Holy War: Russia Decorates MiGs In Armenia With Images Of Saints

Holy War: Russia Decorates MiGs In Armenia With Images Of Saints –

The Russian air force has decorated three of its MiG-29 fighter jets based in Armenia with images of medieval Christian saints. “The pilots are sure that the faces of the holy men on the fuselages of the military machines will not only protect them, but will strengthen their martial spirit,” the press service of the Southern Military District announced.

One can’t help but notice that the three heroes so honored — Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy, and St. Mercurius of Smolensk — are known for their struggles and martyrdom fighting against the Tatar-Mongol yoke. 

“The earthly journey of Prince Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy, and the martyr Mercurius of Smolensk was marked with military glory and honor and they became Christian saints. The pilots consider them to be their heavenly protecters,” the Russian military announcement continued.

Dmitry Donskoy is best known for his victory in the Battle of Kulikovo, a decisive moment in Russia’s throwing off Mongol rule. Russian forces in that battle were famously inspired by an icon of Alexander Nevsky. And Mercurius was martyred after an icon of the Virgin Mary instructed him to attack the forces of Batu Khan which were nearing Smolensk.

That sort of historical reference may gladden the hearts of the MiGs’ Armenian hosts, whose enemy, Azerbaijan, are kin to the Tatars. But one wonders how it will be received by Russia’s Turkic Muslim allies in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 

Regrettably, the press service didn’t release any photos of the decorated planes.

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