Video documentary: how Russian tanks were welcomed in Kosovo (eng subs)
June 12, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus
Exactly 16 years ago, Russian marines made a daring march to Kosovo
200 Russian marines took Pristina airport before the arrival of the British division of KFOR, which terrified the NATO military.
On the night of June 11 to 12, 1999 the forward unit of the airborne troops of the Russian peacekeeping contingent has moved from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Kosovo to take the airport "Slatina" near Pristina. They had to overcome 600 miles and take the airport under control before the so-called "peacekeepers" from English KFOR (eng. "Kosovo force") arrived.
As generals now remember, in those days, the threat of a clash between our marines and NATO soldiers was critical.
For example, when the marines already took the airfield, a British tank column under the command of general Michael Jackson (!) moved towards them.
Approaching our checkpoint, the English officer was gesturing, giving orders to the tanks to enter the territory of the airfield. He, along with armored vehicles was immediately taken under the cross-hairs of grenade launchers and politely asked in English not to wave his hands. In the end, NATO withdrew.
It was 1999 — Yeltsin, Berezovsky and total failure on all fronts. Apparently, the posture does not change even with weakened empires, and this is particularly evident now, 16 years later. Then, our country failed to save the Serbs, but this desperate forced march encrypted a promise that someday we'll be back.
P. S. By the way, it turns out that the notorious WWIII could have started because of Michael Jackson, which in fact is not surprising.