Get Ready, NATO: Russia Plans to Build Nuclear-Powered Battlecruisers

Dubbed the Lider class, these warships would feature the nuclear power and armament capacity of the massive Soviet-era Kirov battlecruisers. For reference, the 28,000 ton Kirov class has thrice the displacement of and carries roughly twice the armament of its nominal U.S. Navy counterpart, the AEGIS cruiser. Cutting a distinctive silhouette, the Lider would easily outgun the largest ships in the U.S. or Chinese arsenals. Their nuclear power plants would allow them to sortie worldwide, limited only by food and ammunition supplies — the finest naval power projection to be found outside of aircraft carriers.

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Is Donbass on the verge of a new offensive and will there be a Minsk-3?

Representative of the DPR in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, has already stated that the people’s republics are ready for the new offensive of UAF and a shift to a counter-offensive. Indeed, all previous experience suggests that each new attack of the Ukrainian side ends with its complete defeat. Thus it was in July of last year and at the beginning of 2015. Both times, the counter-offensive of DPR and LPR was stopped only by diplomatic means with the Minsk-1 and Minsk-2 agreements.

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