The Pentagon has managed to rush deliveries of munitions to assist the Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion with a steady stream of flights to neighboring countries — with weapons getting into the hands of the military.
This includes landing as many as 17 planes a day in one undisclosed country near the border. …
Supply transfers …. [now include] 17,000 anti-tank missiles and an additional 2,000 anti-aircraft missiles — at a time when video on the ground has showed decimated Russian trucks and armored vehicles, while Ukrainian forces report downing helicopters and other aircraft. …
Asked at the Pentagon briefing if the Russians were trying to interdict or stop the shipments, [Pentagon spokesman Adm. John Kirby] responded vaguely: ‘That traffic and that material continues to flow,’ he said. …
A $200k Javelin anti-tank missile can destroy a $5m tank from 4 km away
Russian President Vladimir Putin has now sent about 100 percent of his invasion forces into Ukraine, a senior US defense official said on Monday. …
Before the invasion started, US officials said they believed that Russia had amassed more than 150,000 people along Ukraine’s borders.
Spirited resistance by Ukrainian troops — and an influx of weapons from NATO nations, including tank-buster grenades — are credited with stalling Russia’s main advance north of the capital Kyiv, where an armored convoy has been stalled for days.
The supply of anti-aircraft stinger missiles to the Afghanistan rebels in the Russian occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s is credited with being a large factor in the Soviet defeat and withdrawal. The missiles prevented the Russians from moving around freely by air, which meant they didn’t have nearly enough troops to subdue the locals.
The picture emerging in the Ukraine is one of developing stalemate. Poor logistics and a battlefield awash in portable Ukrainian missiles has halted the Russian tanks. The Russian military is fully committed, but is not making much further progress.
The Russians can flatten cities with artillery, but what is the point? This was supposed to be a joyous reunion of brotherly nations, and Russia are already the world’s pariahs for trying to alter borders by force.
Ukraine can make it expensive for the Russians to stay in the Ukraine, but cannot force them out. Sanctions are hurting the Russian economy.
A negotiated settlement beckons. Both parties need to reach a settlement, and start repairing all the damage ASAP.
As for the much feared Russian Army? It’s been revealed as a joke. Fearsome equipment and numbers, but incompetent — like at the start of every war in the last two centuries.