A British RC-135 is once again operating over the Black Sea near Crimea, the third deployment of a British surveillance aircraft to the region in the last seven days.

Before this deployment, the most recent was a flight that left the UK on the morning of the 29th to the Black Sea before returning to RAF Waddington in the afternoon. Five days before, on the 23rd of December, another RC-135 ‘Rivet Joint’ intelligence-gathering aircraft was deployed to monitor Russian forces around Crimea.

British surveillance aircraft being in the region isn’t unusual but we’re seeing a significant increase in the frequency of missions to the coast of Crimea. American assets are also present.

It should also be noted that these flights are designed to be visible so that the public and Russia know they’re happening.

What does the RC-135W do?

According to the Royal Air Force website, the RC-135W Rivet Joint is a dedicated electronic surveillance aircraft that can be employed in all theatres on strategic and tactical missions. Its sensors ‘soak up’ electronic emissions from communications, radar and other systems.

“RC-135W Rivet Joint employs multidiscipline Weapons System Officer (WSO) and Weapons System Operator (WSOp) specialists whose mission is to survey elements of the electromagnetic spectrum in order to derive intelligence for commanders.”

The Royal Air Force say that Rivet Joint has been deployed extensively for Operation Shader and on other operational taskings. It had been formally named Airseeker, but is almost universally known in service as the RC-135W Rivet Joint.

The UK operates three of these aircraft.

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Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
20 days ago

A peaceful new year?

Ron Stateside
Ron Stateside
19 days ago
Reply to  Geoff Roach

Allies are being brought together and everybody is showing their true colours, even here on the board. Vlady should’ve done it when Trump was being impeached (Sept. 2019) for trying to use US Military Aid to bribe the Ukranian President. Now he’s just looking for attention it seems.

Rob
Rob
20 days ago

The Elint mission being done by the RAF in the Black Sea is fine. The USAF Redeye mission, over Ukrainian airspace, though is a major escalation from NATO. Hopefully it sends the right message to the Soviets (I say Soviets intentionally because they are obviously intent on rebuilding the Soviet empire). Although NATO won’t go to war over Ukraine, all other measures are on the table. Without a NATO no fly zone over Ukraine the Ukrainians will struggle to resist a Russian incursion. We can’t gift them an air force over night but we can get them some Sky Sabre… Read more »

chris
chris
20 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Rapier would be more appropriate. You have to assume some of it is going to end up in Russian hands.

Rob
Rob
20 days ago
Reply to  chris

Yes Chris. I doubt we have any Sky Sabre free to gift. Rapier is probably the best we can do from the UK but it isn’t a good missile. I remember doing some rapier training at Larkhill which involved tracking aircraft in a large shadow theatre; we struggled to track A4’s, Mig 29s would be a whole different ball game.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
20 days ago
Reply to  Rob

If it’s good enough for Washington and fifteen other countries! A useful bit of kit to have if you ask me. “NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) is the world’s first operational Network Centric Short to Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence System. NASAMS is by nature a highly mobile system designed with a focus on operational flexibility for protection of Air Bases, Sea Ports, Populated Areas, other High-Value Assets and Army Forces. NASAMS has proven interoperability with Higher Echelon units and longer range systems, such as Patriot. The modular design permits mission-oriented task force organization of NASAMS, allowing the… Read more »

Rob
Rob
19 days ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

No Rapier is a 50 year old missile. Began design in 1963, introduced in 1971 to British Forces. Yes the software has changed but little else.

eclipse
eclipse
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

He’s not talking about Rapier.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
19 days ago
Reply to  eclipse

Correct!

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

I was talking about the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.

Last edited 19 days ago by Nigel Collins
Tomartyr
Tomartyr
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

The imperialism didn’t start with the Soviets, many of their arguments for expansion are based on their previous territorial extent as the Russian Empire.

Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

So give Putin a chance, he will occupy Sweden and Poland than!

David Steeper
David Steeper
19 days ago
Reply to  Meirion x

In 1945 when Stalin was congratulated on Russia capturing Berlin he grumpily replied that Tsar Alexander reached Paris !

Kevvo
Kevvo
20 days ago

We and most likely the whole of NATO will monitor, gather intelligence, spend an awful lot on fuel and then let Russia get on with things. Its what they and we do.

Roy
Roy
20 days ago
Reply to  Kevvo

100% correct. If there is an invasion, sanctions and perhaps provision of Intel are the only response. Everything else is just pretending – which of course is what the West does best … very angry sounding press releases and then continue to import Russian gas.

Rob
Rob
20 days ago
Reply to  Roy

We are not doing nothing. The UK has trained 1000s of Ukrainian soldiers, provided 1000s of infantry soldier protection kits, shared intel, provided javelin missiles, provided naval training and has agreed a deal to provide corvettes. Other NATO countries have stepped up too. The thing is, if Russia does invade, we either go to war (ie WW3) or provide all assistance short of war. However you need to consider this; what / how will Russia gain from occupying the Ukraine? It would cost several 1000 casualties and then require a large occupation army that would gradually be whittled away by… Read more »

David Steeper
David Steeper
20 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Agreed. I just wonder what the Russian military are making of all this posturing. That is a wild card that Putin should be more worried about than NATO.

Tams
Tams
19 days ago
Reply to  David Steeper

For now, a lot of them have been brainwashed. Russian media have done a ‘good’ job with the propaganda with a significant number of the Russian people.

But should sons (and daughters to a lesser degree) start not coming home in large numbers, that could very quickly change. And Putin knows that.

Challenger
Challenger
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Completely agree! Ukraine now has a far better trained and equipped military than it did in 2014 and could most likely give any Russian invasion a bloody nose. They could no doubt win by sheer weight of numbers but at what cost? Russia has a smaller GDP than Italy and the prospective of war isn’t popular on the streets. Thousands dead and then a country of 40 million people to try and subjugate are headache’s Putin can’t afford. It’s all a bluff to try and get concessions from the west. I don’t think it would ever be wise to try… Read more »

Tomartyr
Tomartyr
19 days ago
Reply to  Kevvo

Although they won’t particularly want to start fighting without their radars and other emitters running, and they won’t particularly want to do that while we’re there to soak it all in.
This could be a great opportunity for us to learn their strengths and weaknesses, and they know it.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
19 days ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

And we can stuff them up with EW too. There is a lot we can do without missiles and bombs: they know that. Think back when the Israelis bombed various places with Russian SAM’s in place. Essentially switched them off and turned on when they left. Sure we don’t want to reveal too much but Vlad knows if he pushes too hard all we have to do is stall him and leave him exposed for the losses to mount up. Helped with a bit of kit. Frankly Stinger SAM’s would be enough to down most of the Soviet era junk.… Read more »

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
20 days ago

I’ve gone back and forth over whether NATO or individual countries within NATO should deploy forces to help Ukraine in the event of a Russian attack, and i’m still not sure. I watched numerous lectures last night about the Ukrainian conflict, and today i’m of the thought that NATO or members of it shouldn’t get involved in any fighting. Ukraine should be left as a buffer zone between NATO and Russia. Like it always should have been. If NATO keeps pushing, but without helping in an actual fight, I feel Ukraine is just going to get beaten down bit by… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

“Ukraine should be left as a buffer zone between NATO and Russia. Like it always should have been.”

Spot on. It’s like deliberately moving into a house next door to an arch enemy and expecting no trouble. Not a wise thing to do.

geoff
geoff
19 days ago

Good Morning Daniele! Logic as in Challengers post above makes sense but don’t discount pissing off one little man into acting in a moment of personal anger and sparking Armageddon!
I hear you are enjoying 15 degrees down South! All the Best for the New Year.
ps did i ever tell you Summer is the worst time to visit Durban? Pissing with rain here..

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  geoff

Morning geoff!

Yes! You did. And its pissing with rain here too.

Tommo
Tommo
19 days ago

Thanks Daniele, wise words Let’s not keep Poking the Bear so too speak

Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago

You have forgotten Daniele, or is it another case of you back sliding again, is the Budapest Memorandum to give Ukraine security in exchange for giving up Nukes.
The Ukrainians voted in a referendum to join NATO and EU.
Why should the big powers decide the fate of minor countries that are young democracies? They are being treated like no better than children!
As I have said before, the Iron Lady would be very disappointed in you!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  Meirion x

Morning M. Actually I had forgotten that, In which case we are in a bit of a corner aren’t we. I admit I have never read up on it apart from posters comments on here. But how many other treaties have nations ignored as the situation changes? I’m curious, where please have I “again backslided” ? As far as I’m aware my comments have not changed regards Ukraine and NATO membership. Can you dig up an example in the comments history. Why should big powers decide the fate of minor countries that are young democracies? Because that is what big… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

And just having read your typical insult to me below, I’m sooooo getting the popcorn out waiting to see what sort of reply I’m going to get.

I predict an evasive one, with lots if insults and ignoring points raised, if your other comment below is anything to go by.

I’m waiting.

Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago

“What would we have thought if China, Russia, Iran, any country opposed to us, had decided to face us down and move to the brink of war because we illegally
invaded Iraq?”

The Russians had voted for the UN resolutions on Iraq, so it would of been hypocritical for them to had challenged the invasion of Iraq.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  Meirion x

😀 The resolutions were irrelevant. My hypothetical point on rushing to confrontation still stands.

And you’ve evaded all of my points, with a weak reply to but one, as I predicted.

At least you’re being civil and not throwing “traitor” and other insults around.

But if you do that matey you’ll get it back with interest. After all, who are you to define a traitor?

Ron Stateside
Ron Stateside
19 days ago
Reply to  Meirion x

Meirion X, anybody defending a mafia state invading it’s own neighbors is not even worthy of a response from you. The gaslighting in this thread is extreme. Russia is a mafia state full stop.

Last edited 19 days ago by Ron Stateside
Tomartyr
Tomartyr
19 days ago

Usual comments from the usual suspects here.
Don’t show fear in the face of the bear, if you don’t poke he’ll take a bite.

In a few years I expect to see similar comments along the lines of “Poland should be a buffer state, as it always should have been”

louis
louis
19 days ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

I completely agree with you, Russia has already taken Crimea, any more Russian aggression must be met with force.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

“Don’t show fear in the face of the bear, if you don’t poke he’ll take a bite.” I shall look forward to you swimming in the ocean off S Africa and showing no fear to the Great White Sharks who live there. If they bite, who’s fault is it? Not theirs. They live there. You went there, you takes your chances. Ukraine is not NATO territory and NATO facing off against Russia over it risks war. This is 1962 in reverse in Russia’s eyes regards NATO involvement. Russia went too far then parking missiles off Florida and had to back… Read more »

Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago

Finally a traitor, I see?
Did Ukraine say, once they had joined NATO, they will allow another country to attack Russia from its territory, really?
I am really disappointed a intelligent person like you has swallowed all the Dis- information that is out there.

Last edited 19 days ago by Meirion x
Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  Meirion x

I think you have “Reds under the Beds”syndrome Merion. I recall you threw that at me a few years back when you appeared here. Or maybe you just cannot stomach a differing opinion and talk in a civil manner like I’m trying to without resorting to accusations? Unlike you, im here, with a real name. Look me up! Lets have a beer and talk sensibly, unlike yourself with a nameless , faceless account on here throwing accusations about. I can play that game too. Are you British? Doubtful, with your use of English. Are you a Chinese bot? Urging war… Read more »

Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago

‘I shall look forward to you swimming in the ocean off S Africa and showing no fear to the Great White Sharks who live there. If they bite, who’s fault is it? Not theirs. They live there. You went there, you takes your chances…”

What if Europeans had not explored or had gone to Africa, would it be better or worse? Lost opportunities? No gold mines. The Chinese might have gone there first.

Last edited 19 days ago by Meirion x
Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  Meirion x

The comment was not about Africa, Merion! 😀 You don’t seem to be understanding my meanings regards Ukraine.

Then again, if your a bot, Chinese, Ukranian, or Iranian you wouldn’t….! 😂

Your point on Europeans and Africa. I myself would not change history there at all, and I’m proud of Europeans role in world history. Who knows how history would have turned out differently with all these ifs?

Now, yes, China is exploiting for all its worth and I’m against it as they are against the west.

Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

Then Germany after that!

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

As I said, I am unsure about where I stand. Only a few weeks ago I actually wrote a post on here saying that we should poke the bear and stick two fingers up at Putin. I still stand by that. But Ukraine is an unusual subject. It isn’t Poland or the Baltic States, which are NATO countries. I still feel Putin’s long game is to eventually take Kiev. It is culturally very significant to him. It is the home of the Kievan Rus: “The modern nations of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine all claim Kievan Rus’ as their cultural ancestors,… Read more »

Trevor
Trevor
19 days ago

On that basis then, Transylvania belongs to Hungary, since it was the first area,settled by the Magyar.

Ron Stateside
Ron Stateside
19 days ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

I agree. Vlady is just really upset about the fact that his S-Ten Thousand System can’t shoot down a Turkish drone so he feels the need to invade more territory to soothe his militarily fragile ego. At this point, the West should just offer him a deal to leave his post and play the villain in a series of Bond films. Everybody’s happy and problem solved!

Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago

What Nonsense!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  Meirion x

Is it M? He says he has lived in Russia and has Russian family. If that’s true I’m interested in his words. I’ve never lived there, so my comments are a simple opinion, but have little weight.

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago

It is true!! If anyone doesn’t believe me, I am willing to meet you in person. A date? LOL I lived half my adult life in Russia, which was definitely not in the plan LOL Came back to the UK with a wife, kids and a new language. I’ve met many great people in Russia, and many not so great too. Living in Russia/abroad has allowed me to see things from the other person’s view and to understand the mentality inside out. One thing that has not happened, is that I have not gone ‘native’, ie i don’t blindly think… Read more »

Last edited 19 days ago by Stand Off Rocket Man
Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

I’m not doubting you mate. Just saying as you have lived there I respect your view as you know the bear!

Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago

Yes RM has gone very wishy-washy lately, was good a while back ago.
I am sure he been taken over by the GRU, or composed, I think?

Last edited 19 days ago by Meirion x
Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago

As I said though, I’m divided myself on the subject of Ukraine. One can just look back through some of my posts from recent weeks.

I just don’t feel Ukraine is that important to us that it’s worth getting into a firefight for. That said, much can be said about numerous conflicts we’ve gotten ourselves into.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

I’m in agreement. Appeasement does not work. Nor in my opinion is WW3 the answer over non NATO territory. So what is the answer?
There must be some middle ground, and supporting Ukraine with money, intelligence, and modern arms and, as SB suggests above, non lethal cyber and EW stuff could be an answer.
The rush by some to go to WW3 over Ukraine who just cannot see that sometimes its sensible to tread carefully is frightening.

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago

My initial response was to just say to Russia, “Come on big boy, let’s see what you’ve got” as I know the mentality. But now, specifically in regard to Ukraine, I don’t think that is the correct approach. Does Ukraine really mean that much to us? Yes, if it fell into the hands of Putin he could boast about how strong he thinks he is and how weak the West is, but does it really matter to us in the long run? Maybe, like you say, we should just do what we are now, ie arming the Ukrainians etc. But… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

Given my understanding of other areas of the intelligence community, the might of GCHQ/NSA, and the UK military elements supporting them, more, lots more!

Much of our cyber effort is defensive in nature. The offensive stuff has only been hinted at before, but exists. Now with the NCF National Cyber Force standing up to take on the offensive side that area will only increase.

But why reveal our hand. That traitor Snowden revealed too much already. ( Merion take note…a real traitor there, not just some poor sod with a differing opinion. )

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago

Do you have a background in security?

Yeah, Snowden makes me laugh. Releases all these secrets, then runs off to Russia to hide.

At least I went to Russia for different reasons lol

I realise, that when reading some of the comments ion this site, that there is loads i don’t know about, well, everything.

Only thing I can bring is a deep understanding of the Russian mentality.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

No mate. None whatsoever. I’m just very well read on certain areas and I research stuff, as a hobby. It is surprising what you can find if you look into things. I have only been to Russia once. We went to St Petersburg, then train to Finland. I thought St P was fantastic, but I could see the differences from the areas aimed at the western tourist and other areas of Russia we saw on TV and in the suburbs. I remember the atmosphere going into a stationers, like their version of WH Smiths. Eyes on you everywhere you went,… Read more »

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago

I was amazed when as a passenger in a taxi the driver started talking to me about Lend Lease. He knew the amounts and numbers of pretty much everything that went to the USSR from the British and the US. He was particularly grateful to the British. He even said that the USSR wouldn’t have been able to have beaten Germany back without Lend Lease. Another chap I talked to told how his father thought it would have been better if the Germans would have won and that the USSR and now Russia would be better for it. This is… Read more »

Last edited 19 days ago by Stand Off Rocket Man
Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

It’s probably true. While the Soviet industry out produced Germany on Tanks and other stuff they relied on the wests aid for things like trucks which gavethem the mobility. Yes, Stalin’s Organs! We visited the closest point the Germans got to South East of Leningrad. A Soviet Anti Tank Gun still marks the spot. Considering the Nazi Generalplan Ost envisiged murdering 30 million slavs, or was it 70 million, don’t think they would have been better off. But what a position to be in, facing Germany for your survival and a leader in Stalin who killed millions more than the… Read more »

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago

Rather not say, not that it’s a secret LOL I travelled to many places, but there’s loads more I would like to visit. Russia outside of the big two is a different world in many respects. Many different nationalities and cultures all living under one roof. Most people outside of Russia call them all Russians, ie the word Russians covers both people from Russia and the Slavic people the Russians, but in Russia they have separate words for all those from Russia – Rossiyan (pl. Rossiyane) – and those who are specifically Russian/Slavic – Russki (pl.Russkii). Russians are both Russki… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

I thought you’d not, and respect that completely.

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago

But that overview of the terminology is very simplistic, and many people identify as their ethnic group but at the same time as citizens of the Russian Federation.

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago

.

Last edited 19 days ago by Stand Off Rocket Man
Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago

It has now. As I replied above, I was not doubting you.

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago
Reply to  Meirion x

Nah, all logical stuff.

Just a different opinion to yours.

Last edited 19 days ago by Stand Off Rocket Man
Meirion x
Meirion x
17 days ago

“Ukraine should be left as a buffer zone between NATO and Russia. Like it always should have been.” The concept of of ‘buffer zones or states is absurd and illogical! How do you keep buffer states to your line of thinking, consisting of thousands of people? Impose an autocatic regime? It will only be matter time it will be overthrown and of no longer want to be a buffer and change sides. Even if Russia used it’s own territory to create buffer states, they will eventually turn against it and change sides. And then Russia is back to square one,… Read more »

Last edited 17 days ago by Meirion x
Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
20 days ago

Russia appears to be helping increase defence spending in Europe!

“Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis passed the State Budget for 2022 on 28 December, a week after the Parliament gave its approval.

As a percentage of the budget, this is a move from 15% in 2015 to 32% in 2022 and is projected to reach 41% in 2025, exceeding the 20% NATO target.”

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/defence/latest/romania-passes-state-budget-increases-defence-spending

Rob
Rob
19 days ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Correct Nigel. Russia can’t ever out spend NATO. In fact if European members spent the same% of GDP on defence as the USA the Russian armed forces would be completely outmatched. We all need to remember that although Russia is a very large country it is a relatively small (and vulnerable) economy.

simon
simon
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Even if a PPP study shows Russia spending 150 billion USD per year, the top five Nato nation (excluding the USA) spend between them 249 billion USD.

Last edited 19 days ago by simon
Meirion x
Meirion x
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Yes, by Europe alone.

Benjamin Rule
Benjamin Rule
19 days ago

I know the Americans have JSTARS aircraft in the area, but if Sentinel was still with the RAF I suspect it would have been deployed too.

Challenger
Challenger
19 days ago
Reply to  Benjamin Rule

Sentinel was way too useful for the MoD to keep!

Best we can hope for in the future is some ISTAR pods that can be added to the RAF’s Posiedon’s for an overland capability.

Mr Mark Franks
Mr Mark Franks
19 days ago
Reply to  Challenger

That is precisely what is happening. JSTAR is increasingly difficult to maintain and the tech is becoming smaller. Zephyr a low orbit craft that can stay airborne for weeks on end and can be deployed anywhere is the new tech. Its also affordable. Alot has been said recently about Russian missiles that can take down low orbit satellites, try taking out a craft like Zephyr.

Challenger
Challenger
19 days ago
Reply to  Mr Mark Franks

I may be wrong but my understanding of Zephyr is that it’ll be a communications relay and provide satellite imagery rather than the more detailed battlefield surveillance Sentinel and JSTAR are capable of?

A slow moving, high altitude UAV is surely far easier to take down than faster moving aircraft that can evade radar?

Plug and play systems for Poseidon still seem like the most cost effective solution.

Mark franks
Mark franks
19 days ago
Reply to  Challenger

Battlefield surveillance tech has moved on Zephyr is an extremely lightweight ABV with a tiny radar signature, slow moving, Yes. But extremely difficult to detect.

James Fennell
James Fennell
19 days ago
Reply to  Benjamin Rule

NATO Global Hawk has been deployed over Ukraine from Germany. Does the same job as Sentinel.

Farouk
Farouk
19 days ago

The general narrative been promulgated here is that Russia is going to invade the whole of the Ukraine and one Moscow is happy to see banded about. I personally can’t see the above transpire simply as it’s a premise which the West will use in which to appease Moscow by claiming, why its not as bad as we thought it was and Moscow has a point. So what I’m I talking about? After Moscow annexed the Crimea in 2014 they failed on 2 points: 1)     Secure a land bridge to the Crimea 2)     Secure the water source The lack of a land… Read more »

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Rob
Rob
19 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Farouk, even in that scenario the Russians would have to occupy an area the size of France and a population of 15 million. Such an operation would take the ongoing commitment of at least a division for10 years – really?

John Clark
John Clark
19 days ago
Reply to  Rob

I would say Farouks assesment is accurate and quite possibly entirely achievable. The vast majority of people in that area are pro Russian, but, there may well be enough resistance to fire up an insurgency post invasion ( supported by Ukraine and others) that Russia will find difficult to deal with and impossible to shut down. I don’t think they will go further, unless it gets out of control, baring in mind the steady reconstruction of the Ukrainian Armed forces over the last 5 years, the Russians had better steal themselves for serious casualties, the Ukrainians will make them pay… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  John Clark

Why cannot Russia just pump water across the Kerch Straights?
Would Putin need all of southern Ukraine north of the Azov along the coast?

For those unaware the Kerch Straight is east of the Crimea on F’s map where it joins the Russian landmass. I only know of it because of the film Cross of Iron and the Russian front!!

simon
simon
18 days ago

The Germans also built a bridge across the straight in WW 2.

Desmond Mohamed
Desmond Mohamed
19 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Russia did not annexed crime. 95% of the people of crime voted to be part of the Russian federation. They invoked resolution 542, the right of self determination. Who gave NATO the right to bomb Yougoslavia and slit the country without asking the people.

Farouk
Farouk
14 days ago

Mohamed, Self determination is enshrined in the founding document of the Law and not Res 542, which pertains to the situation in Lebanon during 1983. But there’s more, the Crimea belonged to the Ukraine, if the population wanted to cede from the Ukraine and become part of Russia then the vote should have been carried out by Kiev and not Moscow. But here is where it gets better, when Chetneya demanded to leave Mother Russia, Moscow bombed the country into the stone age and installed a pro Moscow thug in which to keep the plebs under control. Where was the… Read more »

Desmond Mohamed
Desmond Mohamed
14 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Absolute rubbish.

Sean
Sean
14 days ago

Russia annexed Crimea. Then under Russian occupation a referendum was staged were the result was to become part of Russia. Which is ironic, because the people of Russia know better than anyone else that Putin stuffs ballot boxes to get the result he wants.

Sean
Sean
19 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

This scenario would also make the Azov Sea; an extremely rich source of fish, a purely Russian possession. Given the Russian seizure of Ukrainian Naval vessels the last time they tried to enter it via the Kerch Straight, it would seem Putin already regards the sea as something purely for Russia to control.

Desmond Mohamed
Desmond Mohamed
14 days ago
Reply to  Sean

No different from what USA does in their own backyard. Read the mondrone document

Sean
Sean
14 days ago

Do tell when did American warships last seize Cuban warships for daring to sail in the Caribbean?

Are you a troll or simply stupid?

Desmond Mohamed
Desmond Mohamed
14 days ago
Reply to  Sean

I am not a troll or stupid. If you cannot make any sensible and relevant comment avoid getting personal. That is pure ignorance on your part. Cuba is in the Caribbean in case you did not know, so stating when last did American warships seized Cuban warships sailing in the Caribbean simply does not make sense! Did you read what the mondrone document is? In case you have difficulty reading, it states the western hemisphere is America’s backyard and all those countries like Caribbean, central America and Latin America ‘belongs’ to the USA. Now USA is in Russia’s backyard telling… Read more »

Stand Off Rocket Man
Stand Off Rocket Man
19 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

“The general narrative been promulgated here is that Russia is going to invade the whole of the Ukraine and one Moscow is happy to see banded about.I personally can’t see the above transpire”

You maybe right at present, but the ultimate goal is to take Kiev. Putin can’t stand it being under the influence of the West.

Steve
Steve
17 days ago

To me this makes no sense at all, the timing doesn’t add up. When Russia captured crimea, it could have easily steamrolled the rest of Ukraine, and Putin made a big point about it at the time. Instead they waited a few years, during which Ukraine has massively built up it’s miltiary, taken lots of western training etc, and therefore will be a significantly harder job to defeat. So what has changed, why did they decide not take the whole country when they first attacked, but decide to take it now.