What a great read, it is always important to put a soul into the statistics we are used to see, each one is a person, with dreams and hopes; there is no expendable life (even if Mr. Putin tries his damnest to prove otherwise on his particular case).

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"....real soldiers." I hope this guy lives through his first taste of the wine.

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If anyone is still interested the second part of the journal has been published by The Economist:


The citizen soldier finishes training and is send to the front with this encouragement: “I hope you will survive. [...] The enemy will judge just how good you are.” I would say typical Eastern European. :-D

He has to buy his own equipment - which I am told by a Russian friend it is done on both sides of the conflict.

The narrative is very strong and very touching, with statements like "“I had to pick up two men from my village today. One of them was a corpse and the other crippled." The men weren’t just fellow soldiers. Lyonya knew their families well, and their relatives had asked him to look after them personally. You can tell the big guy is really hurting. He’s actually wounded himself.”

The reading is not for the faint hearted.

The war in Ukraine has degenerated into hatred and immutable convictions on both sides. The Ukrainians will not stand down, as long as they have ammunitions and food. Getting back to my Russian friend, who has friends split half and half on both sides, it is a huge human tragedy with brother killing brother. He is broken into pieces over this war.

Also he cannot say anything about what he really thinks, as he has close relatives in the Russian occupied zone. Others are in Ukraine. Old reflexes are coming back, which is the greatest tragedy of this war.

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love that sense of humour/sarcasm he imparts in those short posts.

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War is a mere continuation of policy by other means. Thus spoke Carl von Clausewitz, in the early 1800s, thus showing the durability of the darkest party of the human soul. The hubris of the notion of the superiority of human intelligence is lauded by those who are cloaked in a miasma of cognitive dissonance.

Our media thrive on the events that show the basic elements of this conflict, with the copious use of pontificating pundits whose mouths parrot the same old schtick, to accompany the sensational scenes of human misery. They get paid handsomely, for their desk-bound expertise.

As the war goes on a dehumanising element creeps into the populace, war weariness.

The narrative never expands beyond the tabloid lens, only some of the less quoted publications, stress the need for a logical conclusion to these affairs.

The two sides MUST sit down at a table in a neutral country, and engage in a practice as old as war, COMPROMISE.

When our poor soldier spoke to his parents, he knows what will probably happen to himself, as millions of soldiers before him on the field of battle, when they fell mortally wounded, their last word is a plea for his mother.

This article shows why humanity must be bought to the fore. Thank you, John.

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Have to admit I'm confused by the 'it was great in the soviet union' bit - can't imagine why you'd say that to recruits on the Ukrainian side. Crusty old dudes reminiscing transcends national lines, I guess.

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This story could be from any war in the past and sadly likely from the future as well. We need to be reminded of the horror of it . And in this latest chapter we add the possibility of Armageddon. It would be refreshing to hear someone talk about negotiating a peaceful end before something unimaginable happens

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