Will Western Main Battle Tanks Turn the Tide in Ukraine? What do Russian Gains in Soledar Mean?

Thursday, 12 January 2023 —

Update on Russian military operations in Ukraine for January 13, 2022.

– Russian advances near Soledar and Bakhmut contradict “Ukrainian offensive momentum” narrative; 

– Russian operations are consistent with the “demilitarization” objective for the special military operation; 

– Bakhmut & Soledar are fortified cities along one of Ukraine’s last defensive lines in the Donbass region; 

– West is announcing plans to send Western main battle tanks including Challenger 2 and Leopard 2 tanks; 

– Challenger 2 and Leopard 2 tanks use different ammunition & both require an additional crew member (loader) increasing training demands for Ukrainian forces; 

– The large variety of equipment the West is sending will create additional burdens for Ukrainian forces without any notable benefit; 

– Western main battle tanks have proven to be vulnerable to (Russian-made) modern anti-tank weapons even under relatively ideal conditions; 

– Ukrainian forces will be going into battle without sufficient artillery or air cover and facing off against Russian forces reinforced with an additional 300k men, new defenses, and an influx of new weaponry; 

References:

The Duran on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheDuran Alex Christoforou on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@AlexChristof…

Alexander Mercouris on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@AlexMercouris Washington Post – Russia claims to control Soledar, a battlefield gain after months in retreat: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/…

Congress of the US Congressional Budget Office – The US Military’s Force Structure: A Primer (explanation of the size and composition of a US armored brigade): https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/fil…

NYT – Russia is building a vast network of trenches, traps and obstacles to slow Ukraine’s momentum. Will it work?: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2…

Guardian – UK considers supplying handful of Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine: https://www.theguardian.com/world/202…

Reuters – Poland plans to give Ukraine Leopard tanks as part of coalition: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/…

CBS News – U.S. Tank Hit, 2 GIs Dead In Iraq (2007): https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-tank-…

Defense One – Saudi Losses in Yemen War Exposed by US Tank Deal: https://www.defenseone.com/business/2…

National Interest – Turkey’s Leopard 2 Tanks Are Getting Crushed in Syria: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buz…

New York Times – A Disciplined Hezbollah Surprises Israel With Its Training, Tactics and Weapons (2006): https://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/07/wo…

Haaretz – Hezbollah Anti-tank Fire Causing Most IDF Casualties in Lebanon (2006): https://www.haaretz.com/2006-08-06/ty…

The Telegraph – MoD kept failure of best tank quiet (2007): https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…

Guardian – John McCain tells Ukraine protesters: ‘We are here to support your just cause’ (2014): https://www.theguardian.com/world/201…

BBC – Ukraine crisis: Transcript of leaked Nuland-Pyatt call (2014): https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe…

HRW – New Language Requirement Raises Concerns in Ukraine: https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/01/19/n…

Guardian – Ukraine bans Communist party for ‘promoting separatism’: https://www.theguardian.com/world/201…

Al Jazeera – In risky move, Ukraine’s president bans pro-Russian media: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2…

BBC – US and Nato troops begin Ukraine military exercise (2014): https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe…

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