Now confirmed that Ukraine’s flagship, UNS Hetman Sahaidachny (U130) was scuttled to prevent capture.
US Navy Jet Fighter Shortfall
(link) The US Navy is short one fighter wing, but it has a plan to keep the older aircraft flying in an attempt to make up the shortfall.
Turkey has closed off the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits to warships from any country, whether or not they border the Black Sea, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The strait closures will still allow warships through if they are returning to a home base in the Black Sea, according to reporting from Naval News. This would include Russian ships in the country’s Black Sea Fleet.
However, the decision to restrict warships, a power given to Turkey by the Montreux Convention of 1936, will likely limit Russia’s ability to move ships from its other fleets to the Black Sea.
Spaghetti Against the Wall
There has been a lot of optimism from smart people that indicate Russian intentions are to occupy just Eastern Ukraine. I call it a fantasy and apparently so did Putin in a phone call earlier today with French President Macron (Putin called Macron). The Russians intend to occupy all of Ukraine.
Putin entered Ukraine with some delicacy to see how much pushback Russia was going to get from the country before he started leveling cities. There was some hope that the Russians were going to be viewed as liberators, but that didn’t happen. Plan B is to work to force a general capitulation by surrounding and starving Kiev. Once Ukraine surrenders, the business of mopping up hot spots is easier, the borders with Poland, Hungary, etc. will be sealed and the administration of Russian Ukraine can begin.