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Australia's army to undergo major restructuring - CNA

Australia is continuing to beef up its security as it adapts to China's growing military clout. Its army is set to undergo a major restructuring, including redeploying hundreds of its soldiers over the next six years. The plan involves the creation of specialised combat brigades in the cities of Darwin, Townsville and Brisbane. Townsville will also be the new unofficial home of the Australian army. The city's mayor welcomed the move, but warned that the overhaul could strain the housing situation in the area.

The southern city of Adelaide will get a new brigade with long-range fire capacity and integrated air and missile defence.

Former President Donald Trump criticizes electric vehicles to woo autoworkers - CNBC Television

At a Detroit rally Wednesday, Trump criticized electric vehicles, claiming that the EV pivot would kill the U.S. auto industry. The move was seen as an attempt to woo blue-collar autoworkers. His remarks come one day after President Biden joined the striking auto workers on the picket line, a historic move for a sitting president.

Beau of the Fifth Column: Let's talk about Trump, New York, and Georgia....

China criticises US and its allies over military drills in the Yellow Sea - CNA

China has criticised the US and its allies for conducting military drills in the Yellow Sea this month. Beijing said the exercises were "provocative" and it warned that China would not sit idly by. The US carried out joint naval exercises with South Korea and Canada in commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Incheon.

28 Sep: They can't be serious! Russians pack their tanks with tons of explosives- Reporting from UKR

Day 582: Sep 28

Today, there is a lot of news from the Vuhledar direction.

As you remember, Russian forces conducted multiple unsuccessful offensive operations in this region that quickly became the most notorious graveyards of the Russian tanks. It seems like the Russians gave up on trying to take Vuhledar by storm from the south, which is why the main clashes slowly moved to the north toward Novomykhailivka. The main idea is to penetrate the Ukrainian defenses through the fields, establish a stable bridgehead between Vuhledar and Marinka, and then strike both groups from the flanks. The Russian High Command also puts a lot of hope in this operation because if it is successful, Russians would be able to retake the initiative, forcing Ukrainians to cancel their counteroffensive and urgently redeploy forces to plug the hole in the front line. However, so far, the Russians progress here is negative – after months of continuous Russian strikes and assaults, Russians have lost one field in the aftermath of a Ukrainian counterattack back in August. That is why Russians were forced to develop a new tactic.

Recently released footage by Russian sources shows how Russians started launching kamikaze tanks through the fields. And this is not the first time Russians have used kamikaze tanks. Previously, after facing insurmountable resistance by the Ukrainian troops in the tree line, Russians loaded their tank with tons of explosives, the driver directed it toward the Ukrainian position and jumped off the vehicle, the tank got immobilized by a mine and exploded in the field.

Today, Russians demonstrated how they improved their suicide tactic. Now, before launching the kamikaze tank, Russians conducted a demining operation under Ukrainian fire, where one Russian tank would clear the path at least through the proximate to the Russians field. Next, Russians brought in one of their tanks filled with tons of explosives and safely escorted it with another tank to the death zone. Once the tanks entered the death zone, the Russian crew prudently jumped out of the tank onto the minefield and tried to escape under artillery and mortar fire while the kamikaze tank continued its movement. Finally, the tank once again was immobilized by a mine and exploded even further from the Ukrainian positions than previously.

What is interesting is that Russian sources claimed that it was not an assault but a demining operation, where Russians used a useless tank that they captured from Ukrainians anyway to demine the field. Military analysts pointed out that Russians should have a more effective tool for this purpose – UR-77 “Meteorite” – so, the goal of the operation was likely the same as the last time – to blow up the Ukrainian fortification – and it once again failed.

Such an inefficient expenditure of heavy equipment has a significant impact on the combat capability of the Russian forces that are fighting in this region. Recently released footage also shows hundreds of damaged pieces of equipment that are being relocated away from the front. As can be seen, the damage that the Russian BMD-2 vehicles incurred in most cases is substantial, so the repair will take a lot of time, and the Russian mechanized and motorized detachments will not be replenished for a long time.
By the way, it seems like very recently, the Russian high command lost faith in the commanders of detachments in and around Donetsk, and with no prospect of moving forward and establishing a sufficient buffer zone between the Ukrainian positions and the railways that connect Donetsk and Volnovakha, Russians started building another railway connection, 30 km away from the front. The construction has already commenced, and it is estimated to take at least half a year if everything goes smoothly.

Unfortunately for Russians, the whole length of the planned new railway connection is within HIMARS range, so the construction workers of the railroad will likely find themselves exactly in the same situation as the construction workers on the Antonivskyi Bridge near Kherson last year, making one step forward and two steps back every week. Ukrainian Intelligence and reconnaissance are already monitoring the development of each construction site.

U.S. lists requirements for Ukraine to receive more aid - Eastern Express - TVP World

Host Sally Jastrzębska takes a closer look at Ukraine and the reforms required to make it a friendly business environment for EU and U.S. companies, paving the way for EU membership.

Sycamore Gap: Boy, 16, arrested after Hadrian's Wall tree felled - BBC News

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the felling of one of the UK's most well-known trees.

The landmark at Sycamore Gap, beside Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, was cut down overnight.

Northumberland National Park Authority officials believe the tree, known as Robin Hood's Tree, was "deliberately felled".

Why Doesn't Billionaire Elon Musk Make Himself Hotter With Plastic Surgery? - Lovett or Leave It

It's time to bring out the rant wheel!

Fuel prices are rising in Russia. The clowns are furious - Break the Fake - TVP World

Putin emerged from his lair to say that while measures have been taken, the prices are still rising, and instructed his administration to “work more closely” with businesses to stabilize the sudden uptick.

Jamie Raskin & AOC team up to dismantle Republicans at hearing - Brian Tyler Cohen

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