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Moscow families enjoy day out at war games exhibition as Ukraine marks Independence Day

Official Russia did not notice the six-month anniversary Vladimir Putin’s decision in Ukraine to send troops was approaching.

Why not draw attention to the fact Russian troops are stuck in Donbas in a grinding stalemate with frontlines barely moving when the original game plan was for Kyiv’s fall in a week.

At a conference today in Uzbekistan, Sergei Shoigu, Defence Minister, admitted that the operation was slowing down.



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He said all in the name of avoiding civilian deaths. All for international humanitarian law.

The international army games in Moscow was a two-week-long extravaganza. It was part military expo and part war Olympics. Crowds watched as tanks from various “friendly” countries competed in a tank-biathlon.

This involved tanks racing against each other, firing at targets and bone-shattering blasts piercing through 32-degree heat. It was the same explosions that Ukrainians are accustomed to.

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Children climb over tanks. Teenagers took photos next to them. A granny attempted to make a Kalashnikov. Russia is a militarised country, which is quite normal.

All this is in Patriot’s Park, an hour from Moscow. Here, the army has just completed a large cathedral in camouflage colors. This vivid symbol represents the cross-germination between the church, army, and state that has combined in the missionary language surrounding Russia’s special military operations.

Groups of military personnel toured exhibits from the battlefield in one hall.

Weapons and military equipment were displayed, along with flags indicating which Western countries the equipment was allegedly from.

A man dressed up as a soldier in Ukraine was holding a British-captured pad.

The curators had drawn a series of Nazi tattoos on his skin to reinforce the state’s false and endlessly repeated narrative that this was a battle against Nazis.

One corner featured a TV screen that displayed another popular motif of state television: two male Ukrainian soldiers kissing. This was an attempt to portray Ukraine’s army as full of anti-conservative Russian values.

On the same six-month mark, in Yekaterinburg the opposition politician and ex-Mayor Yevgeny Roizman were also detained.

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After a series of fines and repeated violations of Russia’s law discrediting the Armed Forces, the charges against him are now criminal.

Sky News reported that Mr Roizman previously stated that he would never leave Russia because he loves his country.

He said, “But Ukraine is standing.” “We are witnessing a nation being born.”

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