The OSINT Bunker Podcast, recognised for its insightful discussions on open source intelligence and global political events, recently aired the latest episode titled “Bavovna, Everywhere!” for their fifth season.
The episode took a deep dive into various military and geopolitical subjects, including Ukrainian missile and UAV attacks in Russia, upheavals on the African continent, and speculations about the future of the UK Ministry of Defence and its anticipated Carrier Strike Group deployment.
One of the central topics of the episode was the Ukrainian military’s prowess in destroying Russian naval assets, particularly its successes in targeting significant Russian shipyards using foreign-supplied weaponry.
OSTINTTechnical stated, “the Ukrainians destroyed or hit a major Russian shipyard with British or potentially French supplied Storm Shadow cruise missiles. Those are surface assets that the Russians can no longer use.”
Building on this theme, DefenceGeek commented on the astonishing naval achievements of Ukraine – a nation which, at the onset of the war, had a minimal naval presence. He remarked, “Ukraine, which didn’t really have a Navy at the start of the war, has now sunk the cruiser Moskva, the landing ship Minsk, and has even managed potentially to seriously damage the kilo class submarine Rostov on Don. That’s quite an impressive feat for a nation that hasn’t really got a Surface Warfare capability.”
But the statement that resonated the most, given the current geopolitical climate, came from OSTINTTechnical.
Addressing Russia’s strategic interests in Crimea, he observed, “I think it shows how relatively untenable the Russian position in Crimea is. They want a navy base, but the Ukrainians are going to make the base unusable, despite Russian attempts to counter that. We’ll probably continue to see this happening.”
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The OSINT Bunker is a defence and security-based podcast aimed at expanding people’s knowledge of the geopolitical landscape using open-source intelligence. It fills a niche that most people (most people reading this anyway) have for up-to-date, accurate and balanced information on ongoing conflicts.
What is OSINT? For those who don’t know, OSINT stands for open-source intelligence, which refers to any information gathered from public sources about an organisation, event, individual etc. In practice, that tends to mean information found on the internet, but technically any public information falls into the category of OSINT, whether it’s books or reports in a public library, articles in a newspaper or statements in a press release.
Episodes typically cover the UK and international defence matters.