Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Weekly Summary – to October 12, 2014

DMITRYDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group
10.12.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Weekly Summary for October 11, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for October 5, 2014).

1. The terrorists intend to have a long and happy life as a cancerous tumor on the body of Ukraine. They are actively preparing for winter, simultaneously using the so-called “ceasefire” for the greatest possible integration with Russia. Moscow quietly supports these aspirations of the Donbas marginals–in fact, that’s what started all this fuss.

Thus, on October 7, the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] announced the creation of its “National Bank” (obviously, a more appropriate title would be “The First Russian Terrorist Bank”). Further, “the DNR Prime Minister,” A. Zakharchenko, claimed that “the DNR banking system” would be integrated into the Russian [banking system], which would allow it, as clarified by this unique individual, “to begin payments of pensions and salaries, and launch our entire economy.” Previously, the “DNR Minister of Education,” I. Kostenok, blurted out that the “DNR” opened correspondent accounts in Russian banks and [therefore it] “can conduct practically all financial transactions.”

Simply put, the terrorists once again openly declare (and Russian media happily broadcasts these statements): we – are a project of Moscow, Moscow finances us, and we will live as a burden on her shoulders. However, the world does not react to Russia’s open financing of the terrorists she generated.

2. It would seem like a justified step [by Ukrainian authorities]: that the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] has changed the boundaries of Novoaydarsky, Slovianoserbsk, Popasnyansky and Perevalsky districts of Luhansk region. The bottom line is clear: to attach the settlements of these districts (whose district centers ended up on occupied territories) to the areas controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

This step by the Ukrainian government is indirect evidence that no one plans to liberate Donbas in the near future. But that’s not the point. On the one hand, as the local authorities reasonably note, a change in the district boundaries will allow them to direct necessary funds for social payments to the regional territories controlled by Ukrainian authorities. On the other hand, this cannot be a self-sufficient step in working with the “frontline” areas. If [they] continue to simply pay pensions and benefits without working with the population, these areas will remain a powder keg, where people will be foaming at the mouth to demand that Kyiv increase social benefits, but dream about the “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic], and joining Russia.

Even if we decided to temporarily freeze the conflict in Donbas, the “frontline zone” should be the focus of ​​special attention. A full lustration of the local governance bodies and law enforcement agencies, the special economic conditions, job creation and the strong support of local businesses, informational outreach to the residents and support for local pro-Ukrainian social movements–this is a guarantee that the “frontline” strip will be a picture-perfect “success” of Ukraine in contrast to the chaotic, hungry and unemployed hell of the “LNR” and “DNR.”

Today, hundreds and thousands of professionals from Donetsk and Luhansk left for the so-called liberated areas, they want only one thing–to work quietly. We need to give them this opportunity. We need to create all the conditions so that every Donbas resident dreams of living in Ukraine (and as of now, there are less than 50% of those [who now support Ukraine] in these areas). This is no less important than tanks and mortars in the war for Donbas.

3. The negative publicity surrounding the investigation of events near Ilovaisk continues. The announcement by the Prosecutor General’s Office that the tragedy happened because of the desertion of the 5th Territorial Battalion became a hot topic of discussion. Media placed the responsibility for the tragedy on the Minister of Defense Heletey and the Chief of General Staff Muzhenko, saying that they knew about a mass invasion of the Russian troops – who later took Ilovaisk and encircled our units – on August 23, but that the General Staff took no active measures.

I have stated my attitude to the course of the investigation earlier. I can only add: according to our (IR group) data, the MoD and the General Staff found out about the Russian invasion not at the last moment – here, our information mirrors the data of Yuriy Butusov. The investigation now only needs to establish the exact time of arrival of the intelligence data and identify the reasons for inaction by the generals.

However, this does not mean that the commanders of the units that “retreated” for hundreds of kilometers must be declared heroes and given pastries and medals. The generals’ fault doesn’t preclude an investigation of the fault on behalf of the middle- or possibly, junior-level commanders. Then this [investigation] will be fair and just.

As for the statements made by the Prosecutor General’s Office [PGO]. The PGO is not the truth of last resort. The truth of last resort – is the court. The investigation is not finished yet. When [they] announce the full list of the accused, when we learn about the findings of law enforcement officers based on the investigation results, and – most importantly! – when the court weighs [the information], only then can we start talking about the objectivity of the legal assessment of these events. And I trust that the investigation and the court will be objective – because there is good reason to hope for this, since this story has received a justifiably serious response.

The good news:

1. President Poroshenko announced the creation of three lines of defense in Donbas, in order to “lock in” the confrontation line between our, and Russian-terrorist, forces in order to, as he put it, “prevent terrorists and instigators from interfering with the peaceful life of Ukrainians.”

In fact, we talked about the necessity to create a defense line at the beginning of the “ceasefire,” i.e. more than a month ago. If these works were initiated in a timely manner, you see, the violent and bloody “truce” would not turn into a loss of new territories for us (I suggest that you compare the NSDC maps of the conflict zone from the beginning of September and from today). But if the bright idea to employ this trivial solution finally reached our strategists – this is already a success.

2. Putin ordered Russian troops to withdraw from the border with Ukraine. In general, this is not the first time since the beginning of the war that the Kremlin gives such orders; but somehow by a strange coincidence more Russian soldiers and weapons end up in Donbas after these orders. However, this time we have observed a partial withdrawal of Russian units from Ukraine for at least two weeks, which gives cause for optimism. Currently, the GRU [sabotage and reconnaissance groups], as well as the narrow specialists from among the Russian army personnel continue to horse around in Donbas as part of the terrorist groups.

It is clear that no one believes in the peaceful nature of Putin – you must be a complete idiot to believe it. But, knowing that Moscow is unable to increase the number of her troops in Donbas with lightning speed in a course of a few hours, we can determine a formation of our troops that will be necessary to keep the defense up (until Kyiv dares to undertake some active measures). And only then should we monitor the border territories of the Russian Federation for the new Russian “[military] exercises.”

3. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry is discussing a joint action plan with civic organizations aimed at creating a system of territorial defense (TD). [They] will sign a memorandum of joint actions, the text of which has already been dispatched to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. A base of non-governmental organizations is currently being developed, which will form the backbone of the TD in the future.

The very idea of ​​creating a “complete” system of TD, instead of situationally-created territorial battalions that are sent immediately “to the front”– is absolutely correct. But there are questions as to its current implementation.

It is quite obvious that the TD should be created in the course of reforms of the whole system of National Security and Defense, and is an integral part of this system that supplements the army and the National Guard as the main armed formations. The mechanism for the formation of these units should be clearly prescribed by the legislature (with the selection and provision of benefits and monetary rewards for the soldiers trained as part of the so-called active reserve), a system of training and maintenance of these units, and their interaction with armed groups.

Moreover, much of the responsibility for the TD should lie with the local authorities – that is why the defense is called territorial. Everyone should know their rights and duties and bear their share of responsibility. Only then can we get away from the Makhno movement.

Instead, the Defense Ministry and the General Staff in essence offer that the activists continue the current forced improvisations and get involved in the territorial defense (thank goodness, the country has enough patriots), and that the state will help with some things. Good people, the volunteers have pulled this war on their shoulders, maybe you should stop forcing the question on Ukrainians why we need the state afterall and for what do we pay our taxes? But the state has enjoyed that the patriots do the work for it so much that it attempts to continue to ride this workhorse. And [this behavior] is strange–it seems that the war does not teach our military officials anything.

4. The President signed the law on lustration. The Parliament adopted the bill on the formation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau at the first reading.

This is what we waited for immediately after Maidan. It’s hard to say how much of the election PR is behind these events, and how much is a real commitment by those in power to heal the most serious chronic diseases in Ukraine. But it is the first step, the beginning of the path. Everything else from now on depends only on you and me.

RIA Novosti press photographer: Valery Melnikov

RIA Novosti press photographer: Valery Melnikov

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Information Resistance Military Summary: To October 4-5, 2014 weekend – The “Crossing the Dnieper” Syndrome.

Konstantin Mashovets, Coordinator, Information Resistance group
10.06.2014 – 8:30
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, reenacting.

The “Crossing the Dnieper” [Dnipro*] Syndrome:

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary up to the weekend of October 4-5, 2014 (for the previous summary, please see Summary for September 30, 2014).

1. The fact that the ceasefire satisfies no one is obvious. Still, the intensity of fighting, with the exception of several areas and districts, has decreased. This situation cannot help but evoke concern, especially in light of the fact that neither side has achieved its goals.

And, if the command of the Ukrainian troops prefers not to stand out too much and not speak about their future plans, the vato-cephalus are not only berserk with fury and determination when attacking the positions of the Ukrainian army, but also do not tire of shouting left and right that they will “reach Kyiv.” We would like to note in this regard that before closing their mouths, the Colorado-warriers and the vato-command should learn to independently (without RuSSian support) wipe their own noses and pull up their pants. And then go to Kyiv…

That being said, these undeveloped Napoleons (like Motorola) are brash and sharp-tongued now, when the Russian regular army participates in battle, when about 2.5-3 thousand RuSSo-vato-servicemen took up positions in Nedo-rossiya [Editor: not-quite Russia, ironic play on 'Novo-rossiya']. But this cannot go on forever…

However, let us return to the situation “at the front…”

2. On the [maritime] Prymorske sector near Mariupol, after a brief respite, another vato-armored-group (including 5-6) tanks that arrived in the past few days, opened fire at Ukrainian positions near the villages of Zhovten–Kulykove, and then attacked the village of Pavlopil, where smart Kadyrovites decided to set up a ferry for their armored equipment over the Kalmius. As we can see, the vato-rebels do not tire of their idiotic attempts to find a corridor between Sartana and Pavlopil to take over Mariupol [in the south] from the North. This time they decided to make an attempt at the left flank of the Mariupol group of the Ukrainian armed forces.

Active attacks on the part of the vatnik intelligence and sabotage groups [DRG] continue on the same road with the goal to investigate the Pavlopil–Hnutove–Klyuchevoye-Hranitne strip. In addition, they are actively trying to influence the communications in this district by concentrating their main efforts on the road marked “H20″ between Mariupol and Donetsk, in order to create preconditions for the isolation of the Mariupol district [that's been] fortified by the Ukrainian army.

From the point of view of further combat, I think that the vato-command views the Prymorske road as one of the most important ones. At least several external characteristics testify to this:

• The Colorado-gangs and RuSSian troops continue to maintain a significant grouping of armed forces on this road (up to 5 thousand people). Which, by the way, is being permanently reinforced by various forces and means – this is where a quite powerful artillery group is located (up to 2 joint divisions of barrel artillery, as well as an individual reactive artillery group including 2-3 MLRS Uragan systems. This is where for the past several days more RuSSian BTG [Battalion-sized Tactical Groups] with reinforcements were being sent (comprised of one motorized JUVO [South Military District] group based in the Northern Caucasus), and this is where a special RTR [Russian Television and Radio] and REB [Radio-electronic warfare, i.e.: electronic warfare] group has arrived.

• The enemy is leading a quite insistent comprehensive exploration of the battle formations and positions of Ukrainian troops in this direction. Not only by using the forces of the local rebels but more so by using the regular intelligence structures of the Russian regular troops.

• An entire complex of measures to hide and misinform is being carried out here, with the goal to hide the number, composition and structure of the group deployed. And most importantly, very active measures are taken to disguise and conceal the intentions of the vato-commandants here. In particular, by means of heightened activity in other areas and on other roads, there is dissemination of false information about the transfer, regrouping and reinforcement of vato-formations.

There are still a number of signs that indicate that the Mariupol direction is considered by the terrorist-Russian command as one of the main POSSIBLE directions for further advance. It is best not to speak of them, for obvious reasons…

In my subjective opinion, the most probable direction of attack by the vato-formations on this site will look about as follows: using the main forces from the border Krasnoarmiiske–Kominternovo to the Kremenivka–Klyuchevoye border (the short-term goal), and later towards Manhush and Volodarskiy [Kyiv District] (the next goal).

3. A little to the north of the Primorye area, near the Starohnativske District, a foothold of the Ukrainian troops on its left flank, the formation of yet another potentially vato-hazardous area continues. I am talking about the region near Olhinka, Novotroitske and Mykolaivka.

In fact, after the mutually unsuccessful attempts made by both sides to test each other on the right flank of this foothold near Hranitne and Svobodne in Telmanovsky district, each side turned their attention towards the opposite flank of the foothold. However, in the beginning, the vatas [translates to cottonheads] frolicked near Telmanovo, having brought here its reinforced RTG in order to immediately negate the temptation on the part of the Ukrainian command to cut off the Telmanovo group from the Novoazovsk ‘silent troops’ on the T0508 road (Novoazovsk-Donetsk), and then gradually started to build up the composition of this group. And once upon a time, they decided in the district of Hranitne, to designate the covering actions towards the Dmytrivka-Polkove border by themselves. The cottonheads were ‘pleasantly surprised’ to encounter a harsh rebuttal here. No wonder, the ‘Ilovaisk story’ seems to have taught the Ukrainian command a lesson. At least it turned out that the Starohnativsky foothold of the Ukrainian army is covered by significantly powerful flank groups.

However, we should point out that, in the general context of the situation, it is unlikely that this foothold becomes a “secondary” area after all. It is a no-brainer that here, the vatniks are planning some sort of “Stalin’s blow.” This is why:

• Redirection of the main forces towards the left flank of the Ukrainian foothold by the “Colorado Beetle” [terrorist] command, and the latter’s unequivocal focus on Volnovakha are quite justified. Because it does not take a tactical genius to understand that SIMULTANEOUS and convergent strikes on the coastal direction and in the Volnovakha area, if successful, will, as a minimum, allow the vatniks to seriously inconvenience Ukrainian troops, and as a maximum, virtually crush the entire southern sector of the Ukrainian defense forces.

• Gradual build-up of the vatnik troop formations in the Dokuchaievsk–Olhinka–Novotroitske area, until it becomes the same size as the formation in the Novoazovsk area, is explained by the wishes of the vatnik command to create an instrument that will solve two tactical tasks at once. These tasks can be described as the small task and the big task…

A) The small task – surrounding and destroying Ukrainian troops that hold the Starohnativka–Prokhorivka area, by converging strikes, one on Dmitrivka from the Olhinka–Novotroitske line, and another, in the same direction, from the Nova Marivka–Hrihorivka direction, through Andreyivka and Donskoye (to that effect, a strike group of vatnik forces must be ADDITIONALLY deployed and reinforced near Telmanovo).

B) The big task – surrounding and destroying Ukrainian troops, both on the Starohnativka foothold and in the Mariupol area (de facto – crushing the entire southern flank of the ATO formation). To accomplish this, vatniks will have to focus their MAIN efforts in the Volnovakha direction. Basically, they would have to make THREE strikes simultaneously. The most powerful one, from the Olhinka–Novotroitske line, on Dmitrivka and then onwards to Volodarske; the second, a splitting attack from Telmanovo; and the third one (but the second strongest) – from the Kominternovo–Krasnoarmeyske line on Kasyanovka and then onwards to Mahush and Volodarske. On top of everything else, to carry out an operation like this, vatniks will require a lot of reserves – both to reinforce the troops during the operation, and then to secure the conquered lines. We think that this is the reason why the formations of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, despite the “ceasefire,” are not dwindling, but instead growing in size. The vatnik command is simply pulling up the reserves. [see map].

And the last thing about these two areas. There can be no doubts that the vatnik command DEFINITELY did not choose the southern coastal direction by chance, especially in the general context of the course of war, and the STRATEGIC goals of the vatnik command in it. They are dying to get A CORRIDOR INTO CRIMEA…

4. The western sector. Ukrainian troops continue holding the Krasnohorivka–Marinka–Novomykhailivka line, periodically exchanging fire with vatnik fighters from local groups, who have grown bored with idleness. In this area, any aggressive action from either side has little coherent tactical sense, but the situation can change very quickly in the case of changes on the adjacent southern area of the “front” or in the active Avdiivka area. In both these cases, activation on the flank directions will be vitally important. Whereas for now, local topography and lack of tactical sense do not stimulate either side to active actions with far-reaching goals. Sporadic shelling and attacks of the sides are mainly local, and pursue permanent goals, such as causing fire damage (and resulting losses) to the enemy, improving one’s own position, or harassing action against the enemy.

5. Right now, the most active and the most dangerous is the so-called Avdiivka area, which includes the Donetsk international airport (or rather, what is left of it).

Today, Ukrainian troops continue holding the line Pisky–Airport–Opytne–Avdiivka–Kruta Balka–Vasylivka–Verkhnotoretske–Krasnyi Partyzan. During the past few days, vatnik formations and their supporting terro-Russian units were de facto ramming into the right flank of the Ukrainian group on the Pisky–Avdiivka section, especially near the Airport, trying to push the Ukrainian troops at least beyond the Donetsk ring road, capture the village of Pisky, and take entirely under control the Yasynuvata transport junction and Kruta Balka village.

Vatniks failed to achieve significant success in the above missions. After several “major assaults” (which alternated the direction of the main exertion of force) in the Airport area and on the flanks of this position near Pisky and Avdiivka, the most they accomplished was capturing the ground floor of the main airport terminal for 1 hour, and reaching the ring road in the area north of Spartak. The success of vatnik formations ended at this, as Ukrainian units forced vatniks out of the airport as well as out of two adjacent sites – the hotel and the freight terminal – where they [Ukrainian forces] then secured their position. Avdiivka was not taken either. Near Pisky, the aggressors received a brief but powerful artillery barrage at the initial stage, and reconsidered moving further, limiting themselves to regular raids and shelling of Ukrainian positions in this area.

The characteristic features of combat action in this area were as follows:

• The attacks and assaults were mainly carried out by the most combat-ready local vatnik formations (such as Oplot, Vostok, Sparta, etc.), generously supplemented by terro-Russian “volunteers.” Regular terro-Russian troops either acted in the most important sections or simply “covered” active attacks of the vatnik formations.

• The attackers suffered truly significant losses as a result of their frontal assault – both in combat equipment and in personnel. Sometimes, one could get an impression that vatnik heroes had not been taught even the simplest infantry attack techniques, and their entire idea of an assault is a firm belief that their main goal is to get there first, to fire haphazardly in all directions and run for the terminal building. Naturally, few got to that finish line, and those who did never got to run back. The attempts of vatnik tank operators to fire exclusively from open positions also appear strange. For example, the Ukrainian servicemen defending the airport were once quite bemused to see a dozen terrorist tanks openly driving onto the landing strip to open fire. They made a very attractive target for the defender’s anti-tank weapons.

These, and the number of other examples vividly demonstrate that the assault on the airport was organized and carried out somewhat hectically, to say the least. Or that, in reality, all these attacks on the airport have a different goal than actually capturing the airport…

• The use of artillery in the area by the vatnik formations was conversely marked by a certain commitment and desire to “suppress” the Ukrainian troops at all costs. However, conducting counter-battery [CB] fire still remains a weak spot for the vatnik gunners, especially in the environment where the CB intelligence and fire adjustment is complicated for them.

• A quite active firing mode, by the [band] formations of the vatniks and RaSSeyanskikh [Russian] troops that support them, suggests they do not suffer from a lack of ammunition. And it means, their supply problems are gradually being solved.

The vatnik formations have similarly attempted to “somewhat activate” during the past few days in the area of Chervonyi ​​Partyzan and Verkhnetoretske. However. This resulted in only sporadic shelling…

6. The so-called Debaltseve bridgehead remains another tense point for Ukrainian troops. Continuing to hold the Vuhlehirsk–Illinka–western outskirts of Chornukhyne frontline. Ukrainian troops conducted a number of measures in the past few days to strengthen their positions in this area. This applies primarily to the area south of Debaltseve (Olkhovatka–Nikishyne).

However, apart from the regular fire raids on the positions of Ukrainian troops, not only do the vatniks continue to hold concentrated tactical strike groups at the flanks of the bridgehead, but they also continue to greatly reinforce them. This is especially true about the RaSSeyanska [Russian] armored tank brigade [ATB] in the area of ​​Verhulivka–Sofiivka [Luhansk Oblast], as well as Bezler’s “fosterlings” in the vicinity of ​​Vuhlehirsk, who last week received a significant reinforcement with armor from their chiefs in vato-federation [Russia]. Demonic [Editor: his nickname, Bes, means Demon] offspring even attempt to constantly attack north of the Bulavynske reservoir, but so far without much zeal or success, respectively.

There is no doubt that in the event of the end of the “ceasefire” and the intensification of fighting, these two groups will try to strike when they meet each other, approximately south of Lozove (at the shortest direction) or during the favorable scenario directly in the direction of Svitlodarsk–Luhanske–Myronivskyi. Especially because in this instance, the bezMozgovoy’s [Editor: ironic play on Mozgovoy, which means “out of his mind”] militia that are simply languishing over the impossibility of breaking something and looting in collaboration with the “semi-autonomous” Cossack “states” from Pervomaysk–Alchevsk “district” may, instead of their regular senseless attempts to ram Popasna, nevertheless hit further south, from Irmino towards Troitske and Chervonyi Pakhar. Literally speaking, within the “allied” assistance from the chieftain Kozitsyn to the friendly [band] formations of the military intelligence of “Comrade Bes.”

7. In the past few days, the North–Luhansk area was also characterized by several different “active manifestations” of the truce. For example, a Ukrainian tactical group that was holding the bridge and bridgehead near the village of Shchastya on the Seversky Donets have been repeatedly subjected to massive bombardment from various weapons and even sporadic attacks aimed at taking back the bridge, so far unsuccessfully.

Moreover, the vatniks [continue to] stubbornly hammer the local thermal power plant from mortars, cannon and rocket artillery, intending, as I understand it, to plunge as much of the vatnik population of Luhanda [Luhansk region] into the darkness of the Russian world. That is to say, so that they immediately experience all of its charms and advantages.

In the vicinity of Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukrainian troops unexpectedly found themselves in the role of extras for an unfolding interesting spectacle – the elucidation of who was the more important [gang] was taking place simultaneously among the four (FOUR!) armed groups of locals and newcomers (including from the Caucasus) bandits. They promised to bring popcorn and sodas for Ukrainian troops later (just kidding).

Meanwhile, it looks like Lekha [Oleksiy] bezMozgovoy decided to train for the crossing of the Dnieper by crossing the Seversky Donets near Tryokhizbenka. The idea is not bad, so to say, [the terrorists need] to bypass the Ukry [Ukrainians], who are abutting against Shchastya, with the blow to Raihorodok along the highway T1315. For the second day in a row, the Ukrainian troops have recorded quite a suspicious movement of Cossack formations, reinforced by the Abreks from the Caucasus in the area of Tryokhizbenka–Slovyanoserbsk. Another question is, whether they will be able to succeed or not. Afterall, the Don Cossacks are not as stable as the ideological Russian vatnik “volunteers.” God forbid, they loot and run, as has happened before…

General trends

• It seems that no one will wait for winter. The continuation of large–scale hostilities is just around the corner. For, it is cheaper than building a bridge…

• This [situation] creates a very unambiguous impression that the Russian leadership uses the local adherents of the vatnik idea from Dombabwe and Luhanda [play on Donetsk– and Luhansk People’s Republics] “in the dark,” especially in terms of organization and conduct of military operations in Donbas. Local vatniks, driven practically to the limits of madness and frightened by propaganda, get killed first, and in impressive numbers, but they are being replaced rather actively with fresh vatniks from a variety of the local Krasny Shurf, where a TV and a glass of vodka are considered to be the main entertainment…

• Neither one nor the other side will have the time to prepare for combat operations in the autumn-winter period by October 10. This is obvious…

• It is also obvious that the supply of Nedo-rossiya [Editor: not-quite Russia, ironic play on 'Novo-rossiya'] by the main federation is experiencing a significant distortion. Food, clothing, household items and other non-military supplies to forces constitute 10-15% of the total supply volume of these two bastard formations, when the rest of the [supply] volume is represented by varied shooting and exploding iron [weapons], fuel, and other military bells and whistles. We can make definitive conclusions in this case…

Source: Information Resistance
*video source: RGAKFD. Architect. Number 6148 Kinolitopys “crossing of the Dnieper.” Part 2, b / w, silent. Operators: Kuhn, Sofjin. Production Central Newsreel Studio. 1943
5 min. 15 sec.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Information Resistance report on the liberated territories

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, and the Coordinators of the Information Resistance group
09.29.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Friends, I present the report of the Information Resistance [IR] Coordinators on the situation in the so-called liberated areas. This is the “open part” of the report–it does not include moments that reveal some of the activities of our intelligence services and ATO [anti-terrorism operation] headquarters, and our recommendations. The full text of the report has been submitted to the NSDC [National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine]. There is also an economic part [of the report]–which we will detail separately.

Liberated territories: the terrorist front at our rear (the IR report)

(…). The Coordinators of the Information Resistance group have been working in the settlements of Donetsk region, liberated from the terrorists of the DNR ["Donetsk People's Republic]. The main purpose of the trip was to study the situation in the so-called “liberated raions [districts],” by hearing the reports of the representatives of the “illegal network” of the Eastern Division of the IR in the field, communicating with local residents and journalists of the local media, activists from the local social movements, mid-level businessmen, police officers and representatives of special services, in particular, the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine], intelligence agencies, the military and representatives of the ATO headquarters.

As a result of the work of IR, the Coordinators point out a few highlights regarding the socio-political situation in these regions. In particular, the socio-political situation in the “liberated areas” remains tense and shows a tendency to exacerbation that requires immediate, appropriate action by government agencies.

The main reasons for the negative state of affairs:

1. The lack of comprehensive and purposeful informational outreach by government agencies, targeting the local population, allows the network of the DNR representatives and their supporters in the region to effectively carry out their outreach work.

In particular, the terrorists created a global “information network” in the spreading of rumors, which allows them to reach out to almost every local resident (with targeted work of its representatives responsible for specific areas, neighborhoods and even individual homes). In the latter case, actively making use of “pro-Soviet” and pro-communist minded locals, mostly seniors, in populated areas.

We observed the frequency of the “waves” of rumor, the main thrust of which is to destabilize and demoralize the local population, to intimidate pro-Ukrainian-minded residents and activate that part of the population which is sympathetic to the separatists (according to our estimates, this percentage of local residents numbers from 30 to 70% in different localities). In particular, the main themes of the rumors are the weakness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Guard, who allegedly cannot resist the Russian-terrorist forces; the “betrayal” of Russia’s Donbas by Ukrainian authorities; the inevitable “return” of the terrorists and DNR with reprisals against pro-Ukrainian activists; the propensity of Ukrainian troops (primarily of volunteer units and the National Guard) to banditry and looting, committing other crimes; the impending strong social assistance from Russia to the population at the areas controlled by terrorists, etc.

This creates a very negative information environment in the region, with a number of contributing factors. In particular:

a) The locals do not trust official sources of information about the ATO (this refers to official sources in Kyiv, who disseminate information through the mainstream media).

Official sources, in their opinion, previously discredited themselves by giving false reports on the progress of the operation [ATO] (in particular, concealing the massive Russian military invasion in late August of this year, about events in Ilovaisk–about the concealment of losses among the troops and disclosure of clearly inflated losses among the terrorists, a belated recognition of the removal of Ukrainian troops from some sections of the “front” under the onslaught of Russian-terrorist forces since the beginning of September of this year, and others.).

The situation can be corrected with targeted work–the provision of objective information and the formation of a sense of stability in the situation through regular formal and informal meetings of the security forces (from the ATO headquarters) with local activists, members of the public, non-governmental organizations and businesses. Since the people still put the greatest trust in the people in uniforms (in the first place–to the servicemen in the rank of officers), this should be actively used to neutralize the informational work of the DNR in the “liberated areas.”

(…) The ATO headquarters has considerable potential as a structure for educational work (virtually every company of the AFU has an officer for educational work), whose work does not make much practical sense in the context of the AFU participation in active combat. These officials could act as “officers of Public Relations” in the liberated areas, conducting regular meetings with representatives of the public and non-governmental organizations, covering a large part of the population.

Also, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has a Department of Social and Humanitarian Policy, one of the main objectives of which is to organize cooperation between the army and the public, and to form a positive image of the armed forces within society. We have not found traces of this powerful structural unit of the Ministry of Defense in the “liberated areas.”

b) There is a saturation of the information space with information from pro-Russian and Russian media.

Some local media (if necessary, we can provide the list) do not show loyalty to the Ukrainian government and the ATO forces and conduct a pro-Russian course [of action], although they work in a manner so as not to be directly accused of supporting terrorism (the format of the newspaper “Vesti”). This is due to the fact that these media outlets are controlled by pro-Russian sympathizers (the majority of whom were members of the Party of Regions in the recent past).

Local businesses that are managed or belong to pro-Russian sympathizers, publish the newspapers  (i.e., “factory newspapers”)  that bear signs of pro-Russian and separatist propaganda (for example, just the title of an article in the latest issue of the newspaper of Novokramatorsky Engineering Works says it all: “Donbas–the industrial heart of Russia.” Issue 12 for September of this year).

In Volnovakha [Donetsk Oblast], local residents have ample opportunity to watch DNR TV and Russian TV, which broadcast from Donetsk in an analog format. The “suppression” of the TV signal from Donetsk requires the involvement of units of radio-electronic suppression and electronic warfare of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area. 

Meanwhile in Kramatorsk, there is the technical capacity to “insert” regional news summaries and commentary into the radio programs that are broadcast in the region because of TV and radio transmission capabilities (by pro-Ukrainian sympathizers). This only requires the permission of the central executive agencies of Ukraine–the above mentioned individuals are ready to take on the task of the newscast production. (…)

c) For the reasons given above, no informational work is currently underway to interpret and explain government initiatives regarding Donbas to local residents.

As a result, the “Law on the special circumstances of local governance in the separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” is perceived by the local population primarily as a “discharge” of the territories captured by DNR and LNR [Luhansk People's Republic] from the responsibility of Ukrainian authorities to Russia and the insurgents. This greatly enhances the effect of pro-Russian and Russian propaganda.

The main objective of the “information front” should be the forming of beliefs in the local population about the stability of the situation in the “liberated areas,” and the ability of Ukrainian troops to prevent the return of the DNR to these areas. These beliefs should be formed through the media (primarily local, linked to local content), networking between the military structures with the public, the active participation of military personnel in local communities (meeting with students, businessmen, civil servants and employees, joint organization of the various military patriotic activities, the conduct of military parades). It is imperative to demonstrate that these areas are under heavy military guard, which can ensure the safety of civilians.

2. Leaving the managers who actively supported the creation of the DNR and were noted for their cooperation and support for terrorists, in their positions in law enforcement agencies, local authorities, institutions, establishments and enterprises at the local level.

This problem exists in practically all localities in the “liberated territories,” and has an exceedingly negative impact on the situation in the region.

Thus, in Sloviansk, the local pro-Ukrainian minded population and activists are amazed at the fact that the leadership of the local police, who openly support the DNR, remain in office. The official explanation is that  conducting an official investigation against those officials found no corpus delicti in their actions. If this is really true (which raises serious doubts), then it is worth publishing the materials of the investigation, and explaining who, and in what way, conducted [the investigation].

In Kramatorsk, it is the same situation with the leadership of one of the biggest businesses in the city, “Novokramatorsky Engineering Works,” where the terrorists launched the production of mortars issued for the insurgents during the occupation of the city. Moreover, as mentioned above, the management of the plant personnel conducts active campaigning among the plant employees, which contains the signs of separatism and terrorism propaganda. The situation is similar with the leadership of the city police department in Kramatorsk.

Not surprisingly, the local police ignores requests by pro-Ukrainian individuals to respond to the constant threats against them by the DNR activists. For example, in Sloviansk, such threats have become the norm, not only towards the local leaders of pro-Ukrainian social movements, but also towards the employees of the local library, who demonstrate a pro-Ukrainian disposition–in particular, moral and psychological pressure and threats to life and health have increased significantly since the opening of Ukrainian language courses for local residents at the library.

In Kramatorsk, during the local youth initiative to paint the Lenin pedestal in the colors of the Ukrainian flag (local authorities refuse to dismantle the monument itself, arguing a lack of funds, although local activists offer to do it for free), police officers carried out attempts to detain the activists. This was averted only by the intervention of the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine].

Even worse is the fact that those policemen, who arrived at the region locales as part of their business trips “to provide reinforcement” from other regions, quite often exhibited inappropriate behavior. For example,  some of the Kyiv policemen, who arrived to Izyum and Sloviansk wearing uniforms with chevrons of the disbanded “Berkut” unit, strongly criticized the events on Maidan in the winter of 2013-2014 and the current Ukrainian authorities in their conversations with local residents.

All of this adversely affects the foundations of statehood in Ukraine and the authority of the Ukrainian government in the region, as well as destabilizes the situation, suppresses pro-Ukrainian-minded citizens and activists, and helps popularize the ideas of the DNR and LNR. We must immediately demonstrate Ukraine’s ability to protect itself from the enemy within, and [we] should start by giving an objective assessment to the actions of officials (first of all–in local government, local law enforcement agencies and businesses) who actively supported the DNR, and without whose initiative and assistance the terrorists could not have taken control of the towns in the region this spring. (…)

–The Coordinators of IR.

Russian troops and mercenaries in Donbas.

Russian troops and mercenaries in Donbas.

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – September 30, 2014

Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group
09.30.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for September 30, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for September 29, 2014).

1. Exactly 11 years ago, September 30, 2003, Russia attempted to steal a piece of Ukrainian territory by beginning to build a dam from its Krasnodar Krai [region] towards the Ukrainian island of Tuzla. The objective was to “attach” the island to the Russian Federation. The reasoning was, pre-1925, Tuzla was a part of the Taman peninsula, and became an island as a result of a powerful storm. So, [Russia said] give it back.

Back then, matters were settled without an armed conflict. But such is the logic of the process – once one state sets its sights on another’s territory, it won’t shut its hungry maw until it gets punched in the teeth. This is what we are observing today.

Failing to draw conclusions from the lessons of history is the most dreadful of mistakes. Whatever the outcome of today’s bloody saga of Russian aggression, we must remember this, every minute of every day. A dreadful economic situation, social problems, etc. – none of that is an excuse for putting the army on a back burner. Otherwise, we have a stolen Crimea and a burning Donbas.

2. Russia continues amassing troops near the Ukrainian border. Newly assigned sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Russian spetsnaz are being deployed there, and we can expect them to be on the territory of Ukraine as early as tomorrow.

This morning, we received information about the deployment of Russian rocket systems very close to the border. At first, our sources reported that those are operational tactical ballistic missile systems. After looking further into it, we found that the Russians positioned a battery of Tochka-U [also known as SS-21 Scarab B technical systems] by the border.

Their intentions are clear. From positions near the settlement of Petrovka, Rostov Oblast [region of Russia], rockets can only be fired at targets located on the terrorist-controlled territory. This means that the Russians will continue destroying the houses of peaceful civilians in Donbas, while screaming wildly about the “crimes of the Ukrainian military.”

The good news:

1. In Sloviansk, local activists blocked the city executive committee [city hall], protesting against the appointment of Party of Regions members Valeriy Radchenko and Vadym Lyakh as mayor’s deputies. The activists were supported by fighters from the Sich volunteer battalion.

This, by the way, is the same Radchenko who was the chief of police in Crimea close to the end of Yanukovych’s dictatorship. That fellow happily sold the Crimean police to the Russian occupiers in March of this year, and then fled to his home town of Sloviansk – to continue screwing over Ukraine, now in a deputy mayor’s title. What can I say – great job.

These events happened soon after publication of the Information Resistance group’s report about “liberated territories,” [Editor's note: English translation of this report will be completed soon and linked here] in which we pointed out a very pressing threat of familiar faces and names “resurfacing” in local level positions. But if local patriots are standing up to that filth, not all is lost.

By the way, once I found out what was happening in the city, I gave a call to the activists in Sloviansk. They tell me that Radchenko and Lyakh are just the tip of the iceberg and that this swamp is due for major dredging. They also admit that if it were not for the guys from the Sich battalion, they [the activists] would have had some hard times – local law enforcers will kill people for Radchenko without flinching. Hold tight, guys. Your battlefield is no less important than the front lines. Best of luck to you!

Meanwhile, a question to the government. Should we stay tuned for Yanukovych’s return into the president’s chair any time soon, or is anyone “at the top” finally going to start working against this “resurrection” of the previous administration’s scum?

2. The National Guard received 100 units of new equipment, and the purchase of 500 more is planned. Among the purchased equipment are trucks, Cougar and Spartan armored vehicles, and armored KrAZ trucks. The Cabinet of Ministers [of Ukraine] also promises that all military servicemen of the National Guard will be supplied with winter clothes before October 10th.

The point about equipment needs no further comment – equipment shortages have been an issue for our troops since the first days of conflict, so 100 new units are already a success. As for winter preparations, it may be too early to applaud. Before now, the Ministry of Defense also vowed that our troops would be fully prepared for cold weather by October 10th. Based on our data about the current state of this process, we can voice some doubts as to the feasibility of this plan.

But, we will see. If the winter preparation process ends up being sabotaged – then the tales told by the military-politicos and military command about alleged positive changes in the MoD are not worth two kopecks. That [failure] would mean that nobody has even started cleaning out those Augean stables.

Mosaic of Hercules cleaning out the Augean stables.

Mosaic of Hercules cleaning out the Augean stables.

3. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, by a majority vote, rejected Russia’s proposed amendment to the PACE resolution, which was meant to emphasize an “increased activity of Nazism” in Ukraine.

In simpler terms, the PACE told the Russian deputy Olga Kazakova to take a hike, after she frothed at the mouth, demanding to express “concern with the increased activity of neo-Nazi organizations” in Ukraine. Europe was perplexed to see an orator from a Nazi state, an envoy of Hitler’s double by the name of [Vladimir] Putin, throwing accusations of “Nazism” at Ukraine, a victim of Putin’s aggression.

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – September 29, 2014

Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group
09.29.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for September 29, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for September 24, 2014).

1. The bloody “battle for peace” is in full swing in Donbas. For the past three hours (from 6:00 to 9:00 pm EEST on September 29, 2014), we have recorded 11 attacks on the positions of Ukrainian forces by the Russian–terrorist forces.

Insurgents who earlier didn’t “distinguish themselves” adequately, have now reached their limit of cynicism. Today, we recorded several instances that are plainly unconscionable. Using the fact that Ukrainian troops only open fire in response to being attacked, they bring the “Grad” MLRS closer to our positions, turn them around, and discharge them at the residential quarters. [Now,] try to prove that these are not Ukrainians annihilating peaceful civilians…

For Russian propaganda – every possible service [is available], including the bloodiest of them all – which are especially enjoyed by the Kremlin.

2. The Central Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia has launched a criminal case in connection with the “genocide of the Russian–speaking population of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.”

Russian investigators have “discovered” that the leadership of the National Guard and the “Right Sector” movement ordered their subordinates to obliterate the Russian-speaking people living in eastern Ukraine. [They were ordered to do so with] “Grads,” artillery, and cluster munitions. In general, Moscow has attributed to Ukrainian troops the crimes [committed by] Russian mercenaries, the Russian army, and the pro-Russian insurgents.

It is useless to argue here – the Kremlin clowns don’t even know how else to craft their tales of absurdity. Here comes the only question: how come all these crimes are happening exclusively on the territory controlled by the DNR and LNR [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics]? Take two steps from the frontlines into Ukraine’s territory – and not on your life will you be able to find a representative of the “Russian-speaking population,” who has had even his foot stepped on on a streetcar for [his use] of the Russian language.

3. The removal of the Lenin monument in Kharkiv caused cries and moans from a certain part of the public. The city mayor Hennadiy Kernes, who rushes through life among the smart and the beautiful, vowed to restore the ruined monument. Some cry crocodile tears (‘Uncle Vova was insulted’), while others are dancing a jig.

I do not understand, what is the hysteria about? If the Lenin fans, including Kernes, cared so much about the monument, they could have moved it a long time ago back to where it belongs – for example, outside of the Communist Party office, or even better ­– to the manor of [Petro] Symonenko [Communist Party leader] – there is plenty of space [to spare] there. But what would the monument to one of the bloodiest and most authoritarian “leaders” in world history, who shat on Ukraine from the [bottom of his] heart, embodied in a monstrous and tasteless figure, be doing in the center of a Ukrainian city? It is especially sad that the city in question is Kharkiv–the great city without which it is impossible to imagine the history of our nation.

I think nothing prevents those who are crying for the communist carrion, to gather their things and move to a country where it is worshipped, and still enthusiastically masturbate on the partially decomposed body of Vladimir Lenin [located] in the center of its capital. This ideological necrophilia was long overdue to end in Ukraine.

To those who insist that the demolition of the memorial to Lenin does not affect the welfare of the people in any way, I will answer simply. Our world today is a world of meanings. As long as the Lenins from the dark and tragic past govern the minds [of Ukrainians], it is futile to build a bright future.

The good news:

1. According to Ukrainian security forces, over the past two weeks 468 of our citizens were freed from captivity. And in the last month, more than 1,000 captured civilians and military personnel were released.

Unfortunately, we do not see much positive in the present “ceasefire.” Moscow and the terrorists don’t even intend to stop the bloody carnage they have set up in Donbas. But if this strange “truce” allows us to address the issue of prisoners even more effectively ­– then let it be this way.

2. The SBU announced: the evidence base in the criminal proceedings against ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and his gang has been collected. It is now up to delivering the accused into court.

Actually, it would not hurt to hold a court demonstration in absentia. And the point would be, not even to give a legal assessment of this creature, whom even Putin no longer drags to the surface as the “legitimate president of Ukraine,” because it’s ridiculous. But to show the mechanism of national humiliation in their faces. And to call these persons by name.

Will the current Ukrainian authorities have the guts to get to the last screw in the Yanukovych system and pull him to the surface? We’ll see, although plenty of water has passed under the bridge since Maidan, and the old actors are crawling out of every nook and cranny again.

3. And [about] Kharkiv again. Here, the first criminal proceeding over voter bribery has been launched: in the premises of one of the [city] schools, the Kharkiv residents received food packages with cards carrying a big hello from one of the parliamentary candidates [an MP]. Earlier the media reported that an MP candidate, who is the current deputy of the local [city] council known in these parts as a Party of Regions MP, gave away buckwheat [a bribe] in Kharkiv.

Frankly speaking, if our politicians learn to gain voter sympathy with their minds and deeds and not buckwheat – Ukrainian politics will get a chance to transform itself from the current bazaar business into a real state activity in the name of the people and the nation. This, of course, is light years away, but you never know… The path is made by walking.

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – September 22, 2014

Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group
09.22.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for September 22, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for September 17, 2014).

The bad news:

1. We are receiving more and more evidence indicating that the DNR [Donetsk People's Republic] and the LNR [Luhansk People's Republic], under Moscow’s leadership, are actively preparing for further combat action. They are creating centralized warehouses for weapons, supplies, ammunition, and fuel. They are setting up a repair base for their equipment and weapons. Specialists in a wide variety of fields–from communications equipment repair to radioelectronic warfare–keep coming from Russia.

Meanwhile, Kyiv is still clutching at a straw by the name of “peaceful dialogue.” Whereas in Moscow, Putin is holding a session of Russia’s Security Council to discuss how well Ukraine is observing the peace treaties, while remaining entirely disinterested in the “behavior” of his own troops and insurgents.

2. A number of media reported a resonant message: Oleh Tatarov, who was the head of the Central Investigation Department with the MIA of Ukraine under [the ousted president Viktor] Yanukovych, and held criminal proceedings against Maidan activists, may become the deputy governor of Kherson.

This would not be the first attempt by influential back room players to drag active “players” of the “golden loaf” era to power. Recently, we have observed the emergence of certain gentlemen who belong behind bars, even in such delicate spheres as military counter-intelligence. Plus, we are finding out that these pukes of the dictatorship are being lobbied from the highest level.

By the way, one such henchmen of Yanukovych, who holds the rank of an SBU [Security Service] general, has recently filed a lawsuit against the Information Resistance group. He clearly did not enjoy the public lustration. But we will speak about this story in more detail later.

The good news:

1. The RNBO [National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine] stated that the command of the LNR and DNR terrorist organizations have started to observe the clauses of the peace plan. The confirmation of that is the fact that “our border guards at the defense line have not observed a single drone aircraft over the past twenty-four hours.”

Maybe that is indeed the case – let us hope so, even though I have already mentioned how predisposed the terrorists are to a “peaceful solution.” Over forty instances of insurgent fire at the positions of the Ukrainian military, which we observed over the last twenty-four hours, certainly does not look like peace from where we stand. We will await morning news, but there is very little hope that the situation may change – for example, tonight, the terrorists have been shooting around Donetsk, Shchastya, Mariupol…

2. Infighting inside terrorist groups keeps growing stronger.

In Antratsyt, the post of the LNR’s “commandant” was filled by a former district police officer, who has long been servicing the interests of the local crime world. This greatly displeased the representatives of the pro-Russian Cossack formations. Several shootouts have already taken place between insurgents due to “staffing disagreements.”

A story that happened in Krasnyi Luch is the exact mirror image of the above – here, the Cossacks “appointed” their chieftain as the general director of Donbasantratsyt State Company, in a move that upset a number of local crime bosses. Squabbles for various feeding spots are becoming the latest fashion among the terrorists.

The diagnosis is clear: the spiders in the jar are devouring each other.

3. ATO participants are holding “lessons of courage” in Ukrainian schools. Now, instead of reading heroic stories in books, our country’s children have an opportunity to see the heroes fighting for the Motherland, with their own eyes. It is painful that Ukraine requires such heroism in the enlightened 21st century. But it is beautiful that Ukraine has sons like that, who are many, and all united by endless love for their country and its people.

I wonder, do crippled Russian paratroopers hold similar “lessons of courage” in Russian schools, after returning from Donbas? After all, they should have plenty to tell about how hard it is to be an occupier in the country of the victorious Revolution of Dignity, and how hard it is to fight those who are defending their land. Maybe they should tell Russian kids about their Donbas nightmares. This brings to mind the joke, where a teacher sent a student’s parents a note saying, “Your son soiled himself in the lesson of courage…”

4. Johannes Cornelis (Hans) van Baalen, a member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands, in his interview with Deutsche Welle said that the European Union and NATO have clear proof of the fact that Russian troops have been deployed in Ukraine – even though the Russian government keeps denying that.

“If there are no Russian troops in Ukraine, then why are there bodies of dead Russian soldiers? From where do the wounded come to hospitals in Rostov and St. Petersburg? This is nonsense,” van Baalen asked indignantly. He went on to sum up, “This is sheer lies and propaganda – which, sadly, is believed by many.”

Europe has finally come to grips with the notions that Ukraine has been trying to communicate to the West for a long time now. This is a clear victory for us on the information front against a highly cunning, hypocritical and malicious adversary.

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – September 17, 2014

Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group
09.17.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for September 17, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for September 16, 2014).

The bad news:

1. Negative processes are unfolding around P. Poroshenko’s resonant law regarding ‘special status’ for districts in Donbas.

According to our information, this law evoked an explosive reaction from the local mercenaries both in the DNR and LNR [Donetsk and Luhanks People's Republics] – here they were considered a ‘victory’ over the Ukrainian ‘junta.’ But the important part is not the terrorists: their opinion has not interested anyone in either Kyiv or Moscow for a long time. What was important was the Kremlin’s reaction, and not in official statements from the Russian MFA, but in Shoygu’s secret orders to the Russian troops in Donbas. While the Russian army, judging from what happened in the past 24 hours (for example, today the Russian spetsnaz stormed our positions on the territory of the airport in Donetsk) did not get orders to become more active, but neither did they receive orders for a ‘ceasefire.’

This means that, by Moscow, the ‘special status’ law was deemed to be not an achievement of their strategic goal, but simply an interim success in their aggression. Which means we will not get an opportunity for a full-scale breather, for further attempts to resolve the conflict by peaceful means (to placate the international community and with minimal chances of success) and prepare for a radical solution to the problem by military means. However, there is a chance that in the next few hours the Russian-terrorist troops will still get orders to stop, however the probability of this is about as high as that of Valuev getting knocked up.

In any case, it is necessary to immediately do what we have said previously: take up a monumental defense and localize the source of the illness. Reports that there is no military engineering equipment are strange: they say there is nothing with which to dig trenches. This is why God invented mobilization: the country has been in a state of permanent construction for 15 years at least, and in every backward town there is a plethora of construction structures and companies with bulldozers and excavators, so what is the problem?

2. A couple more words on this law. Yes, this law is a shame for Ukraine, this cannot be denied. But let us admit the obvious: it would have been more shameful to hand over at least all of Donbas (this threat by the way, has not been eliminated as of today), also at the cost of many new losses on our part.

President Petro Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko

Putin continues his game, but a considerable part of his army was removed from Ukraine before the advent of this law. Unfortunately, our government has shrouded many details of the dialogue with Moscow – regarding the Donbas – with secrecy, in order to understand what part of their obligations Russia is executing.

However, I consider the main problem of the Ukrainian government within the context of the given law to be the fact that starting August 20th, all of our military structures were given clear orders to thoroughly filter information regarding the situation in the conflict zone and prevent negative news from surfacing. By doing this, the government dug itself into a hole: trying to convince the public that all is well and we are fully in control of the situation, now it is very difficult to explain that in reality we don’t have the possibility of fighting successfully while Putin supports the insurgents. And the given law emerged to get out of this situation.

By getting a negative response in society, the government is learning a lesson in truth. Will it be able to grasp it – I don’t know.

3. While Russian servicemen kill Ukrainians in Donbas, a bunch of Ukrainian deputies called the ‘Parliamentary Group For Peace and Stability,’ created by members from the Party of Regions and Communist Party factions, went to Russia.

The Russian State Duma gave them a standing ovation. Of course: there have been few instances in world history when Parliamentarians from a victim country crawl up on their knees into the capital of the aggressor country to talk about ‘peace and cooperation.’ State Duma Speaker S. Naryshkin, [while] wiping tears of emotion off his face, shook their hands and asked them to come back.

These clowns were deciding how to ‘restore trust between our countries.’ I am crying together with Naryshkin. I can just picture it: in an alleyway a 6 1/2-foot renegade slits the throat of a member of the State Duma’s family member, and at the same time with anguish and sorrow asks Naryshkin how he should ‘reestablish trust’ with him. Damn, a philosophical problem indeed.

The good news:

1. The temporary investigative committee of the Verkhovna Rada, in its report regarding the use of funds given to the army from the state budget and collected by the citizens, spoke about the main mistakes in the army provision system: the lack of unification, ignorance of real needs of the servicemen, and the bureaucracy and formalism present. This was stated by the head of the committee, I. Herashchenko.

You forgot a very important point: total corruption. The main battles with it are yet to come.

But the very fact that the system of army provisions has finally ended up within the scope of the government is definitely positive. Naturally, many politicians will try to sell themselves using this subject against the background of the electoral campaigns. My personal opinion: it doesn’t matter. If it brings at least a fraction of a real solution in the shape of changing the situation, let it be so.

It is no secret that today, without the help of volunteers, the Ukrainian military in the conflict zone would have it very bad: Ministry systems for provision are not managing, to put it mildly. I am personally convinced that after each significant instance of assistance to the army by the volunteers (with basic resources: bulletproof vests, equipment, ammunition etc.), an official investigation has to begin: who and why is to blame for the fact that the activists are forced to close the ‘gaps’ in provisions instead of the state structures.

The volunteer movement – is everything, it is the pride of our country. But let’s also not forget that these folks are forced to do someone else’s work. And their feat must not remove responsibility from those who have shifted their functions onto the shoulders of concerned citizens while quietly receiving a salary and spitting at the ceiling (unless occupied in more interesting activities from the point of view of criminal law activities). Otherwise, we will never cure the logistics of the army.

2. Speaking of interesting activities. In Dnipropetrovsk, the SBU arrested an officer from a recruiting office, who freed those who were unwilling to go to war due to mobilization for bribes. The price was 6 thousand UAH [approximately $458.50 USD], after which the local pacifists acquired a medical certificate regarding their unfitness for military service.

Can’t they make a show out of the court case? Our recruiting offices have all become commercial structures on the wave of mobilization (however, they were this way before as well): they only shied away from hanging price lists on their doors. We should have started publicly whipping their greedy hands back in March – then mobilization would have been more civilized.

3. In the United States a draft law [bill] was submitted to Congress on new sanctions against the Russian Federation, and support for Ukraine, one of the points of which prescribes providing Kyiv with weapons.

According to the bill, the U.S. President will be empowered to grant Ukraine a means to counter the advanced weapons, including anti-tank weapons, reconnaissance (including drones), ammunition for personnel, etc.

It is clear that the bill – is far from being a law. But the very fact that such a document appeared in the U.S. Congress, in light of the E.U.’s continuous song regarding the impossibility to give Ukraine a weapon, is inspiring.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

 

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Patriot Defence: An assessment of the medical services of the Ministry of Defence (video)

09.11.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

The Ukrainian World Congress Humanitarian Initiatives, together with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, completed a thorough assessment of the medical services of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

It is grim, to say the least, and Ukraine definitely has its work cut out for it to even begin to meet basic standards for adequate military combat medical capability in all areas from training to field hospital equipment and resources, let alone to meet NATO standards. Regardless, many small drops create an ocean, and the visionary folks at Patriot Defence are working steadily toward informing, equipping, preparing, transforming and long-term sustainability for a vision of NATO-level combat medical training and resources to meet the the challenges of the Ukrainian humanitarian ground reality.

The Executive Summary of that medical assessment can be found here:
http://patriotdefence.org/index/medical-assessment-sUa.html

It’s key findings include:
• the average time from a soldier’s point of injury to first medical contact is 20-60 minutes (too long) and that contact is not even a hospital just the first possible contact in the field
• from there it can be 12–18 hours, or even up to 2 days, from point of injury to a field medical hospital with surgical capability
• most of the field hospitals that were visited were completely inadequate for adverse weather, prolonged conflict, or medical operations that meet international standards
• Individual first aid kits (IFAKs) to an international standard for each soldier with accompanied CLS [Combat Life Saver] training is at less than 1% of uniformed troops (approximately 3,600 IFAKs have been given out to ATO servicemen, yet troops number at 6-14,000)
• The special forces medic role with advanced trauma treatment capabilities in the field is non-existent
• There are no armored ambulance transport capabilities to transport patients from active combat areas to casualty evacuation points
• Helicopters used for medical evacuation, what’s left of those not already shot down by Russian forces, are not fit for their purpose for numerous reasons

The list continues…and then the summary goes on to make many recommendations. Among these that of course, every active duty Ukrainian military serviceperson needs to receive an IFAK and the appropriate Combat Life Saver training to know how to use what’s in it, that more field dressings, pressure dressings, updated tourniquets and airway adjuncts, surgical supplies are acutely needed to supply mobile hospitals and to re-supply combat medical teams in the field, more training of doctors and nurses for mobile field hospital training to ITLS and ATLS standards, that the current 3-500 combat medical personnel be trained in the Special Forces medic role with advanced medical bag and equipment, and more.

There are also some serious equipment needs such as:
• To dedicate and configure four (4) APCs to function as armored ambulance transport from active combat area to casualty evacuation point
• Civilian rotary medical evacuation aircraft need to be purchased or contracted for use throughout the ATO to transport the critically ill and injured following CAMTS guidelines
• 20 portable ultrasound devices and adequate training for medical staff to carry-out a eFAST to assist with triage and transport decisions should be implemented for mobile brigade level doctors and paramedics and mobile hospitals in the ATO [anti-terrorism operation zone]
• To replace in situ mobile hospitals with modern field hospitals with updated surgical capabilities, emergency medical care, diagnostics, life support facilities and weatherproofing – these mobile hospitals should be strategically placed to serve as combat support hospitals, have rotary winged aircraft access, be in a highly defensible position and have encrypted communication access to regional and central medical support
• 
Re-usable surgical instruments, c-arm x-ray equipment, and modern anesthesia machines for field hospitals and medical facilities supporting the ATO are required

And the report continues in greater detail. Watch Dr. John Quinn’s presentation of this report earlier today in Kyiv at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center for more details.

“Patriot Defence. Assessment of medical services of the Ministry of Defence.”
Dr. Ulana Suprun, Director of Humanitarian Initiatives of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Mr. Lashenko, Ministry of Defence, and Dr. John Quinn, MPH, MD, Medical Consultant, Ukrainian World Congress took part in the presentation of the report (see video below). 

The report of Dr. John Quinn, medical consultant on the project “Protection of the Patriots,” the current state of the system of military medical care and evacuation of soldiers from the fields of battle in Ukraine.

(English) Patriot Defence. Ukraine Crisis Media Center, 11th of September 2014. Dr. John Quinn’s report begins at 5:00 –

Source: Patriot Defence: IFAK + Combat Lifesaver Training for Ukraine

See more details: Dr. John Quinn begins to speak in English at 3:04 – 

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Please support the heroic efforts of Patriot Defence volunteers working to get Improved First Aid Kits and professional NATO combat medical training into the hands of Ukrainian soldiers to save lives. It’s needed now more urgently than ever.

http://patriotdefence.org


Patriot Defence Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/patriot.defence.ua

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Combat Lifesaver training Doctor on the NATO-level combat medical training organized for Ukrainian troops by diaspora volunteers

By Dr. Ulana N. Suprun, MD, Patriot Defence Instructor, and Director of Humanitarian Initiatives at the Ukrainian World Congress
07.28.2014  Kyiv
Edited by Voices of Ukraine

“Every day we get reports from the front line that the training provided through CLS and the IFAKs are saving soldiers’ lives.”

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) project, Patriot Defence, was initiated in mid-May of 2014 in response to the urgent need for training in first aid on the battlefield, and providing individual first aid kits for Ukrainian soldiers. The soldiers had either no first aid kits at all, or were given an old Soviet rubber tourniquet and a bandage as their “kit.” Little if any medical training had been provided to them during their preparation for deployment. UWC began working with local Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) instructors from the Red Cross and the Ukrainian Center for Special Training, providing courses for Ukrainian soldiers in TCCC. However, the courses were geared more towards civilians and Law Enforcement, so we decided to bring in professional instructors to provide Combat Lifesaver courses for the soldiers, as well as to further train the local TCCC instructors.

Training on how to perform a pneumothorax procedure on a collapsed lung.

Combat Lifesaver (CLS) is a course taught to US and NATO soldiers in which they learn to treat the three main killers on the battlefield–catastrophic bleeding, blockage of the airway, and tension pneumothorax. CLS training takes into account the unique conditions of the battlefield and the primary responsibility of the soldier to first and foremost complete his combat mission. The Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK) given to each soldier provides the tools with which they can save their own (self-aid) and their fellow soldiers’ (buddy-aid) lives. UWC began providing this kind of training and IFAKs to Ukrainian soldiers beginning in June of 2014.

IFAK

IFAK

Once the professional trainers from ParamedCZ ran several courses in Ukraine and word got around, requests for more courses and IFAKs began pouring in. To date we have trained over 2000 soldiers, including those from the Armed Forces of Ukraine 25th Battalion, National Guard Second Battalion, SBU Alpha, Battalions Donbas, Myrotvorets, Kyiv II, Lviv, Zoloti Vorota, Ukrainian National Security Forces, Ukrainian Army Special Forces, and others in places ranging from the training base for the Armed Forces in Desna, for the National Guard and Battalions at Nova Petrivka, SBU Alpha base, Obukhiv, Vita Poshtova, Yavorivsky Polygon, to areas where soldiers are currently deployed in the ATO zone. After completion of training, the soldiers receive IFAKs.

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun training in the field

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun training in the field

The training course ideally spans two days-the first day in which the soldiers are taught the theory behind CLS and learn how to treat injuries using the CABC algorithm-Catastrophic bleed, Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. The second day is filled with simulations of battle conditions, where the skills learned on the first day are carried over into real life battle scenarios, with the students wearing full battle gear, performing the life-saving techniques under fire, surrounded by smoke and exploding grenades, so that they experience the true nature of “tactical combat first aid.” There is usually one trainer for 25 students, and a coordinator for the length of the training course.

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun handing out IFAKs at the completion of a training program

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun handing out IFAKs at the completion of a training program

Currently donations are coming in from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, the US, Austria, Germany, Great Britain and Ukraine.  We have provided 1250 IFAKs to the soldiers trained, and have 500 on the way.  We plan on reaching a goal of training 10,000 soldiers and providing each of them with an IFAK. There are 2-3 training courses happening every week, with a total of 25 Ukrainian instructors and visiting professional instructors from the US, Great Britain, Scotland, Czech Republic and Ireland, all with many years of experience as soldiers first, and combat medics second. Every day we get reports from the front line that the training provided through CLS and the IFAKs are saving soldiers’ lives. At the end of every training we hand an IFAK to each soldier-patriot, thanking them for their defence of Ukrainian independence and territorial integrity, and pass along the heartfelt support of the Ukrainian Diaspora, who through this program hope to give the soldiers the opportunity to save their own or their buddy’s life if injured in defense of Ukraine.

Patriot Defence Simulation video:

From the Staff of Voices of Ukraine: Please consider donating to Patriot Defence as a reliable, trusted and safe means for supporting Ukrainian troops with urgently needed, higher-tech Improved First Aid Kits and top level professionally certified combat medical trainers to help save lives now. Help them reach their goal of delivering 10,000 IFAKs to Ukrainian soldiers who are in trenches fighting daily to protect Ukraine.
http://patriotdefence.org

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Ukrainian Army Fundraising: ONE CELOX EQUALS ONE LIFE

Edited by Voices of Ukraine

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Please, repost this information to save lives of Ukrainian soldiers.

“Dear Friends, THIS IS AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION. ONE CELOX EQUALS ONE LIFE!! The Ukrainian Army and Hospitals are in desperate need of our help. Unfortunately, Ukrainian soldiers lack many life saving supplies in the ongoing military conflict in the Eastern part of the country. One of the greatest needs is CELOX which is not available in Ukraine. CELOX STOPS BLEEDING AND SAVES LIVES!!!

Organizers:
Solomiya Vitvitska https://www.facebook.com/S.Vitvitska?fref=ts
Iryna Pylypenko https://www.facebook.com/iryna.pylypenko
Tonya Levchuk https://www.facebook.com/tonya.al.1?fref=ts
Dana Yarovaya https://www.facebook.com/dana.yarovaya

Today, so many Ukrainians are HEROES are fighting for our freedom! Please don’t give up on our guys!!! With our help, we can bring a father, son, friend, or loved one back home!!! Many thanks to everyone for reposts, financial support and help!!! TOGETHER – WE CAN HELP!!! Thank you!!!”

Source: YouCaring

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Attention readers! You can now donate to Ukrainian army via PayPal!

05.06.2014
Translated by Voices of Ukraine and edited by Alex Howard

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 6.58.14 PMYuriy Biryukov, who goes by Wings Phoenix on Facebook, is a volunteer for the Ukrainian army.  His initiative collects almost 2 million Hryvnias a month, which goes to Ukrainian airborne troops, naval aviation, artillery brigades, the National Guard, the border control troops, and others.

For his April 28 delivery, Yuriy collected tons of food, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, medications, dozens of portable radios, hundreds of sets of body armor for airborne troops, and two hundred helmets. Thousands of people transferred the money. Hundreds of concerned individuals who are drawn in to search for all necessities.

Also, Yuriy is helping the naval aviation brigade to build the modular headquarters for their engineers and technicians. Naval aviation conducts aerial reconnaissance, transports cargo for military sailors, and performs search and rescue operations. To conduct the flights, it’s necessary to provide headquarters for technical staff who prepare aviation equipment for flying.

Wings Phoenix volunteers 18 hours a day. He says that he is sleep deprived, but someone has to take care of the business. Despite lacking rest, however, Yuriy Biryukov is happy to be the army’s volunteer quartermaster.

Here’s the long-awaited financial information for those willing to donate to the Ukrainian army:

M A X I M U M   R E P O S T !

PAYPAL Account – fenix@mykola.org [updated on July 22]*
Purpose: transfer to friends or relatives
Message to the recipient: ArmyUA
After transferring the money – write a message here on Facebook, saying which unit to spend it on.

* Please check the original Wings Phoenix FB page in case the Paypal account has changed.

The servicemen will get the money promptly and definitely use them as intended: Yuriy provides all reports on his Facebook page. Here’re some links for your review:

Consolidated financial report: http://goo.gl/UGt0Hw

Consolidated photo report: https://www.facebook.com/wings.phoenix.foundation

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Wings Phoenix confirmation from May 6, 2014:

Ah! Aha! Reporting: PayPal works. The first tranche from the account has already reached my PrivatBank card, and has been converted into Hryvnias and sent tax-free to the suppliers. Ha! In the evening, I will put everything in the reports.

So please, a big request to share this post, we need to get the news to our foreign patriots that there is a quick way to directly help our military units. There are still 2 working days until the 9th and I will try to do my best to supply our units with bulletproof vests and radios.

I will most definitely be able to deliver the vests on time to:

- Berdyansk border guards

- 72nd Guards mechanised brigade

Plus there are orders from:

- 1st Battallion of the National Guard

- 25nd Dnipropetrovsk Airborne

And the 79th of course.

They are bogged down, but they are trying.

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All other transfers and financial accounts [in Russian] -

https://www.facebook.com/wings.phoenix/posts/785124388165627

Sources: Wings Phoenix FB, ICTV

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Voices Editors: Slava! and Bravo! to all of our civilian and military heroes and to our brave Ukrainian spirit of generosity and love for our people. With deep thanks to Yuriy Biryukov for all you do for so many! And to the diaspora and concerned individuals who help in many little ways that add up – we are all connected and united by caring and doing what needs doing. That Phoenix will rise from the ashes on renewed wings! 

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Dear Voices of Ukraine readers

We need your help! We are running on very tight resources, mainly human resources. We are constantly in need of good translators and editors for our content. Translators, please have a firm grasp of Russian and/or Ukrainian and English or German. Lots of our articles need final proof-reading. We look for help from native speakers and those of similar skill. So far we have concentrated our work on translations into English and German. Our readers with high proficiency in those two languages are very welcome to join our team on regular or not-quite-so-regular basis. We work hard to bring to you the best quality while remaining an entirely voluntary project with no external financing or donations. All we could offer is work for a good cause and discovering more about intricacies of the current situation in Ukraine. If you would like to try it out, use our contact form – we will then get back to you.

UPDATE: Dear everyone, since it was mentioned several times in comments: You don’t necessarily have to speak Ukrainian or Russian to be able to help us but it certainly helps. Basically, knowledge of either Ukrainian or Russian is welcome, but it is not essential. Solid knowledge of English/German language writing and most especially, any editing experience, are needed.

Your Voices-of-Ukraine-Team

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So, “who is financing Voices of Ukraine?”

 “Who is financing your translations in 8 languages?”

“How much money does your organization spend per month?”

Time and again we receive e-mails and comments asking who is financing our translation work. We are regularly being accused of spreading anti-Russian, pro-US propaganda. We usually simply delete such insinuations since we do not have the resources to keep a moderated discussion going in a hostile environment. However, the following comment of a certain Vit Jash, whose IP has been logged, has triggered a spontaneous reply by one of our volunteers. On the off-chance that Vit Jash is not a troll, and considering that there are certainly real people out there who believe what Vit Jash seems to believe, we decided to make an exception to our policy and to publish this reply:

Why is here no information in “about you” who is financing your translations in 8 languages? How much money do your organisation spent per mounth and how many people are working for you? And why Your translations are of extremly propagandistic anti russian and pro-us party side constructins articles? As a samle your translation Das “Massaker” von Odessa – Propaganda gegen Fakten. Thanks a lot, should you really answer it!

Dear Vit Jash, the answer is that nobody is financing us. We are not even a legal entity. We are a group of volunteers, loosely connected via social media. Most of us are Ukrainians, some of us are nationals of other countries who lived in Ukraine or know Ukraine for various reasons. On a personal level, we are not anti-Russian. Some of us ARE Russian! Each of us has lots of Russian friends and we share the idea that people from Russia and Ukraine should live in peace and friendship. However, we have been attacked. Ukraine has been attacked by Russia when it took Crimea and then sent weapons and mercenaries to Eastern Ukraine. On a personal level, almost everyone of us has suffered below-the-waist attacks for no good reason. We have been called fascists or Nazis for “crimes” like wearing a Vyshyvanka or singing the Ukrainian hymn, for insisting – in a discussion – on the fact that Ukraine is a sovereign country, or simply for telling the truth about what we saw with our own eyes in Ukraine on Maidan. Some of us felt treated like outlaws and subhuman persons for the sole reason of our Ukrainian ethnicity.

When injustice happens, human beings try to defend themselves. It is a natural reaction. When an untruth is told about us, we usually insist on the truth (unless we are being severely compromised by speaking the truth and even then brave souls still stand up and insist on what they know is true). We have chosen to defend ourselves by telling what happens to us and by naming things for what they really are. So if anything in our posts that we say about Russia and Russian politics sounds gross, it is not intended as being anti-Russian. It is merely mirroring things that actually happen in Russia. It is not us who are being anti-Russian, it is the Kremlin’s politics that are deeply anti-Russian and we are simply drawing attention to that.

You don’t believe that this amount of translation work can be generated by volunteers? Well, browse our site. Some of our translations are signed individually. You can go to the Facebook profiles of the translators and find out about their lives. Other translations are anonymous, because the respective translator was afraid of attacks on a personal level, like we all had to witness. Or simply because they don’t want it to be about who they are but about the article and what it contains. But many are signed, and what you will see is normal people, students, employees, entrepreneurs, spending a sustainable fraction of their working time for a good cause: we defend Ukraine against injustice, we debunk lies and myths, we report the truth even if it hurts, because we believe that truth and integrity will prevail. We are not professionals, which means we may sometimes fall to unreliable sources or overshoot the mark. But we do believe we are following a far more credible case then any of the paid-for propaganda sites reporting about Ukraine (most of which – but not all, to this we agree – are Russia-sponsored). This is because we are volunteers with first-hand insights and we are free to write what we see and believe. The principle of volunteer collaboration and crowdsourcing is something beyond the comprehension of authoritarian top-down-regimes and their followers, yet we believe it is a means to create a better world in the long term.

This reply was written by Tobias Ernst – one of our volunteers from the German team.

[Editor's note: In fact, it is our volunteers who pay Voices of Ukraine website hosting fees. And that article you denigrate as propaganda is written by a highly-respected meticulous fact-checking source and a human rights organization, which is why we translate it].

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L.A.Times correspondent Sergei Loiko (photo essay): The tanker’s final journey.

By Sergei Loiko, Los Angeles Times correspondent, photojournalist
10.21.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Sergei Loiko, photojournalist and correspondent for the L. A. Times currently stationed in Donetsk, has posted this photo essay from an event that occurred on October 19th during ongoing battles for Donetsk airport.

Russian military forces, mercenaries and insurgents have been battling Ukrainian forces, some of whom are volunteers, for control of the airport for weeks, but Ukrainian forces have so far managed to heroically hold strong against constant shelling, ground raids and attacks. As a result, the enemy has dubbed the men holding the airport, “Cyborgs.” While heroically defending the airport, one such Cyborg was killed. He was a tank driver and images of the rescue of his remains for transport home and burial were posted online with commentary by the photographer.

Please be advised this ongoing story of brothers-in-arms has explicit war imagery that is disturbing!

Sergei Loiko’s commentary:

The burnt tank:

His comrades, under fire, find a box suitable for a coffin:

The tanker’s remains are put into the box:

This guy is risking his life to send a tank driver home. His name is Slava. He volunteered. Nobody forced him to do it. Look him in the eye. He remains at the airport:

This guy is risking his life to send a tank driver home also. His name is Mike. He volunteered. Nobody forced him to do it. Look him in the eye. He remains at the airport:

Source: Sergei Loiko FB

 

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Ukraine: Daily Highlights

20/10/2014 Ukraine: Daily Highlights – Powerful explosion took place in Donetsk at one of the bases of militants

В Донецке произошел мощнейший взрыв на одной из баз боевиков, обстрелы города и атаки на аэропорт продолжились

20/10/2014 Daily Highlights from “Digests & Analytics Ukraine” News Agency


Verkhovna Rada adopted a law, wchich secures the rights of internallly displaced persons. Powerful explosion took place in Donetsk at one of the bases of militants. Shelling of the city and  attacks on the airport continued. The head of the investigative commission of the Verkhovna Rada blamed Defence Minister and Chief of General Staff for the tragedy in Ilovaysk.

Ukraine

  • Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On ensuring the rights and freedoms of displaced persons”, which was developed by the Kharkiv Human Rights Group with the participation of the United Nations, the OSCE, the State Migration Service and representatives of public organizations.
  • Verkhovna Rada deputies did not even include to its agenda a bill authorizing  combat operation participants to vote at their places of service, thus limiting their right to vote.
  • Verkhovna Rada has canceled the previously announced re-registration of medications and adopted a National Program of AIDS prevention.
  • President Poroshenko asked Vice Prime Minister Groysman to start the heating season before the end of the current pre-election week.
  • Official exchange rate of Ukrainian hryvnya remained relatively stable: 12.95 UAH/USD, 16.60 UAH/EUR (-9 cop) and 3.15 UAH/10 RUB (-2 cop). NBU sold 200 mln. USD at auctions. Deputy Head of the National Bank explained that decrease of the speculative demand for foreign currency will allow to eliminate some of the administrative restrictions in the future.

Kyiv

  • As weather conditions have worsened and temperatures dropped, Kyiv authorities started to heat the infrastructure objects – schools, kindergartens, hospitals, and are getting ready to start heating residential buildings.
  • SBU announced the introduction of enhanced security regime in Kiev in connection with the plans of spies to destabilize the situation and disrupt the elections.

War in Ukraine

  • Ukrainian army positions in Luhansk and Donetsk regions are continuing to be subject of powerful shelling and attacks by militants.
    Border guards are capturing subversive groups and evidencing Russian drone air reconnaissance activities.
  • In Donetsk, around noon there was a huge explosion in the warehouses of the plant for the production of explosives, which insurgents used as a base. According to some reports, the explosion was arranged by the guerrillas. Explosion had shattered windows in homes throughout the city and damaged part of the glass exterior of “Donbass-Arena”. Ukrainian Defense Ministry denied reports of the shelling of the city with tactical missile complex “Tochka-U”  (SS-21 Scarab).

War in Ukraine continues, please read more here

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Updates from the “ceasefire zone” on 10/20

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group
10.20.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

According to Information Resistance operational data: 

Over the past day, Russian-terrorist forces have committed more than 60 attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops. During the attacks, they used small arms, mortars, MLRS, cannon artillery, tanks, ZU-23-2.

The insurgents most actively fired at ATO [anti-terrorist operation] forces’ positions near Nikishyne, Trokhizbenka, Donetsk, Avdiivka, Tonenke, Fashchivka.

In the area of ​​Smile terrorists attempted a massive assault on the positions of ATO forces with heavy weaponry. All attacks were repulsed. There are casualties on both sides.

In Luhansk Oblast [region], the rotation of units of Russian armed forces is [almost] complete, as are the measures to restore the combat capability of local terrorist shock groups. A “transfer of equipment” to insurgents from Russian specialists is currently underway nearby the settlement of Stanytsia Luhanska.

During the last week, the combat capabilities of the “Ghost Brigade” (under commander A. Mozgovoy) increased seriously due to weapons and equipment transferred to insurgents by the Russians. At the same time, [we observe] a deepening conflict between the command of “Ghost Brigade” and the armed formation “Zarya [Dawn]” (under the commander A. Patrushev, previously [under] I. Plotnitsky).

[We also observe] a growing conflict between different groups of terrorists in the “DNR” ["Donetsk People's Republic"]. The “DNR” leadership is trying to cope with massive instances of shootings between separate groups of insurgents during the showdowns. At a meeting on the issue, the so-called “DNR Prime Minister” A. Zakharchenko sharply criticized the leaders of individual terrorist groups and promised to take the strictest measures against the initiators of the armed confrontations.

With the assistance of GRU specialists of the General Staff who arrived from Russia, a “division of information-psychological warfare” has been created in the “DNR.” The main task of the division is population outreach on territories controlled by Kyiv, first and foremost [being] in Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

# Donetsk: They say the most violent explosion of all time. Oct. 20th. Photo source: Novosti Donbas

# Donetsk: They say the most violent explosion of all time. Oct. 20th. Photo source: Novosti Donbas.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Russian artist cuts off his earlobe on rooftop of psychiatric hospital where Ukrainian pilot Savchenko is being tortured.

By TSN.ua
10.18.2014 – 21:04
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

In Russia, an artist cut off his earlobe on the rooftop of the hospital in which pilot Savchenko is being held. 

Artist protests against the use of psychiatry for political purposes.

St. Petersburg actionist artist Petr Pavlensky cut off his earlobe, while sitting on the roof of the Institute of Psychiatry called the Serbsky Center, in Moscow. He was completely naked. Pavlensky called his action “Separation.”

“The knife separates the earlobe from the body. The concrete wall of the psychiatric institute separates smart society from insane patients. Turning the benefits of psychiatry to political purposes – [means] the police apparatus regains the authority to define the line between intelligence and insanity. Arming himself with psychiatric diagnoses, a bureaucrat in a white robe cuts off those pieces from society that prevent him from installing a single monolithic dictatorship for all and compulsory rules for everyone” – the artist said, explaining his action.

After the performance, police seized Pavlensky and delivered him to the Botkin Hospital.

To the Serbsky Institute, on whose roof the performance took place, the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko was brought for psychiatric examination on October 13th. Russian authorities accused her [without evidence] of killing [2] VGTRK journalists [All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company] near Luhansk [Ukraine].

This is not the first time Pavlensky has shocked the public with his performance. In 2013, he nailed his scrotum to the pavement on the Red Square in Moscow. In addition to this, the artist sewed his mouth shut as a sign of solidarity with the participants of the punk group Pussy Riot.

Recall that her lawyer stated the Russians tortured Nadiya Savchenko in Serbsky Institute. [Editor: Savchenko was captured and kidnapped from Ukraine by Russian authorities and taken to Moscow].

Source: TSN.ua

READ MORE:

The US has called for the release of the pilot Savchenko as one of the conditions for the lifting of sanctions

Letters from Nadiya Savchenko to her sister Vera

A first-hand experience of Nadiya Savchenko’s court hearing

Kidnapped Pilot Nadiya Savchenko’s Letter to Ukrainian President

Captured Ukrainian Officer Nadiya Savchenko: “Your Russian authorities will kill me. All of Ukraine is behind me!” [VIDEO]

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