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The Latvian army showed "combat efficiency and reverent attitude to the flag" at the site of the former Soviet military base

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History Baltic countries after the collapse of the USSR is not particularly noteworthy. Joining the European Union and NATO against the backdrop of endless Russophobia is perhaps the main content of the "development" of these states in the post-Soviet period, which consisted in a short-term economic recovery achieved through the dismantling of high-tech industries and the actual loss of sovereignty.


Therefore, in search of national self-identification, the leadership of these countries exploits the events of the early 20th century. Then, as a result of the collapse of the Russian Empire, the Baltic States became one of the arenas of confrontation between the power of the Soviets and the pro-Western regimes, fueled either by Kaiser Germany or the Entente. As a result, almost all holidays designed to emphasize national authenticity are associated with the fight against Soviet forces.

So, every year Latvia celebrates the day of the flag, which is dedicated to the "historical battle" of Skrunda, which took place on January 29, 1919. Then, as a result of the battle of the battalion "span", the advance of the Soviet troops was suspended. Ironically, it was there that a Soviet military base was subsequently created with one of the most powerful radar stations in the USSR, the Daryal radar, designed to warn the country's leadership about a nuclear strike. In 1995, in already independent Latvia, to the accompaniment of local musicians, it was blown up by American specialists.



Now in this place there are only fragments of a radar station, empty five-story buildings and a settlement living out its life, the population of which has decreased by 1989 times since 3 to 1,9 thousand people. But this is a common picture for Latvia, in which the number of inhabitants and the number of developed infrastructure facilities have rapidly decreased.

A similar picture is observed in the armed forces. To demonstrate their "power" this year, in honor of the Battle of Skrunda, the best examples of local military equipment were exhibited: the fighters "ceremonial march" rode on all-terrain vehicles and buggies through the streets of a dying village with the national flag proudly fluttering in the wind. It is noteworthy that the Latvian command announced the parade as "a way to show the combat effectiveness of the armed forces and a reverent attitude towards the national flag." A strange choice - a demonstration of the combat capability of the army with the help of foreign buggies and all-terrain vehicles.



True, and here it was not without curiosities. The snowfall caused the head buggy of the Latvian army to skid on corners, as a result of which the speed was reduced to a minimum. At the same time, when the parade column was moving, there were practically no local residents on the streets who could act as spectators of the action. Cars had to overtake a slowly moving parade column, the appearance of which was not appreciated by all residents of Skrunde.

About military facilities in the mentioned Latvian town:

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  1. Mouse
    Mouse 11 February 2022 15: 19
    +7
    .At the same time, when the parade column was moving, there were practically none of the local residents on the streets who could act as spectators of the action

    No bread, no circuses.... wassat
    1. barclay
      barclay 11 February 2022 16: 21
      +12
      I would say differently...
      1. Mouse
        Mouse 11 February 2022 16: 24
        +4
        I agree!!! good bully
    2. Thrifty
      Thrifty 11 February 2022 16: 52
      +2
      Well, tourists will leave from there, will the army find money for repairs? Until now, they have not managed to restore order, but how they crowed with joy that they had become an independent state! am fool
    3. Oleg-Monino
      Oleg-Monino 11 February 2022 20: 35
      0
      What a parade column pancake. We go fishing and get beer at the dacha (only without flags, but with songs). I hope this is an army joke.
  2. Russ
    Russ 11 February 2022 15: 22
    +5
    . The Latvian army showed "combat capability

    And you don't have to come up with jokes .... laughing
  3. Victor Dubovitsky
    Victor Dubovitsky 11 February 2022 15: 37
    +12
    And where, you ask, is Russia trying to climb? Apparently, she is not aware of what awaits her on the land of the freedom-loving Balts.
    1. Mouse
      Mouse 11 February 2022 15: 42
      +7
      Start to be afraid? belay
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    2. HAM
      HAM 11 February 2022 16: 18
      +2
      Asterix and Abelix are missing ..... they are saving Storage ... crying
      1. Mouse
        Mouse 11 February 2022 16: 40
        +4
        Take it higher - all of Europe ... all on them, all on them ..
        Although ... they can compete with a crane ...
        1. Pete mitchell
          Pete mitchell 12 February 2022 01: 28
          +2
          You are all evil lol the author would feel sorry for the poor fellow, otherwise he is very reminiscent of a British mine ... how to say something - a minister wink it’s true that she’s not at all friendly with geography; author of an article with history. The flag then appeared long before the 20th century, so in passing. From the complex in Skrunda, only the ruins of the town probably remained: there was nothing left of the large ZGRLS - after all, it was not in vain that the Americans issued a loan for its destruction, the grass grows there. The little station must have collapsed on its own. From the concrete slabs of the airfield, which, according to rumors, was being prepared as a spare for Buran, it seems like they laid out a promenade in one seaside town ... The main thing is not to interfere with them - they will ruin everything themselves
  4. YOUR
    YOUR 11 February 2022 15: 58
    +3
    I didn’t quite understand this joke, chtol called such a dozen quadrics and buggies a parade.
    1. venik
      venik 11 February 2022 21: 26
      +1
      Quote: YOUR
      I didn’t quite understand this joke, chtol called such a dozen quadrics and buggies a parade.

      =======
      What is there to do? request There are not enough penenzov for serious equipment! You have to "parade" something like this:

      But - with a "reverent attitude to the flag"! lol
      1. YOUR
        YOUR 12 February 2022 03: 32
        +2
        O!!! What is the double meaning of the word "parade". Lucky statement. Congratulations.
  5. Emergency
    Emergency 11 February 2022 16: 09
    +2
    "The "development" of these states in the post-Soviet period" (c) States could also be quoted. Wouldn't be wrong.
  6. yuriy55
    yuriy55 11 February 2022 16: 09
    +7
    The heart bleeds at the sight of such towns ... How much money was invested in them. How many destinies were broken by this "great migration" from civilization (whatever it is) to nowhere...
    ==========
    The poor oppressed ... They found it in a European garbage dump, cleaned it of fish scales and cleanings, and they frighten us with buggy parades ...
    1. Nexcom
      Nexcom 11 February 2022 16: 15
      +2
      I saw a video of a parade in one of the Baltic republics: two tanks on a trailer (!) were transported, a dozen Unimogs with one (!) soldier in the back, inflatable motor boats in camouflage colors on a wheeled trailer. No, there were no inflatable life buoys (logically, it asks for them to be). Five buggies. Yes, it's easy to find it online...
    2. Zakirov Damir
      Zakirov Damir 11 February 2022 23: 42
      +1
      Quote: yuriy55
      The poor oppressed ... They found it in a European garbage dump, cleaned it of fish scales and cleanings, and they frighten us with buggy parades ...

      They were also kept in the first category of supply, infringing on themselves in everything.
  7. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 11 February 2022 16: 14
    0
    What a formidable army! There are even buggies! These Balts are funny.) Some premature babies.
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 11 February 2022 18: 51
      +1
      An outspoken enemy should not be laughed at, he should be taken seriously.
      Read at your leisure where and how the Latvian SS fought.
      Just one example:
      The German group, which included the 15th and 19th Latvian SS divisions, ended up in the Courland Cauldron. The 19th Division continued to fight there even after the surrender of the Germans in Berlin.[2]

      At one time, arrogant hat-throwing cost us a lot of blood. We must know and remember history.
      1. Andrei Nikolaevich
        Andrei Nikolaevich 11 February 2022 22: 20
        -1
        You don't have to teach me history. I know her well. But with all the numerical and technical "power" of this sub-state, they would sit and not stick out. I'm not sure that the NTO, if anything, will run to save the Balts. Let the Balts better teach history.
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 12 February 2022 00: 09
          +1
          Don't teach me history

          And I'm not going to, because the occupation is meaningless.
          I know her well.

          Exactly what is "not bad", otherwise they would not write children's essays on the topic "with little blood and on foreign territory." laughing
          1. Andrei Nikolaevich
            Andrei Nikolaevich 12 February 2022 01: 20
            -1
            Find in my words this phrase "with little blood ..."
      2. Pete mitchell
        Pete mitchell 12 February 2022 01: 36
        +1
        Quote: Sea Cat
        Read at your leisure where and how the Latvian SS fought ...

        Well? Strangled them in Kurzeme and that's it, full house. Better read how they "returning home", and still “come back”: when their tokens and junk are dug up by search engines in the Russian Federation, in the Republic of Belarus - all this is resold with delight, because no one needs it ...
  8. Pushkar
    Pushkar 11 February 2022 16: 17
    +2
    What a power, such a parade. drinks
    1. Nexcom
      Nexcom 11 February 2022 16: 21
      +1
      They do not pull on the power. Basically. This is an ordinary micro state.
      1. Pushkar
        Pushkar 11 February 2022 16: 23
        0
        Quote: Nexcom
        They do not pull on the power

        Aren't you ashamed to offend little ones? crying
        1. Nexcom
          Nexcom 11 February 2022 16: 23
          +2
          How? As it is, he said so. From the fact that their power to call them "dimension" will not grow.
        2. alexey sidykin
          alexey sidykin 11 February 2022 17: 35
          -2
          Quote: Pushkar
          Quote: Nexcom
          They do not pull on the power

          Aren't you ashamed to offend little ones? crying

          And what is interesting expressed by their "sovereignty"? In an American boot lick?
          1. Nexcom
            Nexcom 11 February 2022 18: 36
            +1
            There, it seems, not only licking anymore ...
            And if they lick, it’s not only the boots ....
        3. Andrey Grad
          Andrey Grad 12 February 2022 13: 14
          0
          Aren't you ashamed to offend little ones?
          ------------------------------------------
          Compassionate Russians pity all the little ones, and these little Russian inhabitants of the Baltic states are destroyed and have no remorse, your Russian relatives are discriminated against, squeezed out and even put in prison.
      2. Old jew
        Old jew 11 February 2022 16: 35
        +1
        You're right. But this is not even a micro-state, but a springboard for deploying offensive weapons against Russia. The population of these territories is just cannon fodder, which will be sacrificed in the slaughter. To reduce the threat, it is necessary to take this territory. I look forward to the message "Comrades, our valiant Red Army has reached the state border of the Soviet Union!"
  9. Victor Dubovitsky
    Victor Dubovitsky 11 February 2022 16: 30
    +1
    Quote: Mouse
    Start to be afraid? belay

    It is high time. Late, you will regret it.
  10. Victor Dubovitsky
    Victor Dubovitsky 11 February 2022 16: 31
    +1
    Quote: HAM
    Asterix and Abelix are missing ..... they are saving Storage ... crying

    The bones will fall in the name of protecting civilization.
  11. dedBoroded
    dedBoroded 11 February 2022 16: 35
    +1
    What are themselves, such and holidays
  12. Victor Dubovitsky
    Victor Dubovitsky 11 February 2022 16: 37
    +2
    Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
    What a formidable army! There are even buggies! These Balts are funny.) Some premature babies.

    They even have aviation. With stealth technology. Those. completely invisible.
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  14. KLV
    KLV 11 February 2022 17: 02
    -2
    In 1919 - and the Soviet troops?
    The author, what kind of inventions ??? am stop
    1. Babermetis
      Babermetis 11 February 2022 17: 22
      -3
      Quote: KLV
      In 1919 - and the Soviet troops?
      The author, what kind of inventions ??? am stop

      I am not the author, I respect the author for the article!

      And whose troops / what were the troops fighting on the territory called? the Baltic states?
      1. KLV
        KLV 11 February 2022 18: 15
        -1
        Perhaps you do not know some of the intricacies of the Russian language. Soviet - the one under the USSR.
        The USSR was formed in 1922.
        In 1919 - the Red Army.
        1. Sergej1972
          Sergej1972 11 February 2022 18: 45
          0
          No, what belonged to the RSFSR was also called Soviet. There were several more independent Soviet republics that entered into a military-political alliance with the RSFSR in 1919. And the Red Army, it was called the Red Army in the USSR until 1946. Soviet - related to Soviet power, to the Soviet republics, including in the period before 1922.
        2. Babermetis
          Babermetis 12 February 2022 19: 13
          -1
          Quote: KLV
          Perhaps you do not know some of the intricacies of the Russian language. Soviet - the one under the USSR.
          The USSR was formed in 1922.
          In 1919 - the Red Army.


          Red Army, Soviet troops. Something I did not quite catch your thought expressing some problem.
  15. iouris
    iouris 11 February 2022 17: 13
    +1
    Trepezchite on the site of the former Soviet base!
  16. alexey sidykin
    alexey sidykin 11 February 2022 17: 33
    -1
    The "Great" Army of Latvia ... were the soldiers depicting an airplane and inflatable boats present, or were foot "aviation" not allowed because of bad weather? laughing
  17. alexey sidykin
    alexey sidykin 11 February 2022 17: 38
    -1
    And yes, the buggy seems to be an all-terrain vehicle ... but why did it skid it on the turns?
    1. Vasyan1971
      Vasyan1971 11 February 2022 17: 46
      +2
      Quote: Alexey Sedykin
      And yes, the buggy seems to be an all-terrain vehicle ... but why did it skid it on the turns?

      The gasket is probably the culprit...
  18. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 11 February 2022 17: 41
    0
    Whatever the child would not amuse, if only he did not hold his hands under the covers ... request
  19. Peter is not the first
    Peter is not the first 11 February 2022 17: 48
    +2
    Remove the white, horizontal stripe on the flag and then an excellent banner will turn out for a military base.
    1. Zoldat_A
      Zoldat_A 11 February 2022 21: 50
      0
      Quote: Peter is not the first
      Remove the white, horizontal stripe on the flag and then an excellent banner will turn out for a military base.

      Out of poverty, they sewed a piece of sheet to THAT banner ...
  20. Vasily Chernyshev
    Vasily Chernyshev 11 February 2022 17: 56
    +1
    In 95, when they left there, there were remnants of Soviet industry, and most ordinary Latvians did not suffer from Russophobia (I remember the phrase of my mother's colleague, a Latvian - "come back in armored personnel carriers, we will meet you with flowers"). And now everything that was not destroyed was remade in the shopping center and completely re-infected with Russophobia ... crying
    1. Pushkar
      Pushkar 12 February 2022 00: 41
      0
      Quote: Vasily Chernyshev
      And now everything that was not destroyed was redone in the shopping center and completely re-infected with Russophobia ..

      Only now they were re-infected with Russophobia? Have you been there during these years? I have been and seen all this happening since 1988. Google what the "Baltic Way" is.
    2. Andrey Grad
      Andrey Grad 12 February 2022 13: 27
      +2
      Nazism is cultivated everywhere in Latia, but not everyone is infected, especially among us Baltic Russians, who make up 40% of the population. Therefore, there will be many flowers.
      09.05.2019 Riga
  21. sanya_sergant
    sanya_sergant 11 February 2022 19: 16
    +6
    Why do Latvians need an army, to fight with Estonians?
    Against Russia - this is not serious.
  22. Shiden
    Shiden 11 February 2022 19: 42
    -3
    For the cheers of the patriots, you look at what is happening in your Far East. The URs have demilitarized troops, almost all of them have been transferred to the west. The result after the Olympiad, the Chinese comrades can claim that you are offending Chinese citizens in cutting down forests or pumping water from Lake Baikal. But propaganda confidently proves to the electorate that there has been another breakthrough. propagandists have a trump card, we are working at a loss, but this is evil for the West, so dear Russians, you must with understanding from inappropriateness.
    1. Shket53
      Shket53 12 February 2022 03: 45
      0
      I live in the Far East, specifically Primorsky Krai, the city of Ussuriysk ..... vi muZD Chinka Specifically, the fool ringer ... and there are more than enough troops here, and gas in the PRC at 270 of these Yankees rubles per 1000 cubic meters. m. Ussuriysk at the station "6th kilometer" trains of 60 cars were formed, and there were 2-3 trains each to be sent to China through the Pogranichny station ... but that was before. And don’t worry ... you are the Far East for us .... The Far East was, is, and will be RUSSIAN .... but what will happen to the territory of 404 ... well, we'll see. Come on don't cough
  23. Zakirov Damir
    Zakirov Damir 11 February 2022 23: 52
    +1
    Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
    What a formidable army! There are even buggies! These Balts are funny.) Some premature babies.

    "Premature" famously driven into the barns. The Poles, Germans and French will fight, and the Balts are hereditary punishers. Each will have their own tasks.
  24. tolmachiev51
    tolmachiev51 12 February 2022 04: 33
    -1
    What we have, we don’t appreciate ...... Instead of a super radar, buggies !!!? -but!
  25. Oberleutnant
    Oberleutnant 12 February 2022 13: 19
    0
    Did you fit winter tires on the wheels?