ginger Posted March 3, 2022 Report Share Posted March 3, 2022 50 minutes ago, Bingoloid said: There are fuel stocks, ammo dumps, and military aircraft on the ground around any city in the world, all of which are common targets. However, some of the worst fighting in and around Kyiv has revolved around control of the city's airfields, as well as an oil facility to the south of the city. They're typical early targets when you're trying to establish supply lines around a city - and strangle it. For whatever reason, Russia kept spamming airborne into the airports but couldn't support them and commanders, at least for a while, weren't understanding what was happening. If you can't control it, eventually you want to destroy it from the air so the adversary can't use it, either. Look into Gostomel / Hostomel on Twitter and you'll find pictures and footage from the airport to the northwest of the city and the town surrounding it. This is probably the northwest dot on that map you've seen and a natural stopping place along the route down from Belarus through Chernobyl. (The Russia units marked 'V' on the side are assigned to the Belarusian front.) What you're seeing is all fairly typical of Soviet-era "Deep Battle" military thinking: try to break in from as many sides as possible as fast as possible, then support whichever fronts work out. The heavy losses are also typical of Soviet planning, however, they seem profoundly uncoordinated. They may simply have no money due to decades of gundecking and embezzlement. (There's some reason to think they don't even have working IFF systems. Many of the radios used in critical operations are not encrypted. I've heard a joke: "The armies of Russia are large and modern. However, the large army is not modern, and the modern army is not large.") They seem profoundly uncoordinated is right. That's why I think they are looking for something. They got Chyrnobel covered and I see they covered nuclear in Georgia... They're looking for something. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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