Dystopian Russia preps its kids for loss of life

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Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Hopefully by this time subsequent 12 months, it is as quiet and peaceable as this picture

Russia is a bleak place, the place girls shrug at their sons and husbands heading to struggle as a result of he drinks an excessive amount of, there isn’t any job, he’ll die anyway, however then he’ll earn cash and the household may have advantages. A mixture of hopeless poverty and a corrupt, uncaring oligarchy have created a historic tradition of willful helplessness. Nothing will ever change, so why ought to anybody fear about it? And if the nation’s management ought to cause them to slaughter, properly is there something extra Russian than limitless struggling? 

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It’s one factor, nonetheless, to ship grownup males to loss of life or dismemberment. However you’d suppose Russians would, on the very least, shield their kids, proper? 

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In In Search of the Free Particular person – The Historical past of the Russian-Soviet Soul, Belarusian Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich wrote that “the Russian soul is an enigma. We lived collectively in a rustic the place we have been taught to die starting in childhood. We realized loss of life and dying. We weren’t taught that people are born for happiness, or love. It was drilled into us that people exist with a view to give of themselves, with a view to burn, to sacrifice. We have been taught to like individuals with weapons.”

This thread runs deep within the Russian media dialog. Right here’s one other one: 

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Each of these guys are inside the vary of navy conscription. Bizarre how the propagandists are so blissful to sentence others to loss of life, whereas they sit comfortably safe of their little bubbles. Think about the depravity of arguing that youthful individuals ought to do the dying as a result of 1) Russian society is so fucked that everybody above the age of 40 is a non-functioning alcoholic, and a pair of) Russia can avoid wasting rubles in survivor advantages. 

Don’t look to the church for salvation from this bleak nihilism. Russian Orthodox priest Mikhail Vasilyev was requested on Russian TV whether or not he sympathized with moms who had misplaced their kids to the struggle. 

“The Lord allowed each girl to offer delivery to many kids,” mentioned the priest. “And if she (each girl), in response to him, will fulfill the commandment to be fruitful and multiply, then she may have many kids, which in flip will result in the truth that it would grow to be simpler for the mom to ship one among her many sons to the entrance. It looks as if one much less – another.”

“Simply have extra infants, after which you possibly can sacrifice them to Putin’s struggle machine! What’s one much less?” Such wicked indifference to life and struggling is unfathomable to me, and it’s coming from the church! I’m a non-believer, but when I’m incorrect, this may be a good response from the Almighty: 

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Hopefully, his mom had extra children, so, you understand, one much less. What does it matter? 


Yesterday I wrote in regards to the Battle of Pavlivka. At present, extra video of the battle is circulating. Bear in mind the Russian tank deserted within the middle of city, engine nonetheless working? We even have drone video of the incident: 

It was really hit by an anti-tank rocket, and whereas the tank wasn’t totally incapacitated, the crew bailed anyway. Probably a clever plan of action. You by no means know if the flames will attain the ammo storage bin, launching the turret into area. As a substitute, the flames put themselves out, and Ukraine now has (after some refurbishment) a comparatively fashionable T-80BVM for their very own use. 

Right here’s one other video from the battle: 

On this video, a squad of round 13 Russians, apparently below fireplace, take cowl in a home proper earlier than a single artillery shell ranges it. Below these brutal circumstances, it’s straightforward to think about Russia’s a hundred and fifty fifth Naval Infantry Brigade shedding the 300 killed, injured, and lacking troopers they reported over 4 days. And amazingly, they have been simply one among three items collaborating within the assault. General Russian casualties are more likely to be two to a few instances that quantity, explaining elevated Russian KIA claims in latest Ukrainian normal employees stories. 

The debacle has spilled into the internecine combat between the Russian Ministry of Protection and Wagner’s mercenaries. The Russian MoD responded to the open letter from the a hundred and fifty fifth Naval Infantry Brigade by claiming the unit had solely misplaced 1% of its troops, Wagner’s Gray Zone Telegram channel posted this video in response with the straightforward caption, “Pavlovka—1%”

The video is a compilation of Russian losses through the assault. They’re … in depth. 

Take a look at yesterday’s replace for more information on this battle, and the way it’s reverberated round Russian Telegram. 

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