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I found it too painful to watch the first Russian/Chechen war footage. Those poor conscripts didn't deserve what happened to them.Say what you want about Russian influenced media, but ANNA produced some of the best Urban Combat footage yet made, particularly in regards to Armour in urban ops.
Having watched a lot of Afghanistan/Russian footage - there seems to be a theme.
A more granular view, from this TweeterNice to see the old Soviet traditions (if the Suvorov books are to be believed, anyway) seem to carry on in the Russian army
'They Drink A Lot, Sell Their Fuel': Belarusians Give Low Marks To Russian Troops Deployed For DrillsRussian soldiers in southeastern Belarus "settled in the surrounding forests," one local resident said. "They drink a lot and sell a lot of their diesel fuel."www.rferl.org
Another example: in Poland, a local council decided to "de-communize" by taking down a monument to Soviet war dead (Google English from Polish), but Russia is launching a criminal investigation into the issue (see attached).Public gatherings on 9 May, when Russia celebrates Victory Day, will be considered support of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, said Chief of Latvian State Police Armands Ruks in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorāma on Thursday, 24 March.
He said it is in the hands of Riga City Council – permitting or banning public events at Victory Park. Ruks also allowed there may be people who will go to the park even if events are cancelled, since people have the freedom of movement and freedom of speech. The chief of State Police reminded that freedom of speech is not universal and cannot go against general interests.
«All kinds of scenarios are considered. We are preparing and planning accordingly. But I would like to invite people who come every year to commemorate the people who died in WWII, which is nothing bad in of itself, to understand that such gatherings and processions will be considered as support for Russia and Russian aggression,» said Ruks, adding that this may further fracture society ...
Well, Italy is now having second thoughts about Russia's help during COVIDStrange times -- RUS CBRN/NBC troops now appear to be disinfecting/sanitizing hot spots in Italy.
Attached photo caption: "A Russian Army specialist walks outside the Honegger nursing home where 35 people have died so far from coronavirus in Albino, Italy, on March 28, 2020, amid the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP)" (source)
Is Cuba out of Russias orbit or stable enough to not need Wagner?If it's not apparent to anyone yet that Russia has made up their mind that the West is no friend of Russia and is actively engaged in operations against us, perhaps this will remind them:
Many expected the diplomatic relationship between the Russian Federation and the United States to fray when U.S. forces killed hundreds of Russians assaulting a U.S.-held Syrian outpost in early 2018. Yet, the Kremlin quickly distanced itself from the Russian bodies on the far-off Syrian...www.fpri.org
I think it's pretty clear that the Russian State has made the decision that the relationship with the rest of Europe and the United States will be adversarial going forward.
The other side of the same coin, this time for Latvia (where authorities are working towards dismantling a huge monument to, in their eyes, a former bad guy), who's miffed a Belgian community wants to take down a monument to the Latvian Legion. This bit was the most interestingly worded version of this sort of ... organization ...An example from Baltic media of the tug of war caused by different interpretations of history in Latvia, especially regarding the USSR's "liberation" during WW2 ...
Another example: in Poland, a local council decided to "de-communize" by taking down a monument to Soviet war dead (Google English from Polish), but Russia is launching a criminal investigation into the issue (see attached).
That bit in red is critical, given the same can't be said of some other German foreign legions of the time.... The monument has caused controversy in Belgium as the Latvian Legion was structurally part of the Waffen SS. Belgium suffered greatly during the period of Nazi occupation, though no units of the Latvian Legion were involved in Belgium. Following protests about the monument last summer, an international panel of historians deemed the monument inappropriate ...
Funny.Replace 1471 with 2023...