the crash.

The Bellingcat team has already identified individuals it alleges may have been involved in the attack, including a military intelligence colonel in the rebel-held Donetsk area known as Khmuryi (gloomy), and a military intelligence official commanding Russian-backed separatists in Luhansk who went by the codename of Orion.


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0802 AM

Charges Issued against 4 individuals, one of which is Igor Girkin, otherwise known as Strelkov.

https://www.bbc.co.u...europe-48691488

 

The most prominent of the four is Igor Girkin (also known as Strelkov), a former colonel in Russia's FSB intelligence service, according to prosecutors. He was given the minister of defence title in the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

He is believed to be the highest military officer in the area who was in direct contact with the Russian Federation. In a statement Mr Girkin said: "I can only say that militia did not shoot down the Boeing."

 

The others charged are:

  • Sergei Dubinsky (known as Khmury), who was employed by Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, was a deputy of Mr Girkin and was in regular contact with Russia, according to prosecutors
  • Oleg Pulatov, known as Giurza, a former soldier of GRU special forces and deputy head of the intelligence service in Donetsk, the JIT says
  • Ukrainian national Leonid Kharchenko who has no military background but led a combat unit as a commander in Eastern Ukraine, according to prosecutors

"The JIT suspects Girkin, Dubinsky, Pulatov and Kharchenko of having played a significant role in the death of 298 innocent civilians," said prosecutor Fred Westerbeke.

"The means of evidence these suspicions are based on will be elaborated on during the criminal proceedings, then the judge will pass sentence. The suspects are innocent until the contrary is proven in court."

He added that investigators had "evidence showing that Russia provided the missile launcher".


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0811 AM

This indictment is an admission by the Dutch government that it has made no real progress in identifying the operators of the Buk and the chain of command directly involved in the shooting. 

 

Moreover, the Dutch government stated that it will not request extradition of any of these suspects from either Ukraine or Russia, as both have constitutions forbidding the practice. However, the Dutch government welcomes a statement by the suspects.  :wacko:

 

Bellingcat has made more advances in the identification of Russian and rebel personnel involved in the transport and subsequent removal of the Buk-system as well as several involved in the events leading to the downing: https://www.bellingc...owning-of-mh17/


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0821 AM

Its unlikely they could, unless they could access signals intelligence from Western Intelligence agencies, which are likely to stay off the books, forever. For all we know they are cemented in the Volga right now. Personally I think the trigger men are irrelevant, because they were just guilty of fucking up. The real guilt is the people who put them there and directed them to take part in an aggressive war.  The actual target here is largely incidental. It could just as easily have been a Ukrainian apartment building. Makes no difference.

 

Here is the point here. The suspects COULD appear in person. Or, I daresay, they could appear via skype on video link. If they dont appear, well they will just have to take pot luck with the consequences. I dont see any alternative to the choice taken, short of assassinating the President of Russia, which cause a few wrinkles.


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0848 AM

Bellingcat have identified quite a few other people whom are alleged to be involved in the incident.  One of them is a dead ringer for Kim Bodnia.:D


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 1146 AM

Meanwhile in Malaysia


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 1221 PM

Bribed by Putin or some other shit. And what he even have to do with investigation?!


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