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Pristina throw. Russian stolen victory

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Pristina throw. Russian stolen victory

"Lord have mercy! Lord, have mercy! ”- the words of the national Serbian prayer song were heard at a concert in honor of the delegation of Russian paratroopers in the mining town of Uglevik in the east of the Republic of Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A group of paratrooper officers from Russia led by the former chief of staff of the Airborne Forces Lieutenant General Nikolai Staskov arrived here to celebrate the 14 anniversary of the legendary march of the landing battalion in Kosovo. In June, 1999, this news stirred the world - the Russian landing right in front of the NATO avant-garde seized Slatina Airport, a key object in Kosovo. The Serbs took heart. The march of the landing battalion of many Russians then caused a sense of pride in the country and the army.


After 14, this date was hardly noticed in Russia, except for a couple of messages in the media. “They did not notice” her in Belgrade, where today they are increasingly looking towards the West. But in a modest 18-thousand Uglevik, where the headquarters of the brigade of Russian peacekeepers was located ten years ago, our paratroopers are remembered and loved. “Serbia is alive while Russia lives”, - the words from the same song performed by Serbian girls became the quintessence of this memory ...

The Russian delegation was met by the chairman of the Serbian-Russian Union Savo Tsvetinovic, in the past one of the leaders of the Serbian police, and now a postal worker. Together with the officers of the Airborne Forces, he restored peace and order in the long-suffering land of the Republika Srpska. Loyalty to the oath, patriotism and pro-Russian orientation and cost him a high position and a career in the police. It was too inconvenient for the henchmen of the international community, the “guards” of the IPTF (international police), too honest, too disposed towards the Russian peacekeepers.
Cvetinovich is one of those who do not change their views depending on the conjuncture. Now such people are in great shortage in Serbia, and in Russia as well. Russian paratroopers for him - the most expensive guests in the world.

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The acute phase of the conflict in the Balkans is extinguished. Gradually the wounds are healed, the heroes and traitors of that war, which flared up on the fragments of Yugoslavia and the skating rink that traveled by the fate of living people, by family, friendship and past unity of peoples, are disappearing into the past. Grass thickets roads and wrecks of burned and abandoned houses. Yugoslavia is no more, and, as the Serbs themselves say, there will be no more. The reasons and reasons for the collapse of the country turned out to be much stronger and more effective than those braces that had sewed the Yugoslavia from the time of Tito. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbs, Muslims and Croats are divided into entities, segregating in their territories, on opposite sides of the line of separation of the parties, drawn by the international community.

Refugees settled in new homes, transferring to the housewarming even the graves of their ancestors. Now there are far fewer towns and villages with a mixed population in Bosnia and Herzegovina, although on the former line of demarcation Serb villages still alternate with Muslim ones. In 90-x, when there were battles, local Serbs, fleeing snipers, installed plywood shields along the roads from the prevailing heights, and put cloth and blankets on the ropes, blocking their view.

To the south, in 600 kilometers southeast of Uglevik - Kosovo field, historical for the Serbs, a place that in the 90s of the 20th century turned into a pain for the Serbian people. The tragedy of the Serb genocide of the 2000s was superimposed on the defeat in the battle with the Ottomans seven centuries ago.

... The memory relentlessly relates us to those days of the 90, when foreign military contingents were brought into Bosnia and Herzegovina. The political leadership of the leading world states, destroying, as it seemed to them, “the last stronghold of communism in Europe”, “destroyed” by their actions and tore apart the territory of the former Yugoslavia on religious and national grounds, initiating one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20 century. All this, of course, in the name of democracy and justice. The end justified the means ...

Serbs were left with less and less living space. The Dayton Accords in December 94 became the legalization of the new reality.
The peacekeeping units of the Airborne Forces of Russia carried service in the Republika Srpska at that time, which, according to many of its inhabitants, was a guarantee of the safety of the population and prevented new clashes. The task is to separate the opposing sides, withdraw weaponto build a peaceful life. In fact, the US military was on duty side by side with our paratroopers. What was unusual was that the potential adversaries, who had been preparing to fight each other for many years, carried out a peacekeeping mission as part of the same organizational and staff structure of the multinational division North, representing the interests of their countries in the region.

“We were enemies, but we met each other not on the battlefield, but as peacekeepers,” recalls General Nikolai Staskov. - Unusual state, given our training. Here they learned to communicate in a peaceful environment. Gradually, they worked together, although at first it was not easy. ”


Ex-Chief of Staff of the Airborne Forces of Russia Nikolay Staskov at the location of the headquarters of the Russian peacekeeping brigade in Uglevik, Republika Srpska with a delegation of Russian paratroopers

A division of American Rangers is located at the headquarters of the Airborne Brigade of Russia, officers of the Russian engagement team in the interests of Russian peacekeepers performed tasks at the American Eagle base in Tuzla.

The attitude of the population to the peacemakers was specific - the Americans, here, to put it mildly, did not like, and in the Russians they saw fraternal protection. According to Nikolai Staskov, public confidence in our military men who served in the posts patrolling the area of ​​responsibility then played a major role in normalizing the situation. The shots ceased to sound, the explosions thundered, people gradually returned to peaceful life: "The friendship between the Russian and Serbian peoples, which is a constant value, has affected."

The fact that the team of Russian paratroopers was firmly established in the Republika Srpska, having deployed, in addition to the headquarters, subunits, posts, an operational group that independently analyzed information and transferred it to Russia, did not like the American command, which demanded unconditional subordination. “Partners” constantly complained to Moscow about the initiative commanders of the Russian landing force. For example, the Western media accused General Staskov almost of disrupting the Dayton Accords, calling him a “gun without a fuse”.

From the history

In January, a separate brigade of airborne forces of 1996 men was sent to participate in the peace operation of the multinational force in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On the night of June 11-12, 1999, a battalion of Russian paratroopers made a dashing throw from Bosnia to Kosovo in a few hours, capturing a strategically important object - the Slatina airfield and ahead of tank columns of NATO troops. After that, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution No. 1244, on the basis of a decree of the President of Russia and in accordance with the “Agreed Points of Russian Participation in KFOR Forces” signed by the Russian and US Defense Ministers on Helsinki on 18.06.1999/3616/XNUMX, it was decided to send a military contingent to Kosovo RF numbering XNUMX people.

The Russian Airborne Forces on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, together with NATO, participated in the conduct of two peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo. In BiH, paratroopers controlled the territory with a total area of ​​- 1750 km2. The total length of the controlled line of separation of the parties - 75 km. The units were located in the 3-x base areas (2 in the territory of the Republika Srpska - Uglevik and Surf, 1 - in the territory of the BiH Federation - Simin-Khan).

Bombs are real and psychological

... The time was troubled - NATO was preparing its aggression against Yugoslavia, then Kosovo events followed. In the spring of 1999, NATO bombers lined up in combat echelons to conduct (think of the term!) “Humanitarian bombardments” of Greater Serbia’s infrastructure right above the base area of ​​the Russian brigade. To the border of all is nothing - less than 30 km.

Once the air carousel spun right in the sky over Uglevik when the Yugoslav MiG took an unequal battle with the two newest American fighters, was shot down and, leaving a plume of smoke, began to leave in the direction of Serbia. Serbian pilot managed to eject. He was wounded, picked up by local residents and, having provided medical assistance, he was flown across the border with Serbia. And on the ground for several days the search groups of the American contingent roamed, with the task of capturing the downed pilot.


Leaflet for military personnel of the FRY Armed Forces in KOSOVO distributed aviation NATO in March-June 1999. Caption: "Thousands of bombs ... obeying the will of the world, will continuously pour on your unit." Signature on the back: "Warning FRY Armed Forces: LEAVE KOSOVO! NATO uses B-52 bombers armed with 225-kilogram MK-82 bombs against FRY units in KOSOVO and METHODIA. One B-52 can carry up to 50 of these bombs! These planes will fly in until they stop your atrocities and drive you out of KOSOVO and METHODIA. If you want to survive and see your families again, drop your weapon "

At this time, the entire population of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the Republika Srpska, was subjected to active psychological pressure from Western countries. These places have become a kind of testing ground for “running in” of new information technologies and their further use in other regions of the world. Thousands of American specialists in psychological struggle launched their work, creating mass media, connecting local TV channels and radio stations, organizing talk shows, distributing leaflets, etc. Psychological combat officers from the Russian brigade opposed this stream, creating a different information background in the Serbian media, and often, as the Americans themselves admitted, they won in these duels on the air, on the screens and on newspapers.

With the intensification of the operation of squeezing Serbs from Kosovo, besides bombs, rockets and shells, Serbian troops and civilian objects from the air rained leaflets threatening to bomb endlessly. Processing consciousness of military people and the population did not stop for a minute. It can be said that in the Balkans, NATO forces won in the information sphere, since the damage inflicted from the air by the Yugoslav army in Kosovo was minimal.
Here, in practice, strategies and tactics were worked out, methods and methods of waging information warfare were tested.

The scale of the special operations of NATO says this fact - one day the wind suddenly changed, and a half million leaflets dropped on Serbia, carried to the territory of neighboring Hungary. Paper rain fell on the heads of stunned Hungarians. The leaves read: “Thousands of bombs ... obeying the will of the whole world, will continually pour on your unit ... Warning Sun FRY: leave Kosovo! NATO uses B-52 B-bombers armed with X-NUMX-kilogram MK-225 bombs against units of the Armed Forces of the FRY in Kosovo and Metohija. One B-82 can carry up to 52 such bombs! ... These planes will fly until they stop your atrocities and expel you from Kosovo and Metohija. If you want to survive and see your families again, drop your weapons ... ”


... But one cannot say that in this confrontation Yugoslavia was doomed. Yes, in Belgrade, headquarters, military and civil infrastructure buildings, and social facilities were subjected to blows. Cruise missiles and smart bombs hit objects marked with “beacons” placed by American agents. But the Yugoslav army did not bear the losses that were expected in Washington and Brussels. The Serb military units successfully maneuvered, using camouflage and heat traps for NATO missiles. The air defense forces gradually learned to fight air targets, knocking down the “invisible” F-117 “Stealth” and a pair of “Mirage.” The army has retained the backbone and combat capability ... But the systematic information and psychological treatment of the Serbs bore fruit — the official Belgrade accepted the terms of the ultimatum of the international community. The territory of Kosovo, along with the Albanian formations, was occupied by the Americans, the British and their allies. Moscow’s demands to include Russia in the format of the operation in Kosovo with a view to ending the genocide of the Serbian population were ignored. Under these conditions, an adventurous and risky decision was made by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Airborne Forces ’headquarters — the advance detachment in a separate paratrooper battalion to make a seven-hundred-kilometer march to the very heart of Kosovo, ahead of the NATO units that had begun to advance along the Serbian territory, capture the Slatina airfield and to ensure the landing of the main forces of the Russian peacekeeping contingent. It is significant that even Yeltsin, who will be reported on the operation after its completion, did not know about this plan. Such secrecy justified itself on all 100% - at least, the pro-Western encirclement of the Russian president turned out to be completely unaware, not having had time to imagine the situation in the light necessary for him and to derail the throw of the landing battalion.

“I dream of a march at night”

It looked like a picture from another life - flowers on the armor, Serbian girls kiss Russian soldiers, stormy glee. The battalion of Russian paratroopers threw a position at the Slatina airfield in Kosovo. How did the military prepare and conduct this march? These questions began a conversation with the immediate participant of the events described, the commander of the Russian landing battalion advancing to Kosovo, Colonel Sergey Pavlov.

- NATO aircraft over our camp lined up in battle formations and went to Belgrade. We still patrolled our area of ​​responsibility, performed peacekeeping tasks within the framework of the mandate. There was not even a hint that we could move somewhere. But honestly, I had a premonition. Premonition often helps me out, did not let me down even then. I suddenly felt that events were coming in which we would be active participants, although I personally had two months before the replacement.

Usually during this period, any commander is not particularly zealous in the service. And I have just the opposite. The people said: “What did this find for the battalion commander? After all, it was already time for him to relax and prepare for the rotation?”

In May, we completed the transfer of equipment for the summer period of operation. I approached this question very seriously and firmly asked from my subordinates, with an emphasis on the quality of the translation. Ultimately, this is what has become the guarantee of success.

In preparation for the march in 700 km, we were allocated the entire 8 hours! No one had a more rigid time frame in my memory, even in the Airborne Forces. Can anyone repeat what we managed then? The big question. I'm not sure.

That night we had to shoot three posts. People were far away in the mountains, the connection was lame. While they passed, while they duplicated, while we were correctly understood and we gathered everyone, it took time. People got the feeling that something serious was being prepared. The tension was universal, but to be afraid, I did not see.

... It was time "H" and our column was set in motion ... When the military order was given, we realized that within an hour the whole world would know about us. Imagine our feelings? How would a kneeling country react to this? God forbid, there will be failure ... We were not afraid for ourselves, for our skin. There was a feeling of great responsibility, because there would be no excuse later. How to look people in the eye - why didn’t you, didn’t you? And always afraid for people. God forbid…

Marsh passed without loss. People then realized that my severity had borne fruit — not a single unit of equipment failed during the march. The task was completed. But I was blamed for excessive rigidity and demandingness, they said that it could have been softer. The truth was on my side. Now I sleep peacefully, knowing that no mother, no wife curses me ... We brought everyone without a loss, the task was completed without clashes. Then I crossed myself and said: "Thank God, everyone is alive."

- Was there a danger on the route? How did the events unfold?

- Our passage was provided at a high level. So we never say that everything was done by me and General Rybkin. The decision was made at the top, and we only performed well. We practically "flew" Serbian towns. Police patrols and border guards provided the Green Corridor. We were led, intelligence worked for five points.

I assumed that something would happen. An hour or two or three has passed, and someone could wake up, NATO members could land the landing force. What do they cost? After all, we confronted the huge NATO colossus. Of course, we were preparing for surprises, right up to armed clashes. We had full ammunition. But the calculation was on surprise - they moved right on the autobahn on Sunday, although I know that the option of moving through the mountains was considered. We "flew" on the road. Then I learned that the American command had decided to disembark the Rangers, organize an ambush and detain us in any way. Allegedly, they had some kind of balloon on board the BTA aircraft with a capture group, injured someone, and this venture failed. Maybe they had enough sense not to bring the matter to armed clashes. But we were not very fun.

- Soldier and officers awarded for this march?

- You are the first journalist who asks about the awards of soldiers and officers. But this is a big problem. All interested in only one thing - who gave the order to march? And what is my business, who gave? I was given an order by my immediate superior, and I have no right to ask questions, who made the decision in the upper echelons. This is not my business, because we received an order, and went to carry it out.


I know that not everyone was awarded. The medal “To the participant of the Bosnia-Kosovo march” was instituted. Someone noted, but I know for sure that my two deputies did not receive it. Why dont know. Five years ago, I met in Ivanovo with my deputy in education, Yevgeny Morozov, and the battalion chief of staff, Vadim Poloyan, who were left without medals. Laughter, and only. They say to me: "Commander, how is that?". What can I do? He was ready to give his medal, but I had two ...

But I know for sure that these awards were received by those who did not participate in this march. Our entire award structure, those who sit in the headquarters, had to climb out of their way to find and reward all the marchers. Two years after the forced march, a soldier came to me from a village in the Ryazan region and said that in the village everyone was teasing him, saying that you were hanging noodles, that a participant in the march in Kosovo, but there were no medals. I had to call human resources again and demand ...

For me personally, the rewards are not important, I say this without drawing. The best reward is that I saved the fighters for whom I was responsible ... It was very difficult to get people out of such an alteration ... Experience shows that the losses - returnable and irrevocable - not all combat. A huge percentage of casualties for carelessness, due to carelessness, careless handling of weapons, hindsight. We avoided it in those conditions, we did not have a single injury.

- In the media, you have to read about the various "heroes" of the march on Kosovo ...

“For ten years in a row, journalists visited me in Ryazan, and then another well-known surname sounded in the media. It turned out that I unwittingly, as it were, deleted from history. Immediately the Russian mentality worked - they stopped coming to me and asking questions. There were a lot of ratings, new versions, guesses, but I am calm about this ...

- When entered Kosovo, with whom and who faced?

- In 1.00-1.30, the nights were spent in Pristina - the whole population was on the streets. They detained us a little. When they were outside the city, there was a terrible call from Moscow. The column was stopped. General Rybkin talked with someone for a long time on the phone, then we convinced him that we still had to go six kilometers and complete the task.

We had to take the airfield to 5.00 in the morning. By this time, the units of the Serbian Armed Forces should have left him and the English brigade would approach. We were ahead of her for an hour and a half. The scouts reported that the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) unit was approaching. We managed to take positions and were ready for battle. They captured the runway, blocked it with armored personnel carriers, cleared the main approaches, blocked the highway to Macedonia, equipped positions around the perimeter. Trenches and caponiers for armored vehicles dug in the rocky ground for three days.

... After an hour and a half later, they settled in, from one of the posts they reported that English intelligence had approached. The British stopped at sight and just "stunned" when they saw our paratroopers. The English general arrived, they spoke Esperanto - broken English. "Who you are? What are you doing here? We should be here, ”he heard something like this. I had to answer that they were late, that here are the positions of the Russian landing force. The general was escorted to the headquarters of our general. There were no collisions ...


Serbian girls kiss Sergei Pavlov's battalion after 14 years after the legendary rush to Pristina. In Russia, many do not know their heroes by sight.

- Sergey Evgenievich, the question is essentially - what did the airborne battalion do in Kosovo?

- Yugoslavia was bombed; in NATO, the problem of Kosovo and Metohija, a disputed territory with interethnic and interreligious conflict, was solved by force. It’s not for me to give a political assessment, Milosevic is right when he sent troops there or not, and who began to cut whom. Politicians and historians will understand. But the West acted here, defiantly ignoring Russia. Chernomyrdin sat for days with Albright, but in the end Kosovo was divided into areas of responsibility without Russia.

Then it was decided to go to Kosovo on their own. Our battalion was a forward detachment - a military unit that captures the line, the site, the area and ensures the approach of the main forces. We had to ensure the landing of our main forces on the airfield. True, for a number of reasons, the troops did not land, and the Russian peacekeeping contingent arrived in another way. The main thing that we managed - Russia took part in the fate of the Kosovo Serbs. Initially, this was enough to prevent the genocide that the Albanians committed there. That was our mission. What happened next is well known, but not for us to judge. I, in any case, do not want to give political assessments. And as a person, I am very sad ... Now, 14 years later, we communicate with the Serbs, and they teach us a lesson in patriotism, love for our people, love for Russia.

- What happened in Kosovo in those days?

“We saw what the Kosovo Liberation Army was doing.” They burned and blew up Orthodox churches, slaughtered the Serbs. They did not go to the airfield - they knew that they would be repulsed. And they repeatedly tried to penetrate the dairy factory in Pristina, staged provocations. We took this territory under protection, thereby rescuing many Serbs from violence. Albanians showed offensive gestures, seized the Serbs, put a knife to the throat and tried to cut it before our eyes. And we had no right to open fire. The soldiers ran out, became a human shield, dragged, retreating people. All this was done under video cameras. Pure provocation ...

- Is it true that then several shots were enough to make the situation explode?

- Firstly, the fact that the British approached us was a deterrent. Our military leaders acted wisely - they launched them on the airfield, gave them a place to sleep. But we were constantly threatened.

We received intelligence information, from which directions to wait for the attack, disguised as they could, restricted all movement, warned us that Albanian snipers were operating, that they were assigned the task of taking prisoners into our captives, killing and slaughtering, which was personally warned by General Head Kvashnin, General Staff . But someone had the sense not to climb. We organized round-the-clock combat duty.

Soldiers - well done, no sloppiness or relaxation. People were really ready. We had experienced contractors, good officers.

... I will not forget the picture in the first days after the march. One 37-year-old contract soldier — an experienced warrior — lies on the parapet of a trench and listens. “What are you listening to?” - “Will arrive or not”. I answered him like in a movie: “Don't worry, they will come, of course.”

We were constantly provoked - cattle were allowed right to our positions, and we knew that it was not the shepherds who led the animals, but the scouts. They drove them away, for this there are different tricks. The main thing in that situation was not to break, not to provoke shooting. Next to our positions was a fuel depot and fuels and lubricants. Kosovars robbed him, took out fuel on tractors, constantly provoked the fighters.

When our main forces began to arrive by sea and by air, it became much easier, the tension subsided. We have a good effort. We met the troops, sent by sectors, and themselves served at the airfield.

14 years have passed, and I can not forget anything. The march is in front of my eyes - from the first second to the last. He was responsible for almost everything, and still can not forget this sense of responsibility. I had no such tension in my life. I remember everything - preparation, “races” on the autobahn, a slaughtered woman, tears of women and old people ... This is the most vivid impression in life.

I dream of march on Kosovo, and I will dream till the end of my days. I continue to command at night ... In principle, we did everything right - we completed the task, saved people and equipment ...

Abduction: political bagging holes

Combat Sergei Pavlov - a man of the old school, brought up, correct and laconic. He now teaches at the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School named after Army General VF Margelov. Cadets often ask him to tell about the march.

... Certainly, the swift airborne march to Pristina in June 1999 can rightfully be called a small victory for Russia. And it was not the success of diplomacy that ensured her, nor even willed fists on the table, but the simple battalion commander of the landing battalion and his subordinates.
True, as often happens in such cases, victory always has many fathers, and defeat is an orphan. With surprise, the Airborne Forces later learned about many of the “heroes” of this legendary march who either did not take part in it at all, or had, to put it mildly, a very, very indirect relationship. Some of them still sit in the State Duma, occupy posts in the executive authorities. Although in fairness it should be noted that the manner of sculpted fake “heroes” went from meticulous to “sensational” media, often not bothering to establish and convey the truth to people.

They say that on the occasion of the successful operation on the paratroopers' occupation of the airfield in Slatina, three gold medals were issued. Allegedly, they were awarded politicians and important bosses. "The paratroopers do not need gold, they assured me in the Union of Russian Paratroopers." “But all the men and officers who took part in the events of 14 years ago should be marked by the state.” But even ordinary commemorative medals got not all.

For veterans of those events, this is just a pleasant trifle, which may even be remembered only once a year, putting on awards at ceremonial events. The paratroopers are not made to bravel awards. But if the command ordered to arrive at the orders - you would have seen this iconostasis! But still…

But this is only one side of the coin. The other side is that the brave, in Russian, dashing assault landing was completely unsupported in the political plane. Yes, the Russian peacekeeping contingent had been serving for several years, in Bosnia and Kosovo, embodying an example of the fulfillment of the peacekeeping mission.

But the facts are stubborn things - the Kosovo Serbs have lost their homeland. The few tens of thousands that remained in the province still write letters to the Kremlin with a request to take them into Russian citizenship, because they turned away from them in Belgrade. In Kosovo, dozens of Orthodox monasteries were looted, hundreds of temples were destroyed and burned. The population for the most part left those places. And Russia with all its breadth and abundance of resources could not resist this shaft, could not become a barrier to injustice and outright evil. Although at the end of 1999, the command of the Russian brigade deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina informed Moscow about the favorable moment for the creation of Russian military bases in the Balkans. This appeal was never heard, and the story, as you know, does not tolerate the subjunctive mood ...

Today, the reality is that the mental gap between Serbia and Russia is widening. The older generation, especially those people who remember the times of the USSR and the SFRY, communicated and worked together with the peacekeepers from Russia, still feel an invisible connection with the Russian world, cherish it and are afraid to interrupt it. But the younger generation in Belgrade no longer knows the Russian language, far from the glorious and tragic pages of our common history. Young people, as in the megalopolises of Russia, are infected with the same “disease of consumerism”, in which the issues of spirit and identity do not matter at all.

Many Serbs, Serbia proper and the Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina are already deployed to the West. In relations with Russia, the local elite sees first of all an economic interest, that is, only business. Other areas - cultural and spiritual, issues of a single faith, at best, are only declared and faded into the background. The Serbs are learning to survive without Russia, although the decision to lay the South Stream gas pipeline through the Serbian territories was greeted with great enthusiasm and the expectation of major changes for the better. As they are joking here, let "it is better for the Russians to turn off the gas, than the Germans will let them go."

With all the warmth and sincerity of the Serbian public figures and officials who met and communicated with the delegation of the Russian Airborne Forces, the President of the Republika Srpska, Miodrag Dodik, who regularly holds operational meetings with representatives of Gazprom, did not find time to talk with the participants of the legendary cast on Kosovo. Probably, all the priorities and preferences have changed ...

“... Russia was systematically squeezed out from the Balkans. For different reasons. The long-term efforts of the Russian peacekeepers are in vain. The Balkans shifted to well-fed Europe, flirting with the United States. In the run-up to the NATO aggression, the Serbs loved to repeat: “We are with Russia 200 millions, we are bros” ..., - this is the opinion of one of the officers of the paratroopers of the peacekeeping contingent. “We will never forget how the Serbs met us.” So in the second world the Russians met Europe liberated from the fascists. This is never forgotten, never ... Recently I read a comment on the Internet: “We then wiped the nose of NATO. They were really scared, but as always - they betrayed us ... They betrayed us. They betrayed the military, the Serbs ... And so we are not respected ... ". To realize that there is some truth in this is insulting and bitter. But this is not our fault. We did everything we could. And the power is still a shame, very much. Still..."

Uglevik - Banja Luka - Moscow


A leaflet on the Serbian and Albanian population of KOSOVO, prepared and distributed by unknown persons in April-May 1999.: LOCATED living or embalmed BILLY CLINTON is a very dangerous criminal, repeat offender, sexually concerned, although, in fact, quite helpless in sex respect, a man who pratrahsya oath to the Albanians to free Kosovo. Reward for capture: 45 million dollars in your pocket (or the Black Falcon F-117 plane in good condition and without a pilot). Please inform us of the available information at the following address: Kosovo Liberation Army, NATO, Brussels, Great Albania. Note: the leaflet is written in Serbo-Croatian, but using transcription that reproduces Albanian pronunciation



Residents of the capital of the Republic of Serbian Banja Luka meet the delegation of Russian paratroopers with a banner


Reserve Colonel Sergei Pavlov - the commander of the battalion who marched in Kosovo and occupied the Slatina airfield. Nowadays - associate professor of the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School named after General of the Army V.F. Margelov


Stock Colonel Hero of Russia Alexander Margelov talks to a Russian volunteer who fought in the Balkans, Sergey Sukharev


Beret, vest and the Order of Margelov transferred to the legendary General Ratko Mladic, located in the dungeons in The Hague, his son Darko


Zoltan Dani, commander of the Yugoslav air defense unit, tells how in March 1999 shot down the stealth aircraft F-117A "Stealth"


Russian paratroopers lay a wreath at the memorial at the site of the Jasenovac concentration camp, where during the Second World War, the Croatian ustashi tortured about 700 thousand people


Delegation of the Union of Russian Paratroopers at the conference dedicated to the 14 anniversary of the march on Pristina in Uglevik, Republika Srpska
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  1. lemal
    lemal 25 June 2013 10: 30 New
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    !!! Paratroopers !!!
    1. experienced
      experienced 25 June 2013 15: 26 New
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      Russia then did not have the strength and political weight to withstand aggressors. Yes, and it's time to tie up with the topic of "bros", it's time to begin to realize that the allies are not those who are racially closer, but those who are really ready to support you in difficult times, or even so much blood has been shed, and in response:
      Bulgarians demand to remove the monument of the Soviet army from the center of Sofia. A protest rally was held in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, in the park where this monument is installed.

      “This monument is anti-Bulgarian, and its advocates advocate anti-Bulgarian interests. The USSR in 1944 was not a liberator, but an invader of Bulgaria, ”the protesters said.

      They chanted: “We will remove red garbage from here”, “Monument - to the dustbin of history”, they held posters with the inscription “Freedom or the USSR”.

      1. RA77
        RA77 25 June 2013 16: 27 New
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        Quote: seasoned
        Yes, and it's time to tie up with the topic of "bros", it's time to begin to realize that the allies are not those who are racially closer, but those who are really ready to support you in difficult times

        You are wrong here. If a big mess starts, then there will be some among the Russians who will shoot us in the back
        http://www.newsru.com/russia/15jul2010/chechenien.html
        And the Serbs will be with us! Even if their government is stupid again and will support our enemy.
        1. Tatar
          Tatar 26 June 2013 07: 52 New
          0
          but what about the population of western Ukraine ??? so the Slavs, if something happens, will go to Russia, and this concerns not only western Ukraine, but also many other countries. Poland- please note they belong to the group of Western Slavs, Bulgaria-southern. since they all relate to Russia? any questions? The experienced one is right!
          1. FATEMOGAN
            FATEMOGAN 26 June 2013 15: 24 New
            +1
            Quote: Tatar
            but what about the population of western Ukraine ??? so the Slavs, if something happens, will go to Russia, and this concerns not only western Ukraine, but also many other countries. Poland- please note they belong to the group of Western Slavs, Bulgaria-southern. since they all relate to Russia? any questions? The experienced one is right!

            Have you ever read the article? What does the Pole have to do with it - the eternal enemies of Russia, the opulent and Orumy zapadentsy, and the Serbs - who have proved, not with words but with deeds, their attitude towards Russia, let's not thoughtlessly row all under one comb.
          2. RA77
            RA77 26 June 2013 16: 29 New
            +1
            I replied to the experienced about the Serbs, and not about all the Slavs in general. Because the article deals only with them and he said "bros", and only Serbs are expressed in this way, as far as I know. In any case, I took what he wrote. And I repeat once again that with regard to the Serbs, brotherly ties are not an empty word. This is the first. Secondly, you take it wider and talk about all the Slavs, but you apparently belong to that part of the people who think that you can do nothing, but everything will happen. And since you don’t see something now, it means that this is not. Both of these expressions are not true. If you do not constantly maintain something in a normal state, then something only seeks to fade, worsen. And if you now (with our media, who manipulate information in the way they need to form a common opinion) do not see the people’s identifier or part of its fraternal feelings, this does not mean that they do not exist and that they are defined. moment will not play an important role. The fraternal relations of our peoples have not disappeared! I will express myself here with the words of Vysotsky:

            Time has not erased these understandings,
            You just need to raise the upper layer -
            And steaming blood from my throat
            Feelings of eternal gush on us.

            After the collapse of the USSR, many believed in the strength of the West and the weakness of Russia and moved away from the latter. Perhaps tired of many years of Soviet power in their countries, perhaps something else. However, now is the time for change. Russia is growing stronger, the West is showing its true face (supporting riots in different countries, arming under the false pretext of cannibal militants in Syria, total surveillance of citizens, the persecution of Snowden, Assange, etc.). And so many will soon remember that they are brothers. But in order for this to happen faster, we need the right Russian policy towards these states and everything will be a chorus. Although, of course, relying on them as on the Serbs, someone love Russia no matter what, is not worth it yet, but it is only for now.
            1. FATEMOGAN
              FATEMOGAN 26 June 2013 17: 00 New
              0
              Quote: RA77
              After the collapse of the USSR, many believed in the strength of the West and the weakness of Russia and moved away from the latter. Perhaps tired of many years of Soviet power in their countries, perhaps something else. However, now is the time for change. Russia strengthens, the West shows its true face

              I completely agree with you that now the chance is given, as long as the crisis is in the West, most likely it will go on increasing, it’s time for us to help the Serbs and ourselves to gain a foothold in the Balkans.
      2. Reasonable, 2,3
        Reasonable, 2,3 25 June 2013 16: 29 New
        +6
        They chanted: either fools or traitors bought.
      3. valokordin
        valokordin 25 June 2013 19: 07 New
        +7
        Quote: seasoned
        Russia then did not have the strength and political weight to withstand aggressors. Yes, and it's time to tie up with the topic of "bros", it's time to begin to realize that the allies are not those who are racially closer, but those who are really ready to support you in difficult times, or even so much blood has been shed, and in response:

        Yeltsin’s offspring did not have a conscience, he does not have it now.
        1. Siberian German
          Siberian German 26 June 2013 05: 56 New
          +1
          but I agree with that on all 100 - there are always forces in Russia but there is still an imperious abomination
      4. Siberian German
        Siberian German 26 June 2013 05: 55 New
        -1
        What kind of bros are they - in World War I they fought pretty well and in 1 were noted - they need to perform something from the singer’s repertoire of the cancer stand
        1. FATEMOGAN
          FATEMOGAN 26 June 2013 15: 38 New
          +1
          Quote: Siberian German
          What kind of bros are they - in World War I they fought pretty well and in 1 were noted - they need to perform something from the singer’s repertoire of the cancer stand

          So surely you are watering the Serbs with shit, you’re nepoyma, you are a provocateur, or you don’t know the history, it’s useful to open a little book before knocking on buttons, Serbs have never fought against us in World War I or WWII.
      5. Was mammoth
        Was mammoth 26 June 2013 16: 21 New
        0
        Quote: seasoned
        Bulgarians demand to remove ...

        The site had an article on Bulgaria. Brothers-Bulgarians were not accused of anything (I was ashamed that some commentators were Russians), and they posted photos of the monuments to Soviet and Russian soldiers. Look and see. We should look after our monuments and graves in this way. If we judge the people by scum, what can judge us, by our scum?
        When our paratroopers entered, I was proud that it was ours. And then there was bitterness, when politicians betrayed both the Serbs and our guys at the same time.
    2. Nevsky
      Nevsky 25 June 2013 15: 27 New
      +4
      Sad ... sad
      1. Gari
        Gari 25 June 2013 15: 49 New
        11
        Quote: Nevsky
        Sad ...


        We did everything we could. And for the state it’s still a shame, very much. Still......

        Oh, what a shame
    3. Reasonable, 2,3
      Reasonable, 2,3 25 June 2013 16: 27 New
      +9
      This is the development of Ivashov. Another proof that without Russia there will be collapse on the planet. Complete.
    4. IRKUT
      IRKUT 26 June 2013 10: 11 New
      0
      While we are one, we are UNBEATABLE !!!
  2. zart_arn
    zart_arn 25 June 2013 15: 10 New
    +3
    It seems that in those years there were Russian bases there, then there would have been no war there.
  3. Canep
    Canep 25 June 2013 15: 13 New
    18
    EBN betrayed the paratroopers. And the fellows fellows, by company forces to seize the airfield!
    1. il grand casino
      il grand casino 25 June 2013 15: 32 New
      +6
      Well, actually they didn’t capture it, but they took it and held it. But from this no less well done
      1. Stiletto
        Stiletto 26 June 2013 09: 55 New
        0
        The Russian people do not have an action plan. He is terrible for everyone with his improvisation)
    2. igor67
      igor67 25 June 2013 19: 59 New
      -12
      Quote: Canep
      EBN betrayed the paratroopers. And the fellows fellows, by company forces to seize the airfield!

      In 99 I watched a report about the "capture". The airfield, but it wasn’t needed by the NATO, you look at which of the occupiers, that is, the European peacekeepers, what I got, I don’t remember exactly, but are there economically important enterprises, and an airfield? Yeltsin stupidly passed
      1. alicante11
        alicante11 26 June 2013 11: 28 New
        +2
        Still, a Jew is a Jew. This word says it all. Be sure to give a shit where something is done by Russia.
        The fact that the contingent was withdrawn later was later. And so - the fact remains. The airfield was captured and held until the arrival of the main forces. They didn’t want to let us in, but we ourselves ran into it. To protect these Serbs, and not to grab something that is bad. This is the main difference between ours and the Westerners, and even more so from the Jews.
    3. Pamir210
      Pamir210 25 June 2013 20: 30 New
      +5
      The airdrome was still occupied BEFORE the paratroopers' approach by a group of special forces under the command of Yunus-Bek Evkurov.
      1. igor67
        igor67 25 June 2013 20: 34 New
        -8
        Quote: Pamir210
        The airdrome was still occupied BEFORE the paratroopers' approach by a group of special forces under the command of Yunus-Bek Evkurov.

        The meaning of the capture of the airfield, once again in the NATO occupation zone, I do not want to google, there were very economically important objects, the airfield was just .... No one needed it already
        1. 0255
          0255 25 June 2013 22: 11 New
          +2
          the Americans could place their planes at this airdrome, so the Russians, correctly, did that they occupied it. And ours saved a lot of Serbian lives. Still to introduce then into Yugoslavia the air defense and air force ...
        2. poquello
          poquello 26 June 2013 00: 04 New
          +7
          "The meaning of the capture of the airfield, once again in the NATO occupation zone, I don’t want to google, there were very economically important objects, the airfield was just .... No one needed it anymore"

          So that you do not repeat this crap a third time - we needed an airfield. Primakov did not deploy his plane so that he would not be called a scumbag in the heap and he would not dance alone under Yeltsin’s spoons. If you watched the reports carefully, you saw how the airborne assault on the armored car tried to block the tank column, remember the faces of the guys - they will say a lot.
        3. andrejwz
          andrejwz 26 June 2013 06: 12 New
          +4
          Quote: igor67
          the airdrome is just on .... No one needed it already

          Yes, you, my friend, a strategist!
        4. JonnyT
          JonnyT 26 June 2013 11: 26 New
          0
          Do you think all about money? Oh well, the flag is appropriate ....

        5. alicante11
          alicante11 26 June 2013 11: 29 New
          +1
          Yes, we do not need blya economic objects, we didn’t come to rob. And it’s good to protect people from the airfield.
          1. il grand casino
            il grand casino 26 June 2013 20: 46 New
            0
            Quote: alicante11
            And it’s good to protect people from the airfield.


            Only one question: why was the airdrome in the plan of protecting people better than other objects? there was nothing but transport aviation
            1. alicante11
              alicante11 27 June 2013 03: 56 New
              0
              And so it is not clear? An airfield is a transport infrastructure; air transportation is much more efficient in terms of logistics for small troop contingents than land roads. Moreover, they did not wait for us and did not want to see us.
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  5. Apollo
    Apollo 25 June 2013 15: 17 New
    18
    The US Army is presented as if it is the most invincible and only “Rambo” serve in it. Actually, it’s not so. Watch the video and you will see that everything is exactly the opposite. Events took place just in Kosovo. So the American army is through the eyes of a simple Russian soldier.

    1. Canep
      Canep 25 June 2013 15: 29 New
      +1
      This is about how the Americans threw their wounded soldier, and the Russians picked up and taken to the hospital? My video does not work.
      1. RA77
        RA77 25 June 2013 16: 09 New
        0
        Quote: Canep
        This is about how the Americans threw their wounded soldier, and the Russians picked up and taken to the hospital? My video does not work.

        yeah it's the most
    2. Sirocco
      Sirocco 25 June 2013 18: 06 New
      +6
      Thanks Apollo for the good movie. Somehow I participated in a dispute on the forum just about this topic, all this is very similar to what a friend told me who participated in a peacekeeping mission in those parts. The point is, (in his words) a hammer was blown up, and a group of amers passed him leaving the wounded soldiers, to the question of why they abandoned them, they answered that there is a special team that is involved in saving the wounded. God forbid to go into battle with such fighters. In principle, why are we surprised, because who is serving there? scum, and migrant workers who try this way will receive citizenship. And they, what principle, the day has passed, and to hell with it. How many times did they show on TV photos of these heroes, they urinate on the corpses, or with their legs torn off, what can we expect from such soldiers?
      1. Midshipman
        Midshipman 26 June 2013 13: 08 New
        0
        Actually, this is the logic - the unit is engaged in the performance of a combat mission and does not bother the dead and wounded. The opposite example is the bearded men of Alahakbar, who drag each wounded by seven until he dies. They are not the ones who abandoned their wounded, but acted on orders or instructions, leaving them to the special team. I don’t see anything criminal and immoral here, on the contrary - it speaks of a good organization, which really is "lame"))).
  6. Russ69
    Russ69 25 June 2013 15: 17 New
    +5
    Then washed the nose mattress. Probably the only good news was then.
    1. Gari
      Gari 25 June 2013 15: 31 New
      +3
      Quote: Russ69
      Then washed the nose mattress. Probably the only good news was then.

      Exactly
      But the operation was interesting-
      In May 1999, Major Yunus-bek Yevkurov, the current President of Ingushetia, who at that time was part of the international peacekeeping contingent in Bosnia and Herzegovina, received a completely secret task from the highest military command of the Russian Federation: as part of a group of 18 special forces soldiers of the GRU of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia secretly infiltrate the territory of Kosovo and Metohija and take control of the strategic object - Slatina Airport and prepare for the arrival of the main forces of the Russian contingent. Yu. Yevkurov set the task and his group, acting under various legends, secretly for the surrounding Serbs and Albanians in late May 1999, took complete control of the Slatina airport. The detailed circumstances of this operation are still classified.
      On the night of 11 on 12 on June 1999, an advanced airborne squad in armored personnel carriers and vehicles advanced towards the border of Bosnia and Yugoslavia. A column of Russian airborne forces easily crossed the border. Up to this point, the NATO command did not have information about the beginning of the march of the Russian paratroopers on Pristina.
      Even before crossing the border, the marking of Russian military and transport equipment was changed from SFOR to KFOR. The personnel were tasked to overcome more than 600 kilometers and capture the Slatina airfield before the arrival of the NATO forces as soon as possible. Russian flags were posted on APCs and cars. During the passage of the territory of Serbia, including the territory of Kosovo, the local population gladly met Russian soldiers, throwing flowers at the equipment, passing food and drinks. In this regard, the movement of the column was slightly slowed down
      1. Gari
        Gari 25 June 2013 15: 38 New
        +5
        A convoy of Russian paratroopers arrived in Pristina at about 2 a.m. on June 12, 1999. The population of the city took to the streets to meet a convoy, while using firecrackers, light rockets, somewhere there were automatic bursts. The column passed through Pristina in 1,5 hours. Immediately after Pristina, an airborne convoy drove into the Kosovo field, where it stopped for a short time to clarify tasks and obtain information from intelligence.
        During the advancement of the convoy, numerous retreating units of the Serbian army met. The paratroopers as soon as possible seized all the premises of the Slatina airport, took up a circular defense, organized roadblocks and prepared for the appearance of the first NATO columns that were already on the way. The task of capturing the Slatina was completed by 7 a.m. on June 12, 1999.
        1. Gari
          Gari 25 June 2013 15: 42 New
          +5
          At about 11 a.m. an unmanned reconnaissance plane appeared in the sky above the airfield, then from the checkpoint at the entrance to the Slatina airport, the command of the battalion received a message about the arrival of the first column of NATO forces. These were British jeeps. On the other hand, British tanks were approaching the airfield.
          Both columns stopped in front of Russian roadblocks. Airborne helicopters appeared in the sky. Pilots of British helicopters made several attempts to land on the airfield, but these attempts were thwarted by the crews of Russian armored personnel carriers. As soon as the helicopter landed, an armored personnel carrier immediately rushed towards it, thus obstructing its maneuver. Having failed, the British pilots flew away.
          General Michael Jackson, the commander of the NATO forces in the Balkans, stepped in front of the tank column and, turning his back on the Russian soldiers, began gesturing tanks forward, moving his back to the checkpoint. One of the officers at the checkpoint demanded that General Jackson not do this, threatened with the use of weapons [6]. At the same time, Russian soldiers took British tanks into the sight of hand grenade launchers. Thus, the seriousness of the intentions of the Russian soldiers was shown. British tanks remained in their positions, stopping attempts to break into the territory of the Slatina airport.
      2. Apollo
        Apollo 25 June 2013 15: 41 New
        +5
        Quote: Gari
        In May 1999, Major Yunus-bek Yevkurov, the current President of Ingushetia,




  7. Scandinavian
    Scandinavian 25 June 2013 15: 21 New
    14
    I remember this moment very much, the entry of our battalion in Pristina. I remember how my father reacted strongly to this event and was happy, as he also had a direct relationship with the armed forces. I was glad and remembered the old days.
    1. d_trader
      d_trader 25 June 2013 17: 04 New
      +7
      Yes, everyone was happy. The whole country stirred up and seemed to revive.
  8. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 25 June 2013 15: 21 New
    16
    Yes ! This was one good news for the entire EBN reign. Glory to our paratroopers!
    1. Blackgrifon
      Blackgrifon 25 June 2013 22: 27 New
      +1
      "It is significant that even President Yeltsin did not know about this plan, who would be informed about the operation after its completion. Such secrecy paid off 100% - at least the pro-Western circle of the Russian president was completely ignorant, having not had time to present him with the situation the light you need for yourself and disrupt the assault of the airborne battalion. "

      If the EBN would not have reported on the capture of the airfield, m. Kosovo would be Serbian territory now.
  9. krez-74
    krez-74 25 June 2013 15: 27 New
    +4
    “They didn’t notice” it in Belgrade, where today they are looking more and more towards the West ... "- because of such precedents, there is no unity of the Slavs. Yes, and Russia is good! She so easily gives up her positions, which she then returns with difficulty ...
  10. Black
    Black 25 June 2013 15: 32 New
    0
    They “did not notice” it in Belgrade, where today they are looking more and more towards the West.[/ Color

    Quote: Canep
    EBN betrayed the paratroopers.


    Paratroopers are good when behind their backs are not only a well-laid parachute, but also their homeland. This throw is, so, a leap on the spot, a "heartfelt" affair, no more with that leadership and with that situation in the country and in the army.
    Yes, and whether it was necessary to fight for them? .... Being with Russia is a lot of work, primarily moral. Russia will become needed when Europe erases their national and spiritual identity. Being in Europe, eating sausage, looking at the raging peder.a.s.t.i.i ... it's their choice. Laplastic flag in their hands. It’s time to understand that pan-Slavism is a bluff and a burden on the shoulders of Russia.
    1. il grand casino
      il grand casino 25 June 2013 15: 40 New
      +1
      You're right. And Russia’s friendship with almost the rest of the Slavic world was more and more one-sided - we helped them, they nodded and asked for more
      1. FATEMOGAN
        FATEMOGAN 26 June 2013 16: 51 New
        -1
        Quote: il grand casino
        You're right. And Russia’s friendship with almost the rest of the Slavic world was more and more one-sided - we helped them, they nodded and asked for more

        But do you think we should behave like amers, no fraternity with Serbs, only benefits and interests, we offer us to become like them - only money, only fat, only profit ....
    2. krez-74
      krez-74 25 June 2013 15: 45 New
      +1
      This friendship, Russia often went sideways! An example is how countries and peoples behave, with respect to Russia and memory they laid their heads for their freedom.
      1. FATEMOGAN
        FATEMOGAN 26 June 2013 16: 26 New
        -2
        Quote: krez-74
        This friendship, Russia often went sideways! An example is how countries and peoples behave, with respect to Russia and memory they laid their heads for their freedom.

        Interestingly, can you give some examples when friendship with Serbia often went sideways to us?
    3. FATEMOGAN
      FATEMOGAN 26 June 2013 16: 31 New
      0
      Quote: Chen
      Yes, and whether it was necessary to fight for them? .... Being with Russia is a lot of work, primarily moral. Russia will become needed when Europe erases their national and spiritual identity. Being in Europe, eating sausage, looking at the raging peder.a.s.t.i.i ... it's their choice. Laplastic flag in their hands. It’s time to understand that pan-Slavism is a bluff and a burden on the shoulders of Russia.

      Have you been to Serbia, or maybe you talked with the Serbs, what would you say if Russia were to be invited to join the EU in the 90s, then dofiga, who would have agreed to join, and our belolentochnye probably still want to go there . They have their 90 years, after the NATO aggression, the country has not recovered, unemployment and hopelessness, we even had gas and oil at that time, they have nothing like that. It’s not easy for them to get up from their knees, and even the Serbs don’t want to join the Geyropu, at least with those I spoke to, were against it.
  11. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 25 June 2013 15: 33 New
    +2
    I remember that delight smile
    And I remember the joke that appeared after this raid.
    Well done paratroopers
  12. Black Colonel
    Black Colonel 25 June 2013 15: 55 New
    +6
    But the younger generation in the same Belgrade no longer knows the Russian language, far from the glorious and tragic pages of our joint history. Young people, as in the megalopolises of Russia, are infected with the same “consumerism disease”, in which issues of spirit and identity do not matter at all.
    To kill a people, you need to deprive him of memory. I wish this had nothing to do with Russia.
    1. poquello
      poquello 26 June 2013 00: 22 New
      +2
      “But the younger generation in the same Belgrade no longer knows the Russian language, far from the glorious and tragic pages of our joint history.”

      Duc appeared on the site brother, I do not know young or not, but with memory in order.
  13. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 25 June 2013 16: 02 New
    10
    Look in the EYES of Serbs ...
    It was a must see.

    Well done guys.
    Politicians - as usual, as a result, they forgot and died.



    But YOURS should not be abandoned, no matter who says anything. Today some are stronger, tomorrow others. Serbs - OWN. I am much more comfortable in Greece and Serbia than in Germany or Spain, I have already written about this. The mentality, however, of people is similar, and FAITH is the same.
    I'm not going to argue with anyone. For me it is AXIOM, I felt it myself, without jokes ...

    Congratulating you three prst !!!
    1. saveall
      saveall 25 June 2013 19: 26 New
      +8
      Yes, how painful and insulting it is to watch these shots ... How they believed us these simple Serbs ... All this can be read in their eyes. And our politicians eventually left them without leaving a single one of our peacekeepers there. Therefore, Orthodox churches collapsed there and people were cut out ... Forgive us Serb brothers. I think we will even get even for all that we have done with yours and our people.
      1. alicante11
        alicante11 26 June 2013 11: 41 New
        -1
        Yes, damn it, why should we protect them? AND HOW? If their government agrees, they will soon recognize Kosovo as sovereign. We do not have any rights to that. If they wanted to be protected, they would throw off corrupt politicians and ask for help. It’s pure from Russia that Russia has introduced its peacekeepers. At least so. Or they would just bring it to Russia and live here. And then give them a Russian passport, and then also protect them in the heart of Europe, to which they will wholeheartedly strive. Found the Ivan fools.
        1. alicante11
          alicante11 27 June 2013 04: 12 New
          +1
          Here's something I didn’t like in the post - they’re minus. What didn’t you like? True?
          The fact that Russia seems to us in the world to be such a fool that supports everyone, helps everyone. And as soon as she herself gets into trouble, everyone immediately turns back to her. Don't like it? Well, sorry, I didn’t come up with this.
          Take Gaddafi - all his life and "our" and "yours." Russian air defense systems, early detection systems - French, and the fact that they do not match is to blame for the Russian "old" C-200s, serve the first C-300s, which they themselves didn’t put on combat duty normally. And then, too, all of him had “brothers” and “sons” in the West even given a penny of Russia from bins? On the contrary, Soviet debts were written off to him. And he kept the money in Western banks and financed the presidential campaigns of Western leaders. Russia then nafig was not needed. And when all this "relatives" began to bomb - right away: "Russia is not in the world." Yes, no, go see all the parasites. There, Assads in Syria did not twist their tails, as they were guided by Russia and flint, they are supported all the way. And that the Serbs, that the Libyans-got what they deserved.
          Again, we recall that Stalin pulled the Chinese Communists by the ears first from under the Japanese, and then helped the Chiang Kai-shek instructors. Gratitude lasted long? What year was Daman? The Poles were saved from the genocide in WWII, and now by the invaders, let them compare the "occupation" regime of the USSR with the occupation regime of Hitler.
          Russia has only three allies. Army, Navy and Strategic Rocket Forces. So they need to be supported, and all the rest - if you want help - pay in cash or factories, deposits, bases, sovereignty, finally, if you really got pushed.
          And so, why should I, as a taxpayer, pay for the protection of Serbs, who strive to squeeze into the EU, but don’t spend money on weapons?
  14. MG42
    MG42 25 June 2013 16: 02 New
    +8
    I recall the pictures of TV coverage of night launches of tomahawks from NATO ships in Yugoslavia, just darkness belay and how the Serbs rejoiced when they saw the Russian paratroopers, how they met, the EBN drank everything, and influence in Yugoslavia as well ..
  15. Bekzat
    Bekzat 25 June 2013 16: 09 New
    +5
    Greetings to all, Honor and Glory to the Airborne Troops !!! Really Winged Infantry, with lightning speed to capture the airfield, not everyone can do this !!!
    It may not be the topic, but now Russia needs to settle all its inter-confessional disputes, otherwise it will turn out like in Yugoslavia, so the arrogant Saxons will act that way, arranging unrest on the basis of nationalities and religion, according to the old principle of "divide and conquer." I wish Russia to become as Strong as it was during the time of the Union, and to strengthen the CSTO !!! Article + !!!
  16. shamil
    shamil 25 June 2013 16: 19 New
    +1
    so calmly let the country break
  17. shamil
    shamil 25 June 2013 16: 24 New
    +1
    If I were young and I didn’t understand who and what was sharing there, it seemed to me that the Americans were bombing peaceful cities
  18. pa_nik
    pa_nik 25 June 2013 16: 30 New
    0
    It was great. And joyfully .. little Victory, but finally ours! good hi


  19. pa_nik
    pa_nik 25 June 2013 16: 36 New
    +2
    Medal "For Pristina throw".
  20. RA77
    RA77 25 June 2013 16: 37 New
    +1
    I have not had time to read the article yet, but I quickly glanced at the comments and asked a question. But why do many people think that this is Russia that has betrayed someone? EBN is not EBN, but the fault of Russia? Then there were difficult times for us and the fact that nevertheless did something is very good. And everything would be even better if Bulgaria (or Hungary?), At the direction of the West, did not prohibit the passage of Russian transport aircraft with its main forces over its territory. What could Russia do here? Because The union broke up, many countries believed in the power of the West.
    1. Cynic
      Cynic 25 June 2013 17: 28 New
      0
      Quote: RA77
      But why do many people think that this is Russia that has betrayed someone? EBN is not EBN, but the fault of Russia?

      If not for this
      According to the Al-Habbath News newspaper, this weekend the Russian Big Landing Ship Nikolay Filchenkov called at the port of Tartus. Correspondents of the newspaper managed to find out from the soldiers of the Syrian army that “Russian trucks” were unloaded from the ship. (Note T precisely in the newspaper).

      What would they shout?
      Leaders come and go, the state remains.
    2. VkadimirEfimov1942
      VkadimirEfimov1942 25 June 2013 18: 12 New
      +1
      But everything was found to “suppress” the legitimate Supreme Council by non-legitimate methods!
    3. poquello
      poquello 26 June 2013 00: 56 New
      +1
      "When our main forces began to arrive by sea and by air, it became much simpler, the tension subsided. We had a good effort. We met the troops, sent them to sectors, and we themselves served at the airport."
  21. tank64rus
    tank64rus 25 June 2013 16: 38 New
    +1
    Our airborne forces are the best in the world. But the traitors of Russia must be judged.
  22. d_trader
    d_trader 25 June 2013 17: 09 New
    +6
    That's how the Serbs greeted V.V. Putin at the stadium in Belgrade in 2011
    1. ekebastus
      ekebastus 25 June 2013 19: 03 New
      -1
      Flags hold upside down ....
      1. MG42
        MG42 25 June 2013 19: 09 New
        +4
        So this is the flag of Serbia ..
        1. ekebastus
          ekebastus 25 June 2013 19: 21 New
          -1
          And where is the coat of arms ???
          1. MG42
            MG42 25 June 2013 19: 28 New
            +1
            This is the color of Serbia. There is nothing "upside down" here .. hi Serbia flag of modern design and even with a coat of arms.
            1. ekebastus
              ekebastus 25 June 2013 19: 37 New
              -1
              Yes, I agree ... only they should have a coat of arms in the center, and they don’t understand whose flag.
  23. cartridge
    cartridge 25 June 2013 17: 49 New
    +4
    We then wiped the nose of NATO. They were really scared, but as always - they betrayed us ... They betrayed their own.


    Yeltsin’s circle and their current followers are not their own. These are strangers, strangers in blood and spirit ...
    And they don’t betray their own. For honest Russian people, this throw of our paratroopers will forever remain a feat.
    I remember that when I saw on TV in the evening how our convoy rushed to Pristina, how the Serbs met it with flags and applause, then my tears just came out with pride for the guys and Russia.
    But the author is right. Everything is changing. And today the Serbs are no longer dashing fighters like Oleko Dundich, but the same consumers as our 40-year-old Pepsi generation, which has now come into force. Therefore, the second such throw in the foreseeable future will no longer be.
    A low bow for truly Russian courage and dashing to the entire Pavlovsky battalion!
  24. gladiatorakz
    gladiatorakz 25 June 2013 18: 03 New
    0
    Glory to the Airborne Forces !!! Well done boys!!!
  25. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 25 June 2013 18: 05 New
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    After reading the article I remembered the feeling of terrible resentment when ears of mud were poured on Russia and, most importantly, on the Army .. And the Serbs, like the distant Orthodox people, began to practically destroy them all over the world (but rather, our country’s leadership was cowardly silent) and then this march to spite everyone !!! Thought then, with pride, we can stand it .. Thank you THESE GUYS AND ALL WHO HELPED THEM !!! Then many ordinary people had the hope that we could bear it !! It may be pathetic too, but I wrote from the bottom of my heart! A very good article.
  26. VkadimirEfimov1942
    VkadimirEfimov1942 25 June 2013 18: 08 New
    +3
    It is sad and shameful before the Serbs for the actions of EBN and its packs.
  27. misham
    misham 25 June 2013 18: 09 New
    +3
    We were all happy here is her strength. They did not leave the brothers in trouble. Our answer is NATO. Tears of happiness. They stopped the aggression And then everything was as it was ....
    Marsh throw to the void. It would be better if he weren’t. Moral victory. Why such a victory. Really the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Intelligence Service, and the GRU did not know that not a single country adjacent to the SFRY would miss ILs and ANs with airborne assault. BDK "Caesar Kunnikov" sailed when it was all too late .....
    The march toss eventually yielded nothing.
    Delayed Nato's Invasion - No
    Prevented the outcome of the Serbian population - no
    The Serbs retained part of the territory and the main shrine - no (a piece of Kosovo Mitrovica doesn’t count) - also not
    In addition to a small problem at the Slatina airport, the aggressors were not created. Nato’s troops entered Kosovo from Albania.

    Now you look at that war a little differently. Milosevic spun Russia as he wanted telling EBN fables about Slavic friendship, and he solved his internal problems.
    On the side of the Albanians in Kosovo there is demography (not to arrange concentration camps for them), the Serbs used to have to negotiate with the local moderate Albanians, and not cry out about the originally Serbian lands.
    Nobody argues Kosovo - the cradle of Serbia and its people. If Milosevic showed flexibility and foresight, Kosovo would remain Serbian.
    1. Pamir210
      Pamir210 25 June 2013 20: 37 New
      -6
      Not only did this throw nothing. so he was not provided.
      The British were forced to run to the airport, because the drinking water ran out. And these same NATO troops delivered it (moreover, they carried it themselves while the Russian soldiers went about their business)
      .
      As a result, these paratroopers were forced to withdraw because of the complete moral decay.
      And those Serbs who were so happy about their arrival then shouted: "Hurray! The Russians are leaving!"
  28. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 25 June 2013 18: 16 New
    0
    Quote: misham
    We were all happy here is her strength. They did not leave the brothers in trouble. Our answer is NATO. Tears of happiness. They stopped the aggression And then everything was as it was ....
    Marsh throw to the void. It would be better if he weren’t. Moral victory. Why such a victory. Really the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign Intelligence Service, and the GRU did not know that not a single country adjacent to the SFRY would miss ILs and ANs with airborne assault. BDK "Caesar Kunnikov" sailed when it was all too late .....
    The march toss eventually yielded nothing.
    Delayed Nato's Invasion - No
    Prevented the outcome of the Serbian population - no
    The Serbs retained part of the territory and the main shrine - no (a piece of Kosovo Mitrovica doesn’t count) - also not
    In addition to a small problem at the Slatina airport, the aggressors were not created. Nato’s troops entered Kosovo from Albania.

    Now you look at that war a little differently. Milosevic spun Russia as he wanted telling EBN fables about Slavic friendship, and he solved his internal problems.
    On the side of the Albanians in Kosovo there is demography (not to arrange concentration camps for them), the Serbs used to have to negotiate with the local moderate Albanians, and not cry out about the originally Serbian lands.
    Nobody argues Kosovo - the cradle of Serbia and its people. If Milosevic showed flexibility and foresight, Kosovo would remain Serbian.

    In vain you are so harsh .. maybe you are right and yet it was difficult for us then (maybe even harder than the Serbs) and now the situation is no better, only now we have learned bitter experience ..
    1. misham
      misham 25 June 2013 18: 50 New
      0
      It was hard for me to write this. Bitter and insulting, then and now. Only after 14 years, everything is clearer and more understandable.
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  30. KG_patriot_last
    KG_patriot_last 25 June 2013 18: 23 New
    0
    1) Personally, I believe that Russia has betrayed Serbia ... If you do not immediately begin to establish relations quickly, you will lose this country forever. She is already looking to the West.

    2) Russia should step up contacts with Serbia, Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. Eastern Europe and the Balkans will soon strangle Western Europe so there will be a new birth of nationalism. Need to take advantage.
    1. vadson
      vadson 25 June 2013 21: 29 New
      +2
      it is not Russia that betrayed Serbia but:
      1) alcoholic president, old senile
      2) a corrupt government that does not defend Russia's interests
      no one asked the opinion of the Russian people regarding the fraternal people
      1. Hauser
        Hauser 25 June 2013 22: 39 New
        0
        I completely agree. The round-the-clock demonstrations in Moscow on Navinsky Boulevard in front of the American embassy, ​​and also, who do not remember, the guys from Mukha shied away at the embassy (sorry they didn’t hit the window). I think if we get into a mess in Syria, we will arrange a draft for them in the embassy.
  31. pensioner
    pensioner 25 June 2013 18: 39 New
    0
    I know, I know one participant in this march. Sasha from Izhevsk! If anything, it's me and you in Mozhga, and in Ocher, and in Kungur worked ... If on the site - write!
  32. bddrus
    bddrus 25 June 2013 18: 43 New
    0
    and in Belgrade, where today they are increasingly looking towards the West. - I don’t understand this - NATO bombed them, and now they climb there themselves
  33. ekebastus
    ekebastus 25 June 2013 18: 58 New
    +6
    "Russians! I now appeal to all Russians, residents of Ukraine and Belarus, they are also considered Russians in the Balkans. Look at us and remember, they will do the same to you when you disconnect and give a slack. The West is a mad dog that grabs you throat Brothers, remember the fate of Yugoslavia! Don’t let me do the same to you! (From the last interview of Slobodan Milosevic.)
  34. ekebastus
    ekebastus 25 June 2013 19: 06 New
    +1
    "... according to my inner conviction, the most complete and insurmountable - Russia will never have and never had such haters, envious people, slanderers, and even obvious enemies, like all these Slavic tribes, as soon as Russia liberates them, and Europe agrees to recognize them as released! And let them not object to me, do not dispute, do not shout at me that I am exaggerating and that I am a hater of the Slavs! On the contrary, I really love the Slavs, but I will not defend myself, because I know that everything is for sure so it will come true, as I say, and not by the low, ungrateful , Though, the nature of the Slavs, not at all - they have character in this sense, as in all - and precisely because such things in the world differently and can not happen.
    After their release, they will begin their new life, I repeat, precisely by asking themselves to be given the pledge and protection of their freedom from Europe, England and Germany, and even Russia will be in a concert of European powers, but they will protection from Russia and will do it.
    They will certainly begin with the fact that inside themselves, if not directly out loud, they will announce to themselves and convince themselves that they are not obliged to Russia with the slightest gratitude, on the contrary, that they could hardly escape from the power of Russia during the conclusion of the peace by the intervention of a European concert, and not if Europe had intervened, Russia would have swallowed them right away, "having in mind the expansion of borders and the foundation of the great All-Slavic empire on the enslavement of the Slavs by a greedy, cunning and barbaric Great Russian tribe."
    Perhaps a whole century, or even more, they will continually tremble for their freedom and fear the lust for power of Russia; they will curry favor with European states, slander Russia, gossip and intrigue against it.
    Oh, I'm not talking about individuals: there will be those who will understand what it means, it means that Russia will always mean to them. But these people, especially at the beginning, will appear in such a pitiful minority that they will be subjected to ridicule, hatred and even political persecution.
    It will be especially pleasant for the liberated Slavs to express and trumpet the whole world that they are educated tribes capable of the highest European culture, while Russia is a barbaric country, gloomy northern colossus, not even of pure Slavic blood, persecutor and hater of European civilization.
  35. ekebastus
    ekebastus 25 June 2013 19: 07 New
    0
    ... Of course, they will have, from the very beginning, constitutional management, parliaments, responsible ministers, speakers, speeches. They will be extremely comforted and delighted. They will be delighted, reading about themselves in Paris and London newspapers telegrams informing the whole world that after a long parliamentary storm the ministry finally fell in (... a country to taste ...) and a new liberal majority was formed and that some Something theirs (... a name to taste ...) finally agreed to accept the portfolio of the President of the Council of Ministers.
    Russia needs to seriously prepare for the fact that all these liberated Slavs will rush into Europe with ecstasy, before losing their personality will become infected with European forms, political and social, and thus will have to go through a long and long period of Europeanism before comprehending anything in its Slavic meaning and its special Slavic vocation among the humanity.
    Between themselves, these zemstvos will always quarrel, forever envy each other and intrigue against each other. Of course, in the moment of some serious disaster, they all will certainly turn to Russia for help. No matter how they hate, gossip and slander Europe, flirting with her and assuring her of love, they will always feel instinctively (of course, in a moment of trouble, and not before) that Europe was a natural enemy of their unity, they will always remain, and that if they exist in the world, then, of course, because there is a huge magnet - Russia, which, irresistibly attracting them all to itself, restrains their integrity and unity .... "


    Dostoevsky Fedor Mikhailovich.
    The diary of a writer.
    September - December 1877.
  36. Revolver
    Revolver 25 June 2013 19: 07 New
    +2
    The Serbs then staged a demonstration under the slogan "Monica, grit your teeth!"
  37. FC SKIF
    FC SKIF 25 June 2013 19: 20 New
    +5
    I do not share universal glee about this, of course, historical march. Having said "A," say "B." After an amazingly jeweled military operation, other steps had to be taken to support the Serbs in Kosovo. And so, they gave people empty hope, false protection. Instead of evacuating, fleeing the thugs, they stayed at home. I remember the glee of the inhabitants of Pristina. How many of them died due to another betrayal of the then leadership of Russia.
  38. MAG
    MAG 25 June 2013 19: 28 New
    0
    I don’t remember where I read it, but the point is that the English warriors are asking our paratroopers what kind of felt boots and fur lining are attached to the backpacks. An officer passing by told them A SUDDEN WINTER AND HER ..T they say the British have been asking everyone for a long time And A SUDDEN WINTER and HER. .T))))
  39. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 25 June 2013 19: 42 New
    +3
    The Serbs understood everything at that time Russia was tearing to pieces and chomping was heard all over the world .. Now they want to repeat it again ... it just doesn’t work out .. I think at that time they did everything they could .. without notice to EBN .. and many lives saved ... our guys to the Serbs! Remember that time .. it’s just that the blood begins to boil .. This time was SMUTA !!! ... blah blah blah ... (((
  40. sergey158-29
    sergey158-29 25 June 2013 19: 53 New
    +1
    Yes, that “dashing throw” NATO will be remembered for a long time !!! am
  41. crasever
    crasever 25 June 2013 20: 02 New
    +1
    The most terrible invention of the “chessmen” - the Ostash, who were faithful Hitler’s allies, for killing Serbs in World War II was the “Serbosek” ... You yourself will know that this ... These are the descendants of these executioners with all their previous slogans and supported by the “civilized the world "in the fight against the" totalitarian regime of Milosevic "...
  42. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 25 June 2013 20: 39 New
    +1
    Quote: sergey158-29
    Yes, that “dashing throw” NATO will be remembered for a long time !!! am

    We will put a monument to these guys .. !!! At that time it was like death .. EBN was not in the know ... and Nato naturally ... This is the whole heroism of our company of fighters .. But we won’t deal with NATO .. ​​and we’re twisting their tails peacefully .. .And in the sky and on the land of Syria, we will all remember ... Something they forgot what it means to be a real battle .. (they used to press buttons and bring down currency rates ...)
  43. fedorru
    fedorru 25 June 2013 20: 48 New
    0
    "Russia has no friends, but there are only two faithful allies - its army and navy" (Alexander III).
  44. shalk
    shalk 25 June 2013 20: 53 New
    +3
    From time immemorial, a Russian soldier has been compelled to compensate for the unreasonableness of his leadership with personal courage and courage.
  45. Vikmay16
    Vikmay16 25 June 2013 21: 24 New
    0
    Glory to the heroes! Well done paratroopers!
  46. sanych your division
    sanych your division 25 June 2013 21: 31 New
    0
    THANKS to those guys and their commanders. as well as those generals who did not forget the word HONOR. and to some people in the next world the Last Judgment. It’s a shame that the monuments are not put up ...
  47. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 25 June 2013 21: 36 New
    +1
    Quote: shalk
    From time immemorial, a Russian soldier has been compelled to compensate for the unreasonableness of his leadership with personal courage and courage.

    This is the point ... it is said alas .. And yet everything is not so bad at the current moment .. We are fighting .. we are armed with our weapons .. Judging by the screech in the west, we are going in the right direction .. !!!
  48. waisson
    waisson 25 June 2013 21: 59 New
    0
    I watched the photo, please contact me Oleg Valetsky and Sergey Sukharev I didn’t believe that you were earning money; I could tell you all about these volunteers; especially about Valetsky, I also know the truth about Sukharev who fought where and how and with whom I cleaned them friends yes business there is business interesting Oleg how much you earned in my photos or tell how you sold to the Americans working for them but you are a shame Sereg I understood it was difficult but I wouldn’t lie to you I would order a stoop on my ass ..... shameful ................... couples nor the real ones who fought in poverty who died a monument would be good to celebrate and you shame hell Oleg especially you know so much shit about you I don’t
    I do not hide VASILY 3 RDO who knows he will remember
  49. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 25 June 2013 22: 23 New
    0
    I think provocation ..
    1. waisson
      waisson 25 June 2013 22: 49 New
      0
      MISTERS MISTAKES THERE ARE KHLETAKOVA AND I AM ONE OF THOSE WHO DO NOT OPERATE AND SIMPLY IN CONTACT AND CLASSMATES FIND THE PAGE OF VASILY SHLYCHKOV LOOK AT THIS OR NOT PROVOCATION
  50. Know-nothing
    Know-nothing 25 June 2013 22: 28 New
    0
    The Albanians showed offensive gestures, captured the Serbs, put a knife to their throats and tried to cut before our eyes.

    And what remains beyond the visibility of the Russian military? In this film on 27: 10, the author claims that the Albanians slaughtered thousands of Serbs who remained in Kosovo due to the introduction of the Russian battalion and the emerging hope of support.