Let's assume for a second that those clowns were not acting on their own: what message would Moscow be sending to their electorate if they pursued that course of action?
Fuck me man, clowns in what way? Read about those guys who where identified and none of them strike as clowns, but rather professionals with years of experience both in military and out
They would be saying: "We were stupid and incompetent enough to allow our "personnel" to get slaughtered by USAF and then we were too much of a pussies to respond with equal measure but you should still trust us with your lives and lives of your loved ones"
It would be travesty
I am afraid this could be the case, but this might be pragmatical choice by Russian leadership. Russian mentality is not the same as in WW2, they are not desensitized and Chechen war horrors still haunt to this day.
And if sanctions are enough to hinder everything Russia does then Russia isn't doing anything right.
Russia is taking it on the other cheek and no, I think I've yet to see any retaliation by Russia.
If they truly believed in what they do and if they were ideologically motivated they would either be enlisted in Russian Military or would be doing job that that do for same amount of money that average Russian soldier earns.
Since they do neither it means that they are no better than Blackwater PMCs, distinction being that Blackwater would never be stupid enough to do anything without clearing it with US Military.
I can only say from my perspective- Army doesn't give such flexibility, you are not guaranteed to be deployed, age also plays a part. This is from my experience as I've wanted to go to Afghanistan and Iraq when serving in my country, but I ended up leaving my service as it was dead end and simply was disillusioned with the way my country was heading. There's a ton of other activities one could do rather than go to the sandbox in the middle of nowhere in his 40ties and if it's not ideological, then money must be astronomical, but I doubt that.
I have family member who been in Angola, to supervise rubberoids (niggers
in polite way as russians used to call them) and they were literally asked if they want to be deployed. Money was not motivating factor here.
Next time they should pick up a phone first because VKS are exactly who they should call because VKS are people who keep USAF from exterminating them as recent events have shown.
Well there were reports of Russians acting for US ceasefire, so maybe there was a call and I hope we will find out.
I've seen plenty of situations in the 90s where random morons grow an ego and started improvising because they think they are biggest dogs on the block. They would always gets fucked to death and in the process would cause huge problems for the side they supposedly fought for.
This would be very rare as one could even say that those who served under soviet army are reluctant to improvise. Again, we are not talking about Ukraine where various units run by mafia like structure, but about a company that is being controlled by ex-GRU officers. It's not ukrainians, not balkaneese, but screened russian personnel.
No morons please, thank you. Complete adherence to gameplan. Always. No exceptions.
I agree with that, but I don't really buy this story from tabloids. It simply doesn't add up.
Let's see if any details will come up as social media is quite active and we will soon hear thing or two from guys who were on the ground. In the meant time, I hope Russia will grow the balls to confront USA as it started to piss off plenty of Russians or so it seems.