Explosions and Fires Emerge Across Russia: Oil depots, ammunition dumps, top-secret research labs, and other sensitive Russian targets have suffered mysterious fires and explosions recently.
The mysterious blazes in Russia have led to intense speculation that Ukraine has struck back against Moscow, with media reports suggesting that Ukrainian drones have been behind recent fires at two oil depots and a ‘top-secret’ defence facility in Russia.Source
Moscow erupted in flames as a possible result of Russian insurgency. A Russian military camp in Belgorod, Russia, was rocked by multiple explosions. Sabotage by disaffected Russian forces is not out of the question, in line with multiple mutinies by Russian troops in this conflict to date.
Russian Weakness Continues to Emerge In Putin’s War
Russia’s defence budget, of over $250bn at purchasing power, is about three times that of Britain or France, but much of it is squandered or stolen. Mr Putin and his top commanders kept their invasion plans from senior officers, reflecting a crippling lack of trust. Disaffected troops, fed on out-of-date rations, have deserted their vehicles. Units have tortured, raped and murdered only to be honoured by the Kremlin. Russia has failed to win control of the skies or combine air power with tanks, artillery and infantry. Wallowing in corruption, unable to foster initiative or learn from their mistakes, its frustrated generals abandoned advanced military doctrine and fell back on flattening cities and terrorising civilians.Rotten Little Man’s Rotten Army
China Caught Off Balance By War’s Turnings
Putin’s vanity war in Ukraine threatens the global food supply and is likely to strain the world’s energy supply. China is vulnerable to both of these supply threats. But the Putin war also threatens to unbalance world trade and manufacturing, which compounds the previous two threats to the Middle Kingdom.
Putin’s smug descent into war must vex China’s Xi immensely. As long as Russia and China pretended to be civilized, their intended victims could lull themselves to sleep believing that they were safe from invasion for now. But Russia was never civilized, and now the world sees what should have been obvious all along. By association, China is now seen as uncivilized. This will make Taiwan double its preparations to repel China’s coming invasion. China must resent this inconvenience.
As for Russia, it is stuck with a long war of attrition, where embarrassing losses pile up to the point of genuine and undeniable pain. Putin has stuck his foot in it now, and NATO looks likely to be twice the greater presence on Russian borders than it was before. Every nation must now bolster its defenses against Moscow, including China.
Russia can save itself only by disposing of Putin.
A historical look at Ukraine’s weapons production role inside the old USSR provides insight into Russia’s current and future problems with weapons systems. Russia has still not caught up in the fields of precision engineering and precision manufacturing. This backwardness is revealed in the problems Russia has with its ships, helicopters, planes, tanks, and any weapons systems relying on high tech components and precision manufactured parts.
Almost half of Russian military spending is lost to corruption involving siloviki and high ranking officers and defense officials. Putin encourages this kind of graft (see Putin’s People and The New Nobility), in fact he demands it. He doesn’t trust anyone who doesn’t use his position to cheat, steal, and sometimes kill.
If Putin cannot own the world, he means to blow it up. Russia’s absolute existential necessity is to make sure Putin cannot use them. A madman who uses the threat of nuclear war to coerce the world into bowing to him, is a man who has forfeited the right to exist.