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When the orders were received on the 24th of February and units began rolling forward across the border, the operational forces lacked adequate planning and intelligence and did not prepare ammunition and supplies for the battle. They were unaware of the terrain and mobility constraints expected downrange and did not prepare the equipment to deal with those obstacles. Neither they had the foresight of an alternative' plan B' in case that 'decapitation' move failed.
The war between Russia and Ukraine tested many new concepts developed in the East and West since the late 20th century. Some of the most modern unmanned systems technologies currently under development are among these. In our analysis, we highlight some of the insights we gained during the first three months of this war
Until now, the war in Ukraine does not reflect the latest technology as analysts would expect. Since 2014 the Ukrainian army has been equipped with many locally produced weapons familiar to the Russians. But in recent months, Ukraine has obtained many western anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons that have surprised the Russians and caused the invading forces many losses. This review summarizes our impressions from the first three weeks of this devastating conflict.
The following satellite images were taken yesterday (19 February 2022). These recent images show a continued build-up of forces in Crimea, despite the Russian MOD announcement of units moving out of the peninsula. The satellite images were taken by ImageSat International (ISI) and show open areas around the township of Novoozerne on the western side of the Crimea peninsula.
A conflict erupting in 2022 is likely to involve the direct intervention of Russian mechanized regiments stationed in Belarus and East Ukraine, which are superior to the Ukraine forces. The outcome would be determined by Ukraine’s ability to endure a prolonged conflict. A strong Ukraine stands with the resolve of its new friends in the West, should assist Kyiv in facing the Russian onslaught.
Facing serious threats to their armored forces operating in Syria, the Turkish Army turned to Ukraine to counter the Kurd missile attacks on their tanks. The system presented by the Turks as ‘Akkor Pulat’ is actually the light version of the Ukrainian Zaslon that has recently completed its initial tests in Ukraine and now enters an accelerated test series in Turkey. Designed with simplicity and relatively simple integration, the system is expected to be fitted soon to all types of Turkish main battle tanks currently operating in Syria.
The U.S. administration plan to support Ukraine reached an important milestone this weekend as President Donald J. Trump approved a support plan to Ukraine, which, for the first time since the U.S. began its assistance plan in 2014. The total value of U.S. military support to Ukraine, since 2014 is estimated at more than US$750 million.
Cyber security analysts claim the spying bots were pinpointed at Ukraine Army artillery units that have suffered significant losses from Russian supported separatists in the past two years. The same group used these bots to target the US Democratic Committee in June 2016.
Textron Systems announced today the first export sale of its SCTV (Survivable Combat Tactical Vehicle) to the Ukraine. In 2015 the US Government has agreed to deliver Ukraine 200 HMMWVs from US military surplus; Some of these vehicles will be converted by Ukroboronprom into SCTV, using Textron delivered kits.
Defence Ministers of of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine have agreed to establish an international brigade manned with units from the three armies, following the LITPOLUKRBRIG formation agreement signed in September 2014. The new formation will help infuse western standards and methodologies into the Ukrainian military, paving the way to closer integration of NATO standards.
Iran unveiled today a new, long range surface-launched cruise missile designed for land-attack. The cruise missile called 'Soumar' was presented today. The missile is believed to be one of the variants of the 'Meshkat' cruise missile announced in 2012. Meshkat is believed to be a reverse engineered version of the Russian Kh55 cruise missile, transferred by Ukraine to Iran in 2001.
In this edition: Physical cyber infrastructure failure | Israeli insurance industry involved in cyber security | BlackShade arrests cause largest international cyber crackdown | Five Chinese military officers indicted for cyber espionage activities | Anonymous planning major cyber-attack on World Cup corporate sponsors | Russia involved in cyber spying operation in Belgium | Russian hackers cripple Ukraine's network ahead of presidential vote | The Wall Street Journal Twitter hacked by the SEA | Iranian espionage through social media revealed | South Korea developing new cyber technologies in cooperation with U.S. | UK: A bilateral agreement with Israel on Cyber Defense | French Ministry of Defense establishing new data center
The crisis in Ukraine was the largest battlefield of cyber war since Russia's cyber-attacks on Estonia in 2007 and Georgia in 2008. Russian cyber operations in Ukraine were based on the experience and lessons learned from previous attacks; they haven't left 'fingerprints' leading to the sources. Russia has managed to hit almost all Ukraine government websites and it was able to take control and to put on surveillance and monitoring all the Internet and telephone communications lines, before the invasion and occupation of Crimea by its military.
In this edition: Cyber Attacks vs Cyber Defense | #OpIsraelBirthday promises damage to Israel via cyberspace | US signs agreement with EU on cyber issues | The US Defense planning to increase cyber workforce by 2016 | Russia deploying highly sophisticated cyber weapons | First global cybersecurity conference in Abu Dhabi | China training cops for cyber war | Palo Alto opened cyber security lab in Singapore | Romania is world's top hacking and global cyber-attack country | UK launched Computer Emergency Response Team after delay | TOR escalates in hiding criminal activity
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