Yesterday saw two significant developments or incidents with regard to the conflict in Ukraine.
The Kerch bridges which connect Crimea with Russia, one for cars and one for trains, were sabotaged. At least one of the two road spans has fallen down while tanker rail cars on the parallel train bridge caught fire.
CCTV footage shows that a truck exploded while passing the bridge. Here is a video of the damage. One of the two road spans seems to be intact.
As the pillars of the bridge seem unaffected a repair of the broken road span is possible but will take some time. The more sturdy railway bridge may have some superficial fire damage but Russia is one of the few countries that has designated railroad troops specialized in and equipped for railway repairs. The railway traffic is likely to be back within a few day or weeks.
This is a severe handicap for Russian logistics to the frontlines in south Ukraine but not a catastrophe as alternative rail and road routes, as well as ferries, are available. Military logistics is designed to work even under significant constrains. It will find ways to work around the problem.
Meanwhile the Ukrainian side of the conflict experiences a communication failure that is likely way more consequential.
Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️@AdamKinzinger – 16:26 UTC · Oct 7, 2022Evidently the Starlink system is down over the front lines of Ukraine. @elonmusk should make a statement about this, or, this should be investigated. This is a national security issue.
Tore @potifar66 – 21:55 UTC · Oct 7, 2022 Some of the outages led to a “catastrophic” loss of communication in recent weeks, said one senior Ukrainian government official with direct knowledge of the issue.
ft.com: Ukrainian forces report Starlink outages during push against Russia
Some of Elon Musk’s SpaceX devices stopped working when Ukrainian soldiers liberated territory, Kyiv officials say
The Russian army is leading globally in its abilities to wage electronic warfare. It can disable ground based radio traffic on any frequency. It has now found ways to also disable ground to satellite connections as used by the Starlink constellation.
At the beginning of the war the Ukrainian military was supplied with thousands of Starlink ground terminals that can connect to the swarms of small Starlink satellites, which were financed by the Pentagon, but managed by Elon Musk’s companies. They allowed for communication between Ukrainian ground units as well as for general command and control of larger operations. Without Starlink the Ukrainian command will depend on cable based field telephone, runners and couriers. All of which are extremely vulnerable in an artillery rich environment.
Since 2001 Russia developed the Tirada 2 electromagnetic system which can disable ground to satellite traffic in specific areas.
Russian military in the near future can get into service systems that can disable enemy communication satellites, an informed Interfax interlocutor in the military-industrial complex said 05 January 2018. “One of the projects is Tirada 2. Development work was started back in 2001,” he said. According to him, this complex will be able to disable communication satellites from the ground. “He acts by electronic suppression. This is a multi-million dollar project,” he said. The fact that the Russian Federation is working on the creation of weapons to suppress satellites was announced on November 30 last year by Oleg Achasov, deputy head of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “46 Central Scientific Research Institute”.
In November 2018, the FSB called the “threat to national security” a project to cover the globe with high-speed satellite Internet.
In 2019 an OSCE observer drone took pictures of a Tirada complex in the Donbas region.
The disablement of the Starlink communication traffic was only a question of time. The traffic had to be analyzed to identify the frequencies and algorithms used by the transmitter and receiver. Software had to be written to implement a matching radio jamming pattern. The hardware of the Tirada system was likely already sufficient to emit the appropriate patterns on the identified frequencies.
As this system has now been proven to be effective in the field it will likely be made available on a wider scale. Russian electronic warfare equipment can already disable all ground radio traffic in specific areas. Soon all frontline communications of the Ukrainian forces will be disabled.
This is catastrophic for Ukrainian operations. Forward observers will no longer be able to correct artillery missions. Platoons and companies at the front will have no way to call for support. Higher command will have no way to coordinate larger operations in real time.
One Dr. Jay Tharappel has found language likely to comfort the woke U.S. and Ukrainian leaders and functionaries who are concerned about the four Oblast that have joined the Russian Federation.
“These four provinces are Russian, but they were assigned ‘Ukrainian’ at birth. Recently the have come out as trans. They are border-fluid regions and their sovereignty is non-binary. They are Russians trapped in a ‘Ukrainian’ body, and have made their decision to transition. Their pronouns are now DPR/LPR. We Indians as allies support this transition and condemn the transphobic attitudes of westerners.”
Something tells me that soon more ‘Ukrainian’ oblasts will come out and recognize their real being.
Boris Rozhin, aka Colonel Cassad, reported on Telegraph (machine translation):
Today there was a sortie of foreign mercenaries in the Zaporozhye direction, which included, among other things, American special forces soldiers. They were so self-confident that they decided to carry out reconnaissance in battle with this stellar squadron. However, they did not take into account the presence of our units in this zone, which are able to maintain secrecy on the air, and suffered losses. However, some of these bastards still managed to escape. The presented photos are screenshots of the video from the go-pro camera of one of the dead mercenaries, who literally lost his head. I’ll probably post the video tomorrow.
I have no way to verify those claims but a recent Intercept report stated that there are significant U.S. forces on the ground in Ukraine:
Fact Check: Kim Dotcom’s Claim Ukraine Defense Chief Wore Swastika Bracelet
Personally, I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass if General Zaluzhnyi were wearing a swastika. Buddhists wear swastikas; it’s an ancient eastern European solar symbol; it’s a Hopi Indiana symbol; it was a symbol commonly thought to bring good luck in the United States, before effin’ Hitler misappropriated it. So try to get your heads out of your asses, and figure out what the hell is really going on in the world.
Putin aspires to be the 21st Century’s Adolf Hitler. He has invaded and is attempting to destroy a sovereign nation that didn’t attack Russia. He wants a stranglehold on Europe, and has made a move to achieve that end. He can’t be allowed to succeed.
Least unsurprising thing I’ve heard you mutter in quite some time. Nazi’s are awesome in Greg’s world
ROFL…yeah, that’s why the Ukrainian Nazi’s are wearing it everywhere. They wanna be Buddhists, or worship the sun god, or even Indians!!!! I think you’re on to something
You are not that guy.
That’s about as deep as obsessing about flag pins as a measure of American patriotism. Trump wears one, and he’s a traitor.
Swastikas date back to 3000 BC. They were used all over Europe, in North America, and across Asia for thousands of years before Hitler stole it as a NAZI symbol.
Sure sure…they’re wearing all the swastikas’ to show support for the Buddhists and Indians. Azov Battalion…all Buddhists.
You’re just upset because the Ukrainians are kicking the unholy crap out of Putin’s army of looters and drunks. It won’t be long until the Russian people grow weary of their murderous loser-leader—mainly because he’s mostly killing Russians, and hasn’t got a damn thing to show for it but rapidly shrinking stolen territory and a rapidly shrinking Russian economy.
But they’re not, now…are they.
A few things:
Russia is still winning the war.
USA and NATO are ACTIVELY fighting in Ukraine.
We are closer to a nuclear war due to failed negotiations, on both sides…but a Biden Regime failing to prevent this war in the first place.
Putin is not crazy.
The Russian economy is at less risk that the US’s.
Really? Then I guess Putin’s nuclear threat is a load of b.s. Or maybe Russian intelligence gatherers aren’t as effective as your Putin Twitter pimps?
No evidence of Trump doing anything illegal, but their IS evidence of the FBI committing treason and opposing our duly elected president.
How long before it registers that Ukraine is going to take back everything Putin stole, including Crimea? They don’t give a damn about Putin’s annexation or phony referendums. The little son-of-a-bitch INVADED their country, BOMBARDED their cities, TORTURED and MURDERED their people, and he’s calling THEM terrorists?
This war could have been prevented.
It was unprovoked.
NATO and the USA are in an active war against Russia in Ukraine, with assets on the ground fighting.
The greed and hubris of the WEF has led us to this: a potential nuclear war.
Putin invaded Ukraine and began murdering people, moron. Hopefully some Russian patriot will blow him off his donkey. All of this would then be over in a week.
Sure sure sure greg, and if we give the government more money the weather will be gooder. Putin has no missiles the things just blow up spontaneously. No Nazis its a fashion fad like saggy pants. There is no recession or inflation, windmills and rainbow unicorn farts will power the world. We are all just crazy you are the sane one..now sit down the vaccine is safe and effective.
According to collective western media & politicians, bombing Ukrainian military strongholds is terrorism but killing ethnic Russians in Donbass for nearly 9 years, killing children, & killing civilians in malls & bridges is fine, they in fact cheer it on.
Less than two days ago they were cheering for the collapse of a bridge killing civilians & were silent when Ukraine targeted a hotel full of international journalists. Now hacks like Paul Massaro are crying for more weapons from NATO against Russia. So who are the terrorists?