Die Zeit author Michael Tumann ridiculed the tank biathlon competitions at the Army Games 2022.
The tank biathlon was held as part of the 8th Army International Competition ARMY-2022, writes Military Review. Crews from 22 countries participated in it. Russian tanks T-72B3, Belarusian T-72BME and Chinese T-96B were involved.
Commenting on this event, Tumann accused the Russian Federation of propagandizing peaceful life in their country, but conducting hostilities in another. In this case, he meant the conflict that began after the Russian Federation sent its troops to Ukrainian territory on February 24.
He also spoke negatively about the fact that the authorities of the Russian Federation accustom even children to military equipment. The army is promoted as an institution friendly to the population, although Russian troops are fighting in other countries against the same civilians, the author of the article notes.
According to Tumann, the Russian authorities are too focused on the campaign and are trying to involve more volunteers in the troops. Therefore, they often hold such events. But in reality, the author of the publication argues, both Russia and other countries should not promote the army among the population, and especially among children, allowing them to ride tanks and “admire nuclear missiles”.