RUSSIA’S brutal destruction of a Ukrainian dam leaving hundreds fleeing for his or her lives is Vladimir Putin taking a web page proper from the brutal playbook of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
And it needs to be no shock, as Putin seems to admire the Soviet tyrant – who’s estimated to have been chargeable for the deaths of some 9million folks earlier than his personal demise in 1953.
Vlad has praised Stalin’s management, credited him for reworking Russia, and has overtly and repeatedly bemoaned the demise of the Sovet Union.
The destruction of the Nova Khakovka dam and town of Kherson is just the start of the comparability between the duo.
Each have despatched their troopers to die en masse, ruthlessly cracked down on opponents, dominated Russia with an iron fist and tried to show their nation right into a superpower to face down the West.
Historians and consultants additionally see the comparability – and whereas Stalin and Putin could have totally different politics, they’re each ruthless and cruel demagogues.
The bursting of Nova Khakovka dam in southern Ukraine this week devastated town of Kherson and its surrounding villages.
Aerial footage confirmed the thick physique of water surging out and destroying all the things in its path – estimated to be value greater than £50billion in injury.
The devastating strike was a mirror picture of an atrocity in World Battle 2 – when Stalin ordered the demolition of one other dam on the Dnipro.
Soviet forces blew up the Zaporizhzhia dam when Nazi forces had been marching in the direction of the japanese city to decelerate the killer offensive.
Mikhail Pervukhin, a Soviet electrical energy station official, wrote in his diary on the time: “The explosion needs to be organised in such a means as not solely to stop the enemy from transferring to the opposite shore, but additionally to destroy as a lot of his tools and manpower as attainable.”
Nonetheless, the destruction of the dam additionally resulted within the deaths of as much as 100,000 harmless individuals who lived downstream.
In 1941, no one who lived within the floodplains downriver had been warned in regards to the dam breaking and chaos broke free because the water ranges rapidly rose.
This week, those that dwell downstream had been additionally given no warning.
He mentioned: “Individuals had been screaming for assist. Cows had been mooing, pigs had been squealing. Individuals had been climbing on bushes.”
Ukraine is ready to evacuate some 17,000 folks from the flooded areas – with the destruction of the dam set to be classed as a warfare crime.
The variety of useless, injured, and trapped from the dam blast stays unclear at this stage because the area reels from the unprecedented catastrophe.
“Nobody is aware of when it should cease – and it is so unpredictable with how briskly the water can come,” one rescuer, engaged on the West financial institution on Dnipro, informed The Solar On-line.
Floating mines are additionally an ongoing concern as they washed down the river – probably exploding as they’re hidden beneath murky mud-churned waters.
“They are often washed into villages and cities – they are often anyplace and injure civilians,” the rescuer informed The Solar On-line.
The true extent of the catastrophe will solely be recognized as soon as the flood water has receded.
The similarities between Russia’s newest cowardly bombing and the 1941 calamity has proven Putin is keen to imitate the previous dictator as his fetish for the Soviet Union performs out on the world stage.
However it stems additional than final week – Putin reportedly would level to bookshelves and ask company to decide on a guide from Joseph Stalin’s library after they visited him in his new workplace within the Kremlin.
In an essay within the New Statesman, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore argued whereas the 2 leaders had been totally different on paper, there was loads of proof to counsel in any other case.
He mentioned: “Putin is just not Stalin.
“Stalin was a Marxist.
“Putin is a tyrant, who, whereas co-opting components of Romanov and Soviet imperialism, is a populist and nationalist, a practitioner of Twenty first-century identification politics who deploys each old style navy heavy metallic and the brand new hi-tech weaponry of social media.
“But Stalin couldn’t be extra related.
“Putin’s repression at dwelling more and more resembles Stalinist tyranny – in its cult of worry, rallying of patriotic shows, crushing of protests, brazen lies and complete management of media.”
Simon claimed Ukraine was additionally brutally repressed beneath Stalin’s regime and Putin was virtually attempting to relive it.
He mentioned: “The Russian president shares part of Stalin’s willpower to liquidate the nationality and independence of Ukraine at any value.”
Traditionally Russia has fought wars utilizing “mass” – enjoying a “numbers sport” to overwhelm or exhaust their enemies, consultants declare.
This performed out in World Battle 1 and World Battle 2, with Russia believed to have suffered the very best casualty charges in each wars – with up 2.2million being misplaced in WW1 and as much as 11.4million in WW2.
Greater than 8.6million Soviet troopers died beneath Stalin’s watch over the course of World Battle 2.
And in roughly 16 months since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the Kremlin kingpin has traded mass our bodies for time as he funnels extra troopers into the meat grinder.
These deaths imply Russia had misplaced 13,300 troopers a month, 3,250 troops per week, 450 males a day, 20 each hour, or one each three minutes since he invaded.
Simon warned Putin was turning into dangerously near repeating the historical past of his predecessor.
He mentioned: “Putin sees Stalin as a flawed titan born, like Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon, for revolution.
“However it seems to be as if Putin has now switched from authoritarian rule to totalitarian oppression.
“Stalinist trials, camps, executions could effectively comply with: in any case, Stalin is within the bloodstream of the Russian physique politic – and Putin himself.”