Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – September 1, 2014

Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
09.01.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for September 1, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for August 27).

The bad news:

1. It is absolutely obvious that Putin will not back down. Meanwhile, if the Ukrainian government thinks that appeals by some European leaders “to resolve the conflict with political means” make [any] sense, it is clearly mistaken. To accept the “political” solution to the crisis is possible only by accepting the loss of, if not all, then (in the beginning) a part of the Donbas.

Putin–either himself or through the mouths of the terrorists–will demand the recognition of the “DNR” and “LNR” [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics] as separate “states” outside of Ukraine. If Ukraine does not agree to that, he is ready to accept the “DNR” and “LNR” as unrecognized (or rather–recognized by only a handful of misfits led by the Russian Federation) quasi-state formations–obviously, under the tacit protectorate of Russia. This is the version akin to Transnistria and Abkhazia.

In the course of negotiating an option of some autonomies and other federal entities (which Kyiv could agree to as a compromise), these can be discussed only as pulling the leg of the world community. Putin doesn’t need Donbas under the slightest control of Kyiv, do not have any illusions [about it].

And so, to begin negotiations with a view to “peacefully settle the conflict” can only be done after mentally saying goodbye to the territories that are currently controlled by the terrorists.

But we all know too well that Putin needs the “LNR” and “DNR” only as a springboard for further destabilization of the situation and exclusion of the entire south and east from Ukraine. The Kremlin doesn’t need the heaps of Donbas–it needs the scientific and industrial potential of Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia, as well as the strategic territory in the south represented by Odesa, Kherson and Mykolaiv Oblasts (in terms of support of Crimean livelihood and the connection to Transnistria, and taking control of the entire Ukrainian coast of the Azov and the Black Sea). This is a minimal program. Where the Moscow’s potentate [ambition] brings him next–is another question.

It is possible to stop this scenario only with force, and only now. We have to understand that for all the riches of Russia as Europe’s raw material appendage, the Russian military power is not unlimited–at least in terms of the so-called “conventional armed forces.” Zhukov’s version that “Russian women will give birth [to more]” will obviously not work in this situation–the more Russia’s little soldiers come back home in coffins, the more unsteady Putin’s throne will become. The Russian propaganda TV works beautifully on Russian zombies for as long as they don’t have to bury their offspring in unmarked graves.

If I’m wrong, and it is still possible to solve the conflict through political means, without damaging the national interests of Ukraine–I will be extremely happy. Unfortunately, I don’t see any reasons for hope regarding this now.

2. In the context of the ATO, the season of rampant witch hunting has resumed. The public and various experts are beginning to blame the leadership of the ATO, the MoD [Defense Ministry] and the GS [General Staff] for failures. Military command sees the cause of failures in the invasion of the Russian army, and (still unobtrusively) notes the sins of the volunteer units (mostly, their “ungovernability”) and the insufficient level of morale among the mobilized [servicemen]. The highest leadership of Ukraine promises “personnel decisions” in the military.

The question is: who is right?

The answer goes as follows: it is an infrequent occurrence when everyone is right.

I’ll start with the most unpopular–with the criticism of an ordinary soldier, be it a volunteer or a mobilized serviceman. We find a thousand and one reasons to explain the lack of basic discipline in the ranks of our troops. These arguments sound convincing and it’s impossible to contradict them. Besides the tiny detail that no army can exist without discipline, and even more so, it is unable to successfully fight [without it]. It’s been tested for thousands of years, [we] don’t have to test [this theory].

I will get a response in the form of a question: so this is the soldier’s fault? To this, I will give a simple answer. Although I have the department of military journalism behind my shoulders, after all I started off in [military] service as an officer inside “the troops,” with the [military] personnel. The main lesson that I took away [from there]: there are no bad soldiers.

But in order for the biggest sloven to truly become a great warrior, they need commanders not just from among the likes of regular military school graduates, but the officers [who are] the leaders. Those [usually] prove themselves in their work. Now, the tricky question: how many of our sergeants or warrant officers who proved themselves, received the rank of second lieutenant as a result of the ATO, for example? Or is it such a big problem to make changes to the “Regulations on military service by relevant categories of servicemen” to assign the officer ranks in the “undeclared” war? How many platoon commanders who have shown themselves were promoted to the company and even the battalion level commanders? But in fact. such promotions are a normal practice of war, i.e., conditions under which anyone can show their best and worst qualities in the course of a few hours.

Now about the generals. If a general fails to fulfill his official duties–he should be removed from office, just like any other official who sits in his pants at work for nothing. In this respect, I fully agree with Yuri Butusov, who argues that the phrase “no one to replace [them with]” is not an argument. Few generals, and no one to choose from? Not a problem. Here, we [should] apply the principle of “natural selection,” i.e., the appointment of those senior officers who distinguished themselves, to the general’s office/position. Do not make a fetish of the general’s stripes when it comes to the fate of our Motherland.

3. And finally, about the Russian invasion. We are told that the Russians threw their armed forces at Donbas, and therefore everything got dramatically complicated.

Yes, this is a problem, and a colossal [one at that]. But what was our army constantly training for in theory–including the preparation of the very same generals at the relevant department of the Defense Academy? Well, not to the ATO after all! But first and foremost to the war with an enemy’s regular army. That is–precisely to the situation that has taken place nowadays.

I agree, there is nothing enjoyable about this, but let’s not pretend that we have been attacked by Martians, the issue of its confrontation being veiled by the darkness of secrecy. The Russian soldiers are of the same blood as the Russian mercenaries, they only differ by the absence of inscriptions on their graves. I don’t think that working on the algorithms of their send-off into these graves is an impossible task.

Residents of Mariupol are digging trenches to help Ukrainian soldiers defend the strategic port city. Photo: EPA

Residents of Mariupol are digging trenches to help Ukrainian soldiers defend the strategic port city. Photo: EPA

 

Residents of Mariupol form a human chain in protest against Russia's actions. Photo: EPA

Residents of Mariupol form a human chain in protest against Russia’s actions. Photo: EPA

The good news:

1. One of the main tasks in Donetsk Oblast is to save the southern direction, to prevent the Russian troops from taking Mariupol. The National Security and Defense Council said today that Ukrainian troops are building defenses in the city. They promise that Russian invaders have no chances in this direction.

This raises two questions. First, how sufficiently are the units that are preparing for defense (which are predominantly the National Guard), provided with heavy weapons? Secondly, according to our forecasts, the invasion of Mariupol can take place not only in the land theater [of operations], but also from the sea. Here, we only have the forces represented by border guards and their motorboats (for obvious reasons, the Navy ships from the Black Sea cannot be transferred to the Sea of ​​Azov). Are our forces ready to protect the coast?

Hopefully, military command has considered these moments.

2. The decision to impose new sanctions by the West against Russia will be made in the next few days.

The general mood in Europe is encouraging. The German leader Angela Merkel stated that the sanctions against Russia are necessary, in spite of their negative impact on the German economy. (By the way, judging by the Western media, Angela Horstovna [patronymic from Horst] again fell out of love with Putin, what a sin it is to mourn). British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the presence of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine is “unjustified and unacceptable.” The Polish leadership has customarily supported [official] Kyiv as well. The head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso got completely stunned by Putin’s statement that if he wanted to, “he would be able to take Kyiv in [the course of] two weeks.”

Here, we see two weak links. Firstly, funny guys from the OSCE, who mumble about the fact that it’s difficult for them to confirm the entry of Russian troops into Ukraine (well, it is clear as day: once you have enough brains to sit at a pair of border checkpoints, better to keep silent and do not sign on for the entire Ukrainian-Russian cordon).

And [secondly] there are these very greedy but not very smart leaders of Cyprus, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, who are [nervously] trembling over [financial] losses more than the security of the continent. Especially since the Czech Republic and Slovakia have themselves experienced from Hitler what Putin is now doing to Ukraine. They could have better remembered the lessons of history. Plus there’s the question, what kind of trust from Ukraine towards these neighboring countries can we talk about from a historical perspective? The answer is obvious.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – August 27, 2014

Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
08.27.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for August 27, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for August 26).

The bad news:

1. The entry of two Russian battalion tactical groups onto the territory of Ukraine, along with a parallel “operation” of Russian special forces sabotage and reconnaissance groups in Donbas, have dramatically complicated the situation in the ATO zone.

A prior announcement by the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] leadership about their “counter-offensive” gives [us] an understanding that Russia went from the haphazard assistance of insurgents with manpower and weapons to conducting large-scale terrorist operations planned together with the terrorists. The Russians, [acting] in close collaboration with the terrorists, seek to increase, by several times, the territory controlled by the “DNR” in one fell swoop.

And if, in the area of Novoazovsk with all of its problems, the situation is not catastrophic, then the picture near Amvrosiivka (where, incidentally, the command post of a Russian BTG [battalion tactical group] has already been set up) is more complicated. If these guys don’t get pounded in the next few hours, then all of the successes of the ATO forces in Donetsk Oblast [region] from recent weeks can simply be leveled, and [they] will have to start all over again. Given that Putin is no longer particularly shy in throwing his troops here, the return of the lost positions can cost a lot more than taking them for the first time.

Actually, this scenario of the large-scale (but still not recognized by the Kremlin) Russian invasion was already launched in the middle of July, when it was suddenly interrupted at its start by the “Boeing” catastrophe. Now Putin has resumed implementing this plan.

2. As expected, the meeting in Minsk did not bring immediate success and dramatic agreements. Putin hasn’t promised anything to anyone, nor did he acknowledge anything.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported that the main outcome of the meeting are “the agreements about reaching some real progress in the release of all the hostages in the near future, as well as to intensify consultations about the closure of portions of the border, which are [presently] controlled by illegal armed groups.” As in, everyone supported the Ukrainian peace plan, even though Russia has not recognized its responsibility for the events in Donbas.

Dear diplomats, but Russia’s recognition of its responsibility–this is the only condition under which it is possible to negotiate with Putin. Without this, all the discussions are senseless. If the Kremlin says “it didn’t take [Crimea],” then it is pointless to demand its return.

 The good news:

1. The ATO headquarters is taking measures to save the situation both in the south, and in the direction of Amvrosiivka-Ilovaisk. Reinforcements are coming here at last. In Ilovaisk, our guys are holding a part of the city and access roads, as well as the elevations in the surrounding areas. The sweep continues in the settlements of Illyria, Malomykolaivka, and Rodakovo. Our troops are holding positions in the area of Khryashchuvate, Novosvitlivka, and Savur-Mohyla.

The situation has not changed dramatically throughout the day. But given the events of recent days in terms of the [increased] activity by the Russian occupiers, that’s more of a positive than a negative fact.

2. For the first time in six months of Russian invasion, the Russians began to use [their] brains and realize what a bloody abyss Putin is pushing them into. The Russian Federation has no sympathy or pity whatsoever for Ukrainians [who are being] killed daily in their own country at the behest of the Kremlin. But the Russians suddenly realized that they have to pay for the theft, so joyful for them, of the territories and sovereignty of Ukraine. With the lives of their warriors.

For us, this is a bleak discovery: every Russian–be it a mercenary or a soldier–[who is] killed in Ukraine–is one step more towards ending the meat grinder in Donbas. This is another step toward the enlightenment of the Russian society and towards their pressuring their own authorities to stop the aggression [in Ukraine].

How many more of these Russian aggressors do we need to kill, so that this very weak voice of Russian mothers gets heard in the Kremlin–I don’t know. But this voice has finally come out, and this is a positive fact.

P.S. Friends, in the next two days, for a number of reasons I won’t be able to write the daily summaries. I will be back on schedule starting from the beginning of next week.

Thank you all. And, we will win!

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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.
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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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Hilfe für die Ukraine. #RussiaInvadesUkraine

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Dmytro Yarosh: One cannot demolish the government during war, because Putin will come to Kyiv

By UNIAN
31.08.2014 | 14:48
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

The head of Right Sector urged everyone not to panic and warned against repeating Maidan during war. 

Photo: REUTERS

Photo: REUTERS

He wrote on his Facebook page: “Over the past week, in heavy fighting in Savur-Mohyla, Amvrosiivka, Starobesheve and accursed Ilovaisk, we lost about 30 fellows from Pravy Sector [Right Sector] who were assigned to the volunteer battalions Dnipro, Donbas, the 40th BTO,” – he wrote.

In his view, the main cause of these great losses – “open invasion was unexpected for the military leadership” and shelling from the rear.

Among other reasons, he named the incompetence of some of the generals who carried out the operation. “Unfortunately, many of them obey the political decisions of armchair theorists, and don’t give orders that are based on the actual situation at the front,” – says Yarosh.

“You cannot shake the situation in the country. To clean out the government Cabinet and carry out lustration processes, you need to demolish the existing government – during a war, until it goes to outright treason, this is in any case impossible. Because Putin will come to Kyiv,” – wrote Yarosh.

“Do not panic. The situation in the combat zone is really difficult, but not hopeless. The front needs to be aligned and stabilized going into active defense suitable to this milestone. I know that in military circles this is already being discussed,” – he added.

Source: UNIAN

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Appell von russischen Menschenrechtsverteidigern und Aktivisten der Zivilgesellschaft an die Menschen in der Ukraine

rupor_4Quelle Menschenrechte in der Ukraine
28.08.2014
Übersetzung aus dem Englischen von Voices of Ukraine

Eine Gruppe von russischen Menschenrechtsverteidigern und Aktivisten der Zivilgesellschaft haben einen Appell an die Menschen in der Ukraine veröffentlicht.

Liebe Brüder und Schwestern!

In diesen schrecklichen Zeiten appellieren wir an Sie mit schmerzenden Herzen.

Das herrschende Regime in Russland hat die letzte moralische Grenze überschritten und ohne Kriegserklärung einen Militäreinsatz in der Ukraine begonnen.

Anfang März besetzte die russische Armee die Krim, und jetzt wird versucht, den Südosten Ihres Land zu besetzen. Russische Spezialeinheiten verbergen ihre nationale Identität und ihre Gesichter , was eine Schande für das Militär eines jeden Landes wäre, und kommen als sogenannte “kleine grüne Männchen”.

Das ist eine Schande für Russland, eine Schande für unsere Armee. Die russische Armee musste sich blamieren, indem sie sich hinter friedlichen Bürgern versteckt. Die russische Armee würde das auch jetzt nicht tun, aber das Regime hat sie dazu gebracht, ein Verbrechen gegen die eigenen Brüder und ihre eigene Ehre zu begehen.

Um ukrainisches Land zu besetzen und einen Teil davon zu annektieren, haben die russischen Behörden durchsichtige falsche Parolen über die angeblich jahrelange brutale Unterdrückung russischsprachiger ukrainischer Bürger durch die Behörden in Kyiw benutzt und behauptet, dass Faschisten und “Unterstützer von Bandera” im Februar dieses Jahres die Staatsmacht in der Ukraine an sich gerissen hätten.

Wir verstehen nur zu gut, dass Janukowytsch, der Ukraine in den letzten Jahren regiert hatte und selbst aus dem Osten der Ukraine stammt, niemals diejenigen seiner Landsleute, die im Donbas, Charkiw und der Krim leben, mehr unterdrückte, als er die Bürger des westlichen Teil Ihres Landes unterdrückt hat.

Er und seine Vorgänger unterdrückt alle Bürger, beraubten sie und verandelten eines der potenziell reichsten Länder Europas in ein Land armer Menschen ohne Rechte, die sich oft gezwungen sahen, im Ausland ihren Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen.

Wir verstehen auch, dass die derzeitige Regierung in der Ukraine, die von fast allen Ländern der internationalen Gemeinschaft anerkannt ist, nichts mit Faschismus oder Nationalsozialismus gemein hat. Diese Behörden, die damit begonnen haben, das Land im ständigen Dialog mit den Bürgern zu regieren, sind bestrebt, einen demokratischen Staat in der Ukraine aufzubauen.

Wir sind uns voll und ganz bewusst, dass die Ukraine, eines der nach dem Fall aus der Sowjetunion hervorgegangenen Länder, kein einziges Stück Land jenseits der in internationalen und zwischenstaatlichen Verträgen anerkannten Grenzen besetzt hat, Grenzen, die sie von der UdSSR geerbt hat.

Die derzeitige Russische Föderation ist in keiner Weise der einzige Erbe unseres ehemaligen gemeinsamen Landes, Russland. Das Gebiet von Sewastopol, der Krim und des Donbas sind, in gleicher Weise wie jeder andere Teil des historischen Russland, durch den Schweiß und das Blut aller Völker unserer ehemaligen gemeinsamen Heimat durchtränkt. Sie alle haben das Land geschützt und bearbeitet, haben sich darauf gefreut und gelitten.

Putins Worte über die Wiedervereinigung der Krim mit Russland nicht mehr als falsche Effekthascherei. Er könnte in der gleichen Art und Weise die Wiedervereinigung Kasachstans und Kirgisistans mit Russland bekanntgeben, denn bis 1936 waren sie Teil der RSFSR, und auch Finnlands und Polens, wenn man bedenkt, dass sie bis 1917 ebenfalls Teil der Russischen Föderation waren.

Wir glauben, dass der Vertrag über die Schaffung der GUS von 8. Dezember 1991 unantastbar ist. Er wurde fast einstimmig vom russischen Parlament ratifiziert, und Artikel 5 des Vertrags erklärt, dass “die Hohen Vertragsparteien die territoriale Integrität der jeweils anderen und die Unverletzlichkeit der bestehenden Grenzen innerhalb der Gemeinschaft anerkennen und respektieren.” Dieses Prinzip wurde in Artikel 2 des Vertrag über Freundschaft und Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Russischen Föderation und der Ukraine vom 31. Mai 1997 bestätigt. Dieses Prinzip entspricht den Prinzipien (dem dritten und vierten) der Helsinki-Schlussakte der OSZE.

Nun hat die Russische Föderation, oder vielmehr das Regime, das die Macht darin ergriffen hat, verräterisch alle diese und viele andere internationale Vereinbarungen verletzt und tritt ihre eigenen Unterschrift darunter mit Füßen. Dieses Regime begeht höhnisch eine Aggression gegen Sie, die Ukrainer, unsere engste und brüderlichste Nation, fordert arrogant, dass Sie eine bestimmte Form von Regierung bilden, eine bestimmte Änderung der Verfassung und Ihrer Gesetze erlassen.

Das derzeitige Regime vergisst, dass seine Autorität auch in Russland von sehr zweifelhafter Legitimität ist, auf Grund der im Russland von heute bestehenden Mangels an freien und fairen Wahlen auf allen Ebenen, auch der Präsidentenwahl, und auf Grund des weit verbreiteten Wahlbetrugs. Dieses Regime hat als allerletztes das Recht, seinen Willen einem anderen souveränen Staat zu diktieren.

Wir sind über die Aktionen unserer Regierung empört, und wir leiden unter der Scham, in die unser Land vor der ganzen Weltgemeinschaft gestürzt wird. Wir wissen, dass wir immer ein Paria-Staat sein werden, mit all den wirtschaftlichen und politischen Folgen, die sich aus dieser misslichen Lage ergeben.

Und deshalb wollen wir Ihnen, liebe ukrainische Schwestern und Brüder, mit besonderer Kraft sagen, dass Sie durch die Verteidigung Ihre Freiheit und der Integrität Ihres Landes auch die Verteidigung der Integrität unseres Landes Russland und die Freiheit unseres Volkes verteidigen.

Wir sind bei Ihnen in Ihrem gerechten Kampf!

Ljudmila Alekseeva
Andrei Zubov
Michail Kasjanow
Georgy Satarow
Liliya Shevtsova

Quelle: Menschenrechte in der Ukraine
Quelle (Russische): hro.org

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Wenn der Westen der Ukraine nicht hilft, wird China das tun

Von Alexei Bayer, The Moscow Times
31.08.2014
Übersetzt von Euromaidan Press auf Deutsch und editiert von Voices of Ukraine

Jetzt wird es immer deutlicher, dass der Westen keinen Mumm hat für einen Krieg mit Russland wegen der Ukraine, denn die Ukraine muss die westlichen Politiker und ihre Wähler ständig daran erinnern, dass es die Verweigerung der Unterzeichnung des Assoziierungsabkommens mit der Europäischen Union durch den ehemaligen ukrainischen Präsidenten Wiktor Janukowytsch war, was die Ukrainer im November 2013 aus Protest dagegen auf die Straßen brachte.

Die Ukrainer lehnten die oligarchische Kleptokratie ab, unter der sie wie Russland seit 23 Jahren lebten. Die Ukrainer wollen freie Wahlen, Menschenrechte und Transparenz, etwas, was es in Russland nicht gibt. Die Ukrainer sind Europäer, und sie wollten in Europa leben, nicht in der postsowjetischen Hölle.

Die Ukrainer haben mit Blut für ihre demokratische, pro-westliche Wahl bezahlt, als die Euromaidan-Bewegung immer gewalttätiger wurde. Seit damals sieht sich die Ukraine wegen der versuchten Annäherung an Europa Angriffen von Russland ausgesetzt.

Die Ukrainer haben das Recht darauf, die volle Unterstützung aus dem Westen zu fordern, während sie sich der russischen Aggression erwehren müssen. Die USA haben sich immer als Verteidiger des Völkerrechts positioniert. Im Fall der Ukraine ist es jetzt aber Zeit für Washington, sein Geld da einzusetzen, wo es am nötigsten ist.

Im Fall der Ukraine ist die Unterstützung durch die europäischen Nachbarn noch berechtigter. Das vereinte Europa gehört nicht der deutschen Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, der Europäischen Kommission oder dem Europäischen Parlament. Es ist eine Idee eines offenen, demokratischen Kontinents, in dem Nationen in Frieden leben und nach Wohlstand streben.

Die Idee der europäischen Integration gehört allen Europäern, und niemand kann aus ihr ausgeschlossen werden. Aber das Prinzip eines vereinten Europa ist gefährdet, wenn Brüssel es versäumt, der Ukraine gegen die Aggression beizustehen.

Es gibt immer noch eine Möglichkeit, dass der derzeitige ukrainische Präsident Petro Poroschenko in seinem engem Kontakt mit Merkel und US-Präsident Barack Obama eine geheime Strategie hat, warum die Ukraine die russische Beteiligung an der separatistischen Kampagne im Osten erdulden muss. Leider gibt es aber keinerlei Anzeichen für eine solche Strategie.

Wahrscheinlicher ist jedoch, dass Washington durch die Rückschläge im Nahen Osten und die Streitereien über die Innenpolitik geschwächt ist, während Europa hat keinen Mumm für eine Konfrontation mit Russland hat, vor allem angesichts der Abhängigkeit von russischen Energielieferungen.

Die Ukraine wird wahrscheinlich alleine gelassen werden, sie muss sich Russland alleine entgegenstellen, mit ihrem trutzigen Geist und Waffen aus der Sowjetzeit. Soweit es die USA und Europa angeht: Wenn Putin die Ukraine niederzwingt und zerstückelt, dann soll es wohl so sein. Wenn sie überlebt, wird sie keine andere Wahl haben, als der EU beizutreten.

Das einzige Problem mit der Haltung des Westens ist die Tatsache, dass Wahl der Ukraine sich nicht mehr beschränkt auf den Westen oder Russland. Es gibt auch noch China, das allmählich in die internationale Arena aufsteigt. China hat in Russlands ehemaligen Hinterhof in Zentralasien seinen Einfluss ausgebaut und könnte als Gegenspieler in den ukrainischen Konflikt eingreifen.

Die wirtschaftliche Präsenz Chinas in der Ukraine ist bereits wachsend. Der ukrainische Automobilmarkt, wenngleich immer noch klein, wird von den chinesischen Autoherstellern als mögliche Basis für eine spätere globale Expansion angesehen. Die Ukraine hat viele Bodenschätze sowie große landwirtschaftliche Nutzflächen und könnte ein wichtiger Lieferant für China werden.

Darüber hinaus ist die Ukraine von entscheidender strategischer Bedeutung. Ohne die Ukraine hat Russland kein Imperium, weshalb Putin so beharrlich dafür kämpft. China, das territoriale Ansprüche auf Ostsibirien hat, würde sich freuen, Russland in einen kräftezehrenden militärischen Konflikt verstrickt zu sehen.

Wenn die Ukraine militärisch zu bröckeln beginnt, sollten wir nicht überrascht sein, wenn Peking beginnt, sie mit Kriegsmaterial zu versorgen. Das könnte der Ukraine beim Überleben helfen, aber was das für die EU und die USA heißt, ist eine andere Sache.

Alexei Bayer, ein gebürtiger Moskauer und lebt in New York. Sein Kriminalroman “Mord auf der Datscha” wurde von Russian Life Books im Jahr 2013 veröffentlicht.

Quelle: The Moscow Times

 

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