Another One Bites the Dust

Too many ‘hums” makes me suspect why Russia is losing – US/UK/NATO intelligence and cyber war tools. These efforts might explain why old tanks are being rushed to the battlefield and why huge numbers of commercial trucks are being brought in by railroad. Why commercial GPS units at clamped on the front panel of jets. Why paper maps are being used.

Vitaly Gerasimov: second Russian general killed, Ukraine defence ministry claims | Ukraine 
[Via  The Guardian ]

A Russian general has been killed in fighting around Kharkiv, Ukrainian intelligence has claimed, which would make him the second general the Russian army has lost in Ukraine in a week.

The intelligence arm of the Ukrainian defence ministry said Maj Gen Vitaly Gerasimov, chief of staff of the 41st Army, had been killed outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, along with other senior officers.

The ministry also broadcast what it claimed was a conversation between two Russian FSB officers discussing the death and complaining that their secure communications were no longer functioning inside Ukraine.

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The US may well be degrading Russian military digital systems. Follow my thoughts.

One General might by lucky. But, counting the Chechen general, this is 3 in two weeks. Not a coincidence. And the Ukrainians also report that they killed several other officers. Hum.

Ukraine also released a supposed recording between Russian officers in Ukraine and Russia reporting the deaths. This is because the super secret, encrypted phone system set up for the battlefield does not work.They have to use unsecured phones and CB radios to transmit orders. Hum.

These officers were so close to the front lines because, supposedly, the Russian command/control system has been degrades, as this example suggests. Any other examples?

A recently downed Russian jet shows a GPS device clamped to the instrument panel, even though Russia has its own GPS system. Hum. Russian transports have had to rely on paper maps because their digital ones do not work. Hum. I’m wondering if some of the new Russian tanks, trucks, etc, use digital systems in a way that can be controlled remotely, ie turned off, thus rendering them unusable. That would certainly explain why a huge convoy could not move and become a sitting duck. Hum.

Perhaps this could explain why Russia is rushing Soviet era tanks into the battle field? They are too old for digital control to be wrested away. And why private and commercial trucks that are pre-digital being sent in. 

I think we may be seeing the effects of US/UK (Maybe all of NATO) intelligence and cyber war efforts. I’ve suspected that US/UK intelligence was passing information on to Ukraine involving troop movements. Thus how Ukraine knew where the officers were. But perhaps we have broken many of Russia’s digital systems and degraded their command/control systems, requiring the officers to be closer to the front lines to communicate.

The location of these officers is then passed on to the Ukrainians .If we can degrade military communications, what else could we do?

I think we may be seeing the effects of US/UK (Maybe all of NATO) intelligence and cyber war efforts. I’ve suspected that US/UK intelligence was passing information on to Ukraine involving troop movements. But perhaps we have broken many of Russia’s digital systems and degraded their command/control systems,requiring the officers to be closer to the front lines to communicate.

The location of these officers is then passed on to the Ukrainians. Really makes me wonder. If we can degrade military communications, what else could we do?

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