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

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

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for July 22, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for July 21).

The bad news:

1. Behind every report about another settlement being liberated by ATO forces lie great efforts, hard work, and the most dreadful, the blood of our boys. The insurgents keep resisting like crazed and cornered rats.

The situation in the border areas is very difficult. Here, as we know, our [soldiers] are waging war on two fronts–against terrorists and Russian mercenaries, and against Russian troops–constantly drawing fire from the territory of the Russian Federation. More precisely, [Ukrainians] cannot respond to the fire so as not to give Putin a reason to accuse Ukraine of aggression and then start an open invasion.

I won’t argue whether it’s right or not–not to respond to the fire from Putin’s scumbags, who shoot in the old NKVD-style, in the back, while feeling their total impunity. But I know that none of our boys who are heroically holding the defense there, will ever again call Putin’s Russia a “friend.” As with any of us, who have retained our ability to think and feel.

2. Russia continues to drag its troops to the border with Ukraine.

Moscow redeploys its personnel, weapons and equipment already from the Trans-Baikal and Far East military districts. It’s quite possible that some of these fighters will be running around Donbas tomorrow. Along with tanks and Grads.

The Kremlin is ready to unleash its military might on Ukraine. But the July 2014 edition of the Ukrainian army is far from what we had back in March. Putin and his hordes can now only impress the mummy of Grandpa Lenin in his Mausoleum [on Red Square in Moscow], but not the nation which is breaking the Moscow hyena’s spine in Donbas today.

3. The EU for the umpteenth time has postponed the introduction of new sanctions against Russia. That is, for now, Europeans will only work up “instructions on the elaboration of possible further sanctions against Russia.” At the same time, France announced that despite everything, it would deliver “Mistrals” to Putin.

In Ukraine, there are disputes saying, so what is wrong with the fact that the French “Mistrals” will end up in Russia? The answer is obvious. Yes, it will not directly affect the course of events in Donbas. But it is a powerful political act, which is negative both for us, and for Europe. It means that not all European rulers realize the extent of the threat, since they are ready to hand over serious offensive weapons to the Kremlin.

And it is especially strange to observe such steps from the French, who just 70 years ago used to scrub the occupiers’ toilets for a piece of strudel. How quickly are the history lessons forgotten, which teach [people] to be more careful about spitting upon their own safety.

Fortunately, those who are like [François] Hollande are singularities in Europe. The EU has finally begun to realize with whom they are dealing.

The good news:

1. ATO forces freed Severodonetsk and Popasnaya [Luhansk Oblast].

Comments are not needed here. Every Ukrainian flag waving over a Ukrainian city or village instead of a Russian, or “not-quite-Russian” (as in “DNR” and “LNR” [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics]), flag is a triumph of justice.

Residents of Severodonetsk meet the Ukrainian army, July 22nd (they are shouting, “Thank you, thank you!!).

2. Putin began to moan today, saying that Russia must “fully and expediently implement measures to enhance its defense capability due to increased NATO troops near the border.”

This butcher continues to scare his Russian flock with threats from the outside. As in, there is no direct threat, but we must fear and prepare [our] response (overall, one can only wonder about Putin’s verbiage–if there is no threat, what is there to respond to then?). Although today there is only one threat in Europe–it is Putin himself, which is obvious to every last gopher in the Alpine meadows.

But if the Kremlin ghoul is so afraid of NATO–it means he truly thinks that there is a power in the world to stop his bloody march. I hope he is afraid of it for good reason.

3. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine [Parliament], following the President’s lead, called upon the international community to recognize the “LNR” and “DNR” as terrorist organizations.

Because of the abundance of “little sent over Cossacks,” our parliament has for very long been a weak link in the national security system. If the pro-Russian forces are now finally neutralized, and the state consolidates with civil society against a common threat–this will be an undeniable strategic success.

4. Trying to justify their deliberate defeat, the little Russian fighters are employing every means possible [to explain themselves].

The so-called “prime minister” of the terrorist organization DNR, [Alexander] Borodai, claimed that in fact they are waging war not only with Ukraine, but also…with NATO. As in, the terrorists are forced to fight “against an army, for whom a huge mass of mercenaries are fighting from different countries, from Poland, from all over Europe.”

Presumably, when the next reinforcement of mercenaries from Caucasia brings a new batch of drugs, Borodai will suddenly realize that not only Europe and NATO are fighting for Ukrainians, but also the Intergalactic Fleet of Martians. We are looking forward to a protest note from the Russian Foreign Ministry to the Government of Mars.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – July 21, 2014

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

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for July 21, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for July 18).

The bad news:

1. In the case of the downed Boeing, Moscow and its domesticated little fighters continue to behave like petty pickpockets, caught by their hand and delivered to the police department. Resourcefulness, deceit and villainy are the Kremlin’s business card.

Putin is hysterically calling for an “international investigation,” and at this time the terrorists managed by him won’t let the international experts onto the scene [of the accident], interfering with their work in every possible way, stealing the evidence, and they are not inclined to give over the “black boxes” – not until the specialists from the Russian intelligence services do their magic over them. [Editor's update: since this was written the terrorists have agreed to hand the black boxes over to the Malaysian authorities].

Simultaneously, the Russian Defense Ministry keeps making up its usual nonsense. Supposedly, the Boeing was being chased by a Ukrainian fighter jet, but at the same time on the ground (on the territory controlled by insurgents) there was not even an empty spot for an apple to fall [to avoid] the Ukrainian Buk missile systems. And so the goddamn Ukrainian military destroyed the passenger plane, they fired volleys from the ground and finished off the plane in the air. Why they needed [to do so] remains a great mystery.

If Russia had just said that it had not handed over the SAM [surface-to-air missile] to the terrorists, one could argue it. But the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces announced, “we did not pass on the SAM Buk nor other weapons and military equipment.” But here, everything is clear, taking into account the fact that Donbas is stuffed to the eyeballs with weapons that came from Russia.

… I’m confident that if Moscow had not lied so famously and explicitly, maybe someone in an African savannah or a Papuan village in New Guinea would believe in her [Moscow’s] innocence. But Putin is doing everything possible and impossible so that no one is left in doubt about who exactly killed 300 civilians in the sky over Donbas.

Photo credit: Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images

Photo credit: Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images

2. An increasing number of countries connect the attack in the Donbas skies with Russia and [its] insurgents. Let’s hope that Kyiv’s appeal will be heard in the world, and that the DNR and LNR [Donetsk- and Luhansk People’s Republics] are recognized as terrorist organizations far beyond our country’s borders, and Russia as a sponsor of terrorism (although it is in fact a terrorist country).

The bad news is that this insight was given to the world at the price of so many innocent victims…

3. Under unrelenting pressure from the ATO forces, terrorists stop at nothing just to keep up the initiative. Civilian casualties don’t confuse them at all–on the contrary, it is the [civilian] population that becomes a hostage of this agony.

Today, the Russian media broadcast a statement by insurgent “commander” Girkin-Strelkov: “In Dzerzhynsk, the battle continues. The city center is destroyed by volleys of Grads and Uragans, there are continuous fires there (it seems that Tymchuk is already writing about how ‘the city is being shelled by terrorists’).”

But Girkin guessed it wrong: I did not have to write anything. A video surfaced online, in which Girkin’s own little fighters were shelling a peaceful town on the territory under their control with Grads–although it’s not Dzerzhynsk with a population of 87,000 but Donetsk with its million inhabitants.

An uneasy conscience betrays itself. But this doesn’t make it any easier on civilians.

The good news:

1. Dzerzhynsk, Rubizhne, Soledar [Donetsk Oblast]… The number of settlements freed from insurgents is growing inexorably every day. Little terrorist leaders only have enough time to jump out the windows of their “headquarters” to get away before our advancing army.

In fact, every square kilometer of the liberated territory is very hard to get back for the ATO forces–there are just too many weapons and mercenaries thrown into Donbas by Russia. However, a strategic picture began to emerge, in the area of ​​the ATO’s actions, that is clearly in our favor.

It [the strategic picture] has three weak links. These are Luhansk and Donetsk (as large locales where the combat is extremely difficult), and the situation along the state border of Donetsk Oblast remains extremely difficult, in the area of ​​operations by our groups.

But we are advancing, clearing our land from the Russian and pro-Russian filth. And this is the most important [fact].

2. Moscow can already feel the effects of its policies on her own skin. The Russian stock market keeps falling for the sixth consecutive day. Russian stocks continue to depreciate, and investors continue to withdraw money from Russia. Shares of Gazprom fell today by 2.4%.

Bloomberg analysts noted that the risk of default becomes real for the Russian Federation in case of the introduction of a third round of sanctions against Moscow.

We can promise that we will definitely not cry about it.

3. In Donbas, soldiers from the Aidar Battalion caught Tamerlan Enaldiev, one of the Deputy Defense Ministers of South Ossetia, chopped off earlier from Georgia.

It’s pretty obvious that Enaldiev began to state that he had ended up in Ukraine by chance, that he had not participated in any hostilities, nor had he commanded the mercenaries, and that an automatic machine gun ended up in his hands by error (an unknown passer-by shoved it there), I swear on my mother.

These captured personnel are clear evidence that Putin gathers mercenaries from all corners of his rotten unfinished empire. A mercenary from the Caucasus that keeps drowning Ukraine in blood–here is the image of the Russian world, cherished by Moscow. Every reasonable person must see and understand this image [for what it truly is].

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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“Ukraine! I am for you!” (PayPal)

“Ukraine! I am for you!” (PayPal)

By: Vitaliy Deynega

06.10.2014  Facebook

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine


PayPal, electronic transfers, and more–we work hard to help simplify the procedure.

Money collected by PayPal will be spent in Europe on commodities, which will then be sent to the front. Transfers will be spent on what can be bought officially. Cash—on everything remaining.

As before, a detailed report is here:

A full list of details is here:

All currency will be converted at the most effective rate at the time of spending.

We work hard! Every kopek [penny] can save someone’s father and bring peace!

I’m leaving to take care of our common affairs. Up ahead is only good news!!



5168 7553 6940 3403 Deynega Vitaliy

5211 5374 4662 3360 Stokratyuk Viktoria

Electronic transfers:


Myzhnarodniy Blagodiyniy Fund “Ukraine! I am for you!”

Code 35137539

р\р №26006057000533

Bank SF PAT KB “PrivatBank” m. Kyiv

MFO Bank 380269

Bank details for recipients SWIFT—conversions in US dollars


IBAN: UA943052990004731185602083807

ACCOUNT: 4731185602083807




Bank details for recipients SWIFT —conversions in euros


IBAN: UA223052990004731185602091214

ACCOUNT: 4731185602091214


INTERMEDIARY BANK: Commerzbank AG Frankfurt am Main Germany SWIFT CODE: COBADEFF


Western Union: Vitaliy Deynega +38050-4444-336


Source: Vitaliy Deynega




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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 readers

We need your help! We are running on very tight resources, mainly human resources. We are constantly in need of editors for our content. 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.

UPD: 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. We have people who can do the initial translations from Ukrainian/Russian, so you will only have to proof-read an already translated text. Basically, knowledge of either Ukrainian or Russian is welcome, but it is not essential. Solid knowledge of English/German language writing and any editing experience is needed.

Your Voices-of-Ukraine-Team

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Putin 2014 vs Hitler 1939: Shuster LIVE Show Draws Uncanny Parallels Between Speeches (VIDEO w. English subtitles)

By Shuster LIVE – Aired on March 21, 2014
English subtitles by Voices of Ukraine
Source: Savik Shuster Studio

Shuster LIVE is a popular Ukrainian talk show, hosted by Savik Shuster and aired on the First National Channel (Ukraine). The show focuses on pressing social and political issues, and analysis of current events.

This is an excerpt from the show aired live on March 21, 2014. The full version can be found at Shuster LIVE on Youtube.

Highlights of the Putin and Hitler speeches presented in the video:

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« Les montres, les bijoux et les objets en métal précieux doivent être envoyés au Fonds de défense de la DNR » Le terroriste Strelkov s’occupe du butin pris dans le Boeing abattu.

Sur le net circule la photo de l’ordre adressé à toutes les unités de la DNR (l’entité séparatiste, NDT) demandant la remise au Fonds de défense de la DNR des biens des passagers découverts sur le site du crash du Boeing malaisien.

La photo de l’ordre émis par le chef des terroristes de la DNR Ihor Hirkin (Strelkov) a été postée sur Twitter par Marc Feigin, l’avocat du pilote Nadia Savchenko, d’après UNIAN.

En particulier, selon l’ordre n° 432, toutes les unités des « Forces armées de la République Populaire de Donetsk », aussi bien que les simples soldats et officiers qui étaient présents sur le site du crash du 18 au 21 juillet et qui ont en possession tout objet trouvé sur le site du crash doivent les remettre au quartier-général des « Forces armée de la DNR ».

« Les objets de valeurs (montres, boucles d’oreille, pendentifs et autres bijoux faite de métaux précieux) doivent être envoyés au Fonds de défense de la DNR », dit l’ordre.

Ordre de Girkin


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Pourquoi les Occidentaux doivent sauver l’Ukraine

Andreas Umland 12 juillet 2014

La survie de l’État ukrainien est important pour la paix en Europe et au-delà

Des crises politiques majeures se sont déroulées récemment à proximité du sud de l’UE. Que ce soit la Syrie, l’Irak, la Libye ou l’Égypte – l’avenir d’une grande partie du monde arabe est incertain aujourd’hui. Bien qu’ayant aussi un rapport direct avec l’Union, le conflit russo-ukrainien, en raison des désordres en Afrique du Nord et au Moyen-Orient, a reçu moins d’attention médiatique au cours des dernières semaines. Le résultat du conflit Est-Européen est, cependant, aussi important pour les Occidentaux.

 Tandis que d’autres situations difficiles en Europe, en Asie ou en Afrique demandent aussi qu’on y fasse attention, la confrontation croissante entre Moscou et Kiev touche à la fois au cœur de la structure de sécurité européenne et du régime de non-prolifération dans le monde. La Russie et l’Ukraine sont territorialement les deux plus grands pays de l’Europe avec respectivement des populations d’environ 189 et 45 millions de personnes. Ils ont des frontières terrestres avec plusieurs États membres de l’UE et sont liés à l’économie de l’Union et à ses sociétés de façons multiples. L’Ukraine est pour l’UE la vitrine d’une ambitieuse politique de partenariat et d’association en Europe de l’Est. La Russie est, après les États-Unis, la deuxième plus grande puissance militaire tandis que l’Ukraine aurait pu être aujourd’hui par le nombre le troisième détenteur d’ogives nucléaires dans le monde.

Les dangers de la dévaluation des garanties de sécurité internationales

Lors de la signature du Mémorandum de Budapest en 1994, Kiev a naïvement cru en certains engagements de sécurité pris par les États-Unis et le Royaume-Uni. Dans le Mémorandum, Washington et Londres ont garanti l’intégrité territoriale et l’entière souveraineté de l’Ukraine en échange de la suppression de l’arsenal nucléaire ukrainien. Moscou était aussi un signataire de ce mémorandum. En fait, le but premier du document était de protéger l’Ukraine de l’irrédentisme et du néo-impérialisme russe.

 Même si elle n’aurait pas été en mesure de tirer pleinement parti de celle-ci, la puissance militaire nucléaire potentielle de l’Ukraine était, dans le milieu des années 90, plus grande que celle de la Chine, de la Grande-Bretagne et de la France réunies. En quelques années, l’Ukraine est devenue entièrement dénucléarisée, comme cela avait été convenu en 1994. Néanmoins, la Russie, le quatrième État signataire à l’origine du mémorandum de Budapest, a, au cours des 10 dernières années, de façons multiples, violé les principales dispositions du mémorandum. Jusqu’en 2013, Moscou a, à plusieurs reprises, exercé des pressions économiques et politiques sur Kiev. De février à avril 2014, la Russie a annexé la Crimée par des moyens militaires. Depuis plusieurs semaines déjà, Moscou a activement encouragé, armé et soutenu un soulèvement séparatiste de plus en plus sanglant dans l’est de l’Ukraine. Jusqu’à ce jour la réaction des Occidentaux devant les abus évidents de Moscou a été absente ou timorée. Pourquoi cela doit changer ?

 Le comportement de la Russie dans l’espace post-soviétique, en général, son annexion ouverte de la péninsule de Crimée et son invasion à peine voilée du Donbass, en particulier, et les réactions ambigües des Occidentaux devant ces défis envoient en ce moment des messages inquiétants. La leçon ukrainienne que tire les États à travers le monde c’est : « si vous souhaitez doter votre pays d’une sécurité durable, vous avez besoin de la bombe. Et une fois que vous avez obtenu la bombe, vous ne devez jamais la céder ; peu importe ce que puisse vous promettre quelque homme politique important que ce soit à Washington, Londres ou Bruxelles (sans parler de Moscou). »

 Le mémorandum de Budapest de 1994 sur l’intégrité territoriale ukrainienne, le Document de l’OSCE de 1999 sur le retrait de la Russie des troupes de la région de Transnistrie de la Moldavie, le Plan de Sarkozy de 2008 sur le retrait militaire russe des régions d’Abkhazie et d’Ossétie du sud appartenant à la Géorgie, et la déclaration de Genève de 2014 concernant la libération des édifices publics ukrainiens occupés par les séparatistes pro-russe n’ont aujourd’hui plus de signification. Signés tant par la Russie que par les États-Unis, des États européens et/ou des organisations internationales, ils sont devenus des morceaux de papier sans valeur. L’avertissement que cela adresse au monde est que les assurances données même par les grandes puissances occidentales ou par des entités telles que l’OSCE et l’UE n’ont finalement pas de conséquence. Si un pays n’a pas un parapluie nucléaire fiable (soit le sien, soit celui d’un allié proche), son intégrité, son territoire et son indépendance peuvent être mis en question. La crise ukrainienne a prouvé que seules les armes de destruction massive peuvent garantir à un État sa pleine souveraineté, dans le cas d’une confrontation majeure avec un voisin agressif.

La signification particulière des dernières actions de la Russie et la timide réponse des Occidentaux

Les politiques néo-impérialistes russes envers la Moldavie, la Georgie, ou l’Arménie en 1999-2013 avaient déjà soulevé bon nombre de ces questions. Pourtant, l’affaire ukrainienne de 2014 a été une nouveauté si on prends en compte :

 (a) la gravité de la violation par la Russie du droit international par une annexion de jure de la Crimée et pas seulement une appropriation de facto comme cela s’était passé avec la Transnistrie, l’Abkhazie ou l’Ossétie du Sud,

(b) la brutalité de la campagne de propagande du Kremlin en utilisant des termes comme « fascisme », « la junte », « génocide », « Nazi », « Auschwitz », etc. pour décrire non seulement des nationalistes ukrainiens relativement marginaux, mais la révolution de l’EuroMaidan et les politiques gouvernementales, prises ensembles, afin de justifier l’invasion du Sud et de l’Est de l’Ukraine par la Russie

 (c) l’impudence des mensonges publics de Moscou, de la manipulation des médias et des gaffes diplomatiques, concernant l’Ukraine d’après l’EuroMaidan, sur la scène internationale, et

  (d) le rôle déclaré du Kremlin dans la provocation, l’escalade et l’accroissement de la violence, dans l’Est de l’Ukraine.

 L’attaque politique, diplomatique, militaire et rhétorique de la Russie envers l’Ukraine, son territoire, son identité et sa culture a été un défi particulièrement révoltant envers l’ordre international des États, le régime mondial de non-prolifération, les pratiques diplomatiques postérieures à la guerre froides et le système de valeurs de l’OSCE ainsi que celle du Conseil de l’Europe. En terme de sécurité à la fois européenne et mondiale, un règlement durable du conflit russo-ukrainien est donc de la plus grande importance pour la résolution d’autres crises majeures à proximité de l’Union européenne.

 Malgré ces graves circonstances, l’approche des Occidentaux envers la subversion russe contre l’Ukraine (comme envers les tentatives russes antérieures) a été réticent, hésitant et confus. Moscou a achevé l’occupation de la Crimée en dépit de tous les avertissements de Washington, Bruxelles et Berlin. La limitation des sanctions des Occidentaux pour l’annexion au cours des semaines suivantes n’a pas seulement eu des conséquences pour le régime de non-prolifération dans le monde. Elle a aussi encouragé les menées Russes ultérieures, même si elles ont été moins manifestement illégales, dans la partie continentale de l’Ukraine et a ainsi contribué à la poursuite de la destruction des garanties de sécurité données à l’Ukraine, en échange de l’abandon de ses armes de destruction massive.

 Peu de temps après la violation, avec si peu de conséquences, du Mémorandum de Budapest et des autres accords internationaux sur la Crimée, Moscou a aussi méconnu les dispositions de la déclaration de Genève d’avril 2014 concernant l’est de l’Ukraine, bien que le Kremlin ait lui-même formulé auparavant une grande partie de celle-ci. Par l’intermédiaire de ses hommes de main en Ukraine orientale, Moscou a saboté ou, au moins, a facilité la perturbation de l’élection présidentielle ukrainienne du 25 mai 2014 non seulement dans la Crimée, mais aussi dans les Districts de Louhansk et de Donetsk. Les élections ont été boycottées activement par les séparatistes soutenus par la Russie. Ceci en dépit du fait qu’il y avait deux candidats ouvertement pro-russe à la présidence, Petro Symonenko et Mykhailo Dobkin, qui auraient pu faire un relativement bon score dans la Crimée et le Donbass. En outre, si les électeurs des trois régions avaient eu la chance de pouvoir voter, cela pourrait avoir obligé à la tenue d’un second tour des élections, peut-être même avec un candidat relativement pro-russe, comme Serhiy Tihipko de Dnipropetrovsk, dans un duel face à l’actuel président Petro Poroshenko.

Pourquoi le Kremlin pousse à la roue

Celles-ci et d’autres actions non seulement montrent que la Russie est insuffisamment intéressé par une solution à la crise. Elles suggèrent que, en fait, Moscou veut conserver les troubles en cours dans l’Est de l’Ukraine. L’objectif apparent du Kremlin est d’utiliser le séparatisme ukrainien pour déstabiliser non seulement cette sous-région relativement russifiée, mais l’État ukrainien tout entier. La stratégie de Moscou pourrait être, à la base, plus socio-économique que militaire et politique. Peut-être que Poutine veut détériorer, avant tout, le climat pour les investissements et les affaires en Ukraine. Non seulement cela saperait les bases financières de l’État ukrainien, mais cela servirait aussi à discréditer les politiques de partenariat et d’association de l’UE en Europe de l’Est. Cela délégitimiserait la révolution anti-autoritaire ukrainienne, la politique de Bruxelles de transposer les valeurs de l’UE, ses lois et pratiques dans son voisinage oriental, ainsi que la promotion de la démocratie occidentale dans « l’arrière-cour » de la Russie en général. La confrontation de grande envergure de la Russie avec l’Occident est une nouveauté dans la période post-soviétique, mais cela ne devrait pas être surprenant. Ce qui est en jeu, pour Moscou, en Ukraine, ce n’est pas seulement une question territoriale et identitaire. L’enjeu principal est au contraire la puissance intérieure de Poutine et de son entourage, ou la légitimité de leur modèle de gouvernement. La compétition entre les modèles russes et ukrainiens contemporains de développement en Europe de l’est est fondamental : le libéralisme contre le patrimonialisme, la société ouverte contre un système politique fermé, une société libre contre une société non-libre, un ordre sociétal pluraliste contre un ordre sociétal moniste.

 La question de base concernant l’Ukraine aujourd’hui est : une grande nation slave orthodoxe post-soviétique peut-elle réussir son occidentalisation ? Si les Ukrainiens parviennent à transformer leur pays selon les critères européens d’après-guerre, cela poserait un défi principal pour le système de Poutine fondé sur l’autoritarisme en politique, la corruption dans les relations entre l’État et la société et la répression de l’activisme civique. En outre, le proto-type russe actuel de gouvernement joue également un rôle de modèle pour les gouvernements de pays comme la Biélarus, l’Azerbaïdjan ou le Kazakhstan – et jusqu’à récemment l’Ukraine. Afin d’éviter une remise en cause fondamentale de son régime par une profonde et efficace réforme de l’Ukraine ainsi que par son intégration européenne, le Kremlin est prêt à sacrifier la paix en Europe de l’Est, la stabilité sociale en Ukraine et la primauté du droit international.

 Ce ne sera que quand le Kremlin percevra que les coûts économiques globaux et les risques politiques domestiques entraînés par ces actions lui posent une menace encore plus élevée que les incertitudes découlant de l’européanisation de l’Ukraine que nous pouvons espérer des changements fondamentaux dans sa politique. Si les Occidentaux veulent résoudre ce qu’on appelle « la crise ukrainienne », ils devront augmenter les enjeux pour le Kremlin s’il interfère dans l’est de l’Ukraine. Si au lieu de cela, l’Ouest continue de poursuive ses politiques craintives actuelles, la crise ukrainienne pourrait devenir progressivement un rappel de la crise yougoslave des années 1990. La décision de l’Ukraine en 1994 d’abandonner le troisième arsenal nucléaire mondial pourrait être perçue comme une des décision géopolitiques les plus naïves de l’histoire récente.

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OLENA STEPOVA: “I want you to see the LOVE of those living in Luhansk!”

By Olena Stepova, Luhansk blogger
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

In fire-breathing Luhansk, there is so much real and genuine love. Some couples stayed when one of them had the chance to leave, but they decided to stay with their loved ones, “in sorrow and in joy.”

Adult children stayed to support their sick parents, telling them, “hold on, we are with you, just hold on!”

Old people stayed here, prepared to hang on to their native ground by their teeth and if they had to die, they would do so here, the best place for their sun to rise and for it to set.

The eccentrics in love with their own affairs have stayed on, they do not conceive of themselves being in another place or having a different lifestyle.

I would not ask anyone to undergo this experience. It is not rational. Just know that in this city there is a lot of love. Love is now proving itself with feelings like, “I will always be with you, even if war knocks on our door, I will not leave or betray you.” “You don’t leave the ones you love.” Peace on us all. Peace on those in love. Peace on Luhansk, Donetsk, all Ukraine and the whole world. That’s a post by Yana Yaroshuk. The beginning of the post is not mine. It is Yana Yaroshuk’s status. It is Luhansk. It cries, I cry with it. We love and cry together! I want you to see the LOVE of those living in Luhansk!


When the war is over we will publish many books about the experiences of these days: the books will have the bitterness of truth and an aching sense of betrayal, cruel facts and raw feelings, but the most important thing will be the resonant, rejoicing and redeeming voice of Love! My Luhanshchyna [region of Luhansk] will be there! My Donbas! Somewhere not very far from me, burn Luhansk, Lisichansk, Rubezhnoe, Severodonetsk, Popasnaya, Donetsk; my land is burning, either dying or being purified. We are paying this reckoning not for a betrayal. We are grieving and suffering along with it! Soulful attachment and a falling in love grow, seeing in our region the silky feather grass and rough earth, incomprehensible to reason, reason doesn’t understand the cloud creeping over our land, we protect our country, ourselves, Ukraine, with LOVE! I believe that Ukraine will rise from the ashes like a phoenix, will get stronger, will be saved in the fire and I believe that Love for our Country, the Earth, God, Humanity will win! Those who are purified by this can save the world! Because they recognized Love!

one can drown in eyes –

as if in a lake.

to touch the lips –

is to come into despair.

love is that – which shrinks the mimosa [tree]

from words that are icy, sharp, involuntary.

fly down, butterfly

to burn

in the heart of the flame,

burn in the fire’s mirage.

love is what the blind can see

within the soul, feeling the separation.

sliding over you

with a swan’s feather.


with an understanding of destiny.

love is that which one drinks to the last drop

and smashes the crystal glass against the earth.

Source: Olena Stepova FB


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Wings Phoenix Foundation: July 15. A day in the life of Army volunteers

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

July 15. A phone call from the 80th Company, “Guys, help us out! We were deployed to fend off the A​irport, we are managing for now, but 150 of our Soldiers are in Soviet helmets, they’ll get crushed like nut shells, we already have losses.”

Those who know about the situation with helmets, will understand… To find 100 helmets in a couple of days!? But we are part of Wings Phoenix!

I call Biryukov: “Yura, I rarely ask in an ultimatum, but I urgently need to get 100 helmets for our Airborne [troops] somewhere out of the ground! And one more thing… [we] collected only half of the money…”

In response, [I get] short beeps…

In 15 minutes­–an incoming call: “Pasha, [you need to] pick up 100 helmets tomorrow at this location, I will pay the difference.” Short beeps…

I call Ihor: “Are we going? [We] need a car!”

Ihor: “What, tomorrow? I will find a car, let’s go! Don’t forget to call Zhora!”

[I] dial Zhora: “Have you not unpacked the things yet? Do not unpack [them]!”

100 Belgian Schuberth [helmets] for the kids from western Ukraine, for the 80th [Infantry] Company. [They weigh] about 250 kg [551 lbs]. But there is still room in the car. A generator, backpacks, radios, scopes, sunglasses, gloves, knives… all waiting for dispatch from our warehouse. And there is still [some] room left… It’s decided, we’ll also visit the 8th Special Forces Regiment that fights nearby. Scopes, [armor] vests, Lowa boots, night vision devices, backpacks, medications… Done, no more space! Oh, [we were] lucky to pull away! Let’s go! Slowly, for a long time, dangerously, sleepily, but in the right direction. They are waiting, they are dying there without us…

[We] arrived in time for the next Company’s rotation to the airport. Unloaded. Wow, this was a lot, 100 helmets and how expensive [they were]! But in return we get something from the commander that dismisses all the doubts–a soldier’s “bowler hat” crumpled by a fragment, the very own “eggshell without blend-a-med” [toothpaste commercial in Ukraine where the egg half brushed with blend-a-med remained intact while the untreated half lost its enamel after being soaked in vinegar]…

–And the state the soldiers are fighting for is dressing its heroes in this?

–But we are not for the state, we are [in this] for the people, for you!

–Bye, guys! [We] will come again pretty soon, your needs have been documented! Good luck in combat!

P.S. [They] did manage to retake the Airport. :)

Want to help?
Targeted assistance to the 3rd and 8th Separate Regiments of the Special Forces of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine [DIU] at the Ukrainian MoD:

5168 7554 0240 5506 Paul Kashchuk
4149 4950 0702 0502 Yury Biryukov

PAYPAL Account – [updated on July 22]*
Purpose: transfer to friends or relatives
Message to the recipient: ArmyUA
Other bank requisites:
Progress reports:
Consolidated financial report: (with upcoming changes)
Consolidated photo report:
Other ways to help

Reposts will help, inviting your friends to subscribe to pages, publishing this information in other social networks and online resources.
Coordinators of the 3rd and 8th Separate Regiments of the DIU:
Combat-UA Group

Source: Wings Phoenix Foundation FB 

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