In Pictures: 31 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride
Updated : 2020-02-17 10:25:15
When the last Soviet tanks rumbled back home across a bridge on the border with Afghanistan 31 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.