I personally hope this isn’t just wishful thinking, but Russian diplomat Vladimir Chizhov believes that Europe is running out of weapons. This being an unexpected (and perhaps halfway bitter) silver lining to this ghastly Ukrainian war. Chizhov possesses a full head of thick white hair, and serves as Russia’s representative to the EU. This is what he had to say:
“Sooner or later the money will run out. And their stores of shootable weapons are also close to exhaustion. The Americans also vaulted quite a lot of weapons into the Ukraine, and now it is time for them to replenish their own arsenals,”
One must remind, in this context, that Zelensky keeps throwing tantrums and kicking his little feet on the floor, because the Germans won’t give him tanks. He thinks maybe they have some PTSD about the past [insert images of German tanks rolling across the Ukraine] and believes that it is time for them to get over these old hang-ups.
Nadezhda The Pensioner
Meanwhile, let us leave Chizhov and Zelensky behind, and scoot over to Donetsk where the reporter from the Donetsk News Agency interviews a very nice lady called Nadezhda. This pensioner was one of the first people in line to vote in today’s referendum. Well, it was easy for her, because she lives in an apartment block whose courtyard was one of the voting places. She says that she also voted in the 2014 plebiscite and was full of hopes, back then, that Donbass would join Russia. “But I can’t believe this day has finally come. I am an ethnic Russian myself (русская), all my relatives live in Russia, therefore my choice is quite clear to everybody. I have been waiting for this since 2014.”
What To Bring For The Trip
Nadezhda’s freedom and continuing use of her life, may depend on the young men now lining up for conscription within Russia proper (=”the big land”).
In this piece, reporter Andrei Rezchikov tries to dispel some of the confusion out there among the masses. According to some reports, as many as 10,000 young people already reported to the recruiting stations within the first 24 hours after partial conscription was announced.
Military expert Alexander Perendzhiev advises the young people: “At the assembly point, all of your personal belongings will be examined. For example, you don’t need to bring a thermometer with you! But woolen socks and a flashlight, might be okay. You should dress on the warm side, because of the season.
“You should bring things that are needed in everyday life: a sewing kit, handkerchiefs, a comb, nail clippers, objects of personal hygiene, even toilet paper. You may also need a clothes brush and shoe polish. Furthermore, you will need to orientate yourselves as to army life. You should pack a change of underwear, be sure to pack undershorts and warm socks. Even though they will provide you with a uniform, you still need to pack your own underwear.”
Perendzhiev knows what he is talking about, and the young soldiers should listen to his advice, because he is a member of an expert council called “Officers of Russia”.
He goes on to advise: Bring your own little first aid kit, with tape, gauze, band-aids, Q-tips, and iodine. A simple ruled notepad and pencil would not be out of place, you may have to suddenly write down something important. Perendzhiev says that this is the sort of personal kit he always carried with him in the Soviet army; and not much has really changed since then, when it comes to army life.
For those young men who are starting to get scared, kindly Defense Minister Shoigu reassures that the new conscripts will not be sent directly to the “hot spots” in the Ukraine war. First they will receive some training, and then they will be given their assignments.