Portnikov on Russian soldiers hiding behind women and children as human shields.
Translated by Olya Lutska and Edited by Isis for Voices of Ukraine
It’s the dirtiest war in modern history
When, at the beginning of Russian actions in Crimea, Vladimir Putin told reporters that, “the Russian soldiers will stand behind the people – not in front, but behind,” many commentators took these words of the president to be a figure of speech. But lately Putin has started to share with journalists (more openly than during the previous years of his presidency) not emotions, but his plans.
Russian troops who stormed the Headquarters of the Ukrainian South Navy Base wereactually hiding behindwomen and children. And just in case he can’t get women anymore, Aksenov’s “militias” should step in to ensure the safety of Russian soldiers.
Of course, the building is outfitted with a Staff tractor (hopefully, it is not the same tractor that…
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