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    #UN says nearly 10,000 people killed in #Donbass since conflict began

    1) Russia reports on a death toll they caused
    2) Majority of dead were ethnic Russians
    3) Figure excludes approx 6k Russian military deaths

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    Tank #army in west #Russia receives advanced short-range air defense missile systems
    http://tass.com/defense/935742

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    RUAF Mi-28NM with mast mounted radar @ Moscow Helicopter Factory 14MAR17 (C) kabuki
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    Russian missile threats to NATO via Baltic
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    Russia announces deepest defence budget cuts since 1990s http://www.janes.com/article/68766/r...s-since-1990s#

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    New Gerasimov article on nature of warfare
    https://russiamil.wordpress.com/2017...e-of-warfare/#
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    March 17, 2017 by Dmitry Gorenburg

    New Gerasimov article on nature of#warfare

    Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the Russian General Staff, has published a new article on the nature of modern warfare. Given how much attention has been paid to his 2013 article on this topic, it seems worthwhile to quickly review what’s changed in the last four years.
    The most important observation, though, is how much hasn’t changed. Gerasimov still focuses on the American origin of hybrid warfare, both attributing the origin of the term to American theoretical writings and discussing its implementation in the Middle East, and particularly in Syria.
    Gerasimov’s discussion of the origins of the conflict in Syria is worth citing at length. He notes that in the first stage, internal Syrian tensions were transformed into armed actions by the opposition. The opposition was supported by foreign trainers and an active information war from abroad. Subsequently, terrorist groups supplied and organized from abroad then entered the conflict against Syrian government forces. The conclusion that Gerasimov draws is that hybrid warfare is actively practiced by the United States and other NATO members, in large part because this type of action does not fall under the definition of aggression.
    Nevertheless, Gerasimov isn’t eager to assume that the hybrid warfare concept is here to stay or to introduce it into official Russian discourse. Instead he focuses (as in the 2013 article) on the continuing erasure of the boundary between conditions of war and peace. He highlights that it is more and more common for a country’s sovereignty and national security to be threatened in peacetime. The spectrum of reasons for use of military force is continually expanding, with force being more often used to secure a state’s economic interests or to enforce democratic values in another country.
    Much of this is a repeat of the 2013 argument, with the focus on Western states using a wide spectrum of measures (political, economic, diplomatic, informational) combined with the “protest potential of the population,” to ensure that their interests are observed. Cyber warfare is added to this list, with an example of cyber attacks on Iranian energy infrastructure.
    What seems interesting to me is the second half of the article, where Gerasimov discusses how Russia is responding to this heightened risk of “new generation” warfare. Here, Gerasimov drops all the discussion of hybrid and information warfare. Instead, his focus is very much old school: a discussion of strategic deterrence with nuclear weapons and long range aviation. To this is added the development of long range cruise missiles and other precision-guided munitions, next generation fighter aircraft, modern ships, etc. There is also a discussion of advances in automation and electronic warfare. In other words, Russia is preparing to respond to this threat environment by strengthening its conventional and nuclear military capability. There is virtually no discussion of Russian efforts to engage in information warfare or hybrid warfare of any kind. “Little green men” play no role in this vision of Russian military power. Instead, we are given to understand that Russia will respond to any aggression with overwhelming force.

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    Some light humor.....

    Ex chief of Russia space program found dead in detention cell with two knife wounds in heart, severed throat, police say it MIGHT be murder


    He had been arrested for major corruption and failed rocket starts...

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    Mark Galeotti @MarkGaleotti
    Mike Kofman goes beyond my quick 1st take
    https://inmoscowsshadows.wordpress.c...y-exaggerated/

    to demolish myth of #Russia's 25% defence cut:https://russianmilitaryanalysis.word...udget-and-you/
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    Russia's ambassador to NATO warns that alliance's activities in east Europe will lead to "spiral of confrontation."
    https://ria.ru/defense_safety/20170320/1490370951.html#
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    MORE US recce operations over Germany and Baltic maybe due to the vast ongoing NATO exercises and the Russian ongoing snap exercises in response to them....AS well as increased Russian troop units along Ukrainian border...

    Combat Sent heading over France @ 33,000ft
    USAF #RC135U 64-14847 COBRA55

    Leaving the Baltics, heading west. RTB RAF Mildenhall...
    USAF #RC135W 62-4138 FOWL27
    Today sudden Russian MoD announcement of the following.......

    Kaliningrad and Baltic Fleet anti air surprise snap exercise...actually a pre combat snap exercise...exercising actual air attacks....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    Russian forces in Crimea practice putting down "illegal armed formations," i.e. "little green men."
    http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2867973

    Seem to be practicing against "themselves"....
    What started as an airborne troop snap exercise seems to be growing in size.....

    We've seen hints from sources that Russian 'snap' exercise in/near #Crimea will grow from 12k to 120k troops + civilians (like Kavkaz 2016)

    IF this is in fact correct THEN it should have been registered with OSCE and foreign observers invited to watch...which was not done....and will not be done...

    THIS might in fact explain the extensive US/UK recce flights being currently heavily conducted over Germany and the Baltic....

    This is the airborne troop exercise that triggered this snap exercise....

    RIA: In Crimea, started the paratroopers exercises involving the Black Sea Fleet and videoconferencing
    http://ria.ru/defense_safety/20170320/1490370965.html#
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    What started as an airborne troop snap exercise seems to be growing in size.....

    We've seen hints from sources that Russian 'snap' exercise in/near #Crimea will grow from 12k to 120k troops + civilians (like Kavkaz 2016)

    IF this is in fact correct THEN it should have been registered with OSCE and foreign observers invited to watch...which was not done....and will not be done...

    THIS might in fact explain the extensive US/UK recce flights being currently heavily conducted over Germany and the Baltic....

    This is the airborne troop exercise that triggered this snap exercise....

    RIA: In Crimea, started the paratroopers exercises involving the Black Sea Fleet and videoconferencing
    http://ria.ru/defense_safety/20170320/1490370965.html#
    Former NATO SACEUR @PMBreedlove warned of danger: Russian 'snap' exercise turning into full-scale military operation

    RUSSIA: Unprecedentedly large drills of Airborne/Aerospace Forces & Black Sea Fleet begin in Crimea - @tassagency_en
    http://tass.com/defense/936406
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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    Former NATO SACEUR @PMBreedlove warned of danger: Russian 'snap' exercise turning into full-scale military operation

    RUSSIA: Unprecedentedly large drills of Airborne/Aerospace Forces & Black Sea Fleet begin in Crimea - @tassagency_en
    http://tass.com/defense/936406
    Lukashenko ups the Russia trolling to dangerous levels by suggesting NATO be allowed to observe Russian and Belarusian training exercises

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    Airborne troops + large landing ship drills tomorrow

    2S4 Tulips and 2S7 Pions exercising hitting hardened enemy underground fortifications.
    Now where'd you find such static positions?
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    We're 'expecting' a massive Russian snap exercise later this year involving 120-180k between 1st Tank, 20th CAA and 8th CAA east of Ukraine
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    Russian navy upgrades multi-purpose submarines (Proj. 971 and 949)
    https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/se...ose-submarines

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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    New Gerasimov article on nature of warfare
    https://russiamil.wordpress.com/2017...e-of-warfare/#
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    March 17, 2017 by Dmitry Gorenburg

    New Gerasimov article on nature of#warfare

    THIS ties into the new doctrine.....

    Russia is deploying missiles banned under the INF treaty. Here are the areas at risk:
    http://brook.gs/2mpzcxl

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    Important: RIA Novosti: #Egypt to receive the first batch of Ka-52 attack helicopters in the 2nd half of 2017, Russian Helicopters CEO.
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    Mark Galeotti @MarkGaleotti
    The truth about #Russia's defence budget
    A 25% cut? More like 5%. Me, for @ECFRWiderEurope @ecfr
    http://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentar...e_budget_7255#

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    Russia builds huge #nuclear missile depot in #Severomorsk >

    http://barentsobserver.com/en/securi...romorsk-13-12#

    Murmansk is worlds biggest nuclear weapon area?

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    Warming up for Zapad 2017: "Kaliningrad: From boomtown to battle-station":

    http://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentar..._station_7256#

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