Russia invades Ukraine. America, NATO and the West retaliate. What happens next? I’ll give you a clue: it won’t be short and sweet, nor will it be a picnic for those living in the vicinity. Like those living in my region, including my family and myself.
This isn’t the first time my area, East Slovakia, has become embroiled in a long, drawn out war between Russia and a Western nation. Last time it was Germany, the time before that Austro-Hungary. But it always ends up here because this is where the Dukla Pass sits – the gateway from the East, through Poland, and into the south and west. In the last hundred odd years, my region has been utterly decimated due to immense battles fought between two superpowers, neither of which are local. In fact, my region is littered with Russian and German tanks, planes and artillery from the last drawn out conflict – the Battle of Dukla Pass, one of the worst battles of WW2. For those who like military vehicles, or who play World of Tanks, you’d love it.
And now we’re facing WW3. US soldiers and equipment are already in Slovakia. Ukraine is currently a tinder box just waiting for the first shot, or false flag, to be fired. And the military-industrial complex is not just rubbing its hands in anticipation of all the wealth they’ll make, but is actively ramping up the war rhetoric via their pals in the media.
In this video I show just why I’m concerned about the Russia Ukraine situation, and give a bit of a tour of the relics in my area from the last time Russia passed this way. It’s only been a few decades since Czechoslovakia broke the bonds of Communism, and this region is still resplendent in Cold War glory days artefacts. I also briefly cover the Ruthenian people (and some of its more famous offspring such as Andy Warhol), and the Rusyn language
Biden, Putin, Zelensky, Johnson, Macron… now Germany has sent reinforcements to Lithuania along the Belarus border. Things are heating up.
Filmed with a Xiaomi Note 8. On location in the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia.