Hello everybody! Many thanks for your patience with me. Actually, I’m still trying to enjoy a few days off: thus, here just a short review of most important news of the last few days. AIR/MISSILE WAR 17 August…the Russians released a stream of Shahed-136 LPGMs at the ports of Reni and Izmail in southern Ukraine, on the border to Romania. The PSU claimed 16 of these as shot down, but a number came through and destroyed between 2,000 and 25,000 (reports vary) of metric tons of wheat in one of terminals. According to reports like this one,
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Hi Tom, great insights, as usual. Just one thing which confuses me: in the text, you mention Hill 116, whilst the map has 166 - is it a typo? Thanks, Tamas
Russians are only able to kill civilians! Their "technology" is very poor as shown during the Moon .. landing ..
A full disaster and "shit image" of the russian power!
Great news about the destruction of Russian planes! Ukrainian officials and media did not report the fact. Many thanks for your support and good luck.
Interesting that the TU-22s were damaged/destroyed because their defensive radars, etc had been moved to Moscow.
Any thoughts on other viable targets, and would they be worth going after, vice a now heavily defended Moscow? IOW, a WW2 raid on dams might be better than a raid on Berlin.
It starts smelling very good . Let’s go to Tokmak.
Tom, can you tell me if the General "Giennadij Zydko" who recently died is the one who early at war made biggest progress at southern front for russians?
I like reading combo Donald Hill's updates with Toms, weiter so bitte 😁
Thank you for the update!
- losing about 50 Bradleys in two months seems to be a pretty big dent on their capabilities. It's about a third of all the pledged Bradleys, and about all of the unit's AFVs. I must admit, I don't count the ex-soviet hardware losses with this keen eye, so it can be that it's "nothing special", other units have similar losses, but anyhow, it's high.
- The strike on the Tu-22s - what's your take, could those be quadcopters all the way from Ukraine? Are there any type with this long range? Or drones from local partizans/SBU saboteur units, like the attack on the AEW planes a few months ago?
- the hot topic from yesterday, the F-16s. I must admit I was surprised by the numbers, I expected somewhere around two dozens max. 42 planes about the same as their whole remaining Mig-29 fleet. I know you hate crystal balls, but how would YOU use this stock, for what missions? To me the SEAD looks the most imperative, finally using the HARMs active capabilities. Also (maybe) anti-shipping, as they already had got the Penguin missiles and the Norwegian AF used them from the F-16.
Big question is if they will adapt to the NATO multi plane combined missions or will stick to the usual "one pair on their own" methods.
ACME satellite image, LOL! You made my day, thanks! And, needless to say, thank you for all your work, as well.
Thankyou Tom for the update, and you don't need to say sorry! I am wondering, with the general state of things, why on earth Russia is attacking at the north-east. It seems to me that if they want to hold on to the land bridge, they must focus as much force as they can there.
Thank you for update, Tom. God bless Ukrainian servicemen which are bringing these good news in that burning hell paying with their lives.
Thank you Tom.
The joke I heard going around was that the Russians thought they detected a children's hospital, or an orphan home, on the moon and spontaneously tried to take it out.
Hopefully when drones arrive in Moscow they turn on the air raid sirens so the worthy citizens lose their sleep, I assume not.
New Ukraine joke, Drones are listed on the arrivals board in Moscow airports.
Tom, you're right.
"Our troops were successful in the direction of south-eastern Robotyne and south of Mala Tokmachka, Zaporizhzhia region. The enemy tried to regain lost positions east of Robotyne without success." Hanna Maliar https://t.me/s/annamaliar
It means very soon the first village in the Melitopol deriction will liberate and it can helps to move further.