May 23, 2014

Donetsk Republic's Grannie Shock Troops

Julia Ioffe, The New Republic

The Associated Press

The Donetsk People’s Republic is now heavily armed and well fortified: tires, barbed wire, grenade launchers, APCs, Kalashnikovs, and seemingly more pistols than they have hands to shoot them. But the fledgling republic’s most fearsome weapon is their grannies.

The Russian countryside is populated by the baba, the strong, hefty woman who, according to Russian legend, will stop a galloping steed and save a burning house. But in the Donetsk People’s Republic the legions of baby are simply the shock troops.

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