Notice the distinctive blue and white striped t-shirt, or "talyashniki". Its a trademark uniform item of Russian airborne. Naval infantry or marines wear a back and white striped version. Always some guy in the unit who can't figure out what "sterile" fatigues means . . . S.L.
It never was any secret who they were or where they came from - the "sterile fatigues" bit was just a figleaf. This is a classic Russian move, they do it like clockwork every ten years: Hungary 1958, Czechoslovakia 1968, Afghanistan 1979 - the fall of the Berlin Wall in 89 put them off their game a bit but now they're back on schedule: invade, crush all opposition and oppress any hint of freedom or resistance.
I've been watching the developments in Ukraine since before the President fled the country last week, and I've been keeping my family briefed on what's happening and what it means. "What happens next?" they ask, "Will Russia take over Ukraine, make it a part of their country again? Will NATO or the EU help the Ukrainians fight the Russian?"
Most likely the Russians will put their puppet in place in Kiev, and then keep their troops in place. Not a chance that either NATO or the EU will do anything about it, unfortunately. One scenario we could do is provide arms to the people of Ukraine so they could at least do a protracted guerrilla struggle against the occupiers, but we probably won't. This is a classic example of what happens to an unarmed society.
When Hitler moved on the Sudetenland and annexed this portion of the former Czeckoslovakia, and later when he marched into and annexed Austria, nobody in those countries could resist. Then he went to the Prime Minister of Switzerland and said, "You're next. We're showing up next week to annex your country." The Swiss Prime Minister replied, "You can bring your Wermacht here and what will happen is EVERY ONE OF YOUR SOLDIERS WILL DIE!" Then he pointed out the window to the vast mountainscape of the Swiss Alps. "Every single mountaintop and hill out there has a Swiss man on it armed with a rifle and all it takes is for every one of them to kill just one German soldier each, and you won't have an Army any more."
That made Hitler think maybe it wasn't so bad to have a neutral country in his back yard to conduct diplomacy and do a little banking.
Then I told my family that if our country were ever occupied - which is very difficult to imagine- that is exactly what would happen. There are hundreds of thousands of Green Berets, SEALs, Marines and paratroopers - both active duty and retired - who would go out with their rifles every day or every other day, kill one enemy soldier, and then go home. A year of this, maybe three years, maybe ten years, and the enemy will pack up and go home.
That is what you do to protect your homeland from thugs like the ones marching all over the Ukraine, and that is part of the reason why we have a Second Amendment.