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8 hours ago, HeliX said:

Ah, no I actually just meant Tolkein.

Although I would take that website/report with a pinch of salt. The Azov Battalion has been fighting the Russians in Donblas for years and has had significant numbers of foreign volunteers in the past. I know someone that served with them and he isn't remotely a Nazi. Possible their demographic/image has changed however in the last few years leading up to the conflict.

Trust me, those Chechens were/are rurhlesss evil bastards.

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1 hour ago, The Phantom said:

Ah, no I actually just meant Tolkein.

Although I would take that website/report with a pinch of salt. The Azov Battalion has been fighting the Russians in Donblas for years and has had significant numbers of foreign volunteers in the past. I know someone that served with them and he isn't remotely a Nazi. Possible their demographic/image has changed however in the last few years leading up to the conflict.

Trust me, those Chechens were/are rurhlesss evil bastards.

I dunno if their demographic has changed, here they are back in 2014 or so:

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And in 2021 they're bragging about shooting Muslims with bullets coated in pig fat. Seems fairly consistent...

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10 minutes ago, HeliX said:

I dunno if their demographic has changed, here they are back in 2014 or so:

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And in 2021 they're bragging about shooting Muslims with bullets coated in pig fat. Seems fairly consistent...

Ah yeah, they seem to have gone a bit more anti-Muslim.  Just did some extra digging. 

Previously they were the only Ukrainian volunteer battalion.  Accordingly you'll get quite a few unsavory types join up as well.

 

 

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35 minutes ago, The Phantom said:

Ah yeah, they seem to have gone a bit more anti-Muslim.  Just did some extra digging. 

Previously they were the only Ukrainian volunteer battalion.  Accordingly you'll get quite a few unsavory types join up as well.

 

 

It looks like most of the volunteers are meeting up with the Georgian National Legion unit on the Polish border. 

This is a Georgian Foreign Legion so to speak that was set up as part of their battles against Russia.  They are en-route and picking up the foreign nationals on the way.  Currently 50+ Brits that I'm aware of. 

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11 hours ago, Freggyragh said:

Amazon Prime EU just bought up all the MiGs & other aircraft in the EU that Ukrainian pilots know how to fly - donated them to the EU & they've been donated straight to Ukraine. Should be in the air now, or very soon. 

But Hermes have left them with Belarus.

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On 2/26/2022 at 3:54 PM, Andy Onchan said:

The interesting thing will be if a Russian military aircraft flies outside the territory of Ukraine, intentionally or otherwise. The US have many aircraft patrolling the Black Sea (with a Grumann drone watching their every move) and on the Polish & Romanian borders and there's more on the way.

And apologies for re-quoting this again but inow that there's a blanket EU-wide no fly for Russian aircraft/opeators it looks as though one pilot in particular has tried to chance his arm: https://twitter.com/hashtag/SU7236?src=hashtag_click

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Putin has nowhere to go in the long (or even short) run. He has provoked the revulsion of most of the world, what will be the crippling of Russia's general economy, the political isolation and ostracisation of Russia and the objections and lack of support of his own people.

He cannot, in the 21st Century, hope to quash the will of a 40M strong nation with the forces he has deployed, particularly when that nation is now being supplied with materiel  by any number of other nations. The only question is how far he will go before he accepts or has the inevitable forced upon him. The last person in Europe in this position was Adolf Hitler.

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I've heard a couple of intelligent, well intentioned but uninformed people over the last couple of days repeating the nonsense that people like Farage have been pushing (its all NATO or the EU's fault for 'poking the Russian bear').

     So, I'm sharing the link below to Alexei Navalny's 'Putin's Palace'. It's a long watch - but important if you want to know about Putin. After it came out and people started protesting, Navalny was poisoned with novichok nerve agent.

He survived, after two months in a Berlin hospital. Incredibly, he returned to Russia, where he was arrested and sentenced to 30 months of 'corrective labour' in a notorious prison - a very slow and painful way of killing a recovering novichok victim. 

     Putin is not our fault. 

https://palace.navalny.com/?fbclid=IwAR3m1QHI3KAnkiGrwPd_3-fNHRwDDgWaXD9SrKZKNQXhWNW3nm-NPChb9mo

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