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  1. The UK had its rail network targeted heavily by the Luftwaffe and its a tiny country.
    But its suprising how quickly lines can be reopened with an experienced crew.
    Not at line speed but enough to get things moving in a few hours.

    1. Lee B….correct. Ukraine has very good and very experienced railroad system maintenance and repair personnel and equipment.

    2. @The Deal Yeah but my point is that Russia would never do that because they would lose too, so there is no interest in using nuclear weapons. If they had something to gain from it they would have used them long ago

    3. @John Adam Well taking land in an invasion doesn’t really mean much

      My country, USA had almost all of Korea and Afghanistan at one point, and how did that end? Oh and the thing about Ukraines economy weakening is true but it’s not going to effect the war effort as much as you’d like considering the west is currently footing the bill for Ukraine.

  2. I bet this guy has never been to Russia. And I bet he predicted the collapse of Ukraine’s defence when the war started.

    1. So what if he’s never been to Russia, he’s an expert in war strategy, which is what this conversation is about. Doesn’t matter what the theater is

  3. The Russians are much more reliant on railways. They have to supply their entire military by rail from Russia

    1. @case barreoltt not! Crimea is a launching area for Russia! Common sense is you take the area out of the equation! The bridge is how they got into Crimea well you stop it from happening again! You could also cut off any ports East of the bridge possibly stranding any ships East of the bridge as well!

      If They can’t get supplies there! They can’t resupply forces!
      Then they are cutting off any potential advancement of the Russian forces While they have to wait!

    2. I see alot of military experts commenting, maybe they were the ones directing the Afghan and Iraq war

    3. @hopeton edwards yes! Some were in either iraq and or Afghanistan. They are your recently retired officer’s, that is who the networks like. They are more current with military tactics so they are most qualified! Than lets say someone who served and never had any over seas duty!

    1. @Matthias Dost I watched Ukraine on fire and I got nothing out of that doc cause I was so distracted by how star struck both Stone and Putin were with each other.

  4. Basic rail (non-electrified) can be repaired at dozens of kilometers a day if you have the crew and equipment for it.
    No amount of bombing is going to significantly damage the earthen works, so its mainly filling in craters and laying track … stuff you can do on an industrial scale.
    The allies barely made a dent in german railway infrastructure, and they had months of total air supremacy.

    Of course its going to be annoying and slow down logistics, but there is no chance of a permanent knockout whatsoever.

    1. Repair panels pre made. Drag the old stuff into the ditch and drop the new stuff in. Rock it, tamp it and you’re goin’

  5. having worked on a rail line as a rail line worker, a track, or rails about 40 feet long, can be put into place within 8 hours roughly, depending on motivation.

    1. @Umen Human that is a two way street. I would argue that the rest of the world is hurting more on such sanctions as food is a necessity not a luxury. Especially on the lack of fertilizers which will completely destroy and cause famine globally if this situation goes for a longer period of time. (Which it will)

  6. Ukraine has done one regretful thing… They gave all their nukes to Russia in 1994…had they not done so there would be no war.

    1. Seems to me, a lot of you people have no idea how the USSR was created or what was really happening behind the “iron curtain”. Maybe you should read history books first – and not the Russian version!!!

    2. It’s not as simple as that, go to “it’s not what you think” YouTube channel and look up why Ukraine gave up the nukes. Simply, they did not have the launch codes to use the nukes or the facilities to maintain them. As well as an extremely corrupt government who has a history of selling weapons on the black market. The fears were they would lose or sell nukes to terrorists or rogue states and for good reason too.

  7. Dnipro is the last Ukrainian locomotive works. The largest was already stripped in 2014 and given to a Russian company in 2016.

    1. Russian reporters in helmets and bulletproof vests crawl over the ruins made by their own troops, looking for traces of the Nazis, behind which there were no ruins here.

  8. The EU weaning themselves off Russian gas and oil is one thing and possible, the world being less reliant on Ukrainian wheat is borderline impossible. If Putin does control wheat export to fund his campaign as a substitute for oil and gas, that is of real concern globally and more complex to negotiate

    1. @Kid Creole what sea? Turkey has it closed of and Russia might have Ukraine land locked by the time this is over🤦🏿‍♂️

    2. I think you missed your own point. If Russia destroys Ukrainian wheat production, and the majority of Russia’s food imports come from India, Kazakhstan, France, Romania and the like… and all those exporters see prices rising and the folks that can pay are European, then they’re going to decide to stop exporting wheat to Russia and shift exports to Europe… it’s not Europe that suffers (well Europe suffers a little financially). Russia could face massive food shortages. Russia can’t threaten India and Kazakhstan; Kazakhstan is basically under the protection of the PRC. India has all the bargaining power at the moment with anything related to Russia. The big question is can Russia afford to pay their wheat providers a premium to maintain their own supply? Dwindling GDP, the cost of the war in man and material skyrocketing, and shrinking global food supplies mean huge price increases. They’re not going to be selling to Russia this fall and winter. Russia is hording grain because they know they are absolutely, 100% fooqt come the winter and I’d bet Russia will absolutely screw up storing all that grain for long term consumption (they screw everything up). They have miscalculated badly I think. Russia can afford guns OR bread, but I don’t think they can afford both. Not good when fighting a war and winter comes knocking. The United States is NOT going to be shipping them food and material for this war like the USA did in WW2. Russia is on their own and the world may turn a blind eye when Russia figures it out.

  9. “Game over Man” a famous quote from a cinema classic, also involving war, but not from here, but out there.

    1. @paul talbot

      The film is Aliens, the character is Space Marine Hudson who spoke the iconic line

  10. This guy took absolutely nothing else into consideration. This is a perfect world scenario for Russia.

    1. his biggest cover up there was to forget to mention that russia exports twice as much wheat grain as ukraine and so the effect of sanctions is much worse than ukriane not exporting its crops …

      (if you have a problem with wikipedia, note the source or find another, its a commonly known fact in trading markets (russia is also the biggest exporter of fertilizers)
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_wheat_exports

  11. Here’s an idea, Don, why don’t you have the Colonel talk about where Ukraine can target Russia’s supply lines in RUSSIA? They’re just as vulnerable to this type of strategy, and Ukraine must never concede anything the that psychopathic regime. And when it comes to giving up territory, Ukraine should demand that Russia give up Moscow. Слава Україні!

  12. 1:38 Supplies can also be moved by truck, using the existing highways. It is also possible to use small boats and turn the river into a supply line. While it is possible that the Russians will try to encircle the Ukrainian army in the Donbass by moving south from Izium and north from Mariupol, it is very unlikely that they will succeed, given that they don’t have enough troops to conduct this maneuver. The operations they have conducted so far in the region, like the crossing of the Donets river, turned into a disaster in which they lost 2 BTGs , 80 vehicles, and 550 men. However, if by some miracle the Russians were able to advance from the north and the south, the Ukrainians should not repeat the mistake they made at Mariupol. It is better to retreat and live to fight another day by conducting what is known as an “elastic defense”, than allowing their most experienced troops to be encircled.

    Edit: As things stand now, it is essential for the US and its Allies to increase the supply of weapons to Ukraine in order to allow the Ukrainians to mount successful counter offensives. Last week, president Zelensky spoke about raising a million-men army, and while this sounds great and should be done, a more realistic approach would be to organize three field armies with at least 100,000 men each. The press has reported that Russia started the invasion with about 200,000 men, and that they might have lost up to a third of their initial attack force. The real size of the Ukrainian army is unknown, but I assume that it is smaller than Russia’s. If the US is really serious about winning this war, no effort should be spared to arm the Ukrainians, help them train their army and liberate all of their country. With the forces that they had, the Ukrainians were able to push the Russians away from Kyiv and force them to retreat from Kharkiv. They are now holding the line in the Donbass, but the ultimate goal should be to defeat the Russian army. I believe that the most promising counter offensives in the east can be conducted in the direction of Izium, and in the South, an effort should be made to push the Russians to the eastern bank of the Dnipro, liberating Kherson in the process. This, obviously, involves a substantial commitment of men and materiel; that’s why it is so important to recruit men of military age, train them and supply them with all the weapons they need to conduct the operations that lie ahead, which are of truly monumental proportions.

    1. @Rex Luminus Yes, we saw what happened when Russia’s most elite paratroopers tried using that tactic to take control of Гостомель airport at the start of the war. Note: those troops are no longer available to help carry out such an attack.

  13. One of the big problems not discussed to date is the environmental impact of the war; weapons use heavy metals like lead and depleted uranium which are highly toxic and could take years to remove from the battlefield, as well as unexploded ordinance which poses a threat to farmers tending their fields in future. So whoever wins will have to make safe the environment before agriculture can resume.

  14. Amazing!! Just a week ago we were told by American press and experts how Ukraine was winning and Russia was suffering defeat after defeat or unsustainable loss of troops and personnel. Also Putin was a broken man close to being overthrown. Simply an unbelievable turn around!

  15. “It’s game over if Russia does this.”

    Vladimir Putin: “Write that down, write that down!”

  16. The solution to the grain theft is simple: other countries can offer to buy Russian grain, and when a ship arrives with Ukrainian grain, arrest the crew for possession of stolen property. Next, pay Ukraine for the grain and confiscate the ship.

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