Ukrainian Troops Speak Out: Russian Roulette in Ukraine

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As the whole world waits to see what impact the referendum has on Crimea, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky spends time with new recruits of the Crimean Self Defense Army.




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Ukrainian solder: _It's spring. Wish we could spend more time with girls. Rather than to be here._

Author — Abraham Williams

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this is crimeas self defence force? is it their first time ever marching in formation? i've seen 12 year old cadets do better....

Author — Satan

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I nearly had an aneurism watching them march. 

Author — Sardonic A

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The people only had 2 choices. Join Russia or Join Russia

Author — ChronicLegio

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Simon, I don't know if you get to read any of these comments, but your VICE reports are the best. You do excellent, revealing  interviews of the people and soldiers, and you set everything up with necessary background information, so we know what we are watching. Not all the VICE reporting does that. As I've mentioned before, I eagerly await new reports from you. Excellent job during a difficult, tense situation. 

Author — Jan96106

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I'm honestly neutral in this issue, it's just fascinating for me.

Author — AlternateHistoryHub

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ah vice, the only people on the ground giving interesting insight in to what is happening. no propaganda, no spin. love it

Author — augflaw

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So Tanks, Helicopters, and Troops in Crimea is not an Invasion? Your pathetic! Crimea is still Ukraine! Not Russia! Putin invaded Crimea! Thus invading Ukraine!

Author — Chris Colt

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The connected world: Che Guevara belt buckle on a Spanish born Russian joining a Crimean defense force to separate from the Ukraine (observed by a Irishman in Canada)

Author — Cherry Picker Guitars

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nothing better than waking up to a new episode of vice!

Author — MrTC0815

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For me that last quote by that young soldier sums up war... it's very emotive for me. :)

Author — QueenOfAmber

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"I think now the main difference between the Crimean Army and the Ukrainian Army is that as soon as you take a pledge of allegiance to Crimea, they put a ski-mask over your head."

Author — Terrorbird

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"I care", the reason anybody joins any military or peacekeeping force. Honestly I don't care but am so happy there are some people out there that do and want to protect. I have no opinion on the subject of the Crimean Peninsula, I just felt the need to comment because people that care are the only ones who put themselves in the line of fire when innocent people are involved.

Author — Fyr3St0rm

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Their hoodie jacket is straight out of STALKER.

Author — MyLostTemple

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Every time I see this guy walk up to a group of people I fear for his life

Author — 4chanforeveryone

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Another great report! The young Ukrainian soldier at the end summed things up best - politics and guns don't motivate, weather and pretty girls sure do!
I feel so sorry for these folks, the common people, whose lives are forced into chaos and uncertainty by the sick greed of the TPTB from the western world.

Author — Cherry Picker Guitars

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In the Soviet Union days, these people used to be called the Useful Idiots. The ones that would enforce the rules of their masters without demanding freedom or power themselves.

Author — CordovaMage

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Russian and Spanish in a way kind of sound alike 

Author — friður

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So, here's a question: Since Crimea is (as I understand it) reliant upon infrastructural supplies from mainland Ukraine, what happens to Crimea when Ukraine cuts off those supplies if the referendum goes towards Russia?

Also, is there any international oversight (besides Russian) in the region to ensure the referendum isn't just a total joke-vote?

Also-also, how long do you reckon its gonna take for things to get bloody when they try to force the Ukrainian army to leave behind their equipment (ie, weapons)?

Author — nilesrock024

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Markings on the box with uniforms:

Supplier Location: Rostov-On-Don (Russia)
Property of Russian Ministry of Defense

Author — hypsin