Reader Post: Soundtrack to Russian Troop Withdrawal from Ukraine Reveals Putin’s True Intentions

Happy PutinRussia’s little rascal, President Vladimir ‘Spanky’ Putin, has ordered his troops to return to their permanent bases after military exercises in the Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported late on Saturday.

Secretary General of NATO Sven Sockergris reportedly “slept like a baby for the first time in months, not a single night scream or dry heave…” in response to the soothing news of the pending pullout.

Relations between Moscow and the NATO alliance have chilled over Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine. President Putin, who recently updated his Facebook status from ‘it’s complicated’ to ‘engaged to’ Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, annexed the Crimean peninsula in March and has allegedly been supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Despite the international community’s collective sigh of relief, a closer inspection of the songs that were heard blaring out of the retreating Russian tanks has given some Russian foreign policy experts cause for concern.

According to earwitnesses, the following tunes accompanied the Russian military’s (temporary?) return to Moscow:

“Jive Talkin’” by The Bee Gees
“Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna
“Pretending” by Eric Clapton
“I’m Looking Through You” by The Beatles
“Tellin’ Stories” by Tracy Chapman

Gidon BenZviGidon Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem Correspondent for the Algemeiner newspaper, is an accomplished writer who left behind Hollywood starlight for Jerusalem stone. After serving in an IDF infantry unit for two-and-a-half years, Gidon returned to the United States before settling in Israel, where he aspires to raise a brood of children who speak English fluently – with an Israeli accent. In addition to writing for The Algemeiner, Ben-Zvi contributes to The Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post and CIF Watch. He blogs at

3 thoughts on “Reader Post: Soundtrack to Russian Troop Withdrawal from Ukraine Reveals Putin’s True Intentions”

    1. Since when do we post only Israel-related posts? Never have restricted this blog to Israel in all the 11+ years of its existence

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