Why Finland Joining NATO Checkmates Russia

Why Finland Joining NATO Checkmates Russia

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48 Responses

  1. Jyri Hämäläinen says:

    The 1500 artillery systems includes some 700+ mortars, which some countries don’t include in the same statistics. It’s still a lot, of course, even if you count it as 700+ artillery systems and 700+ mortars separately.

  2. coffee grinder says:

    I live just few km away from the Russian border near a border crossing point…. Since spring of this year, there has been interesting increase of air traffic, lot of big ass choppers flying around on same routes, including those French ones with gun attached below. I’ve ever seen those flown by twos and threes outside of big exercises before and this has become a routine. Gone are the lone border guard choppers, now its twos and threes of air force stuff. Also the local army base has become far more active, I can hear the gunshots from their shooting range. Whole lot more of machinegun fire than before and I’m talking more than just RK’s. Just days ago they were also shooting artillery over there, huge loud bangs over and over. I haven’t heard mortals for quite a while. All this activity is normal here, but not with this frequency. The local base has a fast response spec ops guys, I bet they’re given extra ammunition to burn on the range as there’s so much more noise. Never heard this much shooting and seen this kind of air traffic before. Which is great, keep them on their toes.

  3. Ben Bangemann says:

    My grandmother is from Karelia, which today is part of Russia. In the Winter War, her father was an officer in the Finnish army. At the end of the War, all officers had to be given over to the Russian to be trialed in Russia. He fled to Venezuela though, taking my grandmother with him. She learned Spanish and grew up there. She then went back to Finnland. She found my grandfather who is g
    German and she died a few years ago in Hannover. She didn’t speak a single word of Spanish anymore and she never revisited Karelia again.

    • Lara Mountain says:

      My grandfather’s family was also from Karelia and fled to Sweden, then finally Canada. My great grandfather served as an officer and was afraid of being sent to a Russian gulag. Some of his siblings unfortunately stayed behind and never seen again.

    • Sweetinsane says:

      Fellow Karelian here! Half of my family also comes from the Finnish Karelia (not to be confused with East Karelia) that Russians have mostly left to ruin.

      I hope this war will see the end of Russia and that something better comes from its ashes. I’d much rather live next to independent, democratic East Karelia and Ingria than the modern day Russia.

    • SarahM46 says:

      My grandmother is from Karelia also, her and her family fled west during the invasion so she was able to stay in Finland

    • Al Lewis says:

      @Mlg Sty Land will always be valuable, that land belongs to Finland, no matter how long Russian squatters have been there.

    • AllAboutYouTubers13 says:

      Funny how he completely skipped that at first

  4. Nadir On The Go says:

    Another master-class. I can never miss a video from you

  5. dublin4liammccarthy says:

    It’s probably an apocryphal story, but a Finnish soldier was alleged to have said in 1939, “So many Soviets, where will we bury them all?!”

    • Loser and Idiot says:

      @Nina Otan SucCeSfUl, so much so it forces me to redirect to their websites

    • Loser and Idiot says:

      @Shay Cormac that was during lenins time

    • duchaneaux says:

      Reminds me of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, “I drank what?”

    • Nina Otan says:

      @Catharina Holm Love you comment. In my view, Finland is one of the most successful countries in the world. Pity that nor many know about it.

    • Catharina Holm says:

      @cactuslietuva  Finland did loose ca 10% of our territory. Including some valuable nickel mines.
      But 400.000 karelians were rehomed. Finland remained an independent democracy.
      Freedom is more important than nickel mines.
      Considering that the population in Finland was only 3 million and USSR’s population 1939 was 170,5 million
      Finland lost only 26.000 soldiers – but killed ca 250.000 Russian soldiers I think it is reasonable and fair to claim that Finland did win!
      The war reparations that Finland quite unfairly had to “pay” USSR also turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The payment was in goods. Thus the Finnish industry fine honed the productions – which gave a competitive head start for later.
      Finland didn’t receive any Marshall aid either.
      But have managed excellently anyhow.

  6. Jack Kenny says:

    All of Finlands main roadways, tunnels, bridges, etc. have detonation points so that they can be strategically blown up. Also, almost every roadway system also has walkways or paths for troops/small arms. I have lived in Finland for a year and know they don’t fuck around.
    Good luck Russia

  7. Keimo Rahkonen says:

    Many Ukrainians have fled to Finland to be safe. Tells you something about how well Finland is protected by being ready to defend against Russia for decades. Even when Finland has been threatened, we’ve just kept calm. We are ready, and we have been for generations, to defend ourselves and now we have even more outside help to keep our Country safe.

    Edit: Even Russians were flooding to Finland, when the war in Ukraine broke out.

    • Olivér Felsőbüky says:

      @Julian Petkov the Russian friendly governments were the ones who poisoned their opponents when they lost in an election. Also If Russia annexes a part of a sovereign country don’t expect the population to be cheering for it and elect a russian friendly government any time soon.

    • Jeremy Owens says:

      @Handled Cart3285 No, it is not holiday; they get potato like everyone else.

    • graeme pedersen says:

      @hivemind They get their panties in a twist when you hit them with facts contrary to the theme of this video. Intelligence left this site some time ago.

    • eV Avoz says:

      Now Russians in Finland will pretend to be oppressed and call Putin to defend them. Good luck

    • Wendy Elise says:

      @hivemind refugee’s? More like forced deported or kidnapping is what they call it over here

  8. Miiaboo says:

    Thanks for making this video. :3

    As a long-time viewer, it’s nice to see a big channel like yours talking about Finno-Russian relations and the fate of Viipuri.

    – Offspring of Viipuri refugees

    • Miiaboo says:

      Also, instead of discussing whether or not we should get rid of conscription, the public discourse is about EXPANDING conscription to be gender neutral, as opposed to men only.

  9. Kmasse8 says:

    Good video. However, Finland did not assist in the seize of Leningrad. The Finnish soldiers remained in Finland within their old borders (about 30km away from Leningrad). The estimates of Russian casualties in Winter War vary between 321 000 soldiers to 381 000 soldiers.

    • Reverend Boaz says:

      Does a Camel smoke Cigarettes 🐪❓

    • Richard Camellion says:

      Yep. That was a bad mistake. Had Finns actually assisted on the seize of Leningrad, the city would’ve fallen to Germans. Easily. In fact the Finns allowed the muscovites to move food to the city through the ice of Lake Laatokka. If the Finnish artillery (or high command) didn’t want that, they could’ve easily just dombed the ice with artillery so that no deliveries had entered Leningrad. But they didn’t. If anything, the people of Leningrad/St. Petersburg can thank the Finns for their survival. Because had it been the Germans instead, they’d all be dead.

  10. Daphne says:

    Thank you for this history. It always seemed strange to me which side Finland chose in WW2. It makes sense that their choice was “against Russia”

    • Gustav says:

      @XtreeM FaiL May your wish come true. The Finns fought for the nazis in 40-45 and noe they fight for the EU, who are the same nazis under a new name. Finnish are not trusted anywhere, once a nazi, always a nazi.

    • kk says:

      @MrChairbox To be exact no-one specifically refused it. It just didn’t go anywhere or fast enough before the war.

    • Catharina Holm says:

      @Daphne it was not Finlands choice that Stalin without warning attacked Finland the 30th of November 1939.
      Bombing cities and deployed altogether one million soldiers. 3000 tanks and 3800 aircrafts.
      Mind you Finland only had 32 tanks and 114 aeroplanes.
      Finnish soldiers in the Winterwar was 346.500 plus 1200 foreign volunteers.
      Keep in mind that Finlands total population was 3 million.
      USSR’s population 1939 was 170,5 million.

    • LRRPFco52 says:

      The US alliance with Russia was strange, to put it lightly. But since we were allied with Britain, and Britain was at war with Germany, and Germany was allied with Japan, who was also an enemy of Russia dating way back.

    • Tom McAllister says:

      “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

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