The UK Defence Review
By Tony Fitzpatrick
Edited by Lt Col [Retired] Stuart Crawford, www.defencereview.UK is Britain's foremost source for news and comment on European and Global military affairs.
What Just Happened In Kherson?
Just last week the world watched agog as Russian forces abandoned Kherson city and withdrew to the eastern bank of the Dnipro river, destroying the bridges behind them to prevent any pursuit. From the announcement of the planned withdrawal by the Russian authorities on the ninth of the month, until their declaration that they had abandoned the city, only three days passed. Current speculation is that they had in fact started their move well beforehand.
November 15, 2022
Is Ukraine Running Out Of Weapons?
It increasingly appears that the war in Ukraine is grinding into a stalemate. The maps of gains and losses have changed little over the past few weeks; a small gain here, a modest retreat there, but nothing like the large advances and withdrawals experienced by both sides earlier in the conflict. The weather hasn’t helped much, of course. The autumn rains bring with them the infamous rasputitsa, the Russian word for the seasons of the year when travel on unpaved roads or across country becomes difficult, owing to muddy conditions from rain or melting snow. Even tracked vehicles can get bogged off the relatively few metalled roads, and it tends to bring the mobility of armed forces almost to a standstill.
November 09, 2022
Whilst the west is looking the other way, there are challenging Times In Cyprus
Whilst the eyes of the world are on the continuing war in Ukraine, we sometimes have to remind ourselves that there are other areas of the world where there are continuing conflicts. Much of Africa is blighted by armed struggles, the Middle East is far from settled – think of Syria and Iraq – and then there’s Cyprus. Whilst this island at the eastern end of the Mediterranean has been peaceful for a while, simmering tensions are never far from the surface.
November 06, 2022
Who’s Winning The War In Ukraine?
As winter fast approaches and land operations in the Ukraine war stall in the autumn rains and mud, it is perhaps timely to review where we are after just over eight months of conflict. We appear to be at a natural pause in proceedings with little change in the front lines, although combat continues with marked ferocity in places. From the Russian point of view things aren’t looking too good. After early reverses in Kyiv and Kharkiv they’re now increasingly under pressure from Ukrainian forces in the Donbas and Kherson. In the east Ukrainelooks like it will continue making ground and recapturing settlements lost only a few months ago to the Russians. In the south, around Kherson city itself, Putin looks in danger of having his forces cut off and isolated.
November 02, 2022
Should the UK or USA be worried about Russia's Nuclear drills?
US to unleash secret space weapons if Putin plays nuclear card, says STUART CRAWFORD As the war in Ukraine grinds on relentlessly with no end in sight, what are we to make of the nuclear drills which Russia has just carried out on her own territory? Is this yet another sign that Putin is threatening nuclear retaliation for lack of success on the battlefield?
October 28, 2022
Who is likely to replace Putin? Nikolai Petrushev
Nikolai Petrushev, former KGB officer and current Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, is a member of Vladimir Putin’s small band of siloviki, or “strong men”, which also includes senior figures like Sergei Ivanov, Viktor Ivanov, Sergei Shoigu, Igor Sachin, and others, and who form the President’s close coterie of advisers in the Kremlin. Persistent rumours from within Russiasuggest that, should anything happen to Putin, Petrushev is the clear favourite to replace him, either temporarily or permanently. He is, in other words, primus inter pares within the group.
October 27, 2022
Will new UK Government reduce the Defence Budget?
No sooner had the military community rejoiced at the pledge by former PM Liz Truss to raise the UK’s defence budget to 3% of GDP by 2030 than all hopes were dashed by Kwasi Kwarteng’s (remember him?) disastrous mini-budget and rampant inflation and rise in cost of living costs.
October 27, 2022
Russia's use of Dirty Bombs in the Ukraine Conflict
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has raised fears, without evidence, that Ukraine plans to use a dirty bomb in the Russo-Ukraine conflict. This he has explicitly stated, apparently, to the UK’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and also to other defence ministers in the USA, France, and Turkey. This unfounded allegation has been rejected by all.
October 27, 2022
How the Undersea Threat could cripple the globe
First there was the presumed sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea, to which nobody has owned up to yet by the way, although Russia is strongly suspected. Then there was the disruption to undersea cables to Shetland which shut everything down, including bank ATMs which meant that for a short while IOUs became the currency of those islands. This time the reason seems to have been more innocent, probably caused by fishing gear or a dragging anchor.
October 24, 2022