Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – July 29, 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 29, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for July 28).

The bad news:

1. Russia continues to attack. The NSDC [National Security and Defense Council] states: Russian troops daily conduct on average 3 to 5 artillery shellings of Ukrainian security forces at the territory of Ukraine from the territory of the Russian Federation.

I cannot understand why no one is able to beat an explanation out of Putin about these mad and bloody provocations. Americans have already provided illustrative evidence that Russia is waging these attacks. We have plentry of evidence ourselves. But nobody wants to put pressure on Moscow to get it to recognize these very obvious facts.

Ay, UN, say “hi” to sweet-talking grandfather Ban Ki-moon. Also, send our regards to the omniscient and all-knowing guys from the OSCE.

2. Terrorist from the DNR [Donetsk People’s Republic] killed a child after intentionally firing at one of the minivans in a convoy of local residents who attempted to take their children out of Donbas [in Horlivka]. Here, there is no excuse for “accidental” fire. This is a heinous crime for which someone must be held responsible, if the concept of justice still exists.

… Our message in this regard, in which we made ​​a mistake (by saying that it was a minivan with children from various orphanages) was widely refuted by officials of various [government] civilian agencies. I will not argue about this–we are to blame for the inaccuracy we allowed. But I was amazed that the Interior Ministry [who oversees the police] also took to refuting this fact.

Fair enough, ombudsmen and the Health Ministry with the Donetsk Oblast City Administration are responsible only for “their” children, for whom they bear direct responsibility (although I don’t see point-blank any difference in which child has died–be it an orphanage or a family). But in theory, the Interior Ministry should report such crimes to us itself, or at least verify the information and not indiscriminately join in the general chorus.

Although in a sense, there is hardly anything useful in these disputes–you cannot give back a child’s life after all…

3. It seems that since the Kremlin has set itself the task to demonize itself as a fully-fledged “evil empire,” it will no longer deviate from this path (of course, not without help). Covering for and shielding terrorists goes beyond all imaginable limits.

Thus, Russia’s permanent representative at the UN, Vitaly Churkin announced that the DNR fighters, who controlled the Boeing-777 crash site and [who] stole belongings from the deceased passengers, along with the local residents, cannot be called looters. “Why are the locals collecting something? Because it literally falls on their heads,” said Churkin. And the militants, according to him, loot because [they] “don’t have proper training” (presumably, this is the criticism of Russian FSB and GRU training centers where terrorists are being trained).

Obviously, Churkin himself, who doesn’t consider the appropriation of victims’ belongings a sin, used to rob graves during his youth. What is so wrong [about it], when they [the belongings] are “literally” lying under your feet?

By this Kremlin logic, there is nothing wrong about the amusements of SS soldiers in pulling the gold teeth from concentration camps victims–why should the property go to waste? The affinity between the regimes is palpable.

The good news:

1. The ATO [anti-terrorist operation] forces freed a number of settlements. The biggest gift of the day–Debaltseve–is a very convincing step toward a full decoupling of the LNR [Luhansk People’s Republic] and DNR.

It would be untrue to say that these successes come easily to the ATO forces. But they do come, and this is most important.

2. Clearly, if one repeats a mantra long enough, it will eventually materialize. The EU kept sending messages about the introduction of the third round of sanctions against Russia for so long, that as a result they eventually had to accept these sanctions. Today, the ambassadors of EU member states made this decision during a meeting in Brussels.

Dear European officials, please forgive my lightweight sarcasm–[I] just couldn’t believe in the reality of these promises. But they are being realized, albeit in a rather softer option, and this is important.

… I especially liked the French. They, pitiful things, still managed to bargain for their right to deliver the “Mistrals” to Russia–because the EU sanctions in the weapons supply will not touch the contracts that have been entered into earlier. Oh, brother [François] Hollande, you should play the shell game at the [railway] station–you have an obvious talent for petty fraud.

Although thank you, Europe, for what you’ve accomplished.

3. And from the fun [news]: the propagandists from the Russian media continue burning napalm.

LifeNews reported today that Russian scientists have discovered how to treat HIV and are ready to cure all the children from Eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government won’t let them go to Russia.

We are happy for the Russian scientists, although we would like to suggest that for starters, they should learn how to treat the Russian journalists’ confabulations. It is desirable that they do so rectally–that is, through the same spot which LifeNews representatives use to depict their thought processes.

Moskovsky Komsomolets [newspaper] picked up the baton of stupidity. The unique specimens from this publication reprinted a statement by the German media with a confession by an unnamed Ukrainian pilot who allegedly steered the Su-25 [fighter jet] and downed the Malaysian Boeing.

However, the Russian journos failed to clarify that their original “news” source was a German website Allgemeine Morgenpost Rundschau. The website editorial board indicates that all information on their website is fiction. Once again, it’s completely in the spirit of “Russian journalism.”

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

Ukrainian Air Force Su-25UB with two MiG-29s 9-13 in background

Ukrainian Air Force Su-25UB with two MiG-29s 9-13 in background

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – July 28, 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 28, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for July 25).

The bad news:

1. Nevertheless, “Putin’s distemper” is a very cruel thing. And it seems that the Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov is somewhere at its penultimate stage.

It is difficult to say whether he still recognizes his wife or if he can defecate by himself, but he is absolutely sure that what is happening in Ukraine is directed against Russia. In particular, Lavrov claimed today that the Maidan that took place in Ukraine is a “geopolitical project against Russia.”

I understand that all the free-from-lying time Mr. Lavrov has, he spends shaking up cupboards and peeking under sofas looking for Banderites and CIA agents.

I think it is no longer possible to help him. It remains only to warn diplomats from other countries that they should be more careful with Lavrov at any international get-togethers. Fuck knows how this infection spreads.

2. Today, Aidar Battalion reported: for the past 24 hours, the battalion has incurred serious losses. Four of our border control guards died yesterday as a result of the artillery shelling from the Russian territory. Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers and the National Guard keep dying.

These guys have fulfilled their duty to the very end. The freed land of Donbas must always remember this blood shed by patriots. Eternal memory to the heroes.

3. Russia continues to build up the number of its troops near the state border with Ukraine.

In addition to the units previously concentrated at the border, [new] units from other regions of Russia are currently being deployed. Earlier, the movement of the divisions of the 32nd Motorized Rifle Brigade and the 24th Separate Brigade of the GRU of the General Staff were recorded from Novosibirsk Oblast [region].

This weekend, we documented the redeployment of units from the Russian 200th Motorized Rifle Brigade [MRB] to the state border with Ukraine. It looked strange, given that the Brigade’s permanent place of deployment is in the Murmansk Oblast [region] of Russia [in the northwest]. Today, however, these data have been confirmed.

The 200th MRB has tanks, BM-21 “Grad” and BM-27 “Hurricane” MLRS, 2SZ “Acacia” self-propelled artillery at its disposal. That is everything that Putin’s troops have unleashed on Ukraine in recent weeks.

The good news:

1. The ATO forces took Debaltseve and the elevated Hora Savur Mohyla, and entered into Shakhtersk, Torez [Donetsk Oblast], and Lutugino [Luhansk Oblast]. Pervomaisk and Snizhne are currently being freed, Horlivka is next.

In fact, two strategic objectives are currently being resolved in the ATO. The first [objective] is to finally “separate” the DNR and LNR [Donetsk- and Luhansk People’s Republics]. The second [objective] is to fully unblock and fortify our divisions in the sector along the border, and to conduct the personnel rotation [in those units]. Not as fast as we would like [it to be], but still, these tasks are getting done.

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2. The Russian version of the Malaysian Boeing-777 crash, born in the depths of a Russian propaganda office under the name of the “General Staff of the Russian Federation,” is crumbling before our eyes.

Experts from the international commission that is studying the causes of the airplane crash reported: the data from the flight recorders of the aircraft indicate that a rocket blow was the cause of the destruction and the crash. And today, the chief designer of the Su-25 fighter jet Volodymyr Babak (since it is well-known that Russia insists that the “Boeing” was shot down by a Ukrainian Su-25) announced that the passenger airliner could not have been brought down by this fighter jet–and clearly explained why this was extremely unlikely in the technical sense.

Thus, the circle closes. It is obvious that the plane got struck by a surface-to-air missile system [SAM], and there is enough data regarding who had this SAM in their possession.

We have no doubts as to whose fault this is, but the international community demands concrete evidence. And this evidence does not keep you waiting.

3. Five-party talks were held between the U.S., France, and the heads of government of Germany, the UK and Italy. The result–an agreement on new sanctions against Russia. Now, finally: sectoral sanctions. An informal assessment of the effect of these sanctions has already been publicized–up to 100 billion Euros over two years.

At the same time, Russia lost the court case at the Hague, initiated by former Yukos shareholders, and [it] will need to reimburse them $50 billion in damages.

In Russian literature, in these cases one uses the interjection, “Oh!”
In a Hollywood blockbuster [one uses], “Oops…!”

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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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

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!!!

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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Urgently Needed Combat Lifesaver Training Courses for Ukrainian Soldiers Take It to the Frontlines (Eyewitness)

By Marko Suprun, Coordinator, Combat Lifesaver training for Patriot Defence
Edited by Voices of Ukraine
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I wasn’t there.

Last week I didn’t visit a new base in the east with a group of Ukrainian medics, certified in Combat Lifesaver (CLS) training. We didn’t train them in critical lifesaving skills, run several combat and evacuation simulations, nor did we give them a few Improved First Aid Kits (IFAK).

For the moment, the base is a secret as is the unit stationed there. Ivan, one of the officers, told me that despite their efforts to dampen mobile communications they can do little to halt the flow of information. Cryptographic communication equipment would help in their protection as much as the IFAK.

The unit is tactically advanced, yet they have little to no training in life saving techniques and are minimally equipped with bandages and an old Soviet rubber tourniquet that breaks. Yuri, a member of the unit with some basic first aid training, invited us to the base through a friend of a friend to conduct the training.

There are many efforts underway to provide help to Ukraine’s patriots, yet not all are useful, despite their good intentions. A few months ago, we collected the IFAKs and gave them to a few units. They opened them and were impressed by the contents, but admitted to not knowing how to use it. We realized then, that they haven’t had the requisite training. And the training is as important if not more than the IFAK.

After speaking with people who have combat experience, we learned from them that not all training is the same. For example, EMT training is the right thing for civilian applications, but doesn’t quite fit in a combat environment. Yet, an EMT trained professional can certainly adapt their skills with Combat Lifesaver and become a huge asset to a unit deployed in the field. In other words, training the soldiers and training new trainers is what’s needed today.

Yuri told us about his brother-in-arms, Roman, who was wounded with what we understood to be a pneumothorax. He managed to hold on for a few hours, fully conscious as they waited for an evacuation that never came because of the situation. Roman talked with Yuri about his mother and family back home and how much he was looking forward to seeing them again. And then he died. After the course, Yuri was convinced that if they had the equipment in the IFAK, a decompression needle, a Halo Chest seal and the right training, things could have turned out differently.

I didn’t say good-bye to Ivan the next day when he was called into action. He told me to thank the diaspora for his IFAK and the training because now he feels that his odds of surviving this war are a little better. He said he might return home minus a limb, and that’s okay because dead men don’t need prosthetics.

I didn’t see or hear any of this because I wasn’t there.  Russia has undeclared a war against Ukraine, but the wounded and the need for lifesaving training and equipment is very real.


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.



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‘Ukrainische Rebellen’ sind weder Ukrainer noch Rebellen

Foto: Maxim Zmeyev - Reuters

Foto: Maxim Zmeyev – Reuters

Von Casey Michael, Bischkek in “The Moscow Times” 28. Juli 2014 (Übersetzung)

So langsam kommen wir über den Abschuss des Malaysia Airlines Flugs MH17 hinweg, und nach und nach wird es immer klarer, dass die Wahrscheinlichkeit einer richtigen internationalen Untersuchung, die von externen Akteuren ungehindert durchgeführt werden kann, sich praktisch in Luft aufgelöst hat. Es gab zahlreiche Berichte über Manipulationen seitens der Separatisten an der Absturzstelle, über die Verhinderung des Zugangs der internationalen Ermittler zur Absturzstelle und sogar über Plünderungen der Leichen, wobei Bargeld und andere Wertsachen abhanden kamen. Continue reading

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