Lethal Geopolitical

Putin is Hitler
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fought back tears as he described what he saw in Bucha. "We know of thousands of people killed and tortured, with severed limbs, raped women, murdered children. I think it is more than ... this is a genocide." Many of the victims were found with close-range gunshot injuries, severed limbs, bound hands and signs of torture. The death toll now exceeds 410 in the region. 57 were found in a mass grave in a churchyard.

One may confront a moral question. Would one object if Adolph Hitler had been assassinated before his subhuman atrocities? Of course not. Using the same logic would the assassination of Putin now be anything close to immoral?
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Vladimir Putin - World's most successful gangster?

As Putin flexes his might, its likely that an invasion won't return what he expects.
Russia's military buildup around Ukraine suggests Putin might, and could, order an invasion. Geopolitical forces may take heed of the wisdom imparted by Mike Tyson: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
Vladimir Putin, speaking in a CBS '60 Minutes' interview in 2015 refuted claims that he was a gangster. "How can I be a gangster if I worked for the KGB?" Putin said "Come on. That doesn't correspond to reality." Russia warned today it would take “retaliatory measures” if the U.S. and its allies reject its security demands over NATO and Ukraine.
Putin is deploying an estimated 100k troops near Ukraine and launching warplanes, ships, and armour. Putin has demanded that NATO never admit Ukraine and other ex-Soviet nations as members and that NATO will roll back troops in other former Soviet bloc nations.
Those demands are seen as non starters, raising the prospect of war.
Putin is a master of what he learned at the KGB. Manipulate. Lie. Repress. Putin's ability to act as a bridge between the worlds of politics, money, and criminality is unmatched.Putin is among the world's longest serving leaders and can rule until 2036. He will be aged 83 if he lasts that long.

Putin's ascent began in the legal department of President Yeltsin.
He was appointed head of the FSB – the successor to the KGB. Putin turned the FSB into a mercenary for any gangster, criminal or corrupt businessman able to pay. He also became the primary source of information on Yeltsin opponents. Yeltsin rewarded Putin by making him prime minister in August 1999. Within a few months, Putin became acting president when Yeltsin resigned.

Over the ensuing two decades, Putin has become a de facto monarch, with power rivaling any Tsar. He has established a support network of the richest capitalists who rely on him completely for their fortunes and status.
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Russian Tank Hit
The pictures do all the talking.
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The FGM-148 Javelin
The FGM-148 Javelin is proving it's worth in Ukraine. Russian armour are sitting ducks. The U.K. alone has sent 3,615 of its short range next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon (NLAW) missiles with launchers; Germany is sending 1,000 anti-tank weapons; Norway 2,000; Sweden 5,000 and the U.S. an unpublicized number. Ukraine says Russia forces had lost 404 tanks and 1,279 armoured personnel carriers.


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The FGM-148 Javelin is an American portable fire and forget anti-tank missile. It uses automatic infrared guidance that allows the user to seek cover immediately after launch. America started sending Javelins to Ukraine in 2018 and Trump eventually approved an additional $200m of arms, including more Javelins. They are capable of defeating modern tanks by hitting them from above where their armor is thinnest. Missiles are $175k each with the launcher something around $500k.
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At least six Su-25s have been confirmed shot down so far.The Russian defence ministry released a video of a fighter jet claiming that the pilot of the Sukhoi Su-25 managed to land the plane after being hit by a Ukrainian MANPADS missile. "While performing a combat mission in the zone of a special military operation, the Su-25 attack aircraft, which is second in the pair, was hit by a missile from a man-portable air defense system fired from the ground by a serviceman of the armed forces of Ukraine. The pilot of the damaged aircraft, assessing the situation, decided to turn off the damaged engine and not leave the aircraft."
The FIM-92 Stinger is a US man-portable air-defense system that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile. It entered service in 1981 and costs something around $100k.
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US serves notice to Russian Kleptocracy - Task Force KleptoCapture
Kleptocracy is a government whose corrupt leaders use political power to appropriate the wealth of the people they govern, typically by embezzlement. The DoJ announced the formation of a special unit - Task Force KleptoCapture. It will lead the charge to seize proceeds from "the crimes of Russian oligarchs." Even if Russian oligarchs can't be prosecuted in the United States, the DoJ will still seize assets including personal real estate, financial and commercial assets. DoJ says they will work with their counterparts around the world to ensure these objectives are met. News outlets are suggesting Putin is isolated and has lost faith in his subordinates.
The world is in an extremely dangerous place if Putin is mentally unstable.
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Ukrainian Stugna-P ATGM a killer
The Stugna-P is an anti-tank missile system designed and manufactured in Ukraine. The Stugna-P is capable of destroying low-altitude, slow-moving aerial targets. The laser-guided missle system has a range of 4,000 meters and can penetrate armor up to 800mm. It is more than a match for a modern Russian tank.


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$17bn linked to 35 Russians with Putin links

Included are four of the wealthiest Russian oligarchs, Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov, Oleg Deripaska and Igor Shuvalov.
Names are being connected to more than 145 assets consisting of 35 mansions, 43 apartments and 27 other pieces of real estate in the UK. Seven yachts, plus 11 private jets and helicopters, worth a combined $2bn, have been linked to just six individuals.
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Russian T80U tanks for sale
Ukrainian farmers have come up with an answer for raising money for their country. Confiscated Russian tanks are readily available. The tanks will be sold as NFTs through the Ethereum NFT marketplace OpenSea. Get yours today.

Built between 1975–2001 the Russian T80U is said to cost $2.5m each.
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Combat footage intense
The first salvo does little. The gunner has a clear shot at where armour is thinnest however, and makes it count.The 64 second video shows the view from the BTR commander’s video screen. Emerging suddenly near the enemy, the BTR-4 first engages a Russian BTR-82 personnel carrier and then a T-72B3 tank at extremely close range. A BTR-4, with its 30mm automatic cannon, ought not be able to penetrate the ($3m+) T-72B3.
A very fortunate Russian tank crew survived a point blank British NLAW. The delay in arming the weapon is necessary to protect the operator. The shot was too close. Its said the weapon needs a minimum distance of 20 meters to arm. A few more seconds and those Russian tankers would be dead, certainly.
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Russian tanks taking a beating - end of the modern 'war wagon'?
Russians have lost 17,300 troops and 605 tanks since the invasion started says the armed forces of Ukraine. They claim Putin has lost 131 planes, 1723 armed personnel carriers, and 54 anti-aircraft guns. Seven Russian generals have been killed.
In the wake of many exploding Russian tanks, debate in military circles is about the 80 year reign of the tank as the Queen of land warfare. Large scale conventional deployment has resulted in huge losses. Russians have lost more than 1,600 vehicles and equipment, including 300 tanks and more than 500 armored vehicles. Potent, hand-held antitank missiles such as the US Javelin and the British NLAW, along with the Ukranian's own Stugna-P, are inflicting heavy punishment. Addition to the Ukrainian arsenal are a Turkish consignment of Bayraktar TB2 drones. Predator-like, they are armed with 4 laser-guided missiles and have proven hugely effective. They can fly for 27 hours.
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Russian attack helicopter split in half by British Starstreak
In ancient times the war chariot’s supremacy as a war machine was total. That ended when Alexander the Great realized the horses would not rush headlong into an object, but would turn to either side to avoid it. By changing the formation of his troops the devastating war wagon became obsolete.
The UK sent a consignment to Ukraine in March. The weapon is guided onto its target by three laser-beam darts. The missile accelerates to 3,000 mph. It can be fired from a stand or shoulder launcher and can strike targets up to 4 miles away. A British anti-aircraft missile was used to shoot down a Russian helicopter in Ukraine on April 1. The Starstreak high-velocity missile system struck a Russian Mi-28N attack helicopter over the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine. Starstreak is Britain's most advanced portable missile system.
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Ukraine sinks Russian flagship - Update II: Go Fu*k yourself
The badly damaged Russian missle cruiser Moskva (named after Moscow) went to the bottom of the Black Sea. It evacuated what remained of it's 510 man crew and was being towed. Cost of the Moskva is said to be at least $750m.
The Moskva featured in a landmark early exchange of the war, when Ukrainian border guards on Snake Island, an outcrop in the Black Sea, told the ship to "Go fuck yourself" after it demanded they surrender.
The flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, the Moskva missile cruiser was damaged when ammunition on board blew up after a Ukraine attack. The Moskva was hit by two land based Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles. The sinking is another setback for Russia, which has suffered huge losses since invading Ukraine in what Moscow calls a "special military operation" to "denazify" the country.
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Ukraine shoots down Soviet Su-35S 'Flanker-E' fighter jet

Wreckage of an Su-35S 'Flanker-E' fighter jet, near Kharkiv. This is the first loss of an Su-35S. The aircraft costs at least $90m.
The Su-35S is the most advanced jet Russia has. Considered a 5th generation, the two thrust-vectoring AL-41F-1S Saturn engines give a maximum speed of Mach 2.25. (2778 km/h)
Russia has lost 19 jets, documented by the Oryx Blog.The Irbis “Snow Leopard” radar can detect an enemy fighter up to 249 miles. The multi-function phased-array radar with pulse-Doppler tracking can detect targets below the horizon. The aircraft can carry 17,637 pounds, including 4 air to air missles.
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Uber top end Russian T-90M blasted
It turns out Russia's most modern and potent tank was blasted by a Swedish hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher, the Carl Gustaf. The Carl-Gustaf costs a bargain $20k with ammunition from $500 to $3,000 per round. The PF-98 HEAT can penetrate the 800mm armor of the T-90.
The first Russian T-90M was hunted down within days after their deployment to Ukraine’s Kharkiv Oblast. The T-90 is a third-generation Russian main battle tank. On May 4 2022 in Kharkiv Oblast a T-90M Proryv-3 was destroyed, the first confirmed kill in the war; photographs of the destroyed tank, still smoldering after a direct hit from an anti-tank missile, began circulating in Ukrainian media outlets and online. The tank, which had been sent to serve near Kyiv on 25 April, costs something in excess of $ 4.5m.