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World View: Russia and Ukraine Prepare for War in East Ukraine

World View: Russia and Ukraine Prepare for War in East Ukraine

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Russian troops in East Ukraine bring along new advanced weapons systems
  • Ukraine and Russia prepare for full-scale war

Russian troops in East Ukraine bring along new advanced weapons systems

1RL232 'Leopard' battlefield surveillance radar system
1RL232 ‘Leopard’ battlefield surveillance radar system

As we reported yesterday, Russiancombat troops, tanks, and artillery have been pouring into East Ukrainefor the last few days.

Photos taken by two different journalists indicate that these includenew and advanced weapons systems — the 1RL232 “Leopard” battlefieldsurveillance radar system and the 1RL239 “Lynx” radar system. Thesearmored and weaponized radar systems are meant to operate just behindfront lines to track the movement of enemy convoys, troops, incomingartillery fire, and even low-flying aircraft (helicopters ordrones). They also act as a precision targeting system; in fact, the1RL232 is capable of detecting targets in the air, land, and sea,which are up to 40 kilometers away.

A former Pentagon advisor estimates that there are currently around7,000 Russian troops inside Ukraine, backed by “as many as 100 tanks inside Ukraine now, more than 400 armored vehicles, and more than150 self-propelled artillery and multiple rocket launchers.” Another40,000-50,000 Russian soldiers, the same source claims, are positionedat the border with even more tanks, armored vehicles andself-propelled artillery. Foreign Policy and Daily Beast

Ukraine and Russia prepare for full-scale war

The conflict in Ukraine between the Ukrainian army and Russian forceshas been intensifying in the last few weeks, and with the infusion ofhundreds of new Russian troops, along with advanced weapons systems,it appears likely that Russia is planning full-scale war in Ukraine.The objective would be to annex additional territory in east Ukraine,and probably to capture the port city of Mariupol, and continue to create a land bridge from Russia tothe Crimean peninsula. Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimea earlier thisyear, and annexed the region to Russia.

Russia and Ukraine have both been threatening war with each other, andanalysts are now concerned that the threat is going to become thereality, with the existing conflict spiraling into a full-scaleinvasion by the Russians, something that’s quite possible, with bothRussia and Ukraine in a generational Crisis era. LA Times and VOA and CNN

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin,1RL232 “Leopard” battlefield surveillance radar system,1RL239 “Lynx” radar system, Mariupol, Crimea
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