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Russia, the Burmese junta's ultimate ally


STORY - The Burmese civil war offers an opportunity for the Kremlin to weigh in Southeast Asia, at low cost.

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I can't stand the sound of an airplane anymore,"

Aye Aye explains, sipping her coffee, safe from the bombs.

The 30-year-old with a tanned complexion and geek-rimmed glasses recounts the descents into the air-raid shelters dug in the mud of the jungle, fear in the stomach, under the noise of the MiG-29 reactors.

As soon as planes loaded with Burmese army bombs are detected, the guerrillas resisting the coup d'etat of General Min Aung Hlaing suspend their commando operations to take refuge in trenches and weather the storm.

The M16s and Kalashnikovs of the young fighters of the People's Defense Force (PDF) are powerless against the jets, says this resident of Yangon who joined the resistance in the "free" Karen zone.

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Two years after the putsch of February 1, 2021, nearly a third of the Kingdom of the Thousand Pagodas still escapes Tatmadaw, facing pugnacious resistance from pro-democracy fighters, admitted its leader.

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Source: lefigaro

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