The calendar shows various examples of
Pictures of an explosion with the caption ‘Christmas toys, candles and pop-guns’ along with Russian soldiers loading guns are shown in the calendar for the new year.
A female Russian soldier pointing a gun towards the camera and missiles being transported through snow-covered woods are some of the other military pictures used in the calendar.
It was unveiled in apparent deliberate timing to mock the West as many countries mark festive celebrations on Christmas Day.
Miss September: A female soldier pointing her weapon with the caption, ‘some women can blow your head away’
January shows an intercontinental missile being transported with the caption, ‘cargo delivery to anywhere in the world’
April shows ‘Russian snowdrops’ in action as part of the 2019 military calendar released on Christmas Day
The Russian Defence Ministry view of next year begins with a snowy January view of a hulking Topol-M intercontinental mobile missile system captioned cheerfully: ‘Cargo delivery to anywhere in the world’.
Another icy calendar greeting comes in September with a picture showing a uniformed female sniper taking aim to shoot.
The caption for September reads: ‘Some women can blow your head away’.
For Russians December 25 is a normal working day and their main seasonal celebration comes at New Year, the moment when Grandfather Frost – as Santa is known in the country – brings presents to all children.
This kicks off a long Russian holiday season which includes Orthodox Russian Christmas Day on January 7.
The March 2019 calendar shows the increasing number of women cadets joining Putin’s military ranks.
The message is: ‘Shooting a glance is the Kremlin’s secret weapon.’
December festively shows explosions with the caption, ‘Christmas toys, candles and pop-guns’
The month of June shows soldiers loading their guns with ‘tuning equipment before a “concert”‘ written in Russian
‘Even “crocodiles” fly if you’re a pro’. The picture for August shows a Russian Mi-24 ‘Crocodile’ helicopter
‘Advanced PC user’ was used to caption this image of a soldier as Mr October in the new Kremlin calendar
In February the picture is the Tu-95 strategic bomber, nicknamed the ‘bear’.
Here the message from defence minister Sergei Shoigu, a close ally and holiday buddy of Vladimir Putin, is: ‘Russian ‘bears’ don’t hibernate in winter.’
April shows ‘Russian snowdrops’ – aka Russian special forces equipped with chemical attack masks.
More special forces are seen in June examining their weapons, with the caption: ‘Tuning equipment before a “concert”‘.
In July we see a view from a ballistic. Missile launcher with the defence ministry humorists saying this is a ‘Russian waffle-maker’.
In August the message is ‘even crocodiles fly if you’re a pro’ showing a threatening-looking Mi-24 ‘Crocodile’.
The picture for October shows an ‘advanced PC user’ – a soldier using a Kalashnikov, known as PK.
November shows the Kornet portable anti tank anti-tank guided missile.
‘Kornet is not a rank, kornet is a calling’, said the caption for November in a dig at the British army. The 9M133 Kornet is a modern Russian man-portable anti-tank guided missile intended for use against main battle tanks. Cornet was originally the third and lowest grade of commissioned officer in a British cavalry troop
This tank roof was described as a ‘tough Russian waffle maker’ in the calendar for the month of July
‘Shooting a glance is the Kremlin’s secret weapon’, a Russian soldier throws daggers during a military parade
Here the joke is aimed at the British – cornet used to be the third and lowest grade of commissioned officer in the British cavalry.
‘Kornet is not a rank, Kornet is a calling,’ says the Russian military.
For December 2019 the calendar shows some Russian Christmas ‘toys, candles and pop up guns’.
With an eye to the future, the picture in May – when Russian stages its annual commemoration of victory against Hitler – shows two young girls.
‘Drills for Victory Day parade 2033,’ reads the calendar caption.
Putin has poured money into his military machine in a bid to reverse the disparity with NATO that followed the collapse of the USSR a generation ago.
Recently his forces have seen action in Syria and eastern Ukraine. In 2014, Russia defied the West in annexing Crimea from Ukraine.
As 2019 approaches, relations between Moscow and the West – which has imposed tough sanctions on Putin’s cronies – are seen as worsening.
‘Drills for Victory Day parade 2033’ was captioned alongside this image of two girls skipping for the month of May