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'Killer gaze is secret weapon of Kremlin': Russia publishes propaganda calendar

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Russia has tried to flex its military muscle by publishing a propaganda calendar.

The 2019 schedule, released by the Russian Defence Ministry, features a female sniper, bombers and an attack helicopter.

The pictures have tongue-in-cheek captions, including one which compared the lid of an unidentified missile launcher to an "austere" waffle-maker.

For March, an image of four servicewomen was paired with the caption "a killer gaze is the secret weapon of the Kremlin".

Two young girls wearing military uniforms feature in May.

The promotional item comes amid Russia's military involvement in Syria and ongoing tensions with Ukraine.

NATO declined to comment on the calendar.

January: 'Cargo delivery in any part of the world'

The photograph features a Topol mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launcher.

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The Topol mobile complex is one of the most famous models of Russian missiles.

February: 'Russian 'Bears' don't hibernate during winter'

This month features a Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber called 'Bear' by NATO.

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March: 'A killer gaze is the secret weapon of the Kremlin'

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

April: 'Russian snowdrops'

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May: 'Preparations for the military parade in 2033'

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June: 'Orchestral tuning before a show'

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July: 'Austere Russian electric waffle-maker'

The photograph for July showed an unidentified missile launcher.

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August: 'Russian experts can even make a Crocodile fly'

The photograph shows a Mi-24 attack helicopter, unofficially known as a "Crocodile".

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

September: 'Some women can blow your mind'

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October: 'Confident PC user'

This photo depicts a man with a Kalashnikov machine gun — in Russian, the abbreviation "PC" can also be read as Kalashnikov machine gun.

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November: 'Cornet is not a rank, it's a vocation'

Men can be seen in this image operating Kornet anti-tank guided missiles.

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December: 'Christmas baubles, candles and firecrackers'

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