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
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
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
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
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.

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

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:

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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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.



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

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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!!!

Solomiya Vitvitska
Iryna Pylypenko
Tonya Levchuk
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!

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 – [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:

Consolidated photo report:


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.


All other transfers and financial accounts [in Russian] -

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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Dmitry Tymchuk: Updates from the “ceasefire zone,” 10/01

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

 Operational data from Information Resistance:

In the combat zone in the Donbas, the most intense situation in the region remains in Donetsk, Debaltseve, Redkodub, Nykyshyn, Krasnohorivka, Shchastya.

Over the past 24 hours, insurgents and the Russian military carried out more than 30 attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops from cannon and rocket artillery, small arms, tanks and mortars.

• shelling onto the location of Ukrainian troops near the settlements of Ridkodub and Nykyshyn 4 times;
• the position of the ATO [anti-terrorism operation] forces at the airport in Donetsk, Hostra Mohyla and Krasnohorivka were fired on 3 times;
• the artillery subdivisions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine were fired on twice near the settlements of  Trehizbenka, Smile, Starohnativka, Chornukhyne, Maiorske.

In Donetsk, there were documented cases of the disappearance of soldiers of the Russian Federation. According to the terrorists, it is evidence of the activity of pro-Ukrainian partisans in the city.

Skirmishes continue between groups of insurgents, as well as attacks on their part on units of the Army of the Russian Federation. Similar cases have been recorded in the area of Donetsk (pos. Frunze, the district accommodating the bases of Russian troops), Dokuchaievsk, Krasnyi Luch (between local rebels and Russian Cossacks). During the shootings, heavy weapons were used.

In Donetsk, in addition to the units of the Armed Forces of the RF, the activity of armed groups of the DNR [Donetsk People's Republic] and “Kalmius” and “Donetsk Orthodox Army” were observed. The interaction between them is established at an extremely low level. Conflicts were recorded between various factions.

In the DNR, the process of issuing Russian passports has dramatically intensified. First of all, they are provided to retired pensioners.

In the territories controlled by the LNR [Luhansk People's Republic] and the DNR, the activities of criminal groups from Russia dealing in stolen cars and smuggling were recorded. In the organizations that smuggle stolen cars from the Donbas to the territory of the Russian Federation, officers of the Russian Armed Forces are actively involved.

A delivery of party chevrons of the “Kharkiv People’s Republic” to the headquarters of the LNR, was recorded.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

 According to the operational data of the Information Resistance group:

In the past day, the ​​transfer of units of the 76th landing-assault Airborne Division of the Armed Forces [of the RF] was recorded near Stakhanov.

Russian paratroopers travel in groups of up to 10 people in a special type of car. During the previous day, in this raion [district], the activity of the Russian electronic warfare (EW) station was recorded jamming mobile communications.

In the area of ​​Debaltseve, the appearance of 27 Russian tanks and terrorist forces was recorded. A day earlier, the movement of armored vehicles was recorded, first in the area of Miusynsk [Luhansk Oblast], and later around Vakhrusheve.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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In the opinion of world-renowned cardiac surgeon Boris Todurov

By Olha Sedova
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

The opinion of world-renowned cardiac surgeon Boris Todurov:

“I do not understand why, after another Putin statement about the “punitive actions of Kyiv against its own people,” Ukrainian TV channels do not show how Russia itself deals with terrorists in Beslan or Grozny?

Why don’t our media remind us about the (nerve) gas used by the special forces of Russia to free the hostages of ‘Nord-Ost‘? It was gas-based Carfentanyl, the action of which is instantaneous, the person literally freezes in the position in which it was inhaled. In such positions, as if on the run, were those who were killed on May 2nd in the Odessa House of Trade Unions.

Carfentanyl is made in only one place in the world – in a Russian military factory.”

Editor’s note: Boris Todurov is a Ukrainian Medicinal cardiac surgeon, MD, Professor, Honored Doctor of Ukraine, Corresponding Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology (2009), director of Kiev City Heart Center, winner of the All-Ukrainian prize “Pride of the Country 2011″ in the category “Physician of the Year.”

Source: Olha Sedova FB
Original source, interview with Dr. Todurov:

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Terrormilizen in eigenen Worten: „Wer solche Fragen stellt, kann ruhig erschossen werden!“ – Terrormilizen klären die Einwohner Perwomajsks darüber auf, warum sie ihre Stellungen in den Wohnvierteln beziehen. Video

Das Original: Diese Drohungen kamen als die Antwort auf die Bedenken wegen der Stellungen der Terrormiliz in Wohnvierteln.

Übersetzung zum Video:

Also diesen Klugscheißer oder diese Klugscheißerin hätte ich gerne gesehen und zwar den, der sowas geschrieben hat: „Wie kann man Geschütze vor den Häusern aufstellen? In eurem Krieg mißbraucht ihr die Einwohner als Schutzschild!“

Wer hat’s geschrieben? Heben Sie bitte die Hand! Ich will diesem Mensch egal Männlein/Weiblein – ins Gesicht sehen! Bitte die Hand heben!

Oder komm mal hierher, auf diese Bühne, daß dich jeder sehen kann!

Heute Morgen, während des Wachrundgangs um die Stadt habe ich die Leichen zusammengesammelt, ich konnte nicht feststellen, ob sie weiblich oder männlich waren.

Stellt doch solche Fragen dort, diesem Poroschenko zum Beispiel! Sie bombardieren Stadtmitte, Wohnviertel, Privathäuser. Sollten wir uns jwd stellen, kommen sie hier und es wird sie zum Teufel kümmern, daß ihr hier steht.

Und wenn es sein muß, werden wir in jeder Wohnung, in jedem Haus stehen und zwar mit einem einzigen Zweck, um euch zu beschützen.

Dieser Mensch, der schrieb „Wie kann man nur …“, dem sage ich: So einfach kann man!

Der sollte doch sich bei mir melden und fragen: Womit kann ich euch helfen? Aber der ist doch – wie die Frau dort sagt – ein Debil – Verzeihen Sie meine Ausdrucksweise!

Man soll erst die Lage in unserer Stadt berücksichtigen und keine solchen Provo-Briefe schreiben!

Der konnte ruhig erschossen werden, um ein Exempel zu statuieren!

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Donezk-Terroristen: In der „Beelzebub“-Gefangenschaft wurde einer Freiwilligen Finger abgehackt und Knien gebrochen

Das Original:

Bezler, ein Terroristenanführer aus Horliwka, hat Iryna Boyko, eine Freiwillige aus Poltawa aus seiner Gefangenschaft entlassen. Seit dem 20. Juni saß diese Frau bei ihm gefangen. Ihr wurde Kleinfinger abgehackt, ihr Körper weist zahlreiche Prügelspuren auf.

Nach Angaben von Ukrinform, berichtet darüber in ihrem Blog Ludmyla Kucherenko, Präsidentin des Media-Klubs des Gebiets Poltawa.

Iryna Boyko, Aktivmitglied des Euromaidans in Poltawa, hat 99 Tage in Gefangenschaft verbracht. Jetzt befindet sie sich wieder in Poltawa, jedoch in einem schwierigen psychischen Zustand. Ihren Knien sind mit einem Hammer gebrochen, ihr wurde ein Finger abgetrennt, teilt Frau Kucherenko mit.

Nach ihren Angaben, am 20. Juni 2014 war Iryna Boyko zusammen mit drei anderen Freiwilligen – Misiurenko, Kalashnikov und Matlashov – im Gebiet Luhansk unterwegs, um die ukrainischen Grenzsoldaten mit Lebensmitteln zu versorgen. Dort wurden alle drei durch die „Freischärler“ gefangengenommen.

Seitdem kümmerte sich um ihre Freilassung Lt.-Oberst Vasiliy Kovalchuk, der zusammen mit Bezler in Afghanistan noch für die UdSSR kämpfte.

Am 28. September bekam er einen Handyanruf von Ihor Bezler, auch Beelzebub genannt, um mit dem durch Putin verliehenen Dienstgrad – General-Major der DNR-Armee – zu prahlen. Im Gespräch hat er sich einverstanden erklärt, Iryna Boyko, freizulassen.

Daraufhin, reiste Vasiliy Kovalchuk zusammen mit Irynas Tochter Tetiana Efremova und einem anderen Aktivisten Myhaylo Dugin sofort nach Horlivka/Donbass. Nach langwierigen Verhandlungen mit Terrormilizen holten sie Iryna ab und kehrten in Poltawa zurück.

Die Erlösung Boykos bestätigte ihre Tochter Tetiana Efremova auf ihrer Facebook-Seite.

„Gerade sind wir aus Horlivka zurück! Und mit Mutti zusammen! Gott sei Dank!! Ich möchte all jenen meinen aufrichtigen Dank aussprechen, die während diesen 99 Tagen zu meinen Nächst stehenden und Verwandten geworden sind, die mein Leid geteilt, mich unterstützt und bei Suche geholfen haben.“

Das Mädchen versprach, die Einzelheiten etwas später mitzuteilen.

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