On 26 December 1991, the Russian Federation was born as a new nation, and so was Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Lithuania, Turkmenistan, Latvia, and Estonia.
Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia
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Do you have what might be a workable solution to this problem? Is Putin "testing the waters," so to speak? Honestly, I'm about ready to make a dartboard at this point, and let the Fates decide the outcome of not only this, but every other foreign problem we seem to have gotten involved in! I'm not an isolationist, but we do have sufficient domestic problems to handle to keep us occupied for a long time! Getting our grid and other infrastructure repaired/updated/ - whatever word you want to use, would be a priority for me. It would provide jobs, and benefit all of us in the long run. We're spending money all over the world to help beleaguered people, and that's noble, but when does our country get added to the "to-do" list?
CAG (Delta), 75th, SF, or even MarSoc could have been tapped with that mission if needed and done it. It was a cookie cutter operation that every one of those units do in training all the time. Remember that mission was barely successful and the pucker factor was quiet high. So in that Operation.. ST6 killed Bin Laden, got some intel.. but failed to completely destroy a stealth Blackhawk.. I am sure those operators from ST6 wouldn't call it a success all around as they let stealth tech get into the hands of Pakistan who probably allowed a few countries have a look see.
Weapon wise.. Special Operations get their pick of the litter so to speak. Delta Force is using the H&K416/417 as that's their baby (went to H&K to design it). Special Operations in general tossed SCAR systems a few years back after SEALs and Rangers found issues with it. It's still in the inventory but not highly used. Most are using M4A1 with conversion kits from H&K that gives the ability of the H&K416. Fact is they are using a weapon system that Marines have (M27). Fact is the weapon that killed Bin Laden was an H&K416.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken
Donbass is problematic. Although the majority of people in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions speak Russian as their first language, 'ethnic Russians' are a minority. What you have then, is a situation where ethnic Russians are trying to militarily impose their will on all Russian speakers in these regions, even though the ethnic majority are Ukrainian. In addition, the border here is open, so Russia can freely supply the rebels with manpower and armaments at will. IMHO, unless Putin abandons his ambition of creating a land-bridge to Crimea, a peaceful and comprehensive settlement is impossible. It is also impossible unless the rebels abandon their stated ambition of creating a modern 'Novorossiya'. The original Novorossiya (New Russia-1764–1873) was territory in present day Ukraine that was administered by Governor-General Grigory Potemkin on behalf of Czarina Catherine the Great. The image below denotes the modern Novorossiya that is a rebel goal. This includes all land up to the Dneiper River and the entire Sea of Azov/Black Sea coastline of Ukraine. The map below could very well be the result if Ukraine did not confront the rebel/Russian forces.
Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia
Further, since the rebels didn't honor the cease-fire they agreed to, there's a big lack of trust to overcome to begin with. It will be interesting to see what solution is found.
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Putin uses these bogus cease fires to rearm and resupply his proxies for the next round of the fighting. The Ukrainian forces on the other hand are running out of everything with no commensurate resupply.Further, since the rebels didn't honor the cease-fire they agreed to, there's a big lack of trust to overcome to begin with. It will be interesting to see what solution is found.
I thought that we were considering arming them - is that still on? The EU needs to step up to the plate, too, with something more than rhetoric... like paying for some of the cost. I think that Merkel and company tried to defuse the situation, and I commend that, but when the rebels immediately broke the cease-fire that they had agreed to, we saw that they were neither serious nor honest. What next?
I all honesty even though the US is best placed to arm Ukraine, I'd say for the sake of political expediency it should stay out of it altogether. By all means let the Europeans themselves do the arming. In Russia they demonize the US at every turn so don't give them the excuse to do so some more. The UK and France have quite sophisticated weaponry that would be more than a match for anything Russia can field. Diplomacy is not going to solve this I'm afraid and if we don't become a lot more proactive its the Baltics turn next for the same Russian subversion tactics