Massive Escalation In Fighting Yesterday, With Focus Back On Shirokino
According to this morning’s ATO Press Center report, the heaviest fighting was seen around the village of Shirokino, on the Azov coast east of Mariupol.
Here, the report says, 15 attacks were recorded over the day, with Russian-backed fighters using mortars, self-propelled artillery and small arms.
During a skirmish near the village yesterday afternoon, troops from the Ukrainian Volunteer Army, supported by the regular army’s 54th reconnaissance battalion, defeated a group of Russian-backed fighters were were attempting to move across the front line.
Neptunus Lex writes a bit about the T-50, a supposed fifth-generation fighter from Sukhoi:
The Sukhoi T-50 prototype, a “fifth generation” fighter, completed a 47-minute maiden test flight in Russia’s Far East. The project, three years behind schedule, has been shrouded in secrecy during almost two decades of development and aims to rival the F-22 Raptor flown by the US Air Force, which began flight tests in 1997.
Lex notes this about the F-22:
Curious place the Raptor found itself in: Too valuable to export, not valuable enough to build.
He also notes that the photos of the T-50 don’t make it look nearly as stealthy as they claim. The comments section is quite interesting.
Russia’s top general said on Monday that plans to deploy missiles in an enclave next to Poland had not been shelved, despite a decision by the United States to rethink plans for missile defense in Europe.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered that “all necessary measures” be taken to find the missing ship, and the Russian navy turned all of its vessels in the Atlantic — including three landing ships, a frigate and two nuclear-powered submarines — to search.
Finnish police said they also were assisting in the investigation.
What are the Finns doing? Scouring the streets of Helsinki for a 300-foot cargo carrier?