Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine & Europe’s Trench Warfare
Most of us will have looked upon black and white images and watched grainy film footage from WWI. Seen the endless trenches, the glutinous mud and a once peaceful landscape turned into a crater filled morass. Well just over a hundred years on, and warfare hasn’t changed that much. Yes we now have killer drones hovering like eagles over their prey and all manor of electric warfare systems which can track the movement of people, pinpoint artillery and disrupt radio signals. But, no mater the amount of technology, you still need military boots on the ground, because you can’t hold ground without them.
With Russia’s advance into eastern Ukraine having stalled in 2015, the roughly 500km front line has been all but static ever since. Both sides are dug along it, with rivers, ridges, rail lines and fields separating them. In some parts, only a few hundred metres divide the two antagonists. Wanting to give you a flavour of the trench warfare in eastern Ukraine, we visit the Azov Sea south coast. Here like an energetic mole whose drunk several cans of Red Bull, Ukrainian troops have dug to almost within touching distance of Russia’s forces positions. Because of this remarkable feat, one can’t but pay fulsome tribute to the bravery of Ukrainian soldiers who keep digging ever eastward towards Russia and Russia’s forces in Ukraine.
Rather than lots of text, I’ll let the images do most of the talking. Location spotlight is on the occupied village of Kominternove, sometimes referred to as Pikuzy. Ukrainian Forces – UF. Russia’s Forces – RF.
Hope that has given you a feel for Europe’s trench warfare.