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Back in March, the Association of the United States Army published “Baltic States’ Militaries Buttressed by Volunteers,” an article that included talk about the ongoing war in Ukraine against Russian-backed forces. In it, the authors mention a few things that would raise eyebrows (if not outrage) in other wars. One such thing is that a Ukrainian woman told them that she fought in Donbas while she was eight-months pregnant.
In the AUSA article, the authors identify the Ukrainian woman as Olena Bilenka. In the next-to-last paragraph they write that she made an interesting boast to them: “Back at the restaurant, Bilenka described fighting in the Donbas while she was eight months pregnant, wearing a Canadian uniform and a balaclava.”
The authors viewed her claim as a signal of “deep commitment.” Really? Fighting while pregnant is admirable? Okay. That certainly isn’t the way it would be described in other wars currently going on across the globe.
I don’t want people to become outraged with anything the authors mention in the AUSA article. However, what people should take away from it is that we also shouldn’t become outraged at similar things when the Ruling Class tells us we should.
In other words, keep everything in perspective.
Image at Top: Ukrainian soldiers from 10th Mountain Assault Brigade perform defensive maneuvers with U.S. Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as part of Rapid Trident 2019, Sept. 26, 2019, near Yavoriv, Ukraine. Image used for illustration purposes only and does not include anyone mentioned in the AUSA article. U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Joanna Gaona Gomez
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