Friday, July 1, 2022

Spitzbergen.


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Spitzbergen? The Ukraine Conflict. Spitzbergen?

As with Lithuania and Kaliningrad so now goes Spitzbergen and Norway?

NATO sanctions Russia as implemented by Norway. Russian coal miners Spitzbergen will starve!

"Russian senator slams Norway’s blockage of Russian goods to Spitsbergen"

From the Russian Internet outlet TASS and thanks to same.

"Konstantin Kosachev noted that by making such a decision, the Norwegian authorities sought to leave Russian miners without food, which was totally immoral and violated human rights and the principles of humanity"

Read of the Russian staffed coal mine Barentsburg, Spitzbergen. Spitzbergen sovereign territory of Norway.

"MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. Norway’s refusal to allow the transit of Russian goods to the island of Spitsbergen violates human rights and the principles of humanity, Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Deputy Speaker Konstantin Kosachev said on Wednesday."

"'It is about food for Russian miners working in that settlement. By making such a decision, the Norwegian authorities seek to leave Russian miners without food, which is totally immoral. It violates human rights and the principles of humanity,'" - Senator Kosachev.

RESUPPLY THE ARCTIC ISLAND BY SHIP THE REQUISITE AMOUNT ONLY P0SSIBLE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS! NO SHIP NO FOOD!

OH, I'm telling you people in no uncertain terms. ONE of these days, some damn fool thing in a place like Spitzbergen will set off World War Three. Just don't look up! Nice image too. Norway and Russia in total harmony and friendship. Sure.

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Beyond.

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Beyond PoC!

Again as extracted from the "Aviationist" article the Italian air force deployment of F-35B warplanes to Iceland

"The Italian Air Force Has Deployed Its Two F-35Bs To Iceland For The First Time"

That Italian air force contingent now guarding the skies over Iceland as part of NATO mission consisting of a mix of F-35 Lightning warplanes, the A and B variants. That B version having the STOVL [short take-off vertical-landing] capability.

AS CURRENTLY ENVISIONED THE INTENTION OF THE ITALIANS IS TO HAVE ONE-HALF TO ONE-THIRD OF THEIR F-35 LIGHTNING AIRCRAFT THE STOVL VARIATION. [depending on who is doing the counting and budget constraints!]

Advantages of the F-35B to use expedient airstrips [or less than normally favorable] for operations recognized as a MAJOR [?] plus! A mixed air fleet of A/B warplanes F-35 desirable!

A PoC [proof of concept] exercise as has been previously tested by the Italians with the now on-going follow-up Icelandic air policing mission as a real-world test.

This capability is extremely important to face new scenarios or situations like the one we had during the Gulf War. Our Tornado jets were deployed to an airbase [Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE] that was far away from the area of operations: this implied that our aircraft had to fly several hours and carry out several aerial refuelings before reaching their targets. The ability to operate from shorter runways can allow the selection of a closer airbase and solve the problem. In terms of flexibility, just think that in Africa there are about 100 runways that have a length between 2,800 and 3,000 meters but there are 20 times as many runways between 1,000 and 1,500 meters in length. Being able to use short runways allows you to multiply your ability to deploy where needed, in a more convenient and faster way, especially closer to the area of operation. Having an aircraft that is capable of taking off from shorter runways allows incredible flexibility even in those scenarios that are currently only barely conceivable. In case of conflict, aircraft that are able to operate from shorter runways can also be dispersed to increase their survivability. This flexibility to operate from bare/austere runways or even highways makes the air power more unpredictable and represents a fundamental capability in any scenario. For this reason, after carefully studying all the scenarios and costs, the Italian Air Force has identified, as done by other air arms, a mixed fleet of F-35A and B aircraft, as the most economically convenient and effective configuration.” - former ItAF Chief of Staff, Gen. Alberto Rosso.

Forward thinking Italian combat aviators as THINKING of aviation war fighting capability in the manner of a Douhet!

Does the United States Air Force [USAF] have such forward thinking commanders? USAF too will have a mix of F-35A and F-35B warplanes? I must consult with authority on this.

And thank you as usual "Aviationist"!

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Fortifications.

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Technology but antiquated technology. Russian armor of the 1962 sort.

Some moved all the way from Sakhalin Island/Pacific Ocean to Ukraine? Long way to go from Sakhalin Island to the Ukraine. About six-thousand miles!!

"Russians withdraw old military equipment from storage on Sakhalin and in Kaliningrad Ministry of Defense"

"The Russian occupiers are withdrawing weapons and military equipment from storage in the most remote regions of Russia such as Kaliningrad Oblast and Sakhalin Island."

Military gear being taken from storage to include as mentioned the Soviet era T-62 tank. T-62 as first fielded in 1962. T-62 an improved version of the Soviet T-54/55 tank. Need I say what 54/55 stands for?

From Ukrayinska Pravda story by MAZURENKO ALONA – 30 JUNE 2022. Tip from yahoo.com

From comments to the article:

Jeremy: 4 hours ago:

"T-62?  The one's that stored their fuel pods on the outside of the vehicle?  Ohyes, please.  I'm sure we would love to have some popovers for this evening.  We'll roast marsh mellows afterwards.  And all that thick armor doesn't really do to well with 2022's version of Sabot rounds.  T-62's were beasts back in the day, but their tracks kept breaking every single time a TOW missile launcher hit them, turning the tanks into nothing but expensive pillboxes. I do believe Afghan forces then starved out the tank crews, who waited outside for the troops to come out, after they ran out of ammo.  This is Russia's military plan?"

Simo Hayha: 3 hours ago:

"Rotten tires, dried up seals, corroded electronics (probably vacuum tubes), they will conscript all the mechanics in the country just to get them to start."

yxk0012: 4 hours ago:

"Old tanks can still be used for ambush attacks, or as stationary gun emplacements. That's what they used to do in the last war - used dug-in old tanks as mini-bunkers."

yxk0012 is correct. Tanks of that vintage [1962] still have a certain usefulness if utilized in the right sort of mission. Soviet Fortification Troops using antiquated armor as fixed fighting positions on the Chinese border, "mini-bunkers" as described.

T-62 will be used in the "fortification" type of scenario? That remains to be seen!

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Wagnerist.


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From the frying pan into the fire? Ukrainian style?

"The phrase out of the frying pan into the fire is used to describe the situation of moving or getting from a bad or difficult situation to a worse one, often as the result of trying to escape from the bad or difficult one."

Wagnerist = Russian combatants belonging to the Wagner Group.

"Security Service of Ukraine questioned Russian who tried to save the cruiser Moskva and then joined the infantry"

From Ukrayinska Pravda June 29, 2022  OLENA ROSHCHINA — [Ukrainian Truth] source SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) the tip from yahoo.com

"The Security Service of Ukraine has questioned a Russian sailor who, after an unsuccessful effort to save the cruiser Moskva, joined the infantry and was taken prisoner."

RUSSIAN SAILOR [UNIDENTIFIED] NOW A CAPTIVE OF THE UKRAINIAN. RUSSIAN SAILOR A CREW MEMBER OF THE NOW AT-THE-BOTTOM MOSKVA BUT RESCUED AND TOLD TO RETURN TO SEA DUTY. RUSSIAN SAILOR REFUSING SEA DUTY BUT NOT ABOVE PARTICIPATING IN FURTHER COMBAT AS AN INFANTRYMAN! 

Details: The Russian sailor participated in an attempt to save the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in April. He subsequently joined the infantry, so as not to die in the middle of the sea.

Quote: "After [crew of the sunken Moskva] we returned from the rescue of the Moskva, we were given two choices: either go to sea, or join the infantry. I had seen enough of what was on the Moskva, and I didn't want to die in the middle of the sea – it's very scary. So I refused: I wrote a report that I agreed with the special operation in Ukraine."

Sailor captured fighting as an infantryman with the Wagner Group Russian mercenary cut-throat elite! This young man is very lucky to still be alive! I wish him a long and happy life in the aftermath of the war. Whenever that will be!

Some will question obviously the veracity of the Ukrainian SBU in such matters. I post without passing yea or nay judgment!

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Flyspeck.

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As was Iwo Jima in World Two so is Snake Island in 2022?

Little flyspeck island the Black Sea having great [?] strategic importance. Control of to be contested to the last man and such?

Island now ABANDONED by the Russian occupier.

"Snake Island: Why Russia couldn't hold on to strategic Black Sea outcrop"

By Yaroslav Lukov & Paul Kirby |  BBC News | Published 6/30/22.

"This tiny, rocky outcrop in the north-west of the Black Sea was seized by Russia on the first day of its invasion of Ukraine, and it has played an outsized role in the war ever since."

"After more than four months of repeated Ukrainian bombardment, Russian forces have abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island, as it is known in Ukraine."

"Russia says it has withdrawn its garrison as a 'gesture of goodwill' to prove it was not obstructing grain exports, but Ukraine dismissed that claim, as Moscow continued to shell its [Ukrainian?] grain stores."

SHIPMENTS OF UKRAINIAN GRAIN BY BLACK SEA PORTS [PRIMARILY ODESSA] THREATENED BY RUSSIAN OCCUPATION OF SNAKE ISLAND? SHIPMENTS OF UKRAINIAN GRAIN FROM THE ROMANIAN PORT OF CONSTANTA ALSO IN PERIL IN CASE OF A WIDENING WAR OR BLOCKADE.

Don't consider the Russian withdrawal from Snake Island as strictly a "goodwill" gesture. Attempt to assuage the international community too will be less than adequate.

It is over such "flyspeck" itty-bitty parcels of land as seen as having great STRATEGIC VALUE that battles with consequences are often fought in a no-holds-barred fashion.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

IPPN.

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Italian Air Force to Iceland! Italians? Iceland?

From "The Aviationist" the article by DAVID CENCIOTTI | June 28, 2022.

"The Italian Air Force Has Deployed Its Two F-35Bs To Iceland For The First Time"

NATO MISSION AIR POLICING ICELAND!

"Along with the four F-35As supporting NATO’s Icelandic Air Policing, the Italian Air Force has deployed its two F-35B STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) aircraft for training in Iceland’s cold climate."

F-35B the Short Take Off Vertical Landing version of the Lightning warplane. Six F-35 total deployed, two of which are the STOVL version.

"For the third time in the last three years, Italy has deployed its F-35 Lightning II aircraft to Iceland, to support NATO’s Interim Air Policing mission 'Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to meet Iceland’s Peacetime Preparedness Needs (ASIC-IPPN)', more commonly known as Icelandic Air Policing."

YES, Italian Air Force Iceland. Italians doing their bit as part of NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission. Iceland having their airspace protected from hostile or possible hostile intruder aircraft. Iceland a constituent member of NATO BUT not having an air force. Everybody must chip in and do so on a rotating basis.

Very good real world training. Almost like a vacation I can imagine but with a lot of seriousness. Bravo Italians. Good hunting!

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Exchange.

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"'Most of the released Ukrainians have serious injuries,' . . . 'gunshot and shrapnel wounds, explosive injuries, burns, fractures, amputations of limbs.' . . . 'all of them [did?] receive proper medical and psychological assistance.'"

From newsmax.com the story by Nick Koutsobinas    |   Wednesday, 29 June 2022.

"Ukraine, Russia Each Swap 144 Soldiers: Largest Prisoner Exchange in the War"

"Ukraine and Russia announced Wednesday they would exchange 144 soldiers each, making this the largest prisoner swap since the war began in February."

[....]

"According to Axios, of the 144 soldiers returning to Ukraine, 95 of them fought in a months-long battle to defend the Azovstal steel factory in Mariupol, which, according to sources, was the last foothold of Ukrainian resistance in the city."

The surrender of Ukrainian troops Mariupol was several thousands total. Including those taken prisoner in the aftermath of the Azovstal steelyard siege.

To what extent exchanged prisoners are subject to parole as that word understood in the military context not clear. If indeed even a factor.

"Parole is 'the agreement of persons who have been taken prisoner by an enemy that they will not again take up arms against those who captured them, either for a limited time or during the continuance of the war.' The US Department of Defense [DoD] defines parole more broadly: 'Parole agreements are promises given the captor by a POW to fulfill stated conditions, such as not to bear arms or not to escape, in consideration of special privileges, such as release from captivity or lessened restraint.'"

Parole a quite common procedure during the American Civil War. Has been used quite sparingly since then. American DOD definition of parole in response to the behavior of American soldiers being held captive during the Korean War. Certain American POW Korea their conduct less than desirable.

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