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August 30, 2015

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Even though I think the previous report is suspect, Russia is clamping down on news everywhere. They had a gun rampage by a corporal and the government told the media not to run the report. Some did anyways. They'll likely suffer the consequences.

https://russiandefpolicy.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/dont-publish-this-story/

Regarding the artillery traps I mentioned before:

Russian cannon and rocket artillery causes 85 percent of Ukrainian casualties, Karber told the AUSA conference, his slides showing columns of burnt-out transports and rows of body bags. The Russians use scatterable submunitions that Western nations have renounced for doing too much collateral damage, he said. They employ thermobaric weapons that create enormous fires. They have precision weapons that target the thinly armored tops of armored vehicles.

“In a three minute period… a Russian fire strike wiped out two mechanized battalions with a combination of top-attack munitions and thermobaric warheads,” Karber said. Western militaries need to start planning for massive casualties again, he warned. “You lose commanders, you lose your medical staff, people are screaming around on fire. There is no airlift to move out one or two casualties, you’re dealing with hundreds.”

http://breakingdefense.com/2015/10/russian-drone-threat-army-seeks-ukraine-lessons/

The Russians were caught at least twice in similar artillery traps (and the Ukrainians had it happen to them more than the above, too). Soviet artillery was something to be feared and these nations are the Soviets heirs.

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