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Media contacts to Russian soldiers and their families have gotten a lot easier since the "Anonymous" hacker collective dumped the personal details of hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers online.

The UK's largest newspaper, the Daily Mail, got some interesting tidbits from interviews with families of Russian soldiers that highlight continuing supply problems.  A few weeks ago, new draftees sent into Ukraine complained  in a video made with a cell phone in the back of an army truck about being issued rifles from the 1940s, some of which would not even fire.  Now, untrained draftees are being sent into battle with Mosyn rifles, first issued by the Czarist Russian army in the 19th century and widely used in World War I.  Photographs of Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine have come to light showing them carrying these outdated Czarist weapons.  Family members of soldiers also complain that they do not have adequate supplies of food or water, and in one instance soldiers were told to drink from a fetid pond.

It appears that the US is finally sending some of the Switchblade 600 tank-killing drones it promised, but only ten of them.  On the other hand, Biden sent 100 of the anti-personnel Switchblade 300s.  There are a lot more Russian tanks that need to be taken out than ten!  Biden seems to speak loudly but carry a very small stick.

And with Russia, what happens if the war continues another month?  Will they go back a further century and start issuing soldiers flintlock muskets from the Napoleonic Wars?  With over 18,000 killed in one month of invasion, Russia's casualties already exceed the 15,000 killed in ten years in Afghanistan.  How long will the Russian people stand for Putin's madness?  One wonders if he shortened the family name from Rasputin.

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