Ukraine Gets Bayraktars, Russia Gets South Ossetians
Armed forces of 4 states now involved in fighting in Ukraine on the Russian side
A Ukrainian Antonov An-124 returned from Turkey yesterday to western Poland probably bringing TB2 drones:
An-124 heavy transport aircraft of the Ukrainian company Antonov State Enterprise returned to Europe, bringing with it new Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAVs for the needs of the Ukrainian army pic.twitter.com/T5cWCwRP2I
— Spriter (@spriter99880) March 26, 2022
It is perhaps notable the aircraft didn’t fly over Bulgaria, Serbia or Hungary.
Meanwhile Russia is getting different kind of aid. Fighters from South Ossetia are on the way to Ukraine, probably the Donbass theater.
Russian-backed leader of "South Ossetia," Anatoly Bibilov paid a visit to Russian-Ossetian forces at Tskhinvali's 4th Guards occupation base before sending them to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/BOngbQPAk2
— Visioner (@visionergeo) March 26, 2022
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 26, 2022
South Ossetian servicemen have left for Donbass to take part in a Russian special operation, President Bibilov said.
— EliasMC (@EliasMezaCota) March 26, 2022
The President of #South_Ossetia, #Anatoly_Bibilov, posted on #Telegram a video showing a convoy of buses and vehicles carrying military personnel to #Ukraine.
#Russia #Russia_Ukraine pic.twitter.com/bt5lDK71Yb
— خالد اسكيف (@khalediskef) March 26, 2022
That the fighters were seen off by the President and given police escort would imply this is an official South Ossetian intervention in the war in Ukraine.
Not counting Belarus which has offered its territory to Russia but isn’t participating directly there are now three states (all of them unrecognized) fighting on Russia’s side. Donetsk, Lugansk and South Ossetia. South Ossetians will see this as returning the favor to Russians who saved them from a Georgian offensive in 2008.
That said the entire population of South Ossetia is 50,000 people so it’s not exactly a military superpower.
It is perhaps interesting to muse on the fact that among its vassals who follow her into wars America can count the likes of UK, France, and Australia, while Moscow has to settle for the likes of Lugansk and South Ossetia.
Not difficult to see who is the underdog globally speaking.
These seem like Russians albeit one vehicle is sporting an Ossetian flag:
— Harold Chambers (@chambersharold8) March 17, 2022
Ukranian AN-124 landing at Tekirdağ Çorlu Airport, known for being a Bayraktar TB2 delivery location pic.twitter.com/cxDHZ1CRjr
— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) March 24, 2022