February 23, 2015

Bahovski: Russian Military Invincibility Is a WWII-era Myth

On Saturday, 21 February, the Estonian Students’ Society Põhjala organized a forum, “The Ukraine crisis: Why we should care,” where University of Tartu professor of international law Lauri Mälksoo, journalist and Diplomaatia editor in chief Erkki Bahovski, Foreign Ministry under secretary and diplomat Marina Kaljurand and Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Marko Mihkelson exchanged thoughts with those in attendance.

On Saturday, 21 February, the Estonian Students’ Society Põhjala organized a forum, “The Ukraine crisis: Why we should care,” where University of Tartu professor of international law Lauri Mälksoo, journalist and Diplomaatia editor in chief Erkki Bahovski, Foreign Ministry under secretary and diplomat Marina Kaljurand and Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Marko Mihkelson exchanged thoughts with those in attendance.

The forum analyzed why the Ukraine crisis was important for Estonia and the world, and the course of events to this point.
Bahovski: “The myth that the Russian army is invincible is based on World War II. But look at the other wars of the 20th century, such as the Russo-Japanese War, where Russia lost, and in effect it also ended up on the losing side of World War I, Afghanistan and the first Chechnya war. Russian military invincibility is a well-cultivated myth.”
Read more: Delfi (EST)

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