From Strategic Stability
January 26, 2023
On January 25 Germany and the United States decided to provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 and Abrams tanks totaling 45 (respectively: 14 + 31). Some European countries also intend to join these supplies that could reach around 300 main battle and light tanks during this year. The Pentagon official said that collected ‘the armor basket’ could include 300 tanks and ACV/APC during 2023. It will be 28th ‘basket’ of lethal military supplies of the transatlantic alliance to Ukraine that started on a massive scale in 2022.
1. Unlike fascist Germany, current Germany openly declared a war against Russia on January 25
Arguing in favor of sending NATO tanks and ACV/APC to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said EU countries were fighting a war against Russia. US and EU officials have previously gone out of their way to claim they were not a party to the conflict in Ukraine. It is a wrong statement. The USA and NATO began arming and training Armed Forces of Ukraine soon after the demise of the USSR in 1991.
This is a quotation from what Baerbock has stated at PACE.
“And therefore, I’ve said already in the last days – yes, we have to do more to defend Ukraine. Yes, we have to do more also on tanks,” Baerbock said during a debate at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on January 25. “But the most important and the crucial part is that we do it together and that we do not do the blame game in Europe, because we are fighting a war against Russia and not against each other.”
It means that unlike fascist Germany that started undeclared war against the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, current German state openly declared a war against Russia.
If she has not been sacked so far from the German Government, it means that her statement is fully shared by the FRG Government and the Parliament.
It also means that the FRG has radically changed its foreign policy and once again is unleashing the next World War – the Third one.
It means that German tanks again will appear in Ukraine and Russia like in 1941-1945.
It also means that pro-Nazi coalition supports ultra-nationalist regime in Kiev that began its own and unprovoked aggression – initially against Donbass in April 2014, and later against Russia in October 2022.
It means that since January 25, 2023 current joint Ukrainian-NATO actions in Ukraine can be politically and juridically labelled as “a declared direct combined Ukrainian-NATO aggression against the Russian Federation”.
Such Ukrainian-NATO aggression has purely offensive nature.
Its aim is a three-fold:
1) to kill more and more Ukrainians and Russians (in Donbass only April 2014 till January 2023 nearly 20,000 civilians have been killed partly by US/NATO ammunition);
2) to support endlessly ultra-Nazi regime in Ukraine,
and 3) to dismember and destroy entirely the state named “The Russian Federation” and gradually many other states not bowing to NATO and the USA.
2. Russia angrily reacted to such abnormal statement
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that tank supplies to Ukraine by Western countries testify their direct and growing involvement in their armed conflict. He added that the flow of western weapons to Ukraine does not help potential negotiations between Moscow and Kiev.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that any shipments containing weapons for Ukraine would become a lawful target for Russian forces,
The Russian Embassy in Germany for its part warned that “this extremely dangerous decision [by Berlin] shifts the Ukrainian conflict to a new level of standoff.”
All five parliamentary political parties at the Russian State Duma are demanding from the highest military and political structures in the country to destroy all Ukrainian-NATO heavy weapons – not only at the front lines, but additionally and primarily near Ukrainian-NATO border as soon as such weapons cross it on land, in the air and at sea.
Such destruction will save a lot of innocent lives amongst civilians and military men.
Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov stated at the recent spring session of the State Duma that to cut these arms supply lines it would be expedient to destroy only 20 key Ukrainian targets: 14 big bridges, 4 major railroad hubs and 2 tunnels. The Russian Armed Forces (RAF) can do it without any difficulty. All necessary resources are available right now.
That is option # one. The second is descried in item 3.
3. RAF will continue to destroy all Ukrainian-NATO heavy weapons at the front line as well
It possesses a substantial variety of choices:
- newly-developed tanks like “Terminator” capable to hit any Ukrainian-NATO tank or ACV/APC by a single shot;
- anti-tank portable “Kornet” rocket launcher and other NATO-made launchers captured at the battlefields in great quantities;
- air-based pin-point accurate missile named “Production unit # 305” mounted on helicopter-gunships capable to obliterate armored vehicles a dozen km away;
- a long-range artillery shells capable to destroy any enemy tank 15-20 km away,
- and a newly developed robotic vehicle named Marker that is able to detect any armored vehicle, identify it by AI device and to destroy it according to its military priority and significance (a strike version of the Russian-made robot will be capable of hitting the German and US-made main battle tanks, due to be delivered to Ukraine, Dmitry Rogozin, former director general of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, and currently the head of the Technological Center “The Tsar Wolves” has told Sputnik; he explained that the robot’s control system features an electronic catalogue with images of targets in the visible and infrared ranges, which helps the Marker automatically detect the enemy’s military hardware and shatter it into pieces);
- the rest (classified}.
WRITING ON THE WALL:
According to Russian MoD, since February 24, 2022 till January 26, 2023,
that is less than a year, RAF destroyed totally 7,634 Ukrainian tanks and other AFV/APC. More to come….
4. Russia warns Ukraine and NATO against using depleted uranium shells in Ukraine
Moscow has also cautioned NATO and non-NATO members against supplying Ukraine with depleted uranium munitions (DUM) and with long-range weaponry capable of striking at cities deep within Russian territory.
Supplying Ukraine with DUM for western military hardware would be regarded by Moscow as the use of “dirty bombs,” said Konstantin Gavrilov, head of the Russian delegation to the Vienna Negotiations on Military Security and Arms Control.
Speaking at a plenary meeting of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation, Gavrilov cautioned “western sponsors of Kiev’s war machine” against encouraging “nuclear provocations and blackmail.”
“We know that Leopard 2 tanks, as well as Bradley and Marder armored fighting vehicles, can use depleted uranium shells, which can contaminate terrain, just like it happened in Yugoslavia and Iraq,” he said. “If Kiev were to be supplied with such munitions for the use in western heavy military hardware, we would regard it as the use of ‘dirty nuclear bombs’ against Russia, with all the consequences that entails.”
Gavrilov also warned that Moscow will retaliate if the West were to supply Kiev with long-range weaponry to carry out strikes against Russian cities.
“If Washington and NATO countries provide Kiev with weapons for striking against the cities deep inside the Russian territory and for attempting to seize our constitutionally affirmed territories, it would force Moscow to undertake harsh retaliatory actions. Do not say that we did not warn you,” he remarked.
5. Trump: ‘First come the tanks, then come the nukes’
Ex-President Donald Trump called on Joseph Biden to end ‘crazy’ Ukraine conflict before it leads to the use of nuclear weapons.
“First come the tanks, then come the nukes. Get this crazy war ended, now. So easy to do,” Trump outlined.
Another writing on the wall. A correct caveat.