Voices from Russia

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Russian Media: DPRK “State of War” May Be Mistranslation

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On Saturday, Russian media outlets reported that recent media reports that the DPRK declared a “state of war” with the ROK might have their origin in a mistranslation. International media reported the DPRK statement, published on the official state news agency KCNA, as reading that the DPRK “is entering a state of war” with the ROK, and that all questions between the neighbouring countries would be handled in accordance with wartime protocol. On Saturday, AFP cited the same DPRK statement as saying, “The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over”. However, later on Saturday, Russian media reports stated that a faulty translation might have been to blame for the apparent uptick in bellicose rhetoric.

Apparently, the original DPRK statement emphasised that the country would act “in accordance with wartime laws” if attacked, and, from that time, North-South relations would enter a state of war”. The DPRK and the ROK aren’t technically “at peace”, since there was no peace treaty signed following the Korean War in 1953. The Demilitarised Zone between the countries is the most heavily-armed border in the world. On 11 March, the ROK and the USA began their annual large-scale military exercises, codenamed Key Resolve. The drills involved 10,000 ROK and 3,500 American troops. Prior to the exercises, Pyongyang threatened the USA with a pre-emptive nuclear strike amidst warnings that it planned to terminate the Korean War Armistice Agreement. It warned of retaliatory countermeasures if the USA and the ROK went ahead with the drills.

On Thursday, the USA dispatched two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers on an “extended deterrence” practise run over the ROK. American officials said that the exercise should serve “to demonstrate very clearly the resolve of the USA to deter aggression on the Korean peninsula”. On Friday, the DPRK responded by placing its strategic rocket forces on standby to strike American and ROK targets. Russian media reported that ROK news agency Yonhap cited unnamed military sources as saying that “no special deployments of DPRK forces were observed, despite this threatening rhetoric”. There’s been no further clarification from the DPRK.

30 March 2013




Monday, 12 November 2012

12 November 2012. Veteran’s Day is Being Observed Today… Thanks to All of You on Active Service


Give thanks to all those on active service in the forces. They’re not responsible for the crazy mess that this country’s in… not at all. They do the fighting, they do the bleeding, they do the dying… but they’re not responsible for it. If you want to get pissed at somebody, blame the pols and the Affluent Effluent oligarchs. They want the wars… they profit from them. The soldiers don’t want the wars (in large part)… all that they get is the chance to die in them. There’s a huge difference.

Thank you to all of you in the forces…


Monday, 24 October 2011

Sergei Yolkin’s World: New Ranks… New Gobbledegook

New Ranks… New Gobbledegook

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To make sense of this, let Tyotya Vara explain it all for you. On the left, you’ll see three officers, starting with “Nachshtab”… “Chief of Staff”. In the centre, is “Kombat”… “Battalion Commander”. On the right, is “Starlei”… “Senior Lieutenant”. The poor sod on the extreme right is saying, “I guess that makes me a ‘Glavser’ (Chief Sergeant)”.


Here’s a song by Lyube… KomBat (Battalion Commander)… they dedicated it to the VOV vets


Nikolai Pankov, the State Secretary and Deputy Defence Minister, told reporters that the rank of Chief Sergeant will be instituted in the Russian forces. A similar position exists in the US forces, where senior NCOs coordinate and monitor junior NCOs, as well as advising senior officers, all the way up to the Secretary of Defence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pankov pointed up, “This isn’t going to be put in place today or tomorrow. We know that we have to introduce such a position, but we have to thoroughly check out all our options first”.

7 October 2011

Sergei Yolkin



Editor’s Note:

Just shows to go ya that Kilroy lives… in the Russian forces as much as in ours. Lighten up… they’re not supermen; they’re not bunglers. They’re ordinary sorts doing a job… just like our boys. I’d think that “Joe Bloggs” and “Ivan Ivanovich” would get on just fine with a pivo or two…


Friday, 19 August 2011

19 August 2011. RIA-Novosti Infographic: New Organisational Structure of the Russian Armed Forces

19 August 2011



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