• SENSEX
    NIFTY 50
Politics

30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

Updated : February 16, 2019 06:53 PM IST

When the last Soviet tanks rumbled back home across a bridge on the border with Afghanistan 30 years ago, the withdrawal was hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire. Since then, Moscow's view of the war has changed radically.

Many see the 10-year Soviet war in Afghanistan as a necessary and largely successful endeavor. Just like the ongoing Russian campaign in Syria, the Afghan war is widely perceived as a legitimate action against US-backed militants.

Soviet Army soldiers with their war-dogs line up after their unit crossed a bridge on the border between Afghanistan and then Soviet Uzbekistan near the Uzbek town of Termez, Uzbekistan.  When the Soviet Union completed its troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan on February 15, 1989, it was widely hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire, but public perceptions have changed and many Russians now see the 10-year Soviet war in Afghanistan as a necessary and largely successful endeavour. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Soviet Army soldiers with their war-dogs line up after their unit crossed a bridge on the border between Afghanistan and then Soviet Uzbekistan near the Uzbek town of Termez, Uzbekistan.  When the Soviet Union completed its troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan on February 15, 1989, it was widely hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire, but public perceptions have changed and many Russians now see the 10-year Soviet war in Afghanistan as a necessary and largely successful endeavour. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Mujahedeen tribesmen at border camp near Wana in Afghanistan. Many see the 10-year Soviet war in Afghanistan as a necessary and largely successful endeavour. Just like the ongoing Russian campaign in Syria, the Afghan war is widely perceived as a legitimate action against U.S.-backed militants. (AP Photo/Christopher Gunness, File)
Mujahedeen tribesmen at border camp near Wana in Afghanistan. Many see the 10-year Soviet war in Afghanistan as a necessary and largely successful endeavour. Just like the ongoing Russian campaign in Syria, the Afghan war is widely perceived as a legitimate action against U.S.-backed militants. (AP Photo/Christopher Gunness, File)
Soviet soldiers observe the highlands while fighting Islamic guerrillas at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alexander Sekretarev, File)
Soviet soldiers observe the highlands while fighting Islamic guerrillas at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alexander Sekretarev, File)
Rebel Muslim fighters inspect a Soviet tank captured in fighting with the Kabul government forces on near Asmar, Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Steve McCurry, File)
Rebel Muslim fighters inspect a Soviet tank captured in fighting with the Kabul government forces on near Asmar, Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Steve McCurry, File)
In this undated photo, Soviet soldiers get fresh newspapers and mail while a convoy stopped somewhere in Afghanistan. (Leonid Yakutin/Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
In this undated photo, Soviet soldiers get fresh newspapers and mail while a convoy stopped somewhere in Afghanistan. (Leonid Yakutin/Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Lt. Gen. Boris Gromov, sits atop of an armoured personnel carrier driving from Afghanistan across a bridge over the Amy Darya River, at Termez, Uzbekistan.  (Leonid Yakutin/Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Lt. Gen. Boris Gromov, sits atop of an armoured personnel carrier driving from Afghanistan across a bridge over the Amy Darya River, at Termez, Uzbekistan.  (Leonid Yakutin/Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
The last Soviet unit stands stationary during a military parade on the tarmac of Kabul airport, just before leaving Afghanistan for the last time. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)
The last Soviet unit stands stationary during a military parade on the tarmac of Kabul airport, just before leaving Afghanistan for the last time. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)
Soviet Army soldiers help each other to catch a train home after crossing a bridge on the border between Afghanistan and then Soviet Uzbekistan near the Uzbek town of Termez, Uzbekistan. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Soviet Army soldiers help each other to catch a train home after crossing a bridge on the border between Afghanistan and then Soviet Uzbekistan near the Uzbek town of Termez, Uzbekistan. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Soviet Army soldiers ride armoured personnel carriers after their unit crossed a bridge on the border between Afghanistan and then Soviet Uzbekistan near the Uzbek town of Termez, Uzbekistan. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Soviet Army soldiers ride armoured personnel carriers after their unit crossed a bridge on the border between Afghanistan and then Soviet Uzbekistan near the Uzbek town of Termez, Uzbekistan. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Lt. Gen. Boris Gromov, left, with his son Maxim, walk across a bridge over the Amy Darya River, at Termez, Uzbekistan. (AP Photo/Vyacheslav Kiselev)
Lt. Gen. Boris Gromov, left, with his son Maxim, walk across a bridge over the Amy Darya River, at Termez, Uzbekistan. (AP Photo/Vyacheslav Kiselev)
Soviet Army soldiers wave their hands as their unit crosses a bridge on the border between Afghanistan and then Soviet Uzbekistan near the Uzbek town of Termez, Uzbekistan.  (Leonid Yakutin/Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Soviet Army soldiers wave their hands as their unit crosses a bridge on the border between Afghanistan and then Soviet Uzbekistan near the Uzbek town of Termez, Uzbekistan.  (Leonid Yakutin/Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Live TV

Ask Our Experts CNBC TV18

Send your queries on investments and have them answered by our experts

Enter your details

Post