This is what we are dealing with…
That was Putins best buddies Alexander Zaldostanov and the Nightwolves in Sebastopol a few weeks ago. This is current Russian domestic propaganda. That’s a big budget production number.
Even without knowing russian all the Soviet era visual iconography should be very familiar. And thats the Soviet national anthem they are singing. Not the new lyrics. After a Soviet Era patriotic poem if I’m not mistaken.
Those old Soviet lyrics give you a good idea of what Putins plans for the Near Abroad are.
Meanwhile in Syria, this is the best summary of what the russians are up to.
…yes, its a July 1914 style Austro-Hungarian cluster fuck.