Fighting in Ukraine Picking Up

Ukraine Coat of ArmsMassive 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.

Russian Strike Plane Shot Down by Turk F-16s

A Russian Su-24 on mission over Syria was shot down by the Turkish Air Force.

A NATO member shooting down a Russian combat plane. Turks say airspace was violated. Russians say it wasn’t. Can’t see anything bad coming of this.

Murdoc does not like posts where he tags both “Cold War 2” and “World War 4.”

Say what you will, but lack of leadership in many places at many levels has brought everyone here.

We might not be on the brink, but we can see the brink from here.

EDIT: Typo. Su-24 not Su-25.

Rooskie Fourth-and-a-Half

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.

Hunt for the Arctic Sea

Russian navy searches Atlantic for missing ship

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?

Anyway, at least those subs off the United States’ east coast have something to do.