Ukraine-Built Missiles are Destroying Putin’s Tanks

In the video above you can see the rapid destruction of four of Putin’s battle tanks in the Donbass region by a single squad using the Ukrainian-made Stugna P anti-tank guided missile system. This is the homemade version of the Javelin or the NLAW.

Ukrainian Stugna P ATGM

Another way that Ukrainian fighters are destroying Russian tanks is by simply hitting the ammunition stored inside the turret, using armor piercing rounds. Here’s more on that tactic:

Russian tanks store their ammunition in the turret, where most of the crew—usually two men—stand. If the tank is hit by shelling [Ed: Or armor piercing incendiary rounds] during action, storing the ammunition in the turret makes it very likely to explode, blasting the turret and those inside it into the air, killing all inside.

A Deadly Design Flaw in Putin’s Tanks

Russia has lost thousands of armored vehicles in Ukraine, and is likely to lose thousands more as Putin throws more poorly designed tanks into the battle. Ukraine is now moving highly accurate howitzer artillery onto the battlefield, paired with counter-battery radar. The losses are just beginning to mount for Putin’s unfortunate cannon fodder — from general down to private.

Ukraine already has possession of over half of US howitzers promised

For Ukraine, the artillery, in combination with counter-radar capabilities and drones, will be a “pretty significant addition to the Ukrainian capacity to fight,” said Brian McKiernan, a retired major general and former commandant of the Army’s field artillery school. He currently works as a consultant with Cypress International.

The Pentagon is planning to send enough howitzers to equip five battalions, Kirby said Thursday. 

Ukrainian forces have had great success using Javelin missiles against Russian tanks within their line of sight. But long-range artillery like howitzers would allow Ukrainians to fire on those tanks, their supply lines, and other Russian military targets from a distance.

Death in a Foreign Land

When Putin expanded his war in Ukraine on February 24 of this year, analysts expected the country to fall in days. The world assumed that Russian military supremacy would be affirmed. It was then expected that China would soon follow Russia’s success in Ukraine with its own successful invasion of Taiwan, in a solid demonstration of China’s regional supremacy. Finally, it was assumed that NATO would run yelping home with its tail between its legs, whining to Putin to “please don’t cut off my oil & gas, Mr. Putin sir.”

Putin is NATO’s Best Salesman

NATO is set to become even bigger. Finland and Sweden, two Nordic nations with a decades-long policy of military neutrality between the West and Russia, will very likely submit their own membership bids as early as next month. Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, neither power was especially interested in becoming full-fledged members. But the war has prompted a dramatic shift in Swedish and Finnish public opinion on this question.

In Finland, more than two thirds now support NATO membership. Sweden’s governing Social Democratic Party, skeptical of NATO membership in the past, is now actively deliberating whether such a move is needed in light of the current geopolitical environment. In Europe, February 24, the date of Russia’s invasion, is increasingly seen as the beginning of a new era, a date as monumental as the November 9, 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and the December 26, 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, Finland’s and Sweden’s moves toward NATO membership are yet another unintended consequence of what has turned out to be a bloody morass in Ukraine. Those costs include an economy hemorrhaging foreign capital, a brain-drain of young, educated talent, Russia’s long-time gas buyers searching for alternative energy sources and a recession the likes of which the Kremlin hasn’t seen since the early days of Boris Yeltsin’s tenure. Practically speaking, Putin’s gamble in Ukraine has been a strategic dumpster fire.

Putin-Induced NATO Expansion to Russia’s Borders

Russia is well and truly mired in the quagmire of southeast Ukraine, and its already-huge losses in men and materiel just keep mounting. The world has seen the barbaric war crimes that occur when Russian forces occupy foreign countries. And the determination that Russia must pay for its crimes will only build with each passing day that Putin remains in power and continues his reign of terror and destruction on Russia’s more civilized and more cultured neighbor.

Russia itself is now a legitimate target for Ukrainian special forces, including fuel and ammunition depots and rail assets. As the Russian army is destroyed, the objectives will move toward Russian infrastructure — to answer for the Russian total destruction of Ukrainian cities, and the rape and murder of Ukrainian civilians.

A moon-faced heavily medicated Putin suffers from tremors and dyskinetic movement disorders. There is nothing inspirational about this vile man’s terminal decline. Rumors of cancer and Parkinson’s disease are rife, as are expert suggestions that Putin is suffering from a lifetime of heavy medication use for unspecified chronic conditions.

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