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Ukraine Crisis: Fifa And Uefa Suspend All Russian Clubs And National Teams

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This first paragraph says it all.

Russian football clubs and national teams have been suspended from all competitions by Fifa and Uefa after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

It looks like it is a complete ban from both Fifa and Uefa.

Vlad the Invader/Mad/Poisoner (Delete as appropriate!), is reportedly not amused.

My father, who had something to do with the League of Nations, felt that we didn’t act soon enough over Hitler and Stalin and I could argue we should have acted with tough sanctions after Putin annexed Crimea in 2014.

February 28, 2022 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Is This Weapon Helping The Ukranians?

In The Times today, there is an article, which gives a list of what weapons have been supplied to the Ukrainians.

Included are.

But there is no mention of the MBT LAW. This is the introduction to the Wikipedia entry for the weapon.

The Main Battle Tank and Light Anti-tank Weapon (MBT LAW), also known as the NLAW, is a joint British and Swedish short-range fire-and-forget anti-tank missile system. Designed for use by infantry, the MBT LAW is shoulder fired and disposable, firing once before being disposed of. It is currently in use with the military forces of the United Kingdom, Finland, Luxembourg, Ukraine, and Sweden, among others.

There is a lot of interesting information in the Wikipedia entry.

  • It is fired once and the launcher is thrown away.
  • It has a soft-launch, which allows it to be fired from an enclosed space.
  • It is designed to be fired at moving targets.

I also think, that it could be a weapon, where a dummy version could be built that would be a superb training simulator.

  • The trainee would sit on the range with his dummy weapon and go through the process of identifying a target and pulling the trigger.
  • The dummy could even simulate the forces of launching a real missile.
  • The simulator would calculate the trajectory of the missile and tell the trainee and his instructor, if they had hit the target.

The missile would not be fired and there would be no damage to the target.

This is said about deliveries to Ukraine.

At least 2,000 NLAW units are known to be supplied to Ukraine by the United Kingdom by 19 January 2022 and more shipments, including by other supporters, can be assumed amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Times says this about the training of Ukrainian forces and British Army tactics.

Since 2015 about 22,000 Ukrainian troops have been trained by the British Army as part of Operation Orbital.

Price said anti-armour ambushes of the sort deployed by Ukrainian forces were pretty much the bread and butter of the British infantry, adding: “If you have a classic column of 10 to 20 tanks and you’ve got a wide field of fire then you can knock two or three of them out and then the rest are sitting ducks and they can’t reverse out. Then you finish them off,” he said.

Note that Price is Kevin Price a former British Army major.

It sounds like a few well-trained soldiers sitting in a protected bunker armed with this missile could play havoc with a tank formation.




February 28, 2022 Posted by | World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment