Way to bury the lede, Stripes.

For nearly a year, Ukrainian forces have been at war with Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east. While Moscow has denied sending troops into Ukraine or providing heavy weapons, Hodges said there are numerous signs of Russian involvement.

“Hundreds of armored vehicles, rocket launchers and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that are being provided, either employed by Russians or by their proxies in the eastern Ukraine,” Hodges said. “The sky is full of Russian UAVs and they are immediately finding all the Ukrainian formations, and (the Ukranians) are suffering huge causalities from artillery, rockets.”

via Army looking to store tanks, equipment in Eastern Europe – Stripes.

As you can see from the link, the article is about prepositioning a set of equipment in Europe for rotational Brigade Combat Teams to exercise on.

But there at the bottom, you have the most interesting part of the story, one that has nothing to do with the storage story. The US will be using a battalion of the 173rd to advise and assist training in western Ukraine forces that, let’s face it, will then be deployed to fight the Russians in the east.

And for all the folderal about how it’s “Russian backed separatists” LTG Hodges pretty much admits it is actually the Russians themselves who are slowly invading Ukraine, bit by bit.

Of course, the Obama administration policy here is to simply deny the existence of any problem.

3 thoughts on “Way to bury the lede, Stripes.”

  1. “The sky is full of Russian UAVs…”

    It is inevitable that US forces can expect to encounter hostile UAVs sometime in the future as the technology proliferates. Probably stealthy ones. What do we have to counter them?

    1. That’s a good question, and I seem to recall seeing an RFP recently from the Navy asking for non-lethal means of disrupting UAVs, though they seemed to focus more on those that were carrying WMD payloads.

      Off the top of my head, my first thought would be to use jamming to disrupt both the control of the UAV and the flow of data from the sensors.

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