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In Photos: Russian Military Unveils Chilling 2019 Calendar

A chilling Christmas greeting has come from Vladimir Putin today in the form of a 2019 calendar from his burgeoning military machine.

The Russian Defence Ministry view of next year begins with a snowy January view of a hulking Topol-M intercontinental mobile missile system captioned cheerfully: “Cargo delivery to anywhere in the world.”

The caption reads: Cargo delivery to anywhere in the world.

Another icy calendar greeting comes in September with a picture showing a uniformed female sniper taking aim to shoot.

“Some women can blow your head away,” reads the caption.

The caption reads: Some women can blow your head away.

The calendar was unveiled in apparent deliberate timing as the West marks Christmas Day.

Russian soldiers in the snow.

For Russians 25 December is a normal working day and their main seasonal celebration comes at New Year, the moment when Grandfather Frost – as Santa is known here – brings presents to all children.

This kicks off a long Russian holiday season which includes Orthodox Russian Christmas Day on 7 January.

The March 2009 calendar shows the increasing number of women cadets joining Putin’s military ranks.

The calendar has a definite theme – of war.

The message is: “Shooting a glance is the Kremlin’s secret weapon.”

In February the picture is the Tu-95 strategic bomber, nicknamed the ‘bear’.

Here the message from defence minister Sergei Shoigu, a close ally and holiday buddy of Vladimir Putin, is: “Russian ‘bears’ don’t hibernate in winter.”

April shows “Russian snowdrops” – aka Russian Special Forces equipped with chemical attack masks.

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More special forces are seen in June examining their weapons, with the caption: “Tuning equipment before a ‘concert’.”

The caption reads in Russian:Tuning equipment before a ‘concert’ .

In July we see a view from a ballistic missile launcher with the defence ministry humourists saying this is a “Russian waffle-maker.”

In August the message is “even crocodiles fly if you’re a pro” showing a threatening-looking Mi-24 ‘Crocodile’.

The aircradt is either a Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ or Mi-24 ‘Crocodile’.

The picture for October shows an “advanced PC user” – a soldier using a Kalashnikov, known as PK.

November shows the Kornet portable anti-tank guided missile.

Here the joke is aimed at the British – cornet used to be the third and lowest grade of commissioned officer in the British cavalry.

“Kornet is not a rank, Kornet is a calling,” says the Russian military.

In December 2019 we are shown some Russian Christmas “toys, candles and pop up guns”.

With an eye to the future, the picture in May – when Russian stages its annual commemoration of victory against Hitler – shows two young girls.

“Drills for Victory Day parade 2033,” reads the calendar caption.

The caption reads: Drills for Victory Day parade 2033

Putin has poured money into his military machine in a bid to reverse the disparity with NATO that followed the collapse of the USSR a generation ago.

Recently his forces have seen action in Syria and eastern Ukraine.

In 2014, Russia defied the West in annexing Crimea from Ukraine.

As 2019 approaches, relations between Moscow and the West – which has imposed tough sanctions on Putin’s cronies – are seen as worsening.

The month of December.
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Written by How Africa

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