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Russia. Su-35S. Un aereo multiruolo dalle buone prestazioni sul campo di battaglia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-29.

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                         Il 18 novembre il Ministero della Difesa russo ha diffuso un video delle manovre di combattimento effettuate dagli equipaggi del Su-35S delle Forze aerospaziali russe contro le infrastrutture e i mezzi delle forze ucraine. Il Su-35, temuto caccia multiruolo super manovrabile, è l’aereo più letale della Russia nella guerra in Ucraina. Durante la missione, il Flanker-E ha individuato e distrutto un aereo nemico e una stazione radar per missili guidati del sistema di difesa aerea S-300 delle Forze armate ucraine.

                         I piloti dei caccia russi hanno vinto abitualmente gli scontri aerei con i piloti ucraini e hanno impiegato con successo i missili antiradar Kh-31 per attaccare i siti di difesa aerea nemici.

                         Il missile è disponibile in due varianti, il Kh-31A e il Kh-31P. Il Kh-31A (attivo) è una variante di missile da crociera antinave (ASCM) che utilizza una guida inerziale per individuare l’area di destinazione. Il missile può colpire navi fino a 4,500 tonnellate di stazza. Il Kh-31P è una versione di missile anti-radiazione (ARM) sviluppata specificamente per eliminare i radar attivi (radianti) avversari. È progettato per abbattere radar di controllo delle operazioni aeree, radar di preallarme e sistemi SAM a medio e lungo raggio.

                         Il Sukhoi Su-35S è dotato di un cannone da 30 mm, 12 punti d’attacco e un radar che può tracciare simultaneamente fino a 30 bersagli. Può anche identificare bersagli a una distanza di oltre 400 chilometri. Il sistema può essere impiegato a qualsiasi ora del giorno e con qualsiasi tempo. La suite di guerra elettronica del velivolo consiste in un dispensatore di chaff e flare, un sistema di avviso di avvicinamento ai missili, un avvisatore laser, un sistema di avviso radar e un sistema di disturbo radar cooperativo.

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«On November 18, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of the combat maneuvers carried out by the Su-35S crews of the Russian Aerospace Forces against the infrastructure and assets of Ukrainian forces. The Su-35, a feared multirole super maneuverable fighter, is Russia’s most lethal aircraft in the Ukraine war. During the mission, the Flanker-E detected and destroyed an enemy aircraft and a radar station for guided missiles of the S-300 air defense system of the Ukrainian Armed Forces»

«Russian Fighter pilots have routinely won air confrontations with Ukrainian pilots and have successfully employed Kh-31 anti-radar missiles to attack enemy air defense sites. »

«The missile is available in two variants, the Kh-31A and Kh-31P. The Kh-31A (Active) is a variant of an anti-shipping cruise missile (ASCM) that uses inertial guidance to find its target area. The missile can engage ships displacing up to 4,500 tons. The Kh-31P is an anti-radiation missile (ARM) version specifically developed to take out active (radiating) adversary radars. It is designed to take down air operations control radars, early warning radars, and medium- and long-range SAM systems.»

«The Sukhoi Su-35S is equipped with a 30mm gun, 12 hardpoints, and a radar that can simultaneously track up to 30 targets. It can also identify targets at a distance of over 400 kilometers. The system can be deployed at any time of day and in any weather. The aircraft’s electronic warfare suite consists of a chaff and flare dispenser, a missile approach warning system, a laser warner, a radar warning system, and a cooperative radar jamming system»

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Armed With ‘Supersonic Death’ Kh-31 Missile, Russian Su-35 Fighter Destroys S-300 Radar Station, MoD Says.

On November 18, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of the combat maneuvers carried out by the Su-35S crews of the Russian Aerospace Forces against the infrastructure and assets of Ukrainian forces. 

Russia’s MoD posted the video on its official telegram channel. The video demonstrates how the Flanker-E performs during combat missions. The Su-35, a feared multirole super maneuverable fighter, is Russia’s most lethal aircraft in the Ukraine war. 

According to the Ministry of Defense, the crew practiced patrolling an assigned location and monitoring the activities of bomber and assault aircraft and army aviation helicopters while conducting air strikes on military installations and hostile equipment.

During the mission, the Flanker-E detected and destroyed an enemy aircraft and a radar station for guided missiles of the S-300 air defense system of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the MOD said. 

Russian state media claimed that the Su-35S proved its worth in Ukraine. Russian Fighter pilots have routinely won air confrontations with Ukrainian pilots and have successfully employed Kh-31 anti-radar missiles to attack enemy air defense sites. 

The EurAsian Times had earlier noted that Russian pilots describe the Kh-31 as “Supersonic Death,” claiming that the missile’s tremendous speed and capacity for counterattack make it virtually immune to enemy anti-aircraft defenses. The missile is available in two variants, the Kh-31A and Kh-31P. 

The Kh-31A (Active) is a variant of an anti-shipping cruise missile (ASCM) that uses inertial guidance to find its target area. The missile can engage ships displacing up to 4,500 tons.

The Kh-31P is an anti-radiation missile (ARM) version specifically developed to take out active (radiating) adversary radars. It is designed to take down air operations control radars, early warning radars, and medium- and long-range SAM systems.

However, the Su-35 appears to be a crucial part of Russia’s operations in Ukraine based on recent claims made by the Russian MOD. On November 14, Moscow claimed that the Su-35 had recently successfully engaged and downed Ukrainian MiG-29 and Su-25 aircraft.

The aircraft’s performance had earlier been criticized when Ukrainian air defense forces shot it down. Since the start of the war, at least two Russian Su-35 bombers have reportedly been gunned down in Ukraine.

However, Oryx, a group of open-source intelligence researchers who gathered data on aircraft losses in Ukraine through visual documentation, noted that Ukrainian forces shot down only one Su-35. 

                         Su-35 Fighter Jet

The Sukhoi Su-35 is a multipurpose air superiority fighter with increased capabilities that evolved from the Su-27.

The Sukhoi Su-35S is equipped with a 30mm gun, 12 hardpoints, and a radar that can simultaneously track up to 30 targets. It can also identify targets at a distance of over 400 kilometers.

Without refueling, the fighter has a range of more than 3,500 kilometers. The standout characteristics of this powerful 4++ Generation fighter include improved engines, avionics, and radar.

The Sukhoi Su-35 jets are significantly different from their forerunners, the Su-27 family of jets, — they use high-thrust engines. The new engines, which go by the designation 117S, were developed by NPO Saturn, a UEC affiliate.

The new jet’s avionics is an entirely new system of onboard electronics. The complete Sukhoi Su-35 electronics suite is housed in a single system.

Despite not having an APAR (active phased array radar), the Su-35 radar system can monitor and engage up to eight airborne targets simultaneously and detect targets up to 400 kilometers away.

The Ryazan State Instrument Factory manufactures the radar system, initially designed by the Tikhomirov Instrument Engineering Research Institute.

The aircraft is equipped with friend-or-foe identification capability for aerial and maritime objects. It can also recognize the class and type of airborne targets and take aerial photos of the ground.

The system can be deployed at any time of day and in any weather. It maintains its effectiveness in the face of interference from natural factors and adversary electronic warfare systems.

The aircraft’s electronic warfare suite consists of a chaff and flare dispenser, a missile approach warning system, a laser warner, a radar warning system, and a cooperative radar jamming system.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo, Russia

Russia. Produrrà in Patria su licenza iraniana i droni HESA Shahed 136.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-28.

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Le contraddizioni sono evidenti e stridenti.

«Alcuni Paesi occidentali hanno accusato l’Iran di aiutare la guerra in Ucraina fornendo droni»

I liberal occidentali ritengono di essere nella ragione a fornire armi e sostegno alla Ukraina, e condannano quanti non si attengano a questo dettame. Ma i paesi del mondo libero non solo non concordano, ma condannano la guerra mossa da Joe Biden e dalla Nato alla Russia.

Si tenga anche presente che gli Elettori hanno sottratto a Joe Biden il controllo del Congresso e che i repubblicani subentranti hanno già chiaramente detto di non intendano sostenere il regime di Zelensky.

Les jeux sont faits, rien ne va plus.

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                         L’Iran e la Russia hanno raggiunto un accordo per iniziare la produzione di droni d’attacco in Russia, secondo una nuova valutazione dell’intelligence di un Paese che monitora da vicino il programma di armamenti iraniano. L’Iran sta iniziando a trasferire le cianografie e i componenti dei droni in Russia dopo che l’accordo iniziale è stato raggiunto all’inizio di questo mese, ha detto una fonte che ha familiarità con la valutazione.

                         Alcuni Paesi occidentali hanno accusato l’Iran di aiutare la guerra in Ucraina fornendo droni… Abbiamo fornito un numero limitato di droni alla Russia nei mesi precedenti l’inizio della guerra in Ucraina. L’obiettivo è che la Russia produca migliaia di nuovi droni d’attacco utilizzando componenti e progetti iraniani. Si tratterebbe di una mossa che cementerebbe ulteriormente la partnership tra Teheran e Mosca e che probabilmente provocherebbe una notevole rabbia da parte dell’Ucraina e dei suoi alleati occidentali, compresi gli Stati Uniti. Gli sforzi arrivano dopo che la CNN e altri organi di informazione hanno riferito che l’Iran si sta preparando a inviare alla Russia altre armi, tra cui missili balistici di superficie a corto raggio e altri droni d’attacco, entro la fine dell’anno.

                         Il processo di produzione dei droni d’attacco non è complicato se paragonato alla produzione di altre armi. Nelle ultime settimane questi droni iraniani sono stati utilizzati per colpire infrastrutture energetiche critiche in Ucraina. Sono piccoli, portatili e possono essere facilmente lanciati, ma il loro principale vantaggio è che sono difficili da individuare e possono essere sparati a distanza.

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«Iran and Russia have reached an agreement to begin the production of attack drones in Russia, according to a new intelligence assessment from a country that closely monitors Iran’s weapons program. Iran is beginning to transfer blueprints and components for the drones to Russia after the initial agreement was struck earlier this month, said a source familiar with the assessment.»

«Some western countries have accused Iran of helping the war in Ukraine by providing drones … we did provide a limited number of drones to Russia in the months before the start of the war in Ukraine. The goal is for Russia to produce thousands of new attack drones using Iranian components and blueprints. It would be a move that would further cement the partnership between Tehran and Moscow and likely provoke significant anger from Ukraine and its western allies including the US. The efforts come after CNN and other outlets reported that Iran was preparing to send more weapons, including surface-to-surface short range ballistic missiles and more attack drones to Russia before the end of the year»

«The production process for the attack drones is not complicated when compared to the production of other weapons. In recent weeks these Iranian drones have been used to target critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine. They are small, portable and can be easily launched, but their main advantage is that they are hard to detect and can be fired from a distance»

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Russia to build attack drones for Ukraine war with the help of Iran, intelligence assessment says.

Iran and Russia have reached an agreement to begin the production of attack drones in Russia, according to a new intelligence assessment from a country that closely monitors Iran’s weapons program.

Iran is beginning to transfer blueprints and components for the drones to Russia after the initial agreement was struck earlier this month, said a source familiar with the assessment.

US officials have said that Russia has received hundreds of drones from Tehran which have had a deadly effect in Ukraine.

Earlier this month, the Iranian government acknowledged for the first time that it had sent a limited number of drones to Russia in the months before the start of its invasion of Ukraine.

“Some western countries have accused Iran of helping the war in Ukraine by providing drones … we did provide a limited number of drones to Russia in the months before the start of the war in Ukraine,” Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told reporters in Tehran.

 The goal is for Russia to produce thousands of new attack drones using Iranian components and blueprints, the source explained. If the two countries move ahead full-steam with their plan the expectation is that production could begin in a few months and its possible that the drones could be used by Russia on the battlefield in Ukraine next year, the source said.

It would be a move that would further cement the partnership between Tehran and Moscow and likely provoke significant anger from Ukraine and its western allies including the US.

The efforts come after CNN and other outlets reported that Iran was preparing to send more weapons, including surface-to-surface short range ballistic missiles and more attack drones to Russia before the end of the year.

The source familiar with the assessment said those reports caused concern in Iran, which appears to have prompted the regime to rethink its approach with the plan for Russia to manufacture the drones rather than Iran directly transfer them.

The production process for the attack drones is not complicated when compared to the production of other weapons, the source explained.

A spokesperson for the Iranian Mission to the United Nations did not explicitly deny the suggestion that Iran will help Russia manufacture drones, but claimed that Iran abides by the principles of “sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity.”

In a statement to CNN, the spokesperson said that Iran and Russia “have maintained bilateral defense, scientific, and research cooperation,” for years, predating Russia’s war in Ukraine

The spokesperson noted that parts of a UN Security Council Resolution which restricted certain arms transfers to or from Iran had expired in October 2020, so “the Islamic Republic of Iran has prioritized increasing defense cooperation with other countries,” the spokesperson said.

Multiple nations, including the United States, have said that Iran’s provision of drones to Russia is a violation of that resolution, and G7 foreign ministers said in joint statement that they “support efforts at the United Nations to hold Russia and Iran accountable for their blatant violations of UNSCR 2231.”

CNN has asked the Russian embassy in Washington for comment.

 When asked for comment on the assessment, White House national security council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said, “Iran and Russia can lie to the world, but they can’t hide the facts: Tehran is helping kill Ukrainian civilians through the provision of weapons and assisting Russia in its operations. It’s another sign of how isolated both Iran and Russia are.”

“The United States – with allies and partners – is pursuing all means to expose, deter, and confront Iran’s provision of these munitions and Russia’s use of them against the Ukrainian people. We will continue to provide Ukraine with the critical security assistance it needs to defend itself, including air defense systems,” Watson said in the statement.

Drones have played a significant role in the conflict since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February, but their use has increased since the summer, when the United States and Kyiv say Moscow acquired drones from Iran. In recent weeks these Iranian drones have been used to target critical energy infrastructure in Ukraine.

The Iranian drones are known as a “loitering munition” because they are capable of circling for some time in an area identified as a potential target and only striking once an enemy asset is identified.

They are small, portable and can be easily launched, but their main advantage is that they are hard to detect and can be fired from a distance.

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Ukraina. Buio, gelo e fame. Fede incrollabile nella vittoria finale. Come a Berlino nel 1945.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-27.

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La storia si ripete implacabile.

Nel 1945 i tedeschi asserragliati a Berlino proclamavano la loro fede incrollabile nella vittoria finale. Dichiararono che Berlino era una fortezza.

Poi l’Armata Rossa fece passar loro le vogliette di sentirsi razza eletta.

Adesso la storia si ripete.

«With Ukraine’s energy grid suffering colossal damage after waves of Russian missile attacks»

«Con la rete energetica ucraina che ha subito danni colossali dopo le ondate di attacchi missilistici russi»

Ridotti al buio, al gelo ed alla fame cantano vittoria perché i russi non li hanno invasi.

Ma il Presidente Putin se ne guarda bene. Vogliono soltanto distruggerla, annientarla, renderla ad essere una mera realtà geografica. E ci stanno riuscendo più che bene.

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Con la rete energetica ucraina che ha subito danni colossali dopo le ondate di attacchi missilistici russi, il presidente Volodymyr Zelensky ha annunciato un’iniziativa nazionale per preparare migliaia di centri di fortuna per fornire servizi di base in caso di blackout prolungato. Se i massicci attacchi russi si ripeteranno e se si capirà che la fornitura di elettricità non potrà essere ripristinata entro poche ore, verrà attivato il lavoro dei Punti di Invincibilità.

Quasi nessuna centrale termica e idroelettrica è rimasta indenne dopo le ondate di attacchi russi alle infrastrutture energetiche degli ultimi mesi. L’entità della distruzione è colossale. La raffica di attacchi del 15 novembre, che ha visto l’impiego di più di 100 missili e droni, è stato il più vasto assalto alle infrastrutture energetiche del Paese della guerra finora in corso.

Mentre Mosca è a corto di missili da crociera di precisione, secondo l’Ucraina e i suoi alleati, i rapporti dell’intelligence ucraina suggeriscono che il Cremlino ha ancora abbastanza nel suo arsenale per effettuare attacchi di scala simile altre tre o quattro volte. O costringe l’Ucraina a fare la pace o costringe l’Occidente a costringere l’Ucraina a fare la pace.

Lo sforzo di Mosca di far sprofondare la nazione nell’oscurità e nel gelo ha già costretto l’azienda nazionale ad attuare blackout controllati ma estesi, lasciando quasi tutti gli abitanti del Paese senza corrente per un periodo compreso tra le 4 e le 12 ore al giorno.

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«With Ukraine’s energy grid suffering “colossal” damage after waves of Russian missile attacks, President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced a national drive to prepare thousands of makeshift centers to provide basic services in the event of prolonged blackouts. If massive Russian strikes take place again and if there is an understanding that the electricity supply cannot be restored within hours, the work of Points of Invincibility will be activated»

«Almost no thermal and hydroelectric power plants remain undamaged after waves of Russian strikes aimed at energy infrastructure in recent months. The scale of the destruction is colossal. Barrage of attacks on Nov. 15, including from more than 100 missiles and drones, was the broadest assault on the country’s energy infrastructure of the war so far»

«While Moscow is running low on precision cruise missiles, according to Ukraine and its allies, Ukrainian intelligence reports suggest the Kremlin still has enough in its arsenal to carry out attacks of a similar scale three or four more times. It’s either force Ukraine to make peace or force the West to force Ukraine to make peace»

«Moscow’s effort to plunge the nation into darkness and freezing conditions has already forced the national utility to implement controlled but extensive rolling blackouts, leaving nearly everyone in the country without power for between 4 to 12 hours a day.»

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Russia-Ukraine War. Ukraine Prepares for Prolonged Blackouts From Russian Attacks

Ukraine girds for prolonged blackouts with thousands of ‘Points of Invincibility.’

Kyiv, Ukraine — With Ukraine’s energy grid suffering “colossal” damage after waves of Russian missile attacks, President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced a national drive to prepare thousands of makeshift centers to provide basic services in the event of prolonged blackouts.

“If massive Russian strikes take place again and if there is an understanding that the electricity supply cannot be restored within hours, the work of ‘Points of Invincibility’ will be activated,” he told the nation in his nightly address on Tuesday.

“All basic services will be there,” he said, including electricity, mobile communications, internet access, heat, water, and first-aid supplies.

Almost no thermal and hydroelectric power plants remain undamaged after waves of Russian strikes aimed at energy infrastructure in recent months, according to the head of Ukraine’s national electricity grid.

“The scale of the destruction is colossal,” Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, the head of Ukrenergo, told a news conference on Tuesday.

Oleksii Danilov, the head of Ukraine’s national security and defense council, said a barrage of attacks on Nov. 15, including from more than 100 missiles and drones, was the broadest assault on the country’s energy infrastructure of the war so far.

While Moscow is running low on precision cruise missiles, according to Ukraine and its allies, Ukrainian intelligence reports suggest the Kremlin still has enough in its arsenal to carry out attacks of a similar scale “three or four more times.”  Ukrainian and U.S. officials have also said that Moscow is looking to Iran and North Korea to replenish its stockpiles.

Andriy Yermak, an adviser to Mr. Zelensky, said that the aerial attacks on energy infrastructure are a part of a “malign strategy” by Russia, which has been pushed back into defensive positions in the south and northeast after Ukrainian forces reclaimed around 55 percent of the territory occupied by Moscow during the early months of the war. Russia remains on the attack toward one eastern city, Bakhmut.

“Their goal is obvious: to cause a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe, to provoke another refugee crisis in Europe,” Mr. Yermak said in a statement. “It’s either force Ukraine to make peace or force the West to force Ukraine to make peace.”

Mr. Zelensky said it was clear that Russia was aiming “to turn the cold of winter into a weapon of mass destruction.”

Moscow’s effort to plunge the nation into darkness and freezing conditions has already forced the national utility to implement controlled but extensive rolling blackouts, leaving nearly everyone in the country without power for between 4 to 12 hours a day.  

Not knowing when the next wave of Russian missiles will come — and how effective Ukrainian air defenses will be in blunting their impact — Ukrainian officials must reckon with the possibility that further damage could render them unable to provide basic services.

Mr. Zelensky on Tuesday encouraged people in towns and cities across the country to go to a government website, nezlamnist.gov.ua, to find one of the 4,000 planned centers for basic services nearest their home.

People working at the centers, he said, would be able to direct residents to the nearest gas station, bank, pharmacy and grocery store in the event of a blackout.

“All of us must be prepared for any scenario,” he said. “I am sure: by helping each other, we will all be able to get through this winter together.”

In addition to the “Points of Invincibility” — its name meant to promote Ukrainian solidarity and courage — municipal workers in Kyiv are setting up 1,000 heating shelters that can double as bunkers for hundreds of people, stocked with essential supplies to last more than a week. Similar efforts are underway in towns and cities around the nation.

In parts of the country recently reclaimed from retreating Russian forces, including Kherson, the damage to infrastructure is so severe that Ukraine’s government is helping residents evacuate to other parts of the country.  But Ukrainian officials have emphasized that there is no need for a broader evacuation.

“I believe that the call for a mass departure of Ukrainians abroad is currently inappropriate,” Mr. Kudrytskyi said.

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Russia. I generali Moroz e Zima stanno scendendo in campo in Ukraina.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-23.

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La sublime imbecillità dei media ex di regime, ed ora voce di quello che avrebbe detto Joe Biden se gli Elettori non lo avessero ridotto al ruolo di un pappagallo impagliato, è ben racchiuso in questa frase.

«The increased reliance on firewood has raised concerns from some environmental groups in Ukraine»

«La maggiore dipendenza dalla legna da ardere ha sollevato le preoccupazioni di alcuni gruppi ambientalisti in Ucraina»

«Credo che le temperature rigide facciano più paura della silvicoltura»

Sai quanto interessa la ecologia liberal a quelli che stanno crepando dal freddo.

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                         La linea del gas è stata perforata dalle schegge. Al posto delle finestre sono appese delle lastre di plastica. Una sola stufetta elettrica di riscaldamento è tutto ciò che serve per evitare che la casa geli. Gli attacchi sistematici e ripetuti della Russia alle infrastrutture energetiche e di riscaldamento dell’Ucraina – l’ultimo dei quali ha comportato i più pesanti attacchi missilistici in una guerra durata quasi nove mesi – hanno portato a regolari interruzioni di corrente in alcune delle più grandi città del Paese. Nelle città più piccole, come Izium, l’elettricità è intermittente e costantemente minacciata dal tipo di attacchi missilistici e di droni a lungo raggio che sono diventati comuni negli ultimi due mesi di guerra della Russia contro l’Ucraina.

                         In seguito agli attacchi diffusi della scorsa settimana, quasi metà del sistema energetico del Paese è stato disattivato. La Russia cerca di distruggere tutte le catene di approvvigionamento energetico. Gli impianti di generazione, in particolare le centrali termiche, i sistemi di distribuzione e le linee elettriche. Gli attacchi hanno lasciato residenti e imprese alla ricerca di generatori a gas e legna da ardere. Se dovessero verificarsi interruzioni su larga scala per lunghi periodi di tempo, non abbiamo semplicemente le risorse per fornire alle persone in difficoltà l’assistenza di cui hanno bisogno.

                         La Russia ha attaccato le infrastrutture elettriche e di riscaldamento dell’Ucraina fin dall’inizio della sua invasione, durata quasi nove mesi. A fine ottobre, secondo il ministero della Energia, gli attacchi russi hanno danneggiato circa il 40% della produzione termica del Paese. Il 90% dell’energia eolica e più del 40% delle fonti di energia solare sono state occupate o danneggiate. Gli attacchi alle sottostazioni e ai trasformatori limitano la capacità dell’Ucraina di spostare l’energia e di importare energia dall’Europa.

                         Trasformatori, conduttori e altri componenti per le sottostazioni elettriche scarseggiano. La sua squadra spesso deve aspettare settimane per avere le attrezzature prima di poter effettuare le riparazioni. Una caldaia a legna fornisce calore alla sua casa. La legna, dice a bassa voce, la raccoglie dai boschi minati dietro casa.

                         La maggiore dipendenza dalla legna da ardere ha sollevato le preoccupazioni di alcuni gruppi ambientalisti in Ucraina. Un terzo dei boschi ucraini è stato danneggiato dalla guerra.

                         Il programma statale offre ai residenti la possibilità di acquistare fino a circa 530 piedi cubici di legna da ardere per la prossima stagione di riscaldamento. I civili devono potersi permettere la legna da ardere, un problema legato all’aumento del costo dei beni di uso quotidiano, come cibo e medicine. Ci sono anche preoccupazioni per il trasporto della legna da ardere in luoghi duramente colpiti come Izium. Ponti, strade e ferrovie sono stati danneggiati in tutta l’Ucraina e molte persone non sono preparate per affrontare le procedure burocratiche.

                         Credo che le temperature rigide facciano più paura della silvicoltura.

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«The gas line was punctured by shrapnel. Plastic sheets now hang where the windows were. A single electric heat lamp is all there is to keep the home from freezing. Russia’s systematic and repeated attacks on Ukraine’s energy and heating infrastructure — the latest of which involved the heaviest missile strikes in a nearly nine-month war — have led to regular power outages in some of the country’s largest cities. In smaller towns like Izium electricity is intermittent and constantly threatened by the type of long-range missile and drone strikes that have become common over the last two months of Russia’s war on Ukraine.»

«Following last week’s widespread attacks, almost half the country’s energy system has been disabled. Russia tries to destroy all of the energy supply chains. Generating facilities, especially thermal power plants, distribution systems and power lines. The attacks have left residents and businesses scrambling for gas-powered generators and firewood. Should there be large-scale outages for long periods of time, we simply do not have the resources to provide people in need with the assistance they will need»

«Russia has attacked Ukraine’s heating and electrical infrastructure since the start of its nearly nine-month invasion. As of late October, the energy ministry says, Russian attacks have damaged about 40% of the country’s thermal generation. Ninety percent of its wind power and more than 40% percent of its solar energy sources were either under occupation or damaged. Attacks on substations and transformers limit Ukraine’s ability to move power around and also its ability to import energy from Europe»

«Transformers, conductors and other components for electrical substations are in short supply. His team often has to wait weeks for equipment before they can make repairs. A wood-fire boiler provides his home with heat. The wood, he says quietly, he’s been collecting from the mine-riddled woods behind their house»

«The increased reliance on firewood has raised concerns from some environmental groups in Ukraine. One-third of Ukrainian woodland has been damaged by war»

«The state-run program gives residents the opportunity to buy up to roughly 530 cubic feet of firewood for the upcoming heating season. Civilians need to be able to afford the firewood, a problem with the increased cost of everyday goods, like food and medicine. There are also concerns about delivery how firewood will be transported to hard-hit places like Izium. Bridges, roads and railways have been damaged across Ukraine and many people aren’t prepared to navigate the bureaucratic process.»

«I think freezing temperatures are scarier than forestry.»

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How Russia is weaponizing the Ukrainian winter.

IZIUM, Ukraine — The gas line was punctured by shrapnel. Plastic sheets now hang where the windows were. A single electric heat lamp is all there is to keep the home from freezing.

Halyna Zahorodnikh, who is 71, wears layers of fleece in the apartment to stay warm.

She is one of millions of Ukrainians facing a winter that’s essentially being weaponized against them.

Russia’s systematic and repeated attacks on Ukraine’s energy and heating infrastructure — the latest of which involved the heaviest missile strikes in a nearly nine-month war — have led to regular power outages in some of the country’s largest cities.

In smaller towns like Izium, where Zahorodnikh has lived all her life, electricity is intermittent and constantly threatened by the type of long-range missile and drone strikes that have become common over the last two months of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Following last week’s widespread attacks, almost half the country’s energy system has been disabled, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said at a meeting with the European Commission Friday. “Russia is trying to compensate for the losses on the battlefield with missile attacks on civilian critical infrastructure,” he said.

Ukraine’s energy ministry has been trying to repair damaged infrastructure as quickly as it can.

“Russia tries to destroy all of the energy supply chains. Generating facilities — especially thermal power plants — distribution systems and power lines,” the energy ministry said in a written statement to NPR before the most recent attacks.

The attacks have left residents and businesses scrambling for gas-powered generators and firewood. Nonprofit aid organizations, the United Nations and Western allies have started to include winter clothing, thick blankets and heating equipment in shipments to the country.

“Should there be large-scale outages for long periods of time, we simply do not have the resources to provide people in need with the assistance they will need,” says Marysia Zapasnik, the International Rescue Committee’s Ukraine director. “The humanitarian situation will become much more dire than it is now.”

The electrical heat lamp warming Zahorodnikh’s living room was given to her by an aid organization. Donated blankets line her bed. She plans to stay for winter.

And if she loses power?

“I don’t know,” she says, with a stubborn smile. “Maybe I’ll burn my books.”

Russia targets Ukraine’s ability to move energy

Russia has attacked Ukraine’s heating and electrical infrastructure since the start of its nearly nine-month invasion.

As early as June, Ukraine’s energy minister, German Galushchenko, told NPR that Russia was looking to weaponize the coming heating season with attacks on energy resources and facilities.

Many of Russia’s early strikes, Galushchenko said, were aimed at power generating sources — thermal coal and gas plants. Russia also continues to occupy the largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine — and all of Europe — in the country’s south. Ukraine gets roughly 60% of its energy from nuclear power stations.

As of late October, the energy ministry says, Russian attacks have damaged about 40% of the country’s thermal generation. Ninety percent of its wind power and more than 40% percent of its solar energy sources were either under occupation or damaged.

Many of Russia’s more recent attacks have targeted the distribution systems, says DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private power generator.

“These actions cannot be called anything other than energy terrorism and a brutal attempt to create a humanitarian disaster right in the center of Europe,” DTEK says in a statement.

Attacks on substations and transformers limit Ukraine’s ability to move power around and also its ability to import energy from Europe. They’re also harder targets to defend against long-range attacks, says Oleksandr Kharchenko, the director of the Energy Research Center in Kyiv.

“I believe that Ukraine has enough [electrical] generation capacity,” says Kharchenko. “Generation capacity has been better defended from the start of this war. But substations — there are a lot of them. It’s not possible to cover each of them by special air defense [systems].”

Ukraine races to repair its electrical grid

In a small village east of Kharkiv, where the sounds of artillery and tanks can still be heard like distant thunder, Mykhailo Voinov opens the metal door of a damaged electrical substation. A thumb-sized gash, from shrapnel, mars the door.

Voinov is an electrician who’s been fixing damaged Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

“There’s a lot of damage from shrapnel, but this one is the worst,” he says, reaching into the substation and tapping on its main component, a ribbed cylinder-shaped transformer. It’s empty, he points out. The oil from it drained through a hole from the shrapnel.

Fixing this one substation will cost thousands of dollars, Voinov says. Transformers, conductors and other components for electrical substations are in short supply. His team often has to wait weeks for equipment before they can make repairs, he says.

“Repair crews are working 24/7, without a day off, to minimize the length of emergency power outages,” Ukraine’s energy ministry says. Still, authorities are urging residents to conserve electricity, as much of the population prepares for a long winter with regular outages.

Voinov is among them. In a small village where his family owns a dacha, a summer cottage, power is expected to be out for months. Only a few residents, including Oleksandr Lysytskyi and his wife, Svitalana Maliarova, remain.

A crater from a Russian artillery shell that landed in their yard is filled with broken glass. They buried one of their dogs in another, Lysytskyi says.

Since Russian troops were driven out of the area in mid-September, Lysytskyi says, he’s been trying to prepare his house for the coming winter. They’re boarding up broken windows with plywood or covering them with plastic sheets provided by the United Nations.

A wood-fire boiler provides his home with heat. The wood, he says quietly, he’s been collecting from the mine-riddled woods behind their house.

Lysytskyi and his family remained in this small village throughout Russia’s occupation. They’ll stay, he says, through the approaching winter.

Millions of Ukrainians are expected to turn to firewood to heat their homes

Wood-burning stoves and boilers, like the kind Lysytskyi is depending on, have been in high demand across Ukraine. They’re now so hard to buy that territorial defense units have taken to creating stoves by welding sheets of metal, for soldiers who will spend the winter in front-line positions.

The increased reliance on firewood has raised concerns from some environmental groups in Ukraine. Deforestation of the country’s rich woodlands was a concern even before Russia’s full-scale invasion. Last year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy launched a Green Country Project, aimed at reforesting parts of the country with a million trees.

Since Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s environment ministry has sent warnings to the public, making it clear that unpermitted logging is punishable by fines.

The need to protect undamaged forests is paramount, says Ruslan Strilets, the environment minister. “Because of the trenches, the explosions and fires,” he says. “One-third of Ukrainian woodland has been damaged by war.”

Strilets believes illegal logging won’t be a major issue for the country over the winter — in part because the government has expanded a program to provide civilians with firewood to meet increased demand.

The state-run program gives residents the opportunity to buy up to roughly 530 cubic feet of firewood for the upcoming heating season. The government has more than doubled the amount of wood available for purchase, Strilets says, in anticipation of the increased need.

There are logistical issues to overcome though. Civilians need to be able to afford the firewood — a problem with the increased cost of everyday goods, like food and medicine. There are also concerns about delivery — how firewood will be transported to hard-hit places like Izium.

Bridges, roads and railways have been damaged across Ukraine and many people aren’t prepared to navigate the bureaucratic process of getting wood purchased and delivered, says a resident of Izium, in far northeastern Ukraine. He prefers not to give his name because he’s been illegally collecting wood for neighbors.

The man, a writer before the war, has been organizing other men to supply residents of the heavily damaged town with firewood. He’s been collecting it in a burnt and torn woodland that the Russians had been using, before being driven out, as an ammunition storage site west of town.

“These trees will be cut down,” he says, standing among spent Russian artillery shells. “The government will hire people and pay for this, but so far they haven’t decided what to do and we have the chance to cut this wood for people who need it, and take it to them.”

The work is dangerous. Unexploded ordnance litters the ground. Jagged metal is buried in the soft dirt. A local official tells NPR it will take years to demine the woodland, where residents like the man logging used to collect mushrooms.

Asked if he’s worried about being fined or stepping on an explosive, the logger laughs.

“I think freezing temperatures are scarier than forestry.”

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Europea, Russia

Ukraina. Kyiv si avvia al completo blocco della rete elettrica della capitale.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-22.

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Fallita, disarmata, senza nemmeno più un missile, la Russia comincia ad essere l’incubo di Zelensky.

Già.

Adesso poi gli Elettori hanno privato Joe Biden del controllo del Congresso, ed i repubblicani hanno già detto che lo metteranno sotto processo e che non daranno più nessun aiuto a Zelensky.

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                         Le autorità cittadine di Kiev hanno avvertito venerdì che è possibile un blocco completo della rete elettrica della capitale e il primo ministro ucraino ha dichiarato che quasi metà del sistema energetico del Paese è stato messo fuori uso dagli attacchi russi. Nelle ultime settimane la Russia ha intensificato gli attacchi alle strutture energetiche ucraine e ha colpito le infrastrutture elettriche del Paese con pesanti attacchi aerei martedì e giovedì. La Russia continua a colpire con missili le infrastrutture civili e critiche dell’Ucraina. Quasi la metà del nostro sistema energetico è disattivato.

                         Ci stiamo preparando a diversi scenari, tra cui quello di un arresto completo. Il nemico ha già effettuato sei attacchi missilistici su larga scala: 10 ottobre, 11 ottobre, 17 ottobre, 31 ottobre, 11 novembre e 15 novembre. La situazione peggiorerà nei prossimi mesi, quando le temperature potranno abbassarsi notevolmente e si verificheranno gelate. A causa delle basse temperature, il consumo di elettricità sta aumentando in modo significativo. Pertanto, ora più che mai, è necessario risparmiare energia elettrica.

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«Kyiv city authorities warned on Friday that a “complete shutdown” of the capital’s power grid was possible and Ukraine’s prime minister said almost half the country’s energy system had been disabled by Russian attacks. Russia has stepped up attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities in recent weeks, and pounded power infrastructure across the country in heavy air strikes on Tuesday and Thursday. Russia continues to carry out missile strikes on Ukraine’s civilian and critical infrastructure. Almost half of our energy system is disabled.»

«We are preparing for different scenarios, including a complete shutdown. The enemy has already carried out six large-scale missile attacks: October 10, October 11, October 17, October 31, November 11 and November 15. The situation will become worse in coming months, when temperatures can fall much lower and frosts set in. Due to low temperatures, electricity consumption is increasing significantly. Therefore, now, more than ever, we need to save electricity»

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Kyiv may face ‘complete shutdown’, nearly half Ukraine’s energy system disabled.

Kyiv – Kyiv city authorities warned on Friday that a “complete shutdown” of the capital’s power grid was possible and Ukraine’s prime minister said almost half the country’s energy system had been disabled by Russian attacks.

Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February, has stepped up attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities in recent weeks, and pounded power infrastructure across the country in heavy air strikes on Tuesday and Thursday.

“Unfortunately, Russia continues to carry out missile strikes on Ukraine’s civilian and critical infrastructure,” Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said after talks with European trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis. “Almost half of our energy system is disabled.”

Kyiv is one of the cities worst affected by the missile and drone strikes, which have at times knocked out electricity, heating and water in many areas as winter approaches.

Engineers have been racing to repair the power grid in the capital, which had its first snowfall of the season on Thursday.

“We are preparing for different scenarios, including a complete shutdown,” Mykola Povoroznyk, deputy head of the Kyiv city administration, said in televised comments.

He did not say what would happen in the event of the power grid being completely shut down, but officials have said they are not considering evacuating any cities.

                         Falling temperatures

Ukraine has denounced the attacks on its energy infrastructure as Russian terrorism. Russia dismisses the criticism and describes the attacks are a response to Kyiv’s “unwillingness” to hold peace talks.

Ukraine’s state grid operator Ukrenergo wrote on Friday that the system was “withstanding the blows with dignity,” but later declared emergency outages in addition to cuts that had already been scheduled top help carry out repairs.

“The enemy has already carried out six large-scale missile attacks: October 10, October 11, October 17, October 31, November 11 and November 15,” Ukrenergo said.

concern that the situation will become worse in coming months, when temperatures can fall much lower and frosts set in.

“Due to low temperatures, electricity consumption is increasing significantly. Therefore, now, more than ever, we need to save electricity,” Povoroznyk said.

Blackouts have become frequent and the government has urged the public to conserve energy by reducing use of domestic appliances such as ovens, washing machines, electric kettles and irons.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Europea, Russia, Senza categoria

Ukraina. Sta esaurendo le armi antiaeree. Uno Shahed-136 costa 20,000 dollari.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-21.

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Fotografia da aggiornare. Gli Elettori hanno reso Joe Biden un pappagallo impagliato collocato nell’atrio della White House. Il nuovo Cogresso a guida repubblicana ha già messo lui ed il figlio Hunter sotto inchiesta.

«they cost around $20,000 per unit, compared with a cruise missile that can cost several million dollars»

«costano circa 20.000 dollari per unità, rispetto a un missile da crociera che può costare diversi milioni di dollari»

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                         L’Ucraina rischia di esaurire le armi di difesa aerea e ha bisogno dell’aiuto urgente dell’Occidente per difendersi. La Russia ha messo in campo un’ondata di attacchi con i droni per danneggiare e distruggere le strutture energetiche ucraine. Rischia di esaurire le attrezzature che finora le hanno permesso di combattere gli attacchi aerei russi.

                         Nelle ultime settimane la Russia ha bombardato il Paese con un’ondata di droni a basso costo forniti dall’Iran che stanno distruggendo le infrastrutture energetiche del Paese. Mosca e Teheran hanno negato l’esistenza di un accordo per la fornitura da parte dell’Iran alla Russia, un Paese con opzioni di approvvigionamento limitate a causa delle sanzioni internazionali.

                         Pubblicato il loro nuovo rapporto sulle difese aeree dell’Ucraina, mentre la Russia si affida sempre più ai droni iraniani Shahed-136 per disattivare le reti energetiche dell’Ucraina. Se i SAM [sistemi missilistici terra-aria] ucraini non saranno riforniti di munizioni, e infine aumentati e sostituiti con equivalenti occidentali nel corso del tempo, le forze aerospaziali russe [il VKS] riacquisteranno la capacità di rappresentare una minaccia importante.

                         Negli ultimi mesi, tuttavia, la Russia ha dispiegato centinaia di droni carichi di esplosivo forniti dall’Iran che sono stati utilizzati per colpire le infrastrutture energetiche dell’Ucraina, privando centinaia di migliaia di persone dell’acqua e dell’elettricità con l’arrivo delle temperature più rigide.

                         Essenzialmente missili ad elica, questi droni sono poco costosi da acquistare; i rapporti suggeriscono che costano circa 20.000 dollari per unità, rispetto a un missile da crociera che può costare diversi milioni di dollari. Inoltre, sebbene non siano in grado di eseguire manovre sofisticate e contengano quantità inferiori di esplosivo rispetto ai missili convenzionali, possono essere inviati in sciami per sostare sopra il loro obiettivo e sono più difficili da rilevare per i sistemi radar.

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«Ukraine is at risk of running out of air defense weapons and needs urgent help from the West to defend itself. Russia has deployed a wave of drone attacks to damage and destroy Ukrainian energy facilities. Risks running out of equipment that has, so far, enabled it to combat Russian air attacks.»

«Russia has bombarded the country over recent weeks with a tide of cheap Iran-supplied drones which are destroying the country’s energy infrastructure. Moscow and Tehran have denied that there is a deal for Iran to supply Russia , a country with limited supply options due to international sanctions.»

«Published their new report on Ukraine’s air defenses as Russia increasingly relies on Iranian Shahed-136 drones to disable Ukraine’s energy networks. If Ukrainian SAMs [surface-to-air missile systems] are not resupplied with ammunition, and ultimately augmented and replaced with Western equivalents over time, Russian Aerospace Forces [the VKS] will regain the ability to pose a major threat»

«In the last few months, however, Russia has deployed hundreds of explosive-carrying drones supplied by Iran that have been used to target Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, depriving hundreds of thousands of people of water and electricity as colder temperatures set in.»

«Essentially propeller-powered missiles, these drones are cheap to buy; reports suggest they cost around $20,000 per unit, compared with a cruise missile that can cost several million dollars. Also, while they aren’t able to perform sophisticated maneuvers and contain smaller quantities of explosives to conventional missiles, they can be sent in “swarms” to loiter above their target and are harder for radar systems to detect.»

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Ukraine in danger of running out of air defenses as Russia launches relentless drone attacks.

– Ukraine is at risk of running out of air defense weapons and needs urgent help from the West to defend itself, defense analysts said Monday.

– Russia has deployed a wave of drone attacks to damage and destroy Ukrainian energy facilities.

– RUSI analysts said Kyiv needs more air defense weapons from the West, or risks running out of equipment that has, so far, enabled it to combat Russian air attacks.

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Ukraine is at risk of running out of air defense weapons and needs urgent help from the West to defend itself, analysts at the Royal United Services Institute said Monday.

Russia has bombarded the country over recent weeks with a tide of cheap Iran-supplied drones which are destroying the country’s energy infrastructure.

“The West must avoid complacency about the need to urgently bolster Ukrainian air-defence capacity,” defense and security think tank RUSI said.

Moscow and Tehran have denied that there is a deal for Iran to supply Russia — a country with limited supply options due to international sanctions — with weapons. However, the Iranian government acknowledged for the first time Saturday that it had sent a number of drones to Russia, but insisted this was before Russia invaded Ukraine.

The U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley rejected that claim, saying Tehran supplied drones to Russia in the summer.

RUSI analysts Justin Bronk, Jack Watling and Nick Reynolds published their new report on Ukraine’s air defenses as Russia increasingly relies on Iranian Shahed-136 drones to disable Ukraine’s energy networks.

“If Ukrainian SAMs [surface-to-air missile systems] are not resupplied with ammunition, and ultimately augmented and replaced with Western equivalents over time, Russian Aerospace Forces [the VKS] will regain the ability to pose a major threat,” the analysts said.

On Sunday night, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said the Iranian regime was helping Russia prolong the war, saying “if it was not for the Iranian supply of weapons to the aggressor, we would be closer to peace now.” He also warned that Russia needed Iranian missiles for a “possible repetition of mass attacks on our infrastructure.”

For its part, Ukraine continues to plead for more air defense weapons to help it combat Russian drone and missile attacks. RUSI’s analysts agree that Ukraine requires urgent assistance to ensure that “Kyiv can counter Moscow’s updated approach to the air war in Ukraine.”

                         Strategic air attacks

In the early months of the war against Ukraine, Russia’s attempts at strategic air attacks were limited to expensive cruise and ballistic missile barrages and were on a much more limited scale, RUSI’s experts said, noting that “these failed to achieve strategically decisive damage during the first seven months of the invasion.”

In the last few months, however, Russia has deployed hundreds of explosive-carrying drones supplied by Iran that have been used to target Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, depriving hundreds of thousands of people of water and electricity as colder temperatures set in.

Essentially propeller-powered missiles, these drones are cheap to buy; reports suggest they cost around $20,000 per unit, compared with a cruise missile that can cost several million dollars. Also, while they aren’t able to perform sophisticated maneuvers and contain smaller quantities of explosives to conventional missiles, they can be sent in “swarms” to loiter above their target and are harder for radar systems to detect.

Images showed Kyiv’s police attempting to shoot down drones during an attack last month that targeted residential buildings and energy facilities.

RUSI’s defense analysts said the use of Iranian drones had changed the character of Russia’s air attack strategy, noting that the latest iteration “is a more focused and sustainable bombardment of the Ukrainian electricity grid, blending hundreds of cheap Iranian-supplied Shahed-136 loitering munitions against substations with continued use of cruise and ballistic missiles against larger targets.”

                         What Ukraine needs

In the short term, according to RUSI, Ukraine needs large numbers of additional man-portable air defense systems, known as “MANPADS,” and radar-guided anti-aircraft guns, such as the Gepard.

These will “sustain and increase its ability to intercept the Shahed-136s and protect its remaining power infrastructure and repairs to damaged facilities,” the analysts added.

“In the medium term, Ukraine needs cost-effective ways to defend itself against the Shahed-136,” they said, also noting that the Ukrainian Air Force needs modern Western fighter jets and missiles to sustainably counter Russian Aerospace Forces, or VKS. “Russian pilots have been cautious throughout the war, so even a small number of Western fighters [jets] could have a major deterrent effect.”

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Cina, Geopolitica Mondiale, Russia

Midterm. America spaccata in due e guidata da un Presidente demente. È sotto gli occhi di tutti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-17.

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«Questa negazione totale dell’uomo, la sovversione della fede e dei valori tradizionali, la soppressione della libertà assumono le caratteristiche di una religione al contrario – un vero e proprio satanismo.» [Putin. Discorso del 30 settembre].

L’America è dilacerata in due fazioni contrapposte grosso modo equipollenti, ma inconciliabili tra di esse. Non a caso Biden ha definito midterm come referendum su di lui e sulla ideologia liberal democratica.

In modo sequenziale alla propria ideologia, Biden ha optato fermamente sul

«Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.» [John Milton. Paradise Lost]

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Biden. Summit Asean. Biden e liberal democratici piantano i chiodi sulla bara degli Stati Uniti.

Midterm. Biden polarizza le elezioni riducendole a scontro ideologico. Ad un referendum.

G20. 15 e 16 novembre. Joe Biden il demente e sfiduciato renderà quella riunione inconcludente.

Russia e Iran. Una alleanza che impensierisce sempre più la America.

Madagascar. Licenziato il ministro degli esteri che ha votato contro la Russia.

Biden. L’Arabia Saudita lo sberleffa alla grande.

Cina. Vincerebbe un conflitto contro gli Stati Uniti. – Pentagono.

Cina, Russia ed Eaeu. Il loro Nuovo Ordine Mondiale sta prendendo campo, senza l’occidente.

Cina, Russia ed Iran formano un blocco funzionale che insidia gli Stati Uniti.

Indonesia. Aderisce al Rcep. La Cina si espande nell’Oceano Pacifico. Esclude gli Usa. America Latina. Cina ha scacciato l’America e sta dominando quel continente.

Cina alla conquista dell’America Latina. – Bloomberg

Cina. Consolida il suo impero in Africa.

Cina. Una diplomazia alla conquista del mondo.

Isole Solomon. Negano attracco e rifornimento ad un guardiacoste americano.

Arabia Saudita. Ha chiesto di aderire al Gruppo Brics. Calcio nei denti a Joe Biden.

Algeria. È interessata ad entrare nel Club di Brics.

Brics Plus. Sono diventati la prima potenza mondiale e l’occidente liberal ne è escluso.

Brics. Si espandono ad Iran, Argentina, Egitto, Arabia Saudita e Turkia. Club energetico maggiore al mondo.

Iran. Ha chiesto di aderire al Gruppo Brics, Russia, Cina, India, Brasile, Sud Africa.

Mondo. Pil Ppa. I Brics hanno superato i paesi del G7.

Cina. Sotto Biden ha ampliato il proprio vantaggio commerciale in gran parte dell’America Latina.

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Questi sono i fatti.

Sicuramente Joe Biden potrà fare ciò che gli aggrada in America e, forse, ancora in qualche stato collegato, ma tutto il resto del mondo libero e civile si rende perfettamente conto che quella voce vale sempre meno in ambito internazionale.

Tutte le cancellerie sanno alla perfezione quanto l’America sia dilaniata da colossali faide interne, esattamente come sanno alla perfezione come essa sia in preda ad un processo inflattivo fuori controllo, del quale il mondo non intende pagarne più a lungo lo scotto.

Non sono Russia e Cina ad accerchiare gli Stati Uniti, sono questi che si sono arroccati nella speranza di poter sopravvivere.

Ma tutti sanno che la America spaccata in due e guidata da un Presidente demente.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Mondiale, Russia, Stati Uniti

Biden. Summit Asean. Biden e liberal democratici piantano i chiodi sulla bara degli Stati Uniti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-13.

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Dall’otto al tredici novembre 2022 si terrà a Phnom Penh, Cambodia, il 40th and 41st Asean Summits and related Summits.

«L’ASEAN, Association of South-East Asian Nations, è un’organizzazione politica, economica e culturale di nazioni situate nel Sud-est asiatico, a cui è collegata l’omonima area di libero scambio, ovvero l’area di libero scambio dell’ASEAN, a sua volta collegata con singoli accordi all’Australia, Nuova Zelanda, Repubblica Popolare Cinese, Corea del Sud e Giappone, tale per cui ognuno di questi stati ha un accordo di libero scambio con l’ASEAN.

È uno dei principali partner dell’Organizzazione per la Cooperazione di Shanghai, con il quale sviluppa un modello di cooperazione per la pace, la stabilità, lo sviluppo e la sostenibilità dell’Asia

Paesi membri: Indonesia, Malaysia, Filippine, Singapore, Thailandia, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Birmania, Cambogia.

Gdp Ppp 10,205 trilioni Usd nel 2022.» [Fonte]

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Biden to attend summit of Southeast Asian leaders as Myanmar looms.

«Bangkok — Southeast Asian leaders convene in the Cambodian capital Thursday, faced with the challenge of trying to curtail escalating violence in Myanmar while the country’s military-led government shows no signs of complying with the group’s peace plan.

U.S. President Joe Biden will be on hand for the Phnom Penh summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which comes as Washington and Beijing are increasingly jockeying for influence in the Asia-Pacific region. It sets the stage for the Group of 20 meetings in Bali, Indonesia, that immediately follow and are expected to include Chinese President Xi Jinping and possibly Russian President Vladimir Putin, then the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Bangkok.

In addition to Myanmar, the four-day meetings are expected to focus on ongoing disputes in the South China Sea, pandemic recovery issues, regional trade and climate change.

Neither Xi nor Putin is expected to attend the ASEAN talks or the parallel East Asia Summit, though both China and Russia are thought to be sending high-level delegations.

Looming large over ASEAN, the G-20 and APEC are the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Russia’s consequent search for new markets for its energy resources, as well as resulting supply chain and food security issues, China’s increasingly aggressive saber-rattling over Taiwan, and rising tension in the Korean Peninsula.

By attending the ASEAN summit in person, Biden will be able to push American interests and also visibly demonstrate Washington’s renewed commitment to the region, said Thomas Daniel, an expert with Malaysia’s Institute of Strategic and International Studies.»

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Ma tutti i conti dovrebbero essere fatti sempre con l’oste.

L’America di Joe Biden e dei liberal democratici è allo sbando. Basti solo constatare la incapacità di dare i risultati elettorali di midterm, fatto questo che certo non sfugge né ai cinesi né ai russi.

Non solo.

Sembrerebbe essere verosimile che Joe Biden si presenti politicamente sfiduciato, privato del controllo almeno del Congresso. Ossia, politicamente distrutto ed ininfluente.

Biden ed i liberal democratici stanno piantando con metodo i chiodi sulla bara degli Stati Uniti.

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                         In nessun luogo la politica estera assertiva di Xi Jinping ha avuto un impatto maggiore che nel Sud-Est asiatico, il cortile strategico della Cina. Ma con la crescita del potere di Pechino è cresciuto anche il disagio di Washington, che ora, dopo anni di oscillazioni, sta cercando di impegnarsi nuovamente nella regione.

                         Quando questa settimana parteciperà al vertice annuale dell’Associazione delle Nazioni del Sud-Est Asiatico o Asean in Cambogia, il presidente Joe Biden sarà il primo leader statunitense a compiere questo viaggio dal 2017. Era presente anche l’anno scorso. Poi si recherà in Indonesia, un altro importante attore della regione, dove è previsto un incontro con il leader cinese Xi Jinping prima che entrambi partecipino alla riunione del G20. Ma gli Stati Uniti operano ora in un ambiente diplomatico più insidioso che in passato.

                         L’Asean, un tempo considerata essenziale per la diplomazia nell’Asia-Pacifico, ha faticato a rimanere efficace in un mondo sempre più polarizzato. Si è configurata come una zona di pace e neutralità, dove i suoi 10 Stati membri cercano il consenso, evitano di criticarsi a vicenda e si sentono liberi di impegnare le diverse potenze.

                         La Cina ha intrapreso un’offensiva di fascino nella regione, seguendo il mantra dell’ex leader Deng Xiaoping: Nascondi la tua forza, aspetta il tuo tempo. Ma sotto Xi, ormai al potere da 10 anni, la forza della Cina non è più stata nascosta. Nell’ultimo decennio, l’occupazione e lo sviluppo militare delle isole della barriera corallina nel Mar Cinese Meridionale hanno portato la Cina a scontrarsi direttamente con altri pretendenti, in particolare Vietnam e Filippine.

                         Ma i Paesi che compongono l’Asean si trovano in una posizione difficile. In primo luogo, la Cina è così importante economicamente e così potente militarmente che pochi osano affrontarla apertamente. Persino in Vietnam, che è entrato in guerra con la Cina solo 43 anni fa e dove il sentimento anti-cinese è molto forte, il partito comunista al governo è cauto nel trattare con il suo gigantesco vicino. I due paesi condividono un lungo confine, la Cina è il più grande partner commerciale del Vietnam e un anello vitale nella catena di approvvigionamento che alimenta le sue esportazioni da primato mondiale.

                         In secondo luogo, la Cina ha effettivamente distrutto l’unità dell’Asean facendo fuori gli Stati più piccoli, come il Laos e la Cambogia, che ora dipendono a tal punto dall’elargizione di Pechino da essere più o meno degli Stati clienti. Questo era chiaro anche nel 2012, quando la Cambogia ha assunto per l’ultima volta la presidenza a rotazione dell’Asean, bloccando una dichiarazione finale critica nei confronti della posizione di Pechino nel Mar Cinese Meridionale. La verità è che anche i Paesi del Sud-Est asiatico si sono disamorati di Washington. E la volontà di Washington di sfidare la Cina in Asia li spaventa perché hanno molto da perdere da un confronto tra superpotenze.

                         Gli Stati Uniti possono trarre conforto dalla consapevolezza che l’Asean continuerà a impegnarsi il più possibile con le altre potenze – come contrappeso alla Cina. È improbabile che la Cina abbia qui degli alleati militari stretti, come gli Stati Uniti hanno il Giappone e l’Australia. Ma tutti i Paesi dell’Asean – in misura diversa – accettano ormai che la Cina sarà la potenza dominante nella regione e che non è disposta a fare concessioni quando sono in gioco i suoi interessi.

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«Nowhere has Xi Jinping’s assertive foreign policy had a greater impact than in South East Asia, China’s strategic backyard. But as Beijing’s power has grown, so has Washington’s unease – and now after years of see-sawing, the US is trying engage with the region again.»

«When he attends the annual summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations or Asean this week in Cambodia, President Joe Biden becomes the first US leader to make that trip since 2017. He was there virtually last year too. And then he goes to Indonesia, another important player in the region, where he is scheduled to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping before they both attend the G20 meeting. But the US is now operating in a more treacherous diplomatic environment than in the past.»

«Asean, once considered essential for diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific, has struggled to remain effective in an increasingly polarised world. It has fashioned itself as a zone of peace and neutrality, where its 10 member states seek consensus, avoid criticising each other and feel free to engage different powers»

«China embarked on a charm offensive in the region, following former leader Deng Xiaoping’s mantra hide your strength, bide your time. But under Mr Xi, now in power for 10 years, China’s strength was no longer hidden. In the last decade, China’s occupation and military development of reef islands in the South China Sea has brought it into direct conflict with other claimants, particularly Vietnam and the Philippines.»

«But the countries that make up Asean are in a sticky position. First, China is so important economically, and so powerful militarily, that few dare confront it openly. Even in Vietnam, which went to war with China only 43 years ago and where anti-China sentiment runs high, the ruling communist party is cautious when dealing with its giant neighbour. They share a long border, China is Vietnam’s largest trading partner, and a vital link in the supply chain that fuels its world-beating exports.»

«Second, China has effectively destroyed Asean unity by picking off smaller states, such as Laos and Cambodia, which are now so dependent on Beijing’s largesse they are more or less client states. This was clear even in 2012, when Cambodia last took the rotating Asean chair, and blocked a final statement critical of Beijing’s position in the South China Sea. The truth is South East Asian countries have also become disenchanted with Washington. And Washington’s willingness to challenge China in Asia frightens them because they have a great deal to lose from a superpower confrontation.»

«The US can draw comfort from the knowledge that Asean will still engage other powers as much as possible – as a counterweight to China. And China is unlikely ever to have close military allies here, in the way the US does in Japan and Australia. But all Asean countries – to varying degrees – now accept that China will be the dominant power in this region and one that is unwilling to make concessions where its own interests are at stake.»

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The US wants to play in China’s backyard.

Nowhere has Xi Jinping’s assertive foreign policy had a greater impact than in South East Asia, China’s strategic backyard.

But as Beijing’s power has grown, so has Washington’s unease – and now after years of see-sawing, the US is trying engage with the region again.

When he attends the annual summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations or Asean this week in Cambodia, President Joe Biden becomes the first US leader to make that trip since 2017. He was there virtually last year too. And then he goes to Indonesia, another important player in the region, where he is scheduled to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping before they both attend the G20 meeting.

But the US is now operating in a more treacherous diplomatic environment than in the past.

Asean, once considered essential for diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific, has struggled to remain effective in an increasingly polarised world. It has fashioned itself as a zone of peace and neutrality, where its 10 member states seek consensus, avoid criticising each other and feel free to engage different powers. Its small and weak secretariat, and lack of any process for enforcing decisions on members, reflects this mindset.

championed trade and growth. But China’s arrival on the global market and growing influence from the early 2000s coincided with diminishing US interest, as it focussed on the Middle East.

China embarked on a charm offensive in the region, following former leader Deng Xiaoping’s mantra “hide your strength, bide your time”. But under Mr Xi, now in power for 10 years, China’s strength was no longer hidden.

In the last decade, China’s occupation and military development of reef islands in the South China Sea has brought it into direct conflict with other claimants, particularly Vietnam and the Philippines. Attempts by Asean to get China to agree to a “code of conduct” in the disputed areas have gone nowhere. Beijing has simply stalled negotiations for 20 years. It has also dismissed an international court ruling in 2016 that its claims are invalid.

It has been just as evasive on problems caused by its large-scale damming of the Mekong River.

But the countries that make up Asean are in a sticky position. First, China is so important economically, and so powerful militarily, that few dare confront it openly.

Even in Vietnam, which went to war with China only 43 years ago and where anti-China sentiment runs high, the ruling communist party is cautious when dealing with its giant neighbour. They share a long border, China is Vietnam’s largest trading partner, and a vital link in the supply chain that fuels its world-beating exports.

Second, China has effectively destroyed Asean unity by picking off smaller states, such as Laos and Cambodia, which are now so dependent on Beijing’s largesse they are more or less client states. This was clear even in 2012, when Cambodia last took the rotating Asean chair, and blocked a final statement critical of Beijing’s position in the South China Sea.

While wariness of China might sound like good news for the US, the truth is South East Asian countries have also become disenchanted with Washington.

They see it as an unreliable partner, too preoccupied with human rights and democracy. The US forced the region to accept hugely unpopular and tough economic measures after the 1997 Asian financial crash, disengaged almost completely during President George Bush’s war on terror, and has since flipped from President Obama’s much-hyped “pivot” to Asia, to President Trump’s narrow approach to what he called unfair Asian trading practices.

The US focus today on the Quad alliance with Japan, India and Australia has also weakened Asean, leaving it feeling stuck between two powerful sides. And Washington’s willingness to challenge China in Asia frightens them because they have a great deal to lose from a superpower confrontation.

For all its overtures, no US administration has been willing to pursue free trade agreements – and that has certainly soured the deal for what is perhaps the most trade-dependent region in the world.

A relationship with China, on the other hand, has already led to the world’s largest trading bloc linking Asean, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Even Indonesia, the largest Asean state and with the region’s most China-sceptic foreign policy, has under President Joko Widodo eagerly sought Chinese investment, loans and technology.

The US can draw comfort from the knowledge that Asean will still engage other powers as much as possible – as a counterweight to China. And China is unlikely ever to have close military allies here, in the way the US does in Japan and Australia.

But all Asean countries – to varying degrees – now accept that China will be the dominant power in this region and one that is unwilling to make concessions where its own interests are at stake.

The question for Mr Biden: is it too late for the US to reshape alliances in China’s backyard?

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Mondiale, Russia, Stati Uniti

Joe Biden ed i liberal democratici hanno ridotto la America ad una farsesca repubblica delle banane.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-11.

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Joe Biden ed i liberal democratici hanno ridotto la America ad una farsesca repubblica delle banane.

«Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.»

Riportiamo i risultati degli scrutini alle ore 09:42 raccolti dalla Cnn, seguiti da quelli raccolti da Bloomberg alla stessa ora. Le discrepanza sono evidenti. Nemmeno sui dati numerici ci sono risultati sicuri.

È ben comprensibile la ilarità di Mr Putin  e di Mr Lavrov

Chaos e brogli stanno andando a braccetto.

46 milioni sono i voti per corrispondenza.

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Lei come si chiama?

Goffredo da Buglione.

Ecco la scheda!

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Buon giorno Mr Goffredo da Buglione!

Mi chiamo Alber Einstein!

Ecco la scheda!

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E così via.

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A quanto sembrerebbe, in alcuni collegi vi sarebbero più voti per corrispondenza che elettori residenti.

Non ci si lamenti poi se Mr Lavrov e Mr Putin se la sghignazzino alla grande.

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Russia, Stati Uniti

Conflitto Nato contro Russia. La difficile stima delle distruzioni.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-11-07.

Mela con il Coltello tra i Denti.

Nella giornata del 5 novembre i motori di ricerca hanno enucleato 1,200 articoli che trattavano dei danni che le forze armate russe avrebbero causato alla Ukraina in quella sola giornata.

La loro lettura, ancorché per campione, è sconfortante.

È stato un turbinio di cifre discordanti e, spesso, semplicemente assurde.

I bombardanti portati avanti dai russi usando i droni HESA Shahed 136 ed altri missili avrebbero distrutto oltre la metà delle stazioni di trasformazione e degli acquedotti.

In alcune situazioni gli ukraini sono riusciti a disporre collegamenti volanti di fortuna, ma nella grande maggioranza dei casi la ricostruzione delle stazioni di trasformazione della corrente richiederebbe svariati mesi, sempre che sia possibile rifornirsi dei pezzi di ricambio.

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Drone strikes leave 4.5m Ukrainians without power, as Putin ally says Russia is fighting holy war against Satan.

«About 4.5 million Ukrainians have been left without power following continued drone strikes on the country’s power network, as an ally of Vladimir Putin claimed Russian troops are fighting a holy war against Satan.

Swarms of kamikaze drones have been wreaking havoc on Ukraine’s power infrastructure, plunging cities into darkness and leaving homes without electricity.»

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‘Unprecedented’ Power Cuts In Ukraine After Russian Strikes Damage Infrastructure.

«Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says about 4 million people across Ukraine have been hit by power restrictions that Ukraine’s energy companies have been forced to impose because of damage to infrastructure caused by Russia’s bombing campaign.

He said it would take two to three weeks to eliminate an electricity deficit ranging between 20 percent and 50 percent.

Ukraine says about one-third of its power stations have been destroyed since Russia launched the first wave of targeted infrastructure strikes on October 10.»

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Russian missile strikes overshadow cyberattacks as Ukraine reels from blackouts.

«Russia has pummeled Ukrainian cities with missile and drone strikes for much of the past month, targeting civilians and large swaths of the country’s critical infrastructure.

By Monday, 40% of Kyiv residents were left without water, and widespread power outages were reported across the country. On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of ‘energy terrorism’ and said that about 4.5 million Ukrainian consumers were temporarily disconnected from the power supply.»


With millions without power, Ukraine’s Zelenskyy accuses Russia of ‘energy terrorism’.

«Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of engaging in “energy terrorism” after Russian strikes on Ukraine’s energy network left millions of residents without power.

About 4.5 million people were without electricity across the country, Zelenskyy said in his nightly address. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 450,000 apartments in the capital alone did not have electricity on Friday.»