For some time I have been very concerned about the lack of any credible tank force in Europe. During the First Cold War, the expected attack came from massive amounts of Soviet armored forces pushing through. The point of attack was generally considered to be the Fulda Gap a region north of Bavaria in the Hesse-Thuringian border region with then, East-Germany. Back then as now the ultimate defense was based on the deployment of nuclear weapons to deter the attack in the first instance. During the period up to the late 1980’s the U.S. possessed artillery rounds that could deliver a small yield nuclear weapon 30-50 km to the center of a tank force theoretically eliminating it. To counter this the Soviet forces developed sealed radiation protected tanks. Here is a frightening look at the test firing of one of these rounds in the early 1950’s. http://goo.gl/r5FX0u It is not surprising the Germany wanted no part of this scenario.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the need for a massive response to the Soviet force was no longer necessary nor politically acceptable. As Germany worked to incorporate the East into its society, the Russians were also occupied with domestic matters consolidating its Kleptocracy. But all the while, the post-Reagan explosion of U.S. military spending that was in great part a cause of the Soviet collapse, continued to push exotic weapons systems through the procurement pipeline. One weapon developed in a joint endeavor between the U.S. and Sweden was developed that may be a game changer particularly when fighting an enemy dug in in a city like the current Russian Green Men is Slovyansk Ukraine.
The “Excalibur” artillery round is a combination of the traditional artillery round with so-called “smart weapon” technology. Like most weapons programs the Excalibur has endured the ups and downs of cost increases and budget cutbacks but still remains as part of the U.S. arsenal. The round has been used in Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan. The Taliban has named it “the Finger of Death.” Here is a Raytheon ad for its system played with the “Everything Explodes” as background music. http://goo.gl/mImt1E
The Ukrainian Army could use these accurate weapons on the buildings being held in the East. They are designed to avoid collateral damage and, if a shot goes off course, the round can be deactivated prior to impact. Ukraine exports the 2S19M1-155, a 155mm variant of the 2S19 Msta self propelled howitzer that could be used to deliver the round. Here is a link to a Wiki. http://goo.gl/C0izQo
The image of the Green Men is meant to strike terror and hopelessness in the population. The small number is multiplied by the clever use of TV that gives the impression of a growing force of super humans. But if they are targeted with long range sniper rifles like the Barrett .50 cal. Sniper Riffle, the masked men will not be seen again in Slovyansk. Here is a video showing this weapon in action. http://goo.gl/cxPgTm
Russia has found a clever way to invade without a credible ground force. If you fight them, you need to use weapons generally unseen to the citizenry in these cities that reverse the terror coefficient and make the Little Green Men run for their lives.