I just love this story!
I'm a month late in finding out about this. Anyway....
As is apparently the custom in Estonia, an annual parade takes place on their Independence Day (February 24) - whereabouts exactly in Estonia this march takes place varies, and it shifts around, sometimes it's in the capital Tallinn, sometimes elsewhere....
This year it took place in 'Narva' which I'd never heard of.
Off all the locations in Estonia, just look where Narva is....
It's literally ON the border, AND it's in Estonia's most ethnically Russian-speaking region! Bwahahaha!
You've got to hand it to the Estonians for sheer gutsy, in your face, pride! I never thought they'd be so ballsy and provocative and (in my opinion) fantastic!
I was further pleasantly surprised to hear that NATO were similarly uncharacteristically forthright, and had small contingents from other countries present and marching along in the parade.
A news article about it:
Also, two small video clips from RT (Russia Today) - a key provider of Russian propagandist material and hyperbole, and the same TV station where, if you remember, a female newsreader quit the channel not so long ago, in protest at their lies and mistruths.
Likes: 70. Dislikes: 179.
Likes: 188. Dislikes: 350.
Don't be confused by 'Ruptly' - that is the name of RT's European affiliate operation based in Germany and is simply a franchise of the same pro-Russian news agenda.
From the Wiki article:
I also stumbled across this video from a Russian Youtuber where a commentary (in Russian) is made, seemingly of the military hardware, and their capabilities.according to Spiegel Online - 'With the help of news services like RT and Ruptly, the Kremlin is seeking to reshape the way the world thinks about Russia. And it has been highly successful in Vladimir Putin effort to win the propaganda war over Ukraine.
The NATO troops are seen roughly about 3:00 to 4:00 in the vid. A small group of Spanish, a small group of Americans, a larger squad of Dutch troops, and the British were there as well, and so were the Latvians and Lithuanians.
The Estonians are of course hopelessly outnumbered. I remember in early 1991, the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) fought a war of independence from the Soviet Union, then as we now know in its last year, so this a good display of NATO comraderie and partnership.
May I also compliment them on knowing how to put on an really great military parade.
It's not like the Brits, who can be somewhat over-polished and over-ceremonial and flat and staid. I like this type better. The ex-Soviet/eastern Europeans know how to do it. More 'gritty' and with more character. Hauling loads of big dirty vehicles and hardware onto the streets with loads of soldiers installed on top of them. Woof.
Really good stuff.
(and yes I admit it - I have a long-standing military fetish of sorts which no doubt played a part in my enthusiasm for this thread)