Ukraine's latest attempt to retake several eastern cities is not going well – The Week

Early Friday, Ukraine launched an “anti-terrorist” offensive to retake Slovyansk and other eastern Ukraine cities it has lost to pro-Russia militias. Moscow sharply criticized Ukraine’s decision to try to reassert control over its own territory; Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov warned ominously that Ukraine’s “punitive operation” essentially destroys “all hope for the viability of the Geneva agreements” to halt the violence.

The Geneva agreement, of course, required the pro-Russia militias to lay down their arms, too, and instead they’ve just taken over more cities. Russia has amassed troops along the Ukraine border, for military “exercise,” and denies that its special forces are in Ukraine guiding the separatist uprising. There’s a growing body of inconclusive evidence suggesting otherwise, but if not Russian “green men,” who exactly is organizing the well-armed, well-coordinated capture of eastern Ukraine?

via Ukraine’s latest attempt to retake several eastern cities is not going well – The Week.

Is there anyone, anywhere, that doesn’t seriously think Russian special forces are leading the fight in eastern Ukraine?

Also, note the successful use of MANPADS. That’s a threat that is only going to become more and more common. And the A-10 is only going to become more and more vulnerable to them.

2 thoughts on “Ukraine's latest attempt to retake several eastern cities is not going well – The Week”

  1. Just to reiterate – the A-10 is not required to go low to deliver CAS anymore than the F-18 or F-16s are. However, if the bad guys have a strong multilayered defense that makes high altitude strikes unpalatable, only the A-10 has the built in robustness to go low. Helicopters, on the other hand, don’t have that flexibility, hence the Ukrainian losses.

  2. It looks to me that the A-10, like airborne/airmobile forces, are too vulnerable to use against anything but 2nd tier opposition. I think 1973 pretty much made that clear.

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