I will post information about women soldiers in the Sparta Battalion from some internet source.
Kremlin’s Warriors Want To Take Lviv
DONETSK, Ukraine – Ryzhik, Gaika and Dasha are three friends who, until recently, dressed like other young women. Now they no longer choose their clothes: They just don military uniforms, pick up their Kalashnikovs and put in another day of work with the Russian-backed Sparta Battalion in Donetsk.
The battalion is headed by Russian citizen Arseniy Pavlov, a famous separatist leader better known as Motorola.
Sparta’s female soldiers and their friends have outlandish plans to march on Lviv and they even joke about conquering European countries. They claim to be defenders of their homeland, although their pro-Ukrainian acquaintances say they are merely helping the Russian aggressors. A feeling of sadness is evident when they speak about their friends who chose to be on Ukraine’s side in the war.
Irina Zarubina is the youngest of the three. She is only 17, and her nom-de-guerre is “Ryzhik” (Red). “My family is now in Horlivka,” she says, adjusting her machine gun at the shoulder strap. “But I prefer to stay here in Donetsk. With my fellow soldiers. Now my life is here, together with my husband.”
Dasha Savich, 19, married a soldier during the war, too. She is a doctor. She was on duty at the airport in Donetsk in January, but only for a short time. “It was very dangerous,” she says. “I was afraid, of course. It’s better to stay here safe.”
Margarita Maimur is the oldest of the three. She is 20. Her nom-de-guerre is “Gaika” (Gadget Hackwrench, as in Disney character). And she too got married during the war with a soldier.
They talked in a central Donetsk cafe popular among Kremlin-backed militants. Camouflage uniforms and AK-47 assault rifles look eerie next to families sitting at tables with TVs showing music videos.
The barracks of their battalion are right around the corner. In the courtyard, tanks and armored personnel carriers are parked and repaired, while many other weapons are stocked inside. It is not rare that, while sipping tea, the teapot trembles as tanks drive by.
“We’re like a big family, and that’s our big house,” says Zarubina. “Our husbands are there, and also our new friends. Even Motorola, our commander, is like a family member. We call him Dad.”
Zarubina and Maimur have medals pinned to their chests.
“We were awarded these for defending the city of Sloviansk,” Maimur says, referring to its siege by Ukrainian troops in April-July 2014. “I’m from Sloviansk as well. I was there before enlisting in the Sparta Battalion. We controlled the city for three months. Three months in peace, before the Ukrainians bombed us.”
Sloviansk was initially seized by Russian mercenaries and local insurgents in April 2014. Russian citizen Igor Strelkov, who has been identified by Ukraine’s Security Service as an ex-officer of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, led the operation and said last year that he “pulled the trigger” of the war in eastern Ukraine and takes responsibility for starting it.
Ryzhik, Gaika and Dasha agreed to be joined on a patrol of the northern outskirts of Donetsk, riding in a car with Kalashnikovs and grenade launchers.
Vladimir, Dasha’s husband, is behind the wheel.
“We are winning this war, you know?” he says, speeding through the empty streets of the Kyivsky district. “We will first take the whole of Donbas, and then we will get to Poland.”
“But we first have to take Lviv,” Dasha corrects him.
“Yes, Lviv, then Warsaw, and then we will even come to you, in Italy,” Vladimir adds.
Now that the ceasefire is in place and shells do not hit the city every day, the destroyed Donetsk airport is not such a risky place to be.
An unexploded Grad missile is stuck in the asphalt of Kyivsky Prospect and must be detonated.
Gaika shakes her head. “There, you see why I decided to enroll?” she says. “I wanted to do something for us, for our people. It is not right to bomb the city and its inhabitants. When children die, when your relatives die, you know that it’s time to fight. And I want to fight.”
The Kremlin narrative is that the separatists are defending their hometowns from Ukrainian troops. Pro-Kyiv Ukrainians dismiss the claims as a facade to mask Russia’s direct aggression and de facto occupation.
Old billboards dangle in the wind, with an ominous creak, on nearly deserted streets with damaged buildings all around.
On patrol, several checkpoints exist on the way to the former airport. Someone fires a warning shot from a Kalashnikov. Journalists are not welcome. Gaika calms them down, saying that everything is under control and that their positions will not be photographed.
“These are tanks taken from the Ukrainians. They do not want them to be published,” she says.
The ruins of the Donetsk Airport are a few hundred yards away. Despite the Feb. 15 truce, mortars continue to hit the area occasionally.
Here the Sparta Battalion fought one of the most symbolic battles of the war. The takeover of the Donetsk airport by the Kremlin-backed militants in January was a blow to the morale of Ukrainian troops who defended it for months.
“I was here in January,” Dasha says. “You know, for me it all started in a hospital at the beginning of the war. I worked there for three weeks, but every day I had the feeling I wasn’t doing enough. So I went to Motorola and I enrolled in the Sparta Battalion. There was Ryzhik—she immediately accepted me—and then I also met Gaika and we became good friends as well as fellow soldiers.”
“You know, in Sloviansk I still have a lot of friends who support Ukraine. Well, I used to… Because since I came to fight here in Donetsk they don’t want to hear from me anymore. They say they that I’m a separatist, that I’ve become a terrorist, that I fight against my homeland. But my homeland is this one, Donbass, Novorossia.”
A car approaches. Two gunmen get out and stare grimly at us. No one here has their ranks on their insignia and you never know who is the highest in the hierarchy. “If you want to stay here, those are not enough,” says one of the soldiers, pointing at the Kalashnikovs. The other one pulls a couple of bazookas out of the car trunk and passes them to the women.
“Do you know how to use this?” he asks Gaika. She shakes her head no. “Well, remove the safety catch, this way. Then put it on your shoulder, raise the viewfinder, point, pull the trigger and … hasta la vista.”
All of them laugh out loud.
The road that runs from the airport to the northern side of the station is a desolate landscape of fallen trees and bombed buildings. Asphalt is marked with tank treads. Vladimir drives, avoiding the fallen logs and grenade craters.
The route takes the group past the heavily damaged train station and the suburb of Kuybishevsky, where those who could not flee elsewhere continue to live, despite the shelling. Gaika, Ryzhik and Dasha’s words about victory and peace are not consistent with the destruction and devastation around.
Back at base, a tank passes at high speed and disappears behind the high gate. They say Motorola was on board, back from the war front. The women are in a hurry to return. Before they, too, disappear behind the gate, Ryzhik requests: “Please, when you write, say that we are not terrorists. Maybe our friends on the other side will read it. ”
To celebrate the Jordanian King, King Abdullah's Accession to the Throne on June 9, 1999. I will post information about King Abdullah II with his special forces.
11 photos showing King Abdullah II of Jordan being a total badass
Feb 6 2015, 12:35 PM
Jordanian F-16’s launched 20 airstrikes on ISIS targets on Thursday following King Abdullah II’s declaration to wage a “harsh” war against the militants after the brutal execution of captured Jordanian pilotMoaz al-Kasasbe.
King Abdullah II speaks with military officials during an exercise.
King Abdullah II observing a military exercise in November 2013.
Dubbed the “warrior king,” Jordan’s 53-year-old leader has clocked in 35 years of military service.
King Abdullah II attends a military ceremony in Jordan.
According to the King‘s bio, he enrolled in the UK’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1980 and went on to become an elite Cobra attack helicopter pilot.
In November 1993, then-Prince Abdullah became commander of Jordan’s Special Forces.
Frequently training alongside US Special Forces, Jordan’s units are approximately 14,000 strong and may further contribute to the fight against ISIS beyond Jordan’s airstrikes.
As the head of a constitutional monarchy, the career soldier holds substantial power.
Members of Congress have asked for an increase in military assistance to the kingdom, AP reports. Currently, the US is providing Jordan with $US1 billion annually in military assistance.
The UAE demands that the Pentagon improve its search-and-rescue efforts in northern Iraq before rejoining the coalition, the Times said, quoting unidentified US officials.
King Abdullah: “I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down!”
04 Feb 2015
King Abdullah II was in Washington D.C. yesterday visiting with President Obama when the horrific ISIS video surfaced, and he quoted a Clint Eastwood movie when referencing what he plans to do. King Abdullah said, “I’m not only going to kill him, I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down!” That quote came from “Unforgiven” when William Munny played by Clint Eastwood said, “Any son of a bi**h takes a shot at me, I’m not only going to kill him, I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down.”King Abdullah told members of U.S. Congress that his “only problem would be running out of fuel and bullets!” The King was reportedly extremely angry, and rightfully so. He said that “there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen,” according to one Congressmen. California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter stated, “He’s angry. They’re starting more sorties tomorrow than they’ve ever had. They’re starting tomorrow. He’s ready to get it on. He really is. It reminded me of how we were after 9/11. We were ready to give it to them.”Rep. Hunter also told the Washington Examiner that no one in the king’s meeting on Tuesday with members of the House Armed Services Committee made any mention of President Obama, who is seen by some anti-ISIS coalition partners as a weak and indecisive actor.The words from King Abdullah are apparently not just words either. Two Al Qaeda terrorists have already been executed in Jordan, and I’m thinking there’s more to come. When ISIS strikes, other leaders act. But with Obama in The White House, our indecisiveness and weakness is laughed at. Obama should take notes from King Abdullah, but I won’t hold my breath.
Don't Screw Around with Jordan's King Abdullah
Published on Feb 10, 2015
WATCH: Of all the leaders in the Arab world, maybe ISIS shouldn't have screwed around with King Abdullah of Jordan -- former commander of Jordan’s Special Forces, an airborne jump master, and a certified Cobra attack helicopter pilot.
"The only problem we’re going to have is running out of fuel and bullets," the King said.
ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas -- if the world doesn't stand up to jihadists, we're all in danger. Tell the UN: Don't let terrorists get away with war crimes.
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God give them protection with the Holy Angels and help them destroy those evil ISIS.
God bless king Abdullah.trully God is with him!
Best Wishes to a real leader.
And wouldn''t that be a mighty blast! But who would protect Israel on all its other flanks? The World has been warned by Israel of the coming tide and nobody wanted to listen. So now we're no longer in a preemptive position. Bibi is still getting flack when it comes to Iran. Congress finally wants to listen, but our less than esteemed "Chief" and his ducklings are all throwing petulant hissy-fits!
He is so brave the way he pushed the Jordanian soldiers out of the airplane... good to be King....