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


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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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The day of aviation patients

By Iurii Biriukov
10.31.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Source: https://www.facebook.com/yuri.biriukov/posts/1511297699139042

Vezunchik [“Lucky”], our pride and joy – was immobilised because of a left window that burst in the pilot cabin. From the moment the repairs finished he has worked constantly, clocking dozens of flight hours. Carried tens of tons of cargo, carried dozens of wounded and transported Cargo 200 [military code words for the dead]. Alas, we only have one air ambulance and Vezunchik has to help out in this too. And now he stands, now we cannot fly. We found a new window, but money…

Ryatunchik [“Rescuer”], our future pride and joy. Right now there is a solid sense of déjà vu: when at the end of April they showed me Vezunchik he looked exactly like that. And again, mixed feelings: I want to take up the task (or rather – we are ALREADY working), but am anxious because of the scale. This will be a medical transport aircraft, to help Vitya. And yes, let them be not needed, let there be no wounded, sure. But alas, there will be. And that means, we have to repair him. But again – money.

We are shaking up all and everyone, we are firmly “working” with banks and big business. But everyone is exhausted. And viewing reports on the movement of Russian troops there is an impression that the countdown is now on days or hours. God willing, it is not so.

The feeling of tiredness turns into depression, a constant need to beg for money from all volunteers leads to hellish irritability. Brutal…

Want to help?

15th Boryspil Transport Aviation Brigade

4149 4950 0701 0768 Iurii Biriukov

IMPORTANT! All payment cards starting with 4149* can be re-filled only through Privat24, PrivatBank terminals and cash desks of PrivatBank in Ukraine!

If you wish to do a money transfer through a client-bank system of another bank or through an ATM of another bank, please use ONLY:

5168 7572 3217 4575 Iurii Biriukov (Юрий Бирюков)

 

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Reports of achievements:

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Consolidated financial report: http://www.wings-phoenix.org.ua/en

Consolidated report with photos: https://www.facebook.com/wings.phoenix.foundation (RU)

 

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What else can help?

 

Repost this information, invite your friends to signup, re-post in other social networks and online resources

Phoenix

 

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Nazar, a Ukrainian-Armenian Hero

By Nataly Voronkova
10.29.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

I think after that reading this, we will find out just how large our Armenian community in Kyiv is.

Nataly Voronkova sent me a post this morning about “Nazar:”

I found him in our hospital. Left him a note on the table, asking to call me back.

We walked down the hospital, me, Norayar (Norik, as he asked to be named) and Sasha Babchenko. Two scouts found each other.

- I’m no hero, why would you write about me? Those guys are the Heroes

- Pointing to Sasha

- Of course, Sasha is a Hero, everyone knows about him, and now it is time to talk about you.

- Well I am originally from Kryvyi Rih … heck, what to say

- Why did you go to war?

- This I can easily explain. I am for my Motherland, for my homeland… heck, what to say. I went as a volunteer, after all.

Norik kept stuttering with gratitude.

- Girls, if not for you, it would have been really tough for us out there… thank you

- And thank you, you guys, you – there, and us – over here, that’s how we’ll hold out!

We are walking to the warehouse, and started chatting along the way.

They wounded Nazar by Kalynivka on November 16. He and his partner hit a booby trap, his partner died…

In the warehouse we try to put something warm on him, Norik laments the fact that nothing was left of his uniform, they brought him in his socks. He refused to take anything, only wants a flag with a bat, their special one, of the reconnaissance… and I promised him that I will find notebooks and Tablets…

While coming back we met Rimma Voronina and her friend. They brought warm clothes and an envelope, in the envelope there was money, a birthday gift from Andrei, a boy who decided that it’s a shame to spend money on gifts and that it’s better to give them to a wounded Hero.

Norik wept all the way, shrugging his shoulders and rubbing his eyes… His eyes, his eyes are cut by shrapnel; one piece is stuck and cannot be removed yet.

Norik, “Nazar” is a Hero, he was recommended for an award, for the battle back on September 18 at Kalynivka, where he pulled out the crew from a burning tank. Saved the guys.

I promised that the awards will find him, I call on our universal mind and voice. Let’s help award the Hero! Television people, hello) Let’s all together help reward our Hero!

And also, we can help him to calmly look to the future and thank him.

Privat card number 5168 7572 4793 2207

Source: Irina Soloshenko FB

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Jagiello-Schönfelder: Russland hat Ukraine als Vasallenstaat für immer verloren

Jan Jagiello-Schönfelder

Jan Jagiello-Schönfelder

Eine bemerkenswerte, wenig beachtete Randnotiz zum Wahlausgang. Donbass, im Süden des Donezker Gebiet, Wahlkreis 60 mit Zentrum in Wolnowacha, zum dem auch der Teile des Bezirks Telmanowo gehören, wo nicht gewählt werden konnte, aufgrund der russischen Besetzung bzw. dem Wirken der terroristischen Organisation DVR. Der vom Block Petro Poroschenko aufgestellte Kandidat, Jahrgang 1981, Mitglied des Stadtrats, Jurist hatte sich im Mai als einziger unter den Abgeordneten öffentlich gegen Separatismus, das Wirken der russischen Söldner usw. ausgesprochen. Jetzt konnte Dmytro Luninez das Direktmandat in diesem Wahlkreis von 48% gewinnen.

Link: http://cvk.gov.ua/pls/vnd2014/wp039pt001f01=910.html

Ein Ergebnis, welches früher im Donbass undenkbar gewesen wäre. Im Donbass haben seit 1991 die ersten Wahlen statt gefunden, die in einer wirklichen Konkurrenzsituation statt gefunden, auch wenn Einschüchterung, Stimmenkauf usw. immer noch das Bild mitprägen, so war es zum ersten Mal seit Jahren so, dass in vielen Direktwahlkreisen das Ergebnis vorher nicht festgestanden hat.

In 3 Wahlkreisen gibt es bei den Wahlen für die Wahllisten der Parteien eine klare pro-europäische Mehrheit, auch wenn das aufgrund der teilweise geringen Möglichkeit zur Wahlbeteiligung, da Teile der Wahlbezirke zu den besetzten Gebieten gehören, nicht ganz repräsentativ, aber es ist eine Notiz wert.

Wenn die Ergebnisse mit den Wahlen 2006,2007,2012 vergleicht, so kann man sagen, dass sich die pro-ukrainischen Kräfte politisch langsam bis an die Grenze vorarbeiten. Das Ergebnis von 2012 im Oblast Cherson haben wir jetzt praktisch im Oblast Charkiw, d.h. die sog. pro-ukrainischen, pro-europäischen Parteien sind ungefähr gleichauf mit dem Gegenpart (obwohl auch dort eine strikte Unterteilung nicht immer das wahre Bild wiedergibt, da es auch bei der Starken Ukraine von Tihipko und im sog. Oppositions-Block als Nachfolgeprojekt der Partei der Regionen Befürworter für eine EU-Mitgliedschaft im nicht unerheblichem Maße gibt).

Charkiw 2012 sind die Gebiete Luhansk, Donezk 2014, während Cherson (ganz im Süden an der Grenze zur Krim) jetzt eher der Zentralukraine von 2012 gleicht. Auch den Herren im Kreml werden diese Tendenzen nicht entgehen.

Das Kreml-Projekt ist auf ganzer Linie gescheitert. In den Oblasten: Dnipropetrowsk, Odessa, Mykolajiw, Cherson, Saporischja gibt es eine klare pro-ukrainische Mehrheit, im Oblast Charkiw ist der Unterschied 2% (wenn man sich die Parteien anschaut, die über 5% der Stimmen erhalten haben) und selbst im Dobass beträgt der Anteil der klar pro-ukrainischen Parteien bei über 1/3 der Stimmen.

In der Ukraine ist einer der schwierigsten Nationbuilding-Prozesse praktisch erfolgreich abgeschlossen worden.

Bei konstanter Entwicklung wäre es eine Frage der Zeit, bis Russland auf alle Regionen den politischen Einfluss verliert. Bereits Ende 2011 besagte eine Umfrage der demokratischen Initiativen (www.dif.org.ua), dass im Donbass und auf der Krim 52% der unter 29 jährigen eine EU-Mitgliedschaft der Ukraine unterstützen. Russlands Abenteuer auf der Krim und im Donbass mit Spezialoperationen, geschulten Freiwilligen, Elitesoldaten ohne Erkennungsabzeichen etc. wird wohl als letzter verzweifelter Versuch in die Geschichte eingehen, die Ukraine als Vasallenstaat in seiner Einflusssphäre zu halten oder wahlweise ganz zu zerstören oder aufzuteilen. Russland kämpft gegen einen Trend an, der nicht zu besiegen ist. In der Ukraine ist einer der schwierigsten Nationbuilding-Prozesse praktisch erfolgreich abgeschlossen worden. Die Ukraine hat eine starke Zivilgesellschaft mit einer starken politischen Nation. “Wir sind Ukrainer” verbindet über alle religiösen, ethnischen oder sonstigen Grenzen hinweg.

Russland hat die Ukraine als Vasallenstaat für immer verloren, kann die Ukraine aber vielleicht in Zukunft als gleichberechtigten Handelspartner zurückgewinnen, aber der Platz der Ukraine wird immer in Europa sein!

Quelle: Ukraine-Experte Jan Jagiello-Schönfelder auf Facebook

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When will you start to love your Motherland?

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 8.28.14 PMBy Vadim Lukashevich
10.26.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Yesterday my mother, who lives in Belgorod [Russian city about 25 miles away from Ukraine], travelled by train to Kharkiv. She has done this for a long time, but not often, several times a year, buying various medications for herself in Ukraine where they are cheaper and some Ukrainian delicacies.

These interstate commuter trains have long been reminiscent of the Moscow “sausage” trains on the sunset of Soviet power. People, mostly pensioners, counting every penny, scurry between large border cities, betting on the difference in currencies and prices. Grandmas and neighbours gather on the porch, on the house or in the yard, they agree between them – and go to Kharkiv for products and medicines. A very usual thing. But because of well-known events, recently such trips have become quite extreme for older nerves…

No, nothing changed in Kharkiv and the surrounding areas, including towards the arriving Russians. But what has fundamentally changed is the attitude towards them from the side of Russian customs officials, who now perceive our pensioners as traitors.

Besides that, there has been a drastic hardening of rules regarding permissible import of produce on personal possession. And if before, observance of these standards was formal enough, now the elderly people are selectively searched and stripped directly inside the cars, in front of everyone, often mocking them.

…this year my mum went to Kharkiv for the first time in the year. It is clear why – firstly, the situation in eastern Ukraine inspires fear, and secondly – the multiple stories of friends about the raging Russian customs officers did not fill one with optimism. But… her neighbour convinced her (she badly needed something, but was afraid to go alone), especially since in Kharkiv it was “sort of calm.”

According to her story, the train car from Kharkiv was filled with Russian pensioners. They were carrying products – salo (fat), vodka, meat etc. The stable ruble, having lost a quarter of its value from the beginning of the year and now almost equalling the hryvnya, still allows you to purchase certain products with a profit, economically justifying the whole trip. Something is still significantly cheaper (for example, vodka, some products and medicines), something is irreplaceable (for example, Ukrainian salo).

Before everyone drove everything openly, but now all the products had to be hidden – on their person. After departure, to the border, all talk on the train was about the imminent customs check and who hid their products where and how. In the sleeves, on the chest, under the hem…

Mum’s neighbour hid a cut of salo on the belly – a cold piece onto the naked body, under her clothes – and drove as the “pregnant pensioner” all the way to the border. Just like everyone, really…

…The Ukrainian customs officers were not even remembered – they just passed through and that’s it. But our customs officials came into the car in oppressive silence. All the passengers sat with hunched shoulders, staring down at the floor. The man in uniform slowly, with a sense of superiority, considered the seated passengers:

- You!!! Get up and undress!!!

The doomed one at whom the officer pointed slowly stood up and started undressing…

- Hard luck, – thought the others, hunching their shoulders even further. If only they pass me by!

The customs officers know full well that everyone is “carrying” something. But the checks are random, five or six people to a car. The others silently wait while the officers, swaggering, search and strip the next victim, demonstratively shaking out products from sleeves, from under clothes and underwear. A public execution to the deathly silence of others… it is unlikely that all these elderly people, at the sunset of their years, experienced greater shame in their lives…

My mum got lucky – the officer passed by her, with derision and insults “taking” the neighbour across from her.

After completely fleecing several people and plentifully mocking everyone else, loaded up with the confiscated “extra” vodka and products, the customs officers went to the exit of the carriage. At the very door the eldest of them, dramatically turning towards the passengers, grinned and shouted loudly to the whole car:

- Belgorites [residents of Belgorod], when will you start to love your Motherland?!

The car was silent.

I will answer, here and publicly.

To begin with, it is not for this … in uniform, who spends his life digging around in others’ personal belongings and thus understands his duty before the Motherland, to teach gray-haired people about how to love her.

But mainly – what good to a person is a Motherland that puts them before a choice – Motherland or sausages?

Like any real love, love for the Motherland is a mutual feeling. You can and should love a Motherland that looks after you, your needs, that defends and protects against various adversities. A Motherland in which you can comfortably live, without worrying for yourself and the future of your children, friends and relatives. A Motherland where medicine and education is accessible, and where the level of social security for old people does not make them travel for cheaper products and medicines to a neighbouring country, hiding their gaze at the border.

A Motherland that allows the ordinary citizen to, figuratively speaking, love both the Motherland and sausages. And much more besides.

But if today the Motherland, mocking its citizens, puts them before the choice “Motherland or sausages?” then that Motherland is able to tomorrow put them before another choice – “Motherland or death!”

P.S. An hour ago the editor of “Echo of Moscow” refused to publish this post on my blog. The wording of the reason for the refusal – “The post is on a general topic.”

Source: Vadim Lukashevich FB 

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20.10.2014. Neue Beweise: Russische Panzer Typ T-90 werden bei Kämpfen im Donbass eingesetzt

Das Originalvideo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llLmDjCGTao

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