Ukraine Reveals Russian Weapons Destroyed Among Staggering Infantry Losses

By Zoe Strozewski

Russia has purportedly lost hundreds of men and dozens of military vehicles and pieces of equipment in the span of one day, according to the latest estimate from Ukraine.

In a new update shared on  Wednesday, Ukraine’s Defence Ministry said that 780 Russian personnel had been killed in the past day. This brings the total number of Russian deaths up to about 77,950 from when the war started on February 24 through November 9,

Additionally, Ukraine said that Russia lost 15 tanks, 12 armoured combat vehicles, two multiple launch rocket systems, two air defence systems, seven drones and 11 vehicles and fuel tanks.

Ukraine’s Defence Ministry shared a quote from abolitionist and journalist William Lloyd Garrison that read: “With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men, I will plead; but to tyrants, I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments…”

Newsweek was able to independently verify the Russian losses.

Ukraine’s newest update on Russian losses came after a high-ranking unit in the Russian navy reportedly lost roughly 300 men in a recent offensive in the war-torn country. The Moscow Times reported Monday that the 155th Guards Naval Infantry Brigade was involved in an attack last week on a Ukrainian military garrison in Pavlivka, a town southwest of the recently annexed Donetsk region.

In the wake of the attack, members of the elite naval unit reportedly complained in a letter shared online by a handful of Russian media figures about “baffling” leadership decisions that they say led to the alleged staggering infantry losses.

Russia’s Defence Ministry on Monday denied that the unit had faced “high, pointless losses in people and equipment,” according to Reuters. The ministry also rejected claims in the letter that military leaders for the unit had shown incompetence, adding that the brigade had advanced more than three miles into Ukrainian defensive positions over the course of 10 days.

“Due to the competent actions of the unit commanders, the losses of marines for the given period do not exceed 1 percent of combat strength, and 7 percent wounded, a significant part of whom have already returned to duty,” Russian state-owned news agency Ria quoted the ministry as saying, according to Reuters.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pushed back on the Russian denials.

Separately, a Russian reservist told The Guardian on Monday that about 440 Russian reservists sent to fight in Ukraine’s Luhansk region were killed by Ukrainian shelling after unit commanders abandoned them.

 

Exercise TRIDENT 2022

Exercise TRIDENT 2022 is a bilateral training activity between the ADF and the SAF to test our combined ability to project a land force from vessels at sea to shore, manoeuvre inland and secure an objective. Royal Australian Navy Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide and Republic of Singapore Navy Ships RSS Endurance and Persistence will embark ground forces from the Australian Army’s 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards, in Townsville and transport them to Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The training is part of the wider training activity Exercise Wallaby, occurring in Australia during 2022. Singapore is a close and highly capable defence partner of Australia in Southeast Asia and The 2020 Treaty on Military Training and Training Area Development is enhancing and expanding training opportunities for SAF personnel in Australia.

THANKING VICTORIAN VETERANS WITH COST-OF-LIVING RELIEF

If re-elected Andrews Labor Government will thank Victorian veterans and their families for their profound contribution to our state and nation by introducing the Victorian Veterans Card, helping them with the cost of living.

There are more than 90,000 veterans in Victoria. Labor will recognise their service and sacrifice – particularly younger veterans who aren’t eligible for the Commonwealth’s Gold Card program – with $37 million for the Victorian Veterans Card, delivered through the Service Victoria app.

It’s an investment that builds on Labor’s existing record when it comes to backing our veterans and their families – upgrading local RSLs, helping to deliver the National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Phillip Island, and creating new opportunities for veterans on our Big Build and across the public sector.

The Victorian Veterans Card will entitle veterans to a $100 discount on the registration of one vehicle, as well as free public transport on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

The Card will also offer free trailer and caravan registration and free fishing and boating licences, encouraging veterans to participate in outdoor recreation and connect with their friends and families.

On top of the discounts, the Card will give veterans access to dedicated employment programs to help them find careers after finishing their period of service, making sure the transition to new work is as smooth as possible.

Vale 55980 Robert (Bob) Sims – 4RAR

Warren Dowell has advised me of the passing of another of our members:

Death of 55980 Robert (Bob) Sims 11 Platoon Delta Coy , SVN ,Second Tour

Bob passed away on the 1st November 2022 in Western Australia.

Messages of condolence can be sent to Mrs Margaret Sims 58 Meloway Dr Maida Vale WA 6057 or

Email [email protected]

Bob’s Funeral Talk details are as follows:

It is on Saturday 19th November 2022 at 11.00am (Western Australian) time.

Zoom meeting Link.  222 000 2414
Pass code 2414

 LEST WE FORGET

Sincerely

Wendy M McLean

Secretary

4RAR Association Qld.Inc.

AUSTRALIA TO BUILD NEW JOINT SUPPORT SHIP

During INDO PACIFIC 2022 several contenders emerged for the Royal Australian Navy’s requirement for new Joint Support Ships (JSS). Under project SEA 2200, Australia will domestically build two multipurpose auxiliary vessels, able to perform both sealift and replenishment operations, to replace HMAS CHOULES. So far, the only company to go public with a bid is BMT, which is displaying its ELLIDA design at INDO PACIFIC 2022. The ELLIDA DESIGN, based on the same family of auxiliary craft as the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries Tide class tankers, has a large roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cargo deck as well as provisions to conduct underway replenishment.

Viet Cong vs the South Korean Soldiers – The Most Feared Army of the Vietnam War

It is commonly believed that the Vietnam War was waged only by the United States armed forces against the Communists of the North, but the reality was much different. As part of the Free World Military Assistance Forces, thousands of Australians, New Zealanders, Philippines, and South Koreans served in Vietnam to support the US and the South Vietnamese.

Among them, over 320,000 South Koreans joined the confrontation, reaching more than 50,000 at the height of their deployment. By 1972, the South Korean allies even outnumbered their American comrades! Most of the South Korean young volunteers came from their country’s Marine Corps, and when Communist forces spotted them in the jungle, they knew that the Korean Marines meant serious business.

DFRDB UPDATE – PARLIAMENTARY PETITION

Attention Superannuants

A CALL TO URGENT ACTION

Many of you may be unaware that during my recent absence OS, the Parliamentary Petition Committee approved our Campaign submission for a Lower House Electronic Petition.

The Approved Electronic Petition is OPEN as:

EN4548   WHOLE-OF-LIFE REDUCTIONS TO VETERAN DFRDB RETIREMENT PAY and will remain so until 23 November 2022.

In the short time since approval, we have already amassed some 2251 signatures, with our target being at least 5,000.  The Parliament will only accept a single petition from each email address. Accordingly, where you, your family or colleagues have access to additional email addresses, please use these to circumvent the restriction imposed by the Parliament.  We need as many registered signatures as we can muster.

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR PETITION – GO TO

https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions/list

Then :

TYPE IN PETITION NUMBER – EN4548  in the Search panel and click on the icon.

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE – SIGN THE PETITION

You will then receive an email – To VERIFY your signature, you must click on the LINK to validate YOUR petition vote.

The full details of the Petition can be viewed on the above detailed site by clicking on the petition number EN4548 which calls for a completely independent of the Commonwealth Review of the DFRDB scheme by APRA. (The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is an independent statutory authority that supervises institutions across banking, insurance and superannuation, and is accountable to the Australian Parliament.)

For those of you who have not been party to our Campaign, it should be noted that the petition includes the following aspects of DFRDB:

  • Exclusionary Detailing; Duplicity; Commutation; Retirement Pay Indexation; ‘Service’ eligibility-period in whole years; and, the age penalties imposed on certain serving Officers.

Kind Regards and Thanks

Ken

 

RSL ANNOUNCES NATIONAL ESO FORUM TO ADDRESS THE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO DEFENCE AND VETERAN SUICIDE

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) will host a National Forum for Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs), the first in a series of planned events to address the emerging findings of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

The event, which will be held on Tuesday, 15 November 2022, will give representatives from Australia’s leading ESOs an opportunity to meet in person to discuss how they can collaborate to help meet the urgent needs of the Defence community, veterans, and their families.

Royal Commissioners Mr Nick Kaldas APM, the Hon James Douglas KC, and Dr Peggy Brown AO will attend the National ESO Forum as honorary guests to observe the opening proceedings and learn more about the services and support offered by the ESOs.

RSL Australia’s National President Greg Melick said the Forum offered an opportunity for ESOs to discuss how to proactively address issues that had been examined by the Royal Commission.

“While the Royal Commission’s Interim Report largely focused on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, claims processing backlogs and the support available to veterans giving evidence at Hearings, the RSL recognises that there are improvements that can and need to be made in the Ex-Service Organisation sector,” Greg Melick said.

“The RSL is hosting the National ESO Forum in Canberra to bring Australia’s leading ESOs together and identify ways we can work collectively to serve the needs of veterans and their families.

“We know that addressing the findings of the Royal Commission can’t be done by any one organisation alone – we must demonstrate our commitment to working together.

“Our National ESO Forum represents the expertise the RSL has gained over its 106-year history, and the event demonstrates our commitment to working with the wider ESO sector to maximise the wellbeing of Australia’s veteran community,” he said.

The Forum will be hosted by RSL Australia and all RSL State Branches and will be free of charge for all ESOs to attend. Attendees are required to register to participate, however, the RSL will accept written submissions from ESOs unable to attend the event in person.

Greg Melick urged Ex-Service Organisations leaders to register for the Forum as the widest representation and collaboration would ensure the best outcomes for veterans and their families.

The National ESO Forum will be held from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Tuesday, 15 November 2022 at The Boat House in Grevillea Park, Canberra. ESOs can register to attend or make a submission to the RSL National ESO Forum via rslevents.com.au

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