Zapad - should we fret this September?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Zhopa, Aug 23, 2017.

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By 21 September, Russia will have...

Poll closed Sep 12, 2017.
  1. invaded Ukraine from the north

    1 vote(s)
  2. launched an operation into the Suwałki gap from Belarus

    1 vote(s)
  3. done a Crimea somewhere in the neighbourhood

    2 vote(s)
  4. stayed behind in Belarus whether Minsk likes it or not

    8 vote(s)
  5. calmly carried off the exercise as planned and gone home saying "what's all the fuss about?"

    35 vote(s)
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  1. I expect the "Exercise Control"/ Directing Staff, are really, REALLY, pleased with that visit, on top of everything else that can/will go wrong ;) .
  2. I bet. I also think Reuters need to update their info as according to the Russian Defence Ministry it's 4.500 para's:
    Operational airborne landing to take place within Zapad 2017 main stage : Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
    I won't amend Antonov to read Ilyushin ;)
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  3. ........and without a parachute, and when he lands there will be a massive shock wave and a crater the size of the Gulf of Mexico but he will still survive and take on NATO single handed.
  4. :) I had him down as doing an 'El Macho' from Despicable Me. Riding a shark into the mouth of a volcano with explosives strapped to him:
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  5. I was thinking of more like Thor or the Hulk but not as good looking.
  6. It seems they've done so by removing the numbers altogether. Unsurprisingly, since the Russian story has 4,500 men dropped by 10 aircraft. Which is in keeping with the general reliability of figures for the whole thing.
  7. I noticed that re their figures. Maybe they read my comment :)

    I also noticed the 'ten cargo planes' being escorted but to be frank, I thought they would be doing shuttles. A big drop whilst Putin is there and then air landing some and parachuting others. As you say though, none of the figures seem to be adding up.
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  8. Re the airdrop, if the weather in Western Russia was anything like what we had in Latvia yesterday, you would have to be one ballsy bloke to make the jump, absolutely torrential day for nearly 24 hours.
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  9. Guardian journalists would have been preferential ;)
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