Netipiska zviedra karā piezīmes

vara bungas: Čalis perfekti saprot, kur jāliek uzsvarus, vai arī režisoram ir izpratne par taktiku. Vispirms militārā apmācība, psihologiskā sagatavotība kaujas darbībai un apakšvienības kolektīva saliedēšana. Tad mazie soldiering knifi, kas var glābt dzīvību, sākot no vienādas mugursomu pakošanas sistēmas līdz gaismas un skaņas pašdisciplīnai. Labākais pret-dronu taktikas paņēmiens – maskēšanās, personāla izkliede, ierakšanās (konteksts). Daudz slavas dziesmu SE instruktoriem un ieročiem, bet tas, laikam, pelnīti.

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[..] It will be unpleasant, it will be rough, it will be hard. It´s war.

It will be unpleasant, it will be rough, people will die.

You might die.

The Russians tactic has always been to smash everything to pieces.

They tried to advance with tanks, but that didn´t work very well.

Logistical problems have led to fuel not being delivered, for example.

We saw that happen in the beginning of the war. They´ve tried using tactics that doesn´t work in modern combat.

Trying to spearhead with tanks. The idea was probably to do it under cover of air superiority

but since they never achieved that the tanks were left without protection.

It turned into a complete failure.

Then they tried to grind everything down using rockets and artillery.

But that doesn´t work. Are you going to destroy everything? There´ll be nothing left to take.

Eventually you´ll run out of ammo.

And if new supplies don´t come you´ll have to abandon equipment.

Food and ammo has been scarce.

We noticed that Russian soldiers received old rations

and that vehicles had punctured tires due to lack of proper maintenance.

Half of the volunteers that I met at the Yavoriv base had no prior military experience.

They shouldn´t have come, in my opinion. Not without a relevant background or experience.

You´ll be a burden to the group. Not only will you get yourself killed, you´ll get others killed as well.

Some individuals with no prior military experience can have other relevant expertise, in security or police work, for example.

There are also some people who are naturally suited for the role.

I met one guy, a Scot, who had no prior military training, and he turned out to be very competent.

In fact, even more competent than many of those who had military training.

He fought real well. I think he´s still over there fighting.

As a person you have to be able to handle yourself in really tough situations.

You have to be able to endure hard physical and mental strain.

You can´t expect to spend the night in a Hilton hotel.

It will be unpleasant, it will be rough, it will be hard.

You have to suck it up and trust your surroundings, your buddies.

It´s war. It will be unpleasant, it will be rough, people will die. You might die.

You have to accept that.

Russia´s strength is probably the sheer number of Russians. And their artillery, a huge amount.

They knew how to shoot. Their aim was subpar, but they did know how to shoot.

They made more wrongs than rights, in my opinion.

That´s pretty obvious today. A so called superpower can´t conquer a country that didn´t have a modern army prior to 2014.

Ukraines army before 2014 wasn´t modernized. They had old assault rifles.

They didn´t have protective gear like we do in other countries.

They weren´t trained in modern warfare.

Russia´s weakness is combat.

Their logistics fail. Especially in the beginning.

The way they go about setting up a base … complete disaster.

You don´t set up a base with vehicles, tents and ammo right next to eachother.

Everything is packed together, nothing is spread out.

Their morale is also low. Understandable, since they have no reason to be in Ukraine.

Something you don´t learn in training is the brutality of war. What was is really like.

Even though we train everyday for war, you won´t know how you or your comrade will react until you´re actually in combat.

When you see people getting killed.

You can´t really prepare yourself for that.

We have many [Swedish] veterans in our Armed Forces. They have some insight into what would await them.

Some of them have been to Ukraine. It´s important to learn from their experience.

For me personally it will be much easier to fight the Russians again. Easier than it might be for others.

But it´s hard to prepare for the brutality.

The [Swedish] military training was very useful. That became apparent.

You always packed your equipment the same way, if your buddy needed to find something in your bag

or you needed something from his.

And the training in noise and light discipline. That´s also very important.

Especially at night. There are drones with thermal cameras.

Our [Swedish] officers were very competent. Especially the veterans that trained us.

They focused the training on the right things. They knew what they were doing.

They´re very competent.

The Swedish weapons were very effective. You could easily take out an enemy vehicle with an AT4.

With an good hit.

It depends of course on what type of armoured vehicle

but there´s a video where the Ukrainian Home Guard takes out a Russian T90 with a Carl-Gustaf 84 mm.

Then there´s the famous NLAW, Robot 57. Very effective. The Russian countermeasure doesn´t work.

An interference device placed at the front of the tank.

The role of the tank is to support the soldiers advancing on foot.

The problem is that the tank also needs support.

Keep in mind, this is a war between modern armies with the same resources.

You can´t just send in tanks without air support, like helicopters.

A problem with the tank in an urban environment is that you don´t know in what window an enemy soldier is hiding.

Or around which corner a soldier is waiting with NLAW, for example.

In an urban environment the tank has a difficult time, and that´s where they were sent in the beginning of the war.

The tank is vulnerable. They have a limited view. You need a lot of fuel.

It used to be more “bulletproof”, so to speak. When we didn´t have modern weapons to fight it.

Today I would say that the role of the tank is less important, because of drones

and weapons that can be fired from a long distance.

It´s much easier for a soldier to hide than for a loud tank to advance.

You can sit in a house or around a corner, look out, aim, wait three seconds, pull the trigger on a Robot 57

and it´s good-bye for that tank.

The tank will be heard from a long distance, but you won´t hear or see me.

The effect of drones is big. There are small drones that you can carry in your bag

and send up so the operator can give information directly to the soldiers.

Allowing the soldiers to know what they´re walking into. Enemy vehicles or soldiers in an ambush.

It´s a great asset, to receive that information.

Then there are larger drones, that can attack depots, outposts and artillery sites.

They´ve proved to be very effective.

Especially the Turkish drones, Bayraktar, have done immense damage to the Russians.

You can hide from drones. First of all the drone has to locate you. It has to find your trench.

The drone also has to get there without being shot down, so there are several variables to take into account.

If a round hits nearby the trench will protect you from fragments.

Also, you don´t just dig trenches in a straight line, you also have dugouts with more cover.

The best thing is to not be located in the first place, so you won´t be fired upon.

Trenches work well against artillery. Like it did in the first and second World War. It´s nothing new.

Russia expected to gain total air superiority, but they didn´t succeed. The Ukrainians are still flying.

Russia quickly aborted the plan to take over Kyiv.

When foreign anti-air weapons was delivered to the Ukrainians it became next to impossible.

It´s difficult to take over a capital when there are Stingers [portable anti-air missile] all around the city.

Sure, the Russian pilots can use flares. You might avoid the first missile, but what about the other two coming for you.

Several aircraft have been shot down.

Ukraine has both old Russian anti-air weapons as well as newer western systems. The Russian losses are severe.

Of course, Russia has a lot of aircraft. But where are those aircrafts?

There have been rumors flourishing that only extreme right- and left-wing supporters are going to Ukraine.

This is not the reality. First of all, the Ukrainians are not Nazis.

That would be weird, considering they have a Jewish president. You do the math.

And even though there is photo evidence of, for example, Nazi flags held by soldiers in the Azov Regiment

you can´t make out a whole regiment, a whole country, to be Nazis because of that. That´s absurd.

That would make everyone on the planet a Nazi.

It was Russia who attacked Ukraine. That´s how the Nazis went about trying to conquer the world.

It´s not Ukraine who takes people and give them new identities and put them in camps, for example.

That was the Russian´s doing.

I´ve come across some individuals with weird convictions.

But it doesn´t matter where you turn, you will always come across that odd individual among a group of people.

That´s nothing that I support. But if Ukraine is a Nazi state, how could I fight for them?

I´m not of Nordic decent. That´s pretty obvious.

The Nazi connection is just nonsense.

There came volunteers from west and east, from the US and from Japan.

There was a big difference in mentality and training among the soldiers.

I met mostly Brits. Very competent. Both out in the field and back at base.

Great sense of humor. Knew exactly what they were doing.

They really took Ukraine´s struggle to heart, and that affects the whole group.

And the Georgians, they probably felt like they were being attacked again.

There were a lot of Georgians over there. Superb soldiers.

Excellent in the field, as well as other things, like cooking. Nice people.

The Americans were just as competent as they were in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A lot of veterans. A very diverse group − Marines, Army, Airborne, from all kinds of units.

Very nice and competent.

We also have our neighbors in the east, from the Baltic countries.

Their military training was similar to ours. I noticed when working with a buddy from Lithuania.

Similar training on similar weapon systems and how to fight. That made everything much easier.

They were highly motivated. They knew what Russia had done to them.

We often talk about Germanys camps and crimes against humanity.

Russia wasn´t far behind in brutality. People in the east don´t want anymore of that.

So they really fought hard. Both Poles, Lithuanians and Estonians.

The Ukrainian soldiers that I met were competent and very nice.

Their morale was very high. Same with the officers. Very down to earth.

They always tried to accommodate you if you needed anything.

The civilians as well. Very friendly people

They welcomed you with open arms. And not just because we were there fighting for them.

It was the same when we were in civilian clothes.

Like after we took Kyiv and waited to be sent away to train others.

We weren´t always in uniform and sometimes we met civilians.

Always friendly. Never a cold shoulder

The capability of the Swedish military is high. The government has decided to raise the funding.

I feel our current military situation is good.

Russia is having problems taking over a neighboring country. Unhindered by water.

That they would be able to take Sweden via the Baltic Sea is simply not going to happen.

The Swedish military is very competent.

Highly motivated, know what they´re doing, and train for war on a daily basis.

And they do it for pocket change.

There´s often talk about raising the salaries of police officers. Soldiers earn considerably less.

And these soldiers are expected to die.

My position is that Sweden should send the Archer artillery system to Ukraine.

Having it tested in battle would be a good thing.

They´ve trained Ukrainians in operating HIMARS [multiple rocket launcher].

It should be possible to train them on the Archer system as well.

Sweden are training Ukrainians in the UK, so it wouldn´t be impossible.

It all comes down to what help you´re willing, and able, to send.

Sweden´s contribution to the war has been significant. That became apparent to us soldiers.

Everything from rations, to weapons, to protective gear. It makes a difference in the field, even the feeling it gives the soldier.

Carrying a Robot 57 or AT4, you know they´ll get the job done. You know what the effect will be.

It makes a difference to the soldier. It builds confidence.

It removes some of the fear, knowing you can take out a tank.

It´s also positive to see the weapons used over there, knowing they´ll work here as well.

It´s of outmost importance to keep supporting Ukraine with weapons and humanitarian aid.

We soldiers on the ground noticed the effect. Everything from food and rations to medical aid and weapons.

Without the support from the West I don´t think things would´ve turned out well for the Ukrainians..

Ukraine is a country that wants to be like us in the West. They want to be free, a democracy.

They want to able to go to school, go to work, write what they want on social media.

We have to support that. If we quit on this one country, than what´s the point with Nato? What´s the point with EU?

What´s the point with anything? We have to support them.

More than we are doing today. You don´t give in to tyrants. [..]


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