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by Cat Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 05:00:40 PM EST

...Thanks to the courage of our soldiers holding back the occupiers, and thanks to the leadership of the United States of America, which has consolidated the world in defense of freedom, we see how to win this battle.

Yet to win, we must engage all our resolve and our strength.

It is like starting your own business and working every day from morning till night, every day, so that one day you can see how your dream is becoming true - when you finally have your own operating business....

"After the end of the war, American business can become a locomotive of global economic growth" —Address to the participants of the meeting of the US National Association of State Chambers," 23 January 2023

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

Advantage Ukraine

Russians are stealing grain and agricultural machinery from Ukrainian farmers. The occupiers dismantle the factories and send the equipment to Russia. Warehouses, shops and people's homes are being looted. And they kidnap people - they see people as a resource. About two million Ukrainians were forcibly taken to Russia - deported.

The fact that Russia tried to steal the part of our land by declaring an illegal annexation - is the finalization of their predatory policy.

This is why we so need your support now. Here, in Ukraine, we are defending not only independence and not only the international order.

Here in Ukraine, we are defending everything that made you, in particular, who you are.

We are defending freedom and property; everyone's right to have their dream and everyone's duty to live according to the law; the right of every family to stay safe and the happiness of every family to be part of their community.
It is already clear that this will be the largest economic project of our time in Europe. It is obvious that American business can become the locomotive that will once again push forward global economic growth.

We have already managed to attract attention and have cooperation with such giants of the international financial and investment world as Black Rock, J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs. Such American brands as Starlink or Westinghouse have already become part of our, Ukrainian, way. Your brilliant defense systems - such as HIMARS or Bradleys - are already uniting our history of freedom with your enterprises. We are waiting for Patriots. We are looking closely at Abrams.

Thousands of such examples are possible!

Odessa-Journal | A message from Uncle Volody, 23 Jan
Ukraine will not show weakness. The state will not show weakness.

I've signed several decrees today. There is a principled decision of the NSDC on officials traveling abroad. It applies to all officials of the central government and various other levels of local government. It applies to law enforcers, people's deputies, prosecutors and all those who are supposed to work for the state and in the state. If they want to rest now, they will rest outside the civil service. Officials will no longer be able to travel abroad for vacation or for any other non-governmental purpose.

Ukraine's deputy defense minister resigns amid corruption inquiry (24.01.23)
Within five days, the Cabinet of Ministers is to develop a border-crossing procedure for officials so that only a real working trip can be the reason for border crossing.

Another NSDC decision today concerns our spiritual independence, which we are strengthening and will continue to strengthen.

Reznikov Plans To Develop Vegan, Halal, Kosher And Lenten Menu For Military (25.01.25)
Sanctions have been imposed against 22 Russian citizens who, under the guise of spirituality, support terror, and genocidal policy.
NSDC imposes sanctions against nephew of Patriarch of Russian Orthodox Church Kirill (25.01.23)
Also, we have already made personnel decisions - some today, some tomorrow - regarding officials of various levels in ministries and other central government bodies, in the regions, and in the law enforcement system.

I've held several meetings on our international activities. One was related to the results of Ramstein and what we managed to get for Ukraine. The second meeting was about the new stage of our diplomatic marathon, which was launched after my visit to Washington. I've had more than 30 negotiations of various levels with the leaders of our partner states - those we can talk about openly.

This marathon yielded the results we needed, a real strengthening of our defense. We are now working to fill February with even more substantive contacts with leaders.

UWC Launches "Energize Ukraine" (25.01.23)
Today, I addressed the participants of the winter meeting of American business leaders who are members of the National Association of State Chambers. These are more than 100,000 entrepreneurs who employ about half of the American workforce.

It is important for Americans at all levels to know and feel how important and historically necessary our cooperation is - cooperation of Ukraine and the United States.

"I am sure that American business definitely has something to demonstrate to be useful to Ukraine and benefit at the same time. So you and your members can once again show the power of America and free entrepreneurship"Andriy Yermak
NASC | Why become a NASC Partner? "entrepreneur" roll call
by Cat on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 05:47:04 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 05:58:57 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 10:34:47 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 10:53:23 PM EST
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Bearbock is dumbass fool nearly identical to Liz Truss ... both had nothing to bring to the table in Moscow except a rant of NATO grievances. Lavrov did not waste his time on both lady Foreign Ministers. That was in the crucial period of Dec-Jan. 2022.

Baerbock is imply repeating the narrative she got from Biden-blinken-Austin and Stoltenber

The U.S. aim for the war is, as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in April 2022, to 'weaken Russia

Overthrow of Putin and weaken Russia ... it's NATO's war.

The West never was interested to meet Putin on his concerns. No surprise Biden knew war was coming.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 11:20:21 PM EST
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Bearbock is dumbass fool nearly identical to Liz Truss

I disagree. Baerbock is the best foreign minister since Joschka Fischer, possibly since Willy Brandt. Not afraid to break the mould and rise to the occasion.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 11:58:18 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 09:12:46 PM EST
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Annalena a pain in the ass, not just for Lavrov, but more so for Scholz. 😁

She announced the delivery of tanks for the war in Ukraine ... a few days before the Chancellor made the decision. The condition depended on the cooperation of the White House to deliver Abrams tanks. These decisions are not made by the Minister of Defense, but the responsibility of the Chancellor in war time. No decision making role for Ms. Baerbock.

It is quite natural to say we are at war with Russia. These are quotes of what she heard from Blinken and the military of the Pentagon and Stoltenberg. The war narrative for the outside world is a different one of course ... a true warrior with balls. Fearless Amazon well versed by the Atlantic Council ... Washington must be proud,

Atlantic Council and Annalena Baerbock

Annalena Baerbock's message to America: She's in sync with Biden ... not with the German voter.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 10:24:53 PM EST
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Baerbock not in sync with the German voter?
You'd be surprised. The German voter is growing up. People of my generation are instinctively pacifists, and I respect that, but they now acknowledge that Germany can not continue to be an economic giant and a geopolitical midget. And the following generations recognise that Germany has an obligation to pull its weight.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 10:16:18 AM EST
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with Pew Research Center "value propositions"

NATO Publics Blame Russia for Ukrainian Crisis, but Reluctant to Provide Military Aid, June 2015, illustrated

by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 03:32:46 PM EST
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Die neue Militarisierung von Olaf Scholz: Deutschlands lautloser Weg zur Zeitenwende | Berliner Zeitung |

After 1945, Germany and France finally buried their imperial ambitions and came to terms with their dreams of becoming a great power. They first came to the realization that dominance over Europe can only be achieved through unity between the two of them. An agreement between Berlin Bonn and Paris on Europe was the only way to regain the importance they had in world politics, which they had lost in relation to the USA, China and also the USSR, as they had in the 18th and 19th centuries. European integration is the incarnation of these intentions. After total destruction in 1945, [West-]Germany made every step right up until reunification in 1989 to expand its influence on the mainland via Europeanization.

Division of Europe -- the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 09:01:08 PM EST
Throwing the European Union overboard when Joe Biden came calling preaching Pax Americana, imperialism from the Atlantic to the Urals and from the Black Sea to the Baltics. Russia cannot be conquered as history has illustrated, only total destruction by modern weapons in a Doomsday scenario. No Mr. Zelensky, your war cannot be won. Scholz too is dragged down in American imperialism. Occupying Europe ... in the 21st century we don't declare war, we declare states as evil and a pariah to the Global World Order and apply deadly sanctions.

Pax Americana: the United States as Global Hegemon or Imperialist in Disguise?

    Europe is a continent where no power has succeeded in attaining hegemony. For centuries, the French, Russian, and German-speaking countries fought for dominance of the landmass, and each time a stalemate ensued. World War I and World War II are just one destructive expression of this struggle.

    Today the American forward trust in not in the interest of Europe and will lead to a most devastating World War III ... many American imperialists believe it can survive a nuclear Armageddon even with the advantage of a pre-emptive strike out of "self-defense".

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 09:01:53 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 09:03:03 PM EST
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is a distiction without difference to rational persons.

So is "genocide" and "war", ceremoniously declared or not.

acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group
by Cat on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 10:44:13 PM EST
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To illustrate the point, let me draw your attention to the preamble
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, on behalf of the Ukrainian people -- citizens of Ukraine of all nationalities [...] adopts this Constitution -- the Fundamental Law of Ukraine."
(translators COE.int, 1996; justice.gov, 2004; rada.gov.ua, retrieved 26.01.23)

juxtaposed with demographic terminology employed for 2001 Ukraine census

The peculiarity of the national structure of the population of Ukraine is its multinational composition. According to All-Ukrainian population census data, the representatives of more than 130 nationalities and ethnic groups live on the territory of the country. The data about the most numerous nationalities of Ukraine are mentioned below:
and the government's violent struggles to discriminate between Russian "nationality", legal rights of "ethnic-Russian" citizens wherever resident, and Russian-speaking ethnic-Tatar and -Greek captives of Crimea who twice fielded referendums to secede from Ukraine's "nationalist" regimes since 1991.

The salient point is, previailing concept of a nation, or political union, called Ukraine cannot follow from methodical destruction of its constituents.

by Cat on Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 09:30:41 PM EST
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methodical destruction of its constituents

[reference needed]

When you use words like "genocide", then you need to provide facts to justify it.
Changing laws relating to the languages used in education or in certain administrative acts will not cut it, according to most commonly-accepted definitions.

Perhaps you have facts. I have not seen them.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 12:21:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 01:19:48 PM EST
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this is all rather circular... you point again to a definition of genocide, whereas I am asking you to point to genocidal acts or genocidal policies by the Ukrainian government with respect to ethnic Russian Ukrainians.

If you are unable or unwilling to do so, perhaps you should just drop the term "genocide" in this context.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 01:29:57 PM EST
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Happy birthday, Uncle Volody!
by Cat on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 10:57:25 PM EST
Congress Approved $113 Billion of Aid to Ukraine in 2022, 5 Jan 2023
...The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 omnibus appropriations package included an additional $47.3 billion of emergency funding to provide humanitarian, military, and economic assistance to Ukraine on top of the $65.8 billion of funding already approved in three other emergency funding packages enacted by Congress...
$226.1B to date, roughly 0.96% of estimated 2022 GDP ($23.315T), far short of NATO suggested annual hurdle to entry. No wonder Uncle Volody is such a nag.
by Cat on Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 12:08:57 AM EST
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US State | Significant New U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine, 19 Jan "lethal aid"
The United States is announcing a significant new security assistance package to help Ukraine continue to defend itself against Russia's brutal war. Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, I am authorizing our 30th ["]drawdown["] of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since August 2021. This ["]assistance package["] will provide Ukraine with hundreds of additional armored vehicles, including Stryker armored personnel carriers, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled vehicles. ["]The package["] also includes critical additional air defense support for Ukraine, including more Avenger air defense systems, and surface to air missiles, as well as additional munitions for NASAMS that the United States has previously provided. The package also contains night vision devices, small arms ammunition, and other items to support Ukraine as it bravely defends its people, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity.

This package, which totals $2.5 billion, will bring total [?] U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to an unprecedented approximately $27.5 billion since the beginning of the Administration [FALSE].

Pause here to recall the dismal performance of US press "accountability" and "transparency" bureaus in relating to consitutuents Congressional appropriations and procedural "obligation" thereby instituted at the discretion of the several executive agencies' secretaries in periodic debits. One cannot be too certain whether or not Blinken refers specifically to State Department's "unprecedented" budget or sum of a joint account even when one traces pulp fiction to the letter of the law. Here, organs of civility and militancy merge without fanfare.
I am grateful to Congress for continuing to provide this increased drawdown authority, most recently under the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023 that was [belated amendment to the tardy FY 2023 "omnibus" bill] signed into law by the President in December 2022.
The bill provides appropriations to several federal departments and agencies, including

the Department of Justice,
the Department of Defense,
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
the Department of Health and Human Services,
the Department of State,
the U.S. Agency for International Development,
the Department of Agriculture, and
the Department of the Treasury.

Russia alone could end this war today. Until it does so, we will stand United with Ukraine for as long as it takes.
Quick! FIGHT to increase federal credit limit and extort service fees from wayward "partners".
archived Thu Dec 22nd, 2022 4,155 pp draft, a delay in obligation in US Congress impeaches self
by Cat on Sun Jan 29th, 2023 at 01:40:40 PM EST
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C-SPAN | Hearing on Countering Russian Aggression, 26 Jan
CRUZ @01:35:56: Ms Nuland, as you know, in January of last year the senate voted on my legislation to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and it did so before Russia had invade Ukraine. When the senate voted on those sanctions, President Zelensk* publicly urged, even begged, the United States senate to pass those sanctions. President Zelensk* said, passing those sanctions then were the last chance to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine, the last chance to prevent Russian tanks rolling into Ukraine. Was President Zelensk* wrong?
NULAND: Senator Cruz, like you, and I think, the administration is very gratified to know that Nord Stream 2 is now, as you like to say, a hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea. I, personally having been involved along with my boss, Secretary Blinken, and all of those negotiations with Russia to try to prevent this war in December, do not believe that had that Nord Stream 2 not been cut off in Jannuary, that would have been decisive for Putin. It was important that the day the war began the Germans cut the pipeline as did the rest of the Europeans, but he was bound and determined to go into Ukraine, as you know.
CRUZ: So you believe, Zelensk* was wrong when he said stopping Nord Stream 2 was the last and best way to stop this war?
NULAND: I don't think it would have stopped Putin and, you know, I ...
CRUZ: And when the government of Poland similarly said, begged to the United States senate, pass those sanctions and said, this is the last and best opportunity to stop Russia from invading Ukraine, you believe, Poland was wrong, too?
NULAND: I do not believe, we would have prevented this war had the Europeans acted faster on Nord Stream 2. I wish, it were the case, but I don't think it would have stopped him.
Nord Stream 1, 8 Nov 2011 - 26 Sep 2022
by Cat on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 02:54:18 PM EST
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hum... I suppose you have a clear idea as to what could have been done to stop Russia from invading Ukraine?

How about explaining it in a couple of succinct paragraphs in your own words?

[And if it's "implement Minsk", then consider the possibility that the non-cooperation or the separatist side may have been a deliberate tactic piloted by Putin]

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 12:35:10 PM EST
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All your basic assumptions are FALSE ... bad start of any discussion. Much easier for you to reference clear quotes from either UK Liz Truss or Annalena Baerbock seeking meaningful dialogue in final 60 days before outbreak of hostilities.

Decision on war or a diplomatic solution was taken in Biden's war council [NSC] with advice fro the Pentagon. The rest, 2x Brussels, NATO members and EU Council, followed the war rhetoric of Joe and Jens .... Boris was just a nasty agent provocateur for war between NATO and Russia.

Naturally the Minsk agreements were torpedoed by Lviv Kyiv as per instructions from the White House. The U.S. were not participant in Minsk. Their vision on Minsk was quite aggressive equal to building Nord Stream

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 04:40:19 PM EST
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My question wasn't addressed to you, but I have little hope that Cat will ever deign to respond, still less engage in honest discussion.

"engage in meaningful dialogue with Putin" : it's nice to think that might have made a difference to his plans, but can you suggest a list of concessions that any potential partners might have put on the table to avoid the invasion? Let's be specific. Given that he aimed (and failed) at regime change, before changing his mind and focusing on territorial gains, what might he have settled for instead?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 10:23:17 AM EST
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Russia may not have invaded Ukraine but for BREXIT, says EU's [Guy] Verhofstadt, 31 Jan forensic "accountability"
Belgian MEP adds that 'a united Europe, certainly on defense matters, would make an enormous difference' in fight against Putin.
Verhofstadt told LBC that the "brutal invasion" by Russia "has nothing to do with the extension of NATO, it has nothing to do with ... the European Union. It's really an attempt by Putin to restore the old Soviet Union."
Verhofstadt was speaking on the third anniversary of the U.K. leaving the EU. He said he hoped that Britain will one day rejoin the bloc and that Ukraine can also join, "why not within five years?"
archived disorderly BREXIT, CAMPAIGN 2019, MEPs back Ukraine-style 'association' deal 2018, ALDE leadership 2017, etc
by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 04:27:25 PM EST
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Nuts! As so many Atlanticists willfully indoctrinated in the goodness of unbridled wealth for the elite. Prefer to keep a disunited "Europe" together as it is falling apart. Foundation of the Four Freedoms and an economy build on a goal for peace taken apart by America's artificial war on terror. NATO is not a defense pact for Europe, but a pact for expansion US empire across the globe. Russia to the Urals is part of Europe. America wanted the EU destroyed ... Pax Americana ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 04:45:13 PM EST
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Boris Johnson meets with lawmakers in Capitol, 31 Jan US Red Team-UK Blue Team
Johnson met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and is slated to speak to the Republican Study Committee on Wednesday. Johnson is making the rounds to Republican lawmakers as GOP support for the level of U.S. funding to Ukraine has started to falter.
Wall St Watchdogs USNews Reuters | Boris Johnson Meets U.S. Republicans, Pushes Ukraine Aid
by Cat on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 12:16:27 AM EST
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US approves $10B arms sale to Poland as Ukraine war rages on, 9 Feb
The State Department notified Congress that the sale comprises mid-range, mobile HIMARS artillery rocket systems, associated ammunition[,] and related equipment.
The department said the sale would support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by bolstering the defensive capabilities of a NATO ally. The department also said Poland is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

"The proposed sale will improve Poland's military goals of updating capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies," it said.

by Cat on Thu Feb 9th, 2023 at 02:37:45 PM EST
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See how "Defense Industrial Complex" is pinned open at the top? Savvy!

For anything less than $750B, these "innnovative technologies" wizards can't be bothered to install a translation widget. Comical or tragic? You be the judge.

by Cat on Wed Jan 25th, 2023 at 11:01:35 PM EST
Ukraine has laready received 250 applications within the Advantage Ukraine investment platform
..."Investors are primarily interested in tax benefits when it comes to the prospects for opening new factories, partnerships, or purchasing Ukrainian assets. Besides, many strategic investors are interested in establishing trade relations with Ukrainian manufacturers to further integrate them into their global supply chains," said Oleksandr Hryban, Deputy Minister of Economy.

Among the project initiators' requests, the agro-industrial sector and the fields of innovations and technologies, as well as energy received the biggest number of proposals.

As a reminder, the investment attraction initiative "Advantage Ukraine" was presented on September 6 as part of a major campaign developed by the WPP [?] with the support of the President of Ukraine. The platform includes investment projects and opportunities in 10 sectors of the economy with a total capacity of more than $400 billion. The Advantage Ukraine project team works with the support of the USAID Competitive Economy Program....

Slava Ukraini! Zelensky opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange
by Cat on Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 12:29:50 AM EST
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archive.is Reuters | U.S. arms exports up 49% in fiscal 2022, 25 Jan
Sales of U.S. military equipment to foreign governments rose 49% to $205.6 billion in the latest fiscal year, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

Sales approved in the year included $13.9 billion worth of F-15ID fighter jets to Indonesia, $6.9 billion worth of Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships to Greece, and $6 billion worth of M1A2 Abrams tanks to Poland.

There are two major ways foreign governments purchase arms from U.S. companies: direct commercial sales negotiated between a government and a company, and foreign military sales in which a foreign government typically contacts a Defense Department official at the U.S. embassy in its capital. Both require U.S. government approval.

The direct military sales by U.S. companies rose 48.6% to $153.7 billion in fiscal 2022 from $103 billion in fiscal 2021, while sales arranged through the U.S. government rose 49.1% to $51.9 billion in 2022 from $34.8 billion the prior year, the State Department said.

best seller
Brown, J. S., The Social Life of Information (2000)
by Cat on Sat Jan 28th, 2023 at 11:04:08 PM EST
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Retrieving digital files dated > 30 years and, more recently—post-911 rash of subscriber circulation coupled to G7 message hygiene policies— articles archived by the "Wayback Machine" innerboob crawler is an old hat hack for some, not I.

I've only noticed two associated URLs after a month of casual (post, get) trial 'n' error: archive.is and archive.org. *.org failed both tests, and this very morning, *.org not only refused certain HTTP requests, that server responded with a HTTP 505 "suspicious activity" error message. May be or not traced to persistent Chrome client cookie data. (I might or might not look into that. I'm not the cumpulsive sort given to circumventing slide-rule "Big Data" knowledge management with proxy DNS or VPN. I'm the sort who still drinks unfiltered tap water so I know with whom I'm dealing.)

Conversely, *.is delivered Bloomberg "Hints at Russian Involvement in Swedish Koran Burning" (28.01.23). Hold that thought. YLE media finished months of unmet demands for not 4, 33, or 73 but 120 trrrst extraditions from SE, HISTORIC neutrality, biomass carbon sinks, and free press indemnity with "Court finds two HS journalists guilty of disclosing state secrets. This week, YLE media is already struggling to translate Erdoğan hints into the cost of two-speed, dues-paying NATO membership believed to secure Finland's national security messaging system.

ICYMI, Daily Sabah quotes Erdoğan's cryptic statement in part, in *-Eng.

"We may deliver Finland a different message (on their NATO application) and Sweden would be shocked when they see our message. But Finland should not make the same mistake Sweden did," Erdoğan said in a televised speech aired on Sunday [29.01.23].

He also repeated his demand for Sweden to hand over suspects sought by Ankara. "If you absolutely want to join NATO, you will return these terrorists to us," Erdoğan said. "We gave Sweden a list of 120 persons and told them to extradite those terrorists in their country. If you don't extradite them, then sorry about that," Erdoğan added.

I for one will be immensely entertained should Erdoğan reveal a list of fugitives who've since uhh migrated from SE to FI. To further f* with the charade of invoilate NATO by-laws, benefits, and procedures is after all his style.
by Cat on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 04:05:52 PM EST
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Trolling through the intimate details of your digital laundry, I find that you discovered the Russian connection of the Swedish koran-burning. Through the wayback machine.

Do you also get the weather report from the same source?

Disapponting that Erdogan should fall for such an obvious manipulation.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 10:29:15 AM EST
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Paludan torched a Koran in SE last April around the time HU and TR first objected to NATO package applications. The latest flaming Koran demo in SE had been appeared for a Japanese minute in G7 media nearly a week ago—without much notice of protest in "mostly muslim" countries, I might add.

The Bloomberg headline implying Russian bribes was recently cited in an "offshore" publication. This was news to me with uncanny sympathy for "Qatargate" paranoia that has seized the EP this month.

I resorted to  Wayback archive in order to read the full text Bloomberg article the same day. I am not a subscriber. Sometimes, I use icognito, when an cited article date is unknown to me. Sometimes, I don't need to, because Bloomberg syndicated some of its material, and I can read an edited-to-fit version—same headline—published same day by comparatively small circ outlets like yahoo!, US News, and even Arab News.

In any event, the subject of my comment is Wayback DOS. The subtext of my comment is ICT censorship.

by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 02:50:03 PM EST
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Foote, et al, "Managing the knowledge manager," The McKinsey Quarterly, July 2001

Know thy self if not the European Media Freedom Act.

by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 02:54:59 PM EST
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NATO+ Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Mediterranean Dialogue partners, Istanbul Cooperation Initiative partners, Emerging Global security partners, International organisation partners

NATO | Relations with partners across the globe, Aug 2021 jr varsity bench

by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 05:26:58 PM EST
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[Btw ... Google search delivered zero hits, had to use another search engine to find the answers]

Finnish SIGINT and support for NATO espionage on Russia

Finnish Defence Intelligence (DNI) Agency

According to a 2014 interview with Chief of Intelligence, then Brigadier General Harri Ohra-aho, the merger enabled a more comprehensive intelligence overview and enhanced analytical cooperation. The Agency's main elements are situated in Helsinki and Jyväskylä with separate elements around Finland. According to a news report, it employed 150-200 persons and its budget was 15 million euros in 2014.  The preceding SIGINT and IMINT arm of the military, the Finnish Intelligence Research Establishment (Finnish: Viestikoelaitos, Swedish: Signalprovanstalten) operated principally as a part of Finnish Air Force Headquarters at Tikkakoski, near Jyväskylä. The facility received its orders from Defence Command and employed 120-140 personnel according to a 2007 news report. It was renamed the Finnish Intelligence Research Centre (Finnish: Viestikoekeskus, Swedish: Signalsprovancentret) when it became a subunit of the Agency.

According to a 2017 exposé by the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, the Finnish Intelligence Research Centre is responsible for monitoring the Russian Armed Forces by capturing and analysing electromagnetic radiation and maintaining an electronic intelligence mapping that contains information on the Russian military, such as unit types, command and control structures, air defences, readiness plans and missions. During peacetime, the Centre monitors at least the Leningrad Military District while only a fraction of its monitoring is focused on the Western world.

The Centre reports its findings first to the Intelligence Division and finally to the President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister and high command of the Defence Forces. The newspaper released examples of the Intelligence Research Centre's analysis topics, such as Russian synthetic-aperture radars from 2005, security-related effects of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, electronic countermeasures against Buk missiles, and Russian military action during the Russo-Georgian War of 2008.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 07:34:41 PM EST
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Ministry of Justice, Finland -- Act on the Openness of Government Activities -- TOP SECRET

Europe's future cannot be based on permanent confrontation. However, Finland must be prepared for various alternative development paths and be flexible and fast in its own operations. This also means increasing defense and internal security costs.

Finland should bring global security challenges to the center in cooperation with Russia. In global challenges, the scale rises above edge battles and zero-sum games. Global challenges include the state of the environment, the effects of immigration, different forms of cross-border crime, and the structural change of societies due to digitalization. Cooperation in the fight against the most fundamental global challenge, i.e. climate change, must be highlighted and practical research and technological cooperation must be sought.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 07:35:45 PM EST
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archive.ph, 30 Jan 2023
"Now, this isn't the first time I've written about the disconnect between economic perceptions and reality."
by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 09:30:18 PM EST
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HRW | Ukraine: Banned Landmines Harm Civilians, 31 Jan
Remnants of KPFM-1S-SK cassettes manufactured in 1988 that Human Rights Watch researchers found in Izium in October 2022. These cassettes are used for the delivery of PFM mines by the 9M27K3 Uragan mine-laying rocket. The cassette opens in flight using a small explosive charge to separate it from the rocket motor section of the weapon and scatters 312 PFM mines into an area.  © 2022 Human Rights Watch

Update: Human Rights Watch welcomes Ukraine's commitment to duly study the below report on antipersonnel landmines, as announced in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 31. We hope that the government will carry out a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation into our findings. We welcome further dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities on this issue. ...

cockroach alert Sun Nov 13th 2022, Thu Oct 13th, 2022, Sun Jul 20th 2014
by Cat on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 12:48:06 AM EST
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Biden says U.S. won't be providing F-16s to Ukraine, 30 Jan
...Kyiv has made it clear it would like to have fighter jets such as the F-16s, a hope renewed by the U.S. announcing last week the approval of the transfer of M1 Abrams fighter tanks. Yuriy Sak, an adviser to Ukraine's defense minister, told CNBC last week, "We will get F-16s." ...
archived Sat Mar 5th, 2022
by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 07:14:45 PM EST
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Which NATO Countries are Ready to Share Their Jets With Ukraine?
• Turkey will not rejoin the F-35 program, House Armed Services Committee says
• Biden Administration to Ask Congress to Approve F-16 Sale to Turkey
F-16 Deal Contingent on Turkey's Support for NATO Expansion, Syria
• Top U.S. lawmaker objects to potential F-16 sale to Turkey
Biden hopes Ankara will drop its objections to the accession of Finland and Sweden into NATO
• Türkiye vows it won't buy F-16 fighter jets 'it can't use'
by Cat on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 02:41:34 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Germany to send 88 Leopard I tanks to Ukraine, 3 Feb non-party status
...local media reported Friday [3 Feb].

The move further signals a reversal of Berlin's policy on tanks for Ukraine, nine days after the chancellery announced it would send one company of Leopard 2 tanks [=14 tanks; co x 4 = 1 tank battalion] to Kyiv as part of a European coalition.[...]

4-person crew per tank is a lot of "training"
The German government is also considering buying back 15 Gepard tanks it had sold to Qatar [!] -- but might also face some issues there, since ammunition for these is made in Switzerland, which has so far refused to approve re-exports to Ukraine on the grounds that it would breach its neutrality. However, some Swiss lawmakers are pushing for the country to reconsider its position....
6 Leopard 1 companies + 1 Leopard 2 company = 7 tank battalions, 408 total trainees
by Cat on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 12:25:57 PM EST
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archive.is | Germany Studies Tapping Coal-Exit Funds for Defense Projects, 3 Feb
Germany is considering re-routing existing subsidies for eliminating coal-fired power plants to help defense manufacturers build new production facilities, according to people familiar with the matter.

The discussions between Germany's federal government and regional states are aimed at providing the country's armed forces with more weapons and ammunition and creating jobs in regions that are affected by the shift away from coal, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the talks are confidential.

archive.ph | German govt security council OKs delivery of 178 Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine - source, 7 Feb
The report emerged as German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius made a surprise appearance in Kyiv. Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov [?!] tweeted a picture of him and Pistorius posing with a scale model Leopard in a display case, writing: "The 'first' Leopard 2 has arrived in Kyiv."
Some would be sent in the summer but the bulk of the Leopard 1s would be delivered next year, Der Spiegel reported.
Earlier, the head of Leopard-maker Rheinmetall said it would send Ukraine 20-25 [?] Leopards this year, with another 88 to be sent next year.
by Cat on Tue Feb 7th, 2023 at 06:04:10 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Cool your jets: Why the West is making Ukraine wait for fighter planes, 1 Feb
Readovka | At what airfields will Ukraine deploy F-16s?, 1 Feb map
Assessing the possibility of using F-16 fighters on the territory of Ukraine, many experts agree that the use of aircraft that is very demanding on the quality of runways from Soviet-style military airfields is almost impossible. Indeed, most of the departmental airfields of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to the Soviet tradition, are lined with PAG-14 reinforced concrete slabs, which allows them to be quickly restored after strikes, but significantly worsens the quality of the coating.

Soviet tactical aviation aircraft (MiG-29 and Su-27) have a much more reinforced chassis than their Western counterparts (F-16 and F-15), which are sharpened for [read: designed for] the use of asphalt concrete strips with improved surface quality. If the F-16s are nevertheless delivered to Ukraine, then the only way out will be to use them from civilian airfields with asphalt concrete strips.
with a high degree of probability, the Ukrainian Air Force will use airfields in Odessa and Lvov, where there are airstrips of the required quality and aircraft repair plants.....

by Cat on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 01:34:38 AM EST
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US Department of State Daily Press Briefing, 2 Feb
QUESTION: Thank you. Today 27 senators, both Democratic and Republican, sent a letter to President Biden asking him to not approve the sale of F-16 until Türkiye agrees to let the Finland and Sweden to join NATO. Do you share the same position with the sale of those? Can you explain to us, since the technical talks have been concluded, why you are delaying to send the official - the formal notification to the Congress?
PRICE: ...We've made clear to Congress our support for the F-16s. Congress has made its position clear, or I should say individual senators - or groups of senators, in some cases - have made their positions clear. We're continuing to engage Türkiye. We're continuing to engage the Hill. But our point is that Türkiye is a valuable NATO Ally. It's role in the Alliance has been a profoundly important one over the course of decades now. And so we'll continue to find ways to see to it that we can work together with Türkiye, even as we seek to make the NATO Alliance even stronger. And we think making the NATO Alliance stronger would entail bringing the membership from 30 to 32.
QUESTION: Thank you. Russian media - state media - are citing a comment made by Under Secretary Nuland [?] in an Al Jazeera ["- state media -"] interview. And the comment is that, and I quote, "The U.S. is working to meet Ukraine's needs, including long-range missiles." Is the U.S. considering giving Ukraine long-range missiles?
PRICE: You know we don't preview security assistance announcements that have not yet been made, but what I can say generally is that we are always in conversation with our Ukrainian partners.[...]So these are conversations that are ongoing on multiple fronts when it comes to the needs of our Ukrainian partners, but I don't have anything to announce or to preview.
AP | US to send Ukraine longer-range bombs in latest turn[-]around, 2 Feb non-party status
After months of agonizing [28.11.23], the U.S has agreed to send longer-range bombs to Ukraine as it prepares to launch a spring offensive [read: defensive] to retake territory Russia captured last year, U.S. officials said Thursday [2 Feb], confirming that the new weapons will have roughly double the range of any other offensive weapon provided by America.
The U.S. [DOD] package includes $425 million in ammunition and support equipment that will be pulled from existing Pentagon stockpiles and $1.75 billion in new funding through the [FY2022, FY2023] Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which is used to purchase new weapons from industry. The assistance initiative, which will pay for the longer-range bombs and the air defense system integration, also funds two HAWK [howitzer] air defense systems, anti-aircraft guns and ammunition, and counter-drone systems
The addition of longer-range bombs to the latest aid package was first reported by Reuters.

by Cat on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 12:46:34 PM EST
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with world's largest criminal organization

reuters | Top U.S. Treasury official to warn UAE, Turkey[Türkiye, Oman] over sanctions evasion

Brian Nelson, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, will travel to Oman, the United Arab Emirates [UAE], and Türkiye the week of Jan. 29 and meet with government officials as well as businesses and financial institutions to reiterate that Washington will continue to aggressively enforce its sanctions, according to a Treasury statement.

"Individuals and institutions operating in permissive jurisdictions risk potentially losing access to G7 markets on account of doing business with sanctioned entities," the department said.
[...]Nelson will visit Ankara, the Turkish capital, and financial hub Istanbul on Feb. 2-3. He will warn businesses and banks that they should avoid transactions related to potential dual-use technology transfers, which could ultimately be used by Russia's military, a Treasury spokesperson told Reuters on Friday.

articles, BTC, biomass, carbon, cars, china, currency, drugs, food, fuel, gender, grains, guns, race, religion, water, winter, words...
by Cat on Sun Jan 29th, 2023 at 03:00:18 AM EST
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In which year will Ukraine's innovative technologists roll the first "green hydrogen" fueled tank off an assembly line in, say, Lv*v or Melitopol?
by Cat on Sun Jan 29th, 2023 at 04:10:24 PM EST
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How to fix a howitzer: US offers help line to Ukraine troops, 28 Jan
"What do I do?" he asked the U.S. military team member, far away at a base in southeastern Poland. "What are my options?"

Using phones and tablets to communicate in encrypted chatrooms, a rapidly growing group of U.S. and allied troops and contractors is providing real-time maintenance advice -- usually speaking through interpreters -- to Ukrainian troops on the battlefield.
The exchange is part of an expanding U.S. military help line aimed at providing repair advice to Ukrainian forces in the heat of battle. As the U.S. and other allies send more and increasingly ["]complex["] and high-tech weapons to Ukraine, demands are spiking. And since no U.S. or other NATO nations will send troops into the country [FALSE] to provide hands-on assistance -- due to worries about being drawn into a direct conflict with Russia -- they've turned to virtual chatrooms.

here it comes...
A key problem, said one officer, is that Ukrainian troops are pushing the weapons to their limits -- firing them at unprecedented rates and using them long after a U.S. service member would turn them in to be [either] repaired or retired scrapped...."They're using these systems in ways that we didn't necessarily anticipate," said the officer, pointing to the tablet. "We're actually learning from them by seeing how much abuse these weapon systems can take, and where's the breaking point."

The Ukrainian troops are often reluctant to send the weapons back out of the country for repairs. They'd rather do it themselves, and in nearly all cases -- U.S. officials estimated 99% of the time -- the Ukrainians do the repair and continue on.[...]

cockroach alerts Sure: Skunk works enter, GAO 1996 Abrams depots, optimal maximum operating range, GAO 2022 service and parts plans, service level agreement

Here's every weapon US has purportedly supplied to Ukraine, a/o 26 Aug 2022, of which ...

155mm Howitzers
A towed field artillery piece that can hit targets up to 30 km, or 18 miles away. The U.S. has sent 126 of these howitzers, along with 806,000 155mm artillery rounds and 126 tactical vehicles to tow the howitzers
The M198 Howitzer is currently in active service with both the US Army and the Marine Corps though it is being replaced by the M777 ultra-lightweight 155mm howitzer in selected units.
105mm Howitzers
The U.S. committed to sending 16 105mm howitzers [towed Hawkeye, M101, or M119 series? Or self-propelled?] and 108,000 105mm artillery rounds to go with the howitzers. The U.K. has already provided the L119 model, which is a light weight howitzer that can provide direct fire support at armored vehicles or buildings or indirect fire to support combat arms in ranges over 10 km, or 6 miles.
cockroach alert GAO | Army and Marine Corps M198 Howitzer: Maintenance Problems Are Not Severe Enough to Accelerate Replacement System (1995)
by Cat on Sun Jan 29th, 2023 at 06:26:08 PM EST
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And since no U.S. or other NATO nations will send troops into the country [FALSE]

[reference needed]

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 12:44:41 PM EST
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Pls stop dreaming and believe what Austin and Stoltenberg spout to the compliant media.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 01:08:57 PM EST
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Who they?

Which NATO troops are on the ground, where?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 30th, 2023 at 03:17:48 PM EST
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Sky | Ukraine 'shows tanks are still needed on the battlefield' - but UK numbers have plummeted, 30 Jan Bleak House
...[UK Defence Select Committee chair] Tobias Ellwood told Sky News' Kay Burley that the capability of the armed forces has been "whittled down", giving the example that two decades ago the UK had 900 tanks but is now looking at going down to 148.

He said the UK should be "very concerned" after an exclusive report from Sky's security and defence editor Deborah Haynes that a US general had warned the UK's armed forces are no longer top-tier....

by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 03:44:29 PM EST
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"The French" have the same problem. Like the British, they made the best tanks in the world blah blah, 20 years ago, and equipped the national army, and didn't manage to sell them to anyone else.

So they shut down the production lines, mothball half the stock for spare parts, and once they're broken, they have no tanks.

The Eurotank is a panzer.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 04:21:47 PM EST
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tabloid Sun Mirror | SUB STANDARD Nuclear security alert after botched attempt to fix Trident submarine with super glue, 30 Jan GRAPHIC WARNING
The bodged repairs to vital cooling pipes were only discovered when one bolt fell off during checks aboard the 16,000-ton HMS Vanguard.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace demanded a meeting and "assurances about future work" after The Sun raised the alarm. A Navy source said [Wallace] was furious Babcock, one of the UK's biggest defence contractors, failed to come clean with the Navy.
(American) legion.org | Why Ukraine's 'MacGyver' military is winning, 15 Dec 2022 "meme"
...Now, compare the reactions of Russians being coerced into a war of aggression with the reactions of Ukrainians. In the former, those who have the means are fleeing, and those without the means are hiding, shooting themselves to avoid combat, refusing to fight, and killing their commanding officers. In the latter, a people's army of shopkeepers and artists, young women and old men, students and soldiers, farmers and techies are rushing to the fight, picking up weapons, and crafting their own makeshift weapons to defend their country and cause. From Kiev during those crucial first days of the war, to Kharkiv this past summer, to Kherson today and into Crimea tomorrow, they are winning the war Putin began....
sofrep | Combat Sandbox: Ukraine's 'MacGyver Army' Tests Western Weaponry "meme", 11 Jan instance
MacGyver (2016-2021) secret agent
MacGyver (1985-1992) secret agent
archived Fri Feb 4th, 2022 in Blinken Sounding Out EU Appetite for War, Tue Mar 8th, 2022, Today -100: April 28, 1917
by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 09:01:30 PM EST
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thedefensepost | Estonia Sending All Its 155-mm Howitzers to Ukraine, 24 Jan
...Estonia currently operates 24 NATO standard FH-70 towed howitzers. Apart from the howitzers, Tallinn will send thousands of 155-mm artillery shells and hundreds of Karl-Gustaf anti-tank grenade launchers.
Estonia's defense minister Hanno Pevkur assured its people that the decision to send its 24 FH-70s to Ukraine would not affect the country's national defense because Tallinn is transitioning to K9 self-propelled howitzers produced by South Korea. The Estonian Ministry of Defense signed a contract last year for 12 K9 artillery systems.
F24 | 4:42pm: French Caesar artillery system announcement, 31 Jan
"They've been very successful in Ukraine, so the Ukrainians will be delighted, I am sure, to get another 12. I think that brings that total to over 40 now, closing on 50 Caesars in Ukraine. And the fact that the French are stepping up their training of Ukrainian troops will be welcome too. It's not just the French who are doing it; the British are contributing even more, I think, to the training [?!] than the French are."
by Cat on Tue Jan 31st, 2023 at 09:45:51 PM EST
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Politico | [Alexander] Vindman leads new push to send military contractors to Ukraine, 2 Feb
The Trump impeachment figure is raising money to help with vehicle and weapons repairs on the front lines.
A group of former military officers and private donors is raising money to send Western mechanics close to the Ukrainian frontlines, where they will repair battle-damaged donated weapons and vehicles that have been flooding into the country.
Vindman's group has secured enough private funding to launch a pilot project in March, and has some backing from at least one company, which declined to be named but confirmed to POLITICO their interest in getting parts and material to Ukraine for more rapid repairs.
archived Twin Lts. Colonel Vindmans in US Congress impeaches self
by Cat on Fri Feb 3rd, 2023 at 02:37:51 PM EST
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archive.ph | Ammo supply chain crisis: Ukraine war tests Europe in race to re-arm, 7 Feb "critical mineral" supply
The dramatic shift to a war footing [for parties to the conflict] is creating a supply chain crisis in Europe as defence manufacturers struggle to ramp up production to replenish national stockpiles as well as maintain supplies to Ukraine.
"It is a war about industrial capacity," said Morten Brandtzæg, chief executive of Norway's Nammo, which makes ammunition and shoulder-fired weapons.
It has led to a scramble to source materials, from chemicals for explosives to metals and plastics for fuses and artillery shell casings. Most companies have increased production shifts ahead of expected orders from national governments, and are hiring more people, another challenge since the start of the pandemic [!].

Yves Traissac, deputy chief executive at military explosives producer Eurenco, said the company is looking to increase production capacity to meet the higher demand from customers that include Germany's Rheinmetall and Britain's BAE Systems.
Mick Ord, chief executive of Britain's Chemring, which supplies a range of explosives and propellants to defence contractors, said some customers have asked if it is possible to "increase output of certain materials by 100-200 per cent".
UK-based Denroy, which makes shell casings and other components for a range of defence companies, has benefited from pre-ordering certain materials such as polymers and composites.

by Cat on Tue Feb 7th, 2023 at 11:10:47 PM EST
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At the moment the Ukrainian government have zero bargaining power vis a vis the EU or the USA or any MNC offering investment. Their survival depends on the receipt of weaponry they cannot pay for. Their re-construction after the war will require trillions they have no hope of generating even in the long term. So they are wide open to being totally taken over economically, if not politically. No doubt MNC's will extract a high price.

But it is Russia which has put Ukraine in this position, and Ukraine's bargaining position will only improve once it is no longer dependent on western aid to secure its existence against Russian aggression.

Not a nice place to be in.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 09:48:37 PM EST
Best estimates I read were half a trillion euros. Many variables and uncertainties though, the war neds to end. The Pentagon has already ruled out a victory for Ukraine NATO in 2023. Ukraine will nor be able to regain all of its "sovereign" territory with Crimea included. With the recent escalation, the destruction will continue at a fast pace. Occupied Eastern Ukraine is the heart of the industrial economy. I recently posted some information on rebuilding Grozny ... it took 20 years.

EU proposes options to seize frozen Russian assets, but legal concerns remain | EurActiv - Nov. 30, 2022 |

Total blocked assets of Russian National bank is €300bn.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 26th, 2023 at 10:46:34 PM EST
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DICTION CORNER (US-English): Tue Sep 28th, 2021

DYK the British fiance wags call debt "leverage"? And interest rate demanded "gearing"?
(Being a US-Eng. speaker, I had to translate this for my sanity in the first weeks of LBS befor 9/11 "changed everything".)

DKY that the EU27 + UK had run a trade balance surplus with the US over 10 years before The Pandemic®? (You can look up top line USD-denominated figures at US Commerce.) That's why I keep tabs on FX pairs (not indices) so you don't have to: parity watch

DKY that US-Eng. synonyms for "leverage" run the gamut from "black mail" and US Congressional votes to "cash money"? That is anything but a mechanical lever.

by Cat on Fri Jan 27th, 2023 at 02:13:00 PM EST
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After Shock | The collapse of the industrial potential of the US military-industrial complex
Forty years have passed, and absolutely everything has changed. Those mechanisms that ensured the security of supplies and the mobilization readiness of the US military-industrial complex have died and no longer operate.

What happened?

Before describing the changes that have taken place and their consequences, I will perhaps begin with a few postulates (I recalled my school mathematics lessons).

The first postulate: in the USA everything that is not about money is fake

it until you make it.
by Cat on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 04:24:45 AM EST
Sputnik yahoo! The Week WSJ | U.S. firm reportedly offers Ukraine 2 Reaper drones for $1, plus $10 million in shipping and handling, 1 Feb
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing a recent letter from company CEO Linden Blue to Ukraine's defense attaché in Washington. The sale would include a ground control station that would allow Ukraine's military to operate the drones from almost anywhere in the country, more than 24 hours per flight.

General Atomics declined to confirm the specific deal, but company spokesman C. Mark Brinkley said "we do believe Ukraine needs a capability like the Reaper, and soon." The sale would be directly to Ukraine, not through the U.S. government, but the Biden administration would have to sign off on the transfer of technology. Reapers, even the older version on offer, cost millions of dollars, so $1 is quite a bargain. However, the Journal notes, "the deal would require Kyiv to spend about $10 million to prepare and ship the aircraft to Ukraine, and about $8 million each year for maintenance and sustainment [sic]."

The U.S. has provided Ukraine more than 700 smaller drones, including portable Switchblades and mysterious Phoenix Ghost drones. But the Reaper, with its 66-foot wingspan, is much larger, faster, and more sophisticated than any drone in Ukraine's arsenal. It can be used to surveil enemy forces or fire on them with missiles or bombs. The Biden administration has declined to include Reapers, Predators, or Gray Eagle drones in the nearly $30 billion in military aid it has sent Ukraine, citing RISKS OF handing Russia SENSITIVE TECHNOLOGIES if one of the drones is brought down.

by Cat on Wed Feb 1st, 2023 at 01:51:23 PM EST
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OpEd | Will logistics be Russia's undoing in Ukraine?, 10 Feb twin Vindman report
...EVEN IF Russia had assessed the Ukrainian threat more effectively, it is not clear that it possessed the required force structure to execute its initial plans. This has been all but proven over the course of the conflict, as basic issues of poor maintenance and supply support, compounded by lack of trained and effective maintenance personnel, have affected Russia's ability to carry out the war. Its shortages are steadily getting worse.    

While some of Russia's supply failures can be attributed to Ukraine's acquisition of long-range precision fires [?!] (which threaten supply depots ammunition dumps), the most fundamental issues center on Russia's inability to produce the required materiel for war. The overall weakness of the Russian defense industrial base reflects an overall weak economy, one that is, again, largely dependent on energy gas and oil production (and, to a lesser extent, on agricultural exports, which have also been DECIMATED by sanctions).
Brad Martin is a senior policy researcher at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and the director of the RAND Institute for Supply Chain Security.

by Cat on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 04:50:36 PM EST
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A typical example of projection of own shortcomings ... mirror his statements to the losses and failures on UA side ... 8 years of association with the best NATO can supply ... training and the logistics coordinated by NATO Ramstein ... greatest adversary is Lvov neo-Nazis and Kyiv corruption.

Coming weeks will likely be a pivot ... who has the experience and battle hours on Leopard, Abram tanks ...  Ukraine AF pilots training on F-16 simulators for Top Gun dog fights over Ukrainian territory?

Easier for Zelensky to win an Oscar in Hollywood. Nobel Peace prize ... only through bribery or political bullying.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 10th, 2023 at 05:06:36 PM EST
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Ukinform | Kyiv, London in talks on production of British weaponry in Ukraine - media, 12 Feb "great powers competition"
...That's according to The Telegraph, Ukrinform reports.

Senior UK defense industry officials are discussing the plans with their Ukrainian counterparts. British executives have visited Kyiv with a view to setting up joint ventures that would manufacture arms and vehicles locally under license. According to the article, other European defense companies are also in talks with Ukraine, with British companies keen not to be beaten to the punch by French and German rivals. A race is on to put the UK "at the front of the queue," one executive told The Telegraph. The move would allow Ukraine to maintain jobs for its tens of thousands of defense workers as it shifts from Russian designed armaments to NATO-standard arms....

Denmark hands over all of its CAESAR howitzers to Ukraine, 13 Feb
The relevant statement was made by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Twitter, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Denmark has given Ukraine all of its CAESAR self-propelled howitzers. A true friend who knows that our fight is Europe's fight. Tak, Danmark!" the ministry wrote.

President Zelensky believes Ukraine will join NATO after victory, 13 Feb
...The relevant statement was made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* at a meeting with senior members of the U.S. largest investment bank, J.P. Morgan, and an online investment summit organized by J.P. Morgan, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"We believe we will join NATO sooner than all the leaders decide that our package of security guarantees is the right one. Because they make decisions slowly, it is red tape... I believe we will be in NATO after victory," Zelensk* said....

by Cat on Mon Feb 13th, 2023 at 02:20:40 PM EST
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archive.ph | Suspected Iranian Weapons Seized by U.S. Navy May Go to Ukraine, 14 Feb booty
The U.S. military is considering sending Ukraine thousands of seized weapons and more than a million rounds of ammunition once bound for Iran-backed fighters in Yemen, an unprecedented step that would help Kyiv battle Russian forces, U.S. and European officials said.

U.S. officials said they are looking at sending Ukraine more than 5,000 assault rifles, 1.6 million rounds of small arms ammunition, a small number of antitank missiles, and more than 7,000 proximity fuses seized in recent months off the Yemen coast from smugglers suspected of working for Iran.
"The war in Ukraine is consuming an enormous amount of munitions and depleting allied stockpiles," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday, on the eve of the meetings. "The current rate of Ukraine's ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production. This puts our defense industries under strain."
U.S. military officials began seriously considering the idea late last year after the U.S. Navy seized a million rounds of ammunition on board a fishing boat traveling from Iran to Yemen, the officials said. A few weeks later, the American military seized more than 2,000 AK-47s from a small fishing boat in the Gulf of Oman. In mid-January, French forces found 3,000 assault rifles, nearly 600,000 rounds and more than 20 antitank rockets on board another fishing boat in the Gulf of Oman.

by Cat on Wed Feb 15th, 2023 at 01:14:14 PM EST
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nationalpost reuters | UK training Ukrainians to fight in 'Western way' with less ammunition - minister, 15 Feb value chain
British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Wednesday.
Wallace said Britain had been buying and trading ammunition "that is Soviet" in standard while also helping the Ukrainian military convert to unlock "access to our ammunition stocks."

"At the same time we're training to make sure it's used in a way that's very productive and accurate," he said.

"The Russian or the Soviet way of fighting is very ammunition heavy, massive artillery barrages, and that's never how we have organized ourselves to fight in NATO," he said.

yahoo! Kyiv Independent | How many missiles does Russia have left?, 13 Jan
...Western claims that Russia is running out of advanced, high-precision missiles have floated in the news since March [2022]. But more than 10 months into the all-out war, Russian missiles continue to rain down on Ukrainian cities.
The short answer is, no one outside Russia has indisputable numbers on its stockpiles and production rates. Ukraine released figures but they have not been independently verified. There are also estimates from Western analysts relying on observable clues.
Many estimates agree on one thing: Russia's strategic bombing campaign is burning through missiles at an unsustainable rate. If it keeps going, Russia should come to a point where it won't be able to launch mass strikes every 1-2 weeks anymore, even if it keeps dipping into its strategic reserves.

Ukraine says that this point is just three mass strikes away. ....

21 to 42 days?
by Cat on Thu Feb 16th, 2023 at 03:37:21 PM EST
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The whole Russian "strategic bombing" campaign of the winter is a bust anyway : it was based on the idea that they could knock out Ukraine's electrical production and distribution systems and keep them down. This turns out to be another misunderestimation.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Feb 16th, 2023 at 04:10:00 PM EST
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WSJ | U.S. Watchdogs Want to Deploy Staff to Ukraine War Zone to Track Arms, Aid Up Close, 17 Feb
Inspectors general from the Pentagon, State Department[,] and the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID] said in a joint interview with The Wall Street Journal that, thus far, they have been able to conduct critical oversight tasks remotely using personnel based in Washington, Poland[,] and Germany.

But following a trip by the trio to Kyiv in late January, they said they would press to put some of the 177 auditors and investigators scrutinizing Ukraine aid on the ground in Ukraine. The Biden administration has limited the number of government personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv for security reasons.
The officials said that, while it is early days, they had thus far received no reports of major fraud or illegality involving U.S. assistance to Ukraine ... But they also acknowledged that the sheer size of the American aid package, and the speed with which it has been appropriated by Congress, presents challenges.
Ms. Angarella [deputy USAID inspector general] said[,] she was the only person from USAID's inspector general office who has gone to Kyiv since Russia's full-scale invasion last year. ... While most public attention has been on the possible misuse or diversion of U.S. weaponry, Ms. Angarella said her primary concern is the more than $20 billion the U.S. is sending to Ukraine via the World Bank to keep its government [solvent] and pay civil servants' salaries.
Rep. Victoria Spartz (R., Ind.), the only Ukrainian-born member of Congress, said she welcomed plans for auditors on the ground, but added that more needs to be done....

by Cat on Sat Feb 18th, 2023 at 01:10:06 AM EST
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breakingdefense | Air Force grounds KC-135 fleet over fear tails could fall off mid-flight, 15 Feb
Air Force Materiel Command has issued a time compliance order to inspect all KC-135s for faulty "tail pins" before their next flights, the service revealed Tuesday. Inspections must be completed within the next 15 days, and include not just the KC-135 refuelers, but the RC-135 reconnaissance planes and the WC-135 Constant Phoenix fleet.

"We're taking this action out of an abundance of caution, after consulting with our engineering experts," Col. Michael Kovalchek, Senior Materiel Leader with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Legacy Tanker Division, said in a statement. ....

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by Cat on Sat Feb 18th, 2023 at 04:44:00 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Bulgarian Factories and Secret Task Forces: How the West Hunts for Soviet Arms, 23 Feb jobs saved or created
Once the invasion began last year, Ukraine and its allies started buying up Soviet-style arms wherever they could find them. State-owned Ukrainian companies asked brokers in the U.S. and elsewhere for tanks, helicopters, planes and mortars, according to documents obtained by The Times.

Would-be suppliers emerged from the recesses of the global weapons trade to meet demand. Last June, a Czech arms seller offered Ukraine ammunition and a dozen Soviet-model ground-attack jets built between 1984 and 1990 for about $185 million, the documents show. Both Britain and the U.S. have financed deals using third-party countries and brokers in cases where manufacturing countries don't want to be publicly identified as providing weapons to Ukraine, people familiar with the effort say.

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The secret task force created by the British defense ministry focused on getting Soviet-style ammunition, say people familiar with the effort, a task that became harder as the war went on and big suppliers ran out of stock.

Last June, Britain made a deal with to buy 40,000 artillery shells and rockets made by the government-owned Pakistan Ordnance Factories. Under the terms of the deal, Britain would pay a Romanian broker to buy the Pakistani weapons, documents show. The transaction's official paperwork said the weapons would be transferred from Pakistan to Britain, with no mention of Ukraine, a document obtained by The Times shows.

by Cat on Fri Feb 24th, 2023 at 12:24:31 PM EST
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