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Russia's deputy foreign minister says he hopes Transnitria isn't drawn into Russian-Ukraine conflict so Moscow isn't forced to intervene there, according to Russian state media. "We would like to avoid such a scenario," says Andrey Rudenko.

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In both cases new language laws that sidelined Russian in a big way caused unrest in heavily Russophone areas.
Most people in Crimea never really wanted to be part of Ukraine. Khruschev moved it from Russia to Ukraine pretty much on a personal whim in the 1950s.
Putin often claims that Lenin did much the same where the Donbas was concerned when the Ukrainian SSR was formed but that's not quite as clear cut.
Transnistria wasn't historically part of Moldova and was added to it under dubious circumstances by Stalin.
There were always likely to be tensions when Soviet republics turned into sovereign independent states in other words because a lot of people thought the lines on the map were in the wrong place.
A bit like the Middle East.
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22 hours ago, ICTChris said:

I was just about to post that. Small drones can get past air defence systems designed to look for planes. A lot of people thought that the Russians had equipment to jam and take out drones but it doesn’t seem to be the case. 

Makes you wonder what could happen if/when the UK or the US has to engage with an enemy who have drone capabilities.

We'll find out soon enough when Ukraine skelps Russia's arse...

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US intelligence sharing with Ukraine has been crucial and, according to this report, helped Ukraine direct fire including shooting down a Russian troop transport plane in the initial battle at Hostomel Airport.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/us-intel-helped-ukraine-protect-air-defenses-shoot-russian-plane-carry-rcna26015

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2 hours ago, ICTChris said:

Germany are providing Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer systems to Ukraine.

The most German names thing ever.

Fun fact, "Flak" comes from the abreviation of the German word for anti-aircraft gun Fliegerabwehrkanone

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Russia starting off by cutting off gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland is huge, there's no way back. Bulgaria are close to securing a supply from Azerbaijan via Greece, why would they go back to relying on a dodgy supply from Russia after this is all over, without a massive discount? And late spring to pull off this stunt is worthy of Arthur Scargill's tactics against Thatcher.

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2 hours ago, Todd_is_God said:

Fun fact, "Flak" comes from the abreviation of the German word for anti-aircraft gun Fliegerabwehrkanone

Didn't stop the BBC lazily reporting them as 'tanks', which is something that every tank nerd on the planet is sick of seeing over the past couple of months.

Literally anything military with caterpillar tracks is reported as a 'tank'.

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5 minutes ago, Boo Khaki said:

Didn't stop the BBC lazily reporting them as 'tanks', which is something that every tank nerd on the planet is sick of seeing over the past couple of months.

Literally anything military with caterpillar tracks is reported as a 'tank'.

I haven't seen this, but Panzer is the German word for tank.

The Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard in question here is very much a tank.

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6 minutes ago, Todd_is_God said:

I haven't seen this, but Panzer is the German word for tank.

The Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard in question here is very much a tank.

No it isn't.

Germany has always used 'Panzer' in the naming of anything mounted on an actual tank chassis, simply because that's how the German language works with regard to using the literal description to name new inventions, but the Gepards don't fulfil the function of actual tanks, and no military would list them in inventory as tanks. Just because something is on a tank hull, it doesn't mean it's actually a tank.

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5 minutes ago, Boo Khaki said:

No it isn't.

If the German's wish to call it a tank, and it looks like a tank, then it's a tank.

 

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2 minutes ago, Todd_is_God said:

If the German's wish to call it a tank, and it looks like a tank, then it's a tank.

 

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Germany doesn't call the Gepard a 'tank', consider it a 'tank, nor does it look like a 'tank', but if you are insistent you know better, on you go.

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1 minute ago, Boo Khaki said:

Germany doesn't call the Gepard a 'tank', consider it a 'tank, nor does it look like a 'tank', but if you are insistent you know better, on you go.

It's name quite literally contains the German word for tank.

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