The image shows Cossack commander Sergei Kozitsyn, a patriot leader in the VSN in Novorossiya, displaying his new Humvee command vehicle, captured from junta forces in Debaltsevo. There is bootless talk of American “lethal aid” to the junta forces. Firstly, the USA can’t send NATO-standard ordnance to the junta… all of its present equipment is Sov-standard; if it sent NATO-standard matériel, it’d create a logistics nightmare. Things are bollixed up enough in the junta-misruled Ukraine… to have two separate logistics streams running at the same time is an invitation to disaster. To speak plainly, that makes a classic snafu of sending NATO-standard munitions to a unit using Sov-standard ordnance (or vice versa) ridiculously probable (the junta forces are FUBAR enough without such foolishness). Frankly, the level of C3I* in the junta forces is too low to gamble with such. Factor in the fact that many of the prewar cadre of the Ukrainian forces rallied to Russia and that many of the rest were “lustrated”… well, you can see where I’m going. In the best of situations, it’s looking for trouble… Banderstan is a Jabberwockian state full of more nuts than a PayDay bar. It’d be bollocks on stilts…
- C3I: Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence
By the way, the machine gun on the cupola is a Sov-standard DShK… it means that the junta has enough people left with brains to remove the NATO-standard GPMG, as it’d be almost impossible to keep it supplied with sufficient ammunition. Besides that, to fire the weapon, a crewman has to expose themselves… it isn’t in an enclosed mounting. Also, note that there are no slits in the armoured visors over the windscreen. That is, the visors must always be in the “up” position when on the move. This vehicle isn’t a combat vehicle… the “armour” is only sufficient to keep out rifle-calibre rounds… a heavy MG, autocannon, or RPG could easily defeat this. On top of all that, the additional weight of the improvised armour package puts strain on the engine, drivetrain, and suspension. In short, this is a battle-taxi, nothing more.