Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 3.3 #FreeSavchenko

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist troops in the conflict zone in Donbas continue concentrating forces and supplies in individual areas and sectors, considerably strengthening their main tactical strike groups. They continue firing on the advanced positions of Ukrainian troops, and carry out tactical-level offensives in some areas.

Over the last 24 hours, we observed three more supply convoys moving to Donbas from the Russian territory – along both the “southern” and “northern” supply routes.

The enemy is working particularly hard to increase the combat capacity of their tactical group in the Novoazovsk sector, by transferring reinforcements from the north (from Telmanove) as well as from the Russian territory (across the Ukrainian-Russian border). At this time, the enemy accumulated 17 tanks (most of them positioned in the northern outskirts of Novoazovsk and further north of the town) and over 30 armored combat vehicles (ACV) in this sector. Small and mobile squads of the ‘Army of the DNR’ [Donetsk People’s Republic] are operating on the ‘front line’ in this area, attempting to push back the Shyrokyne – Pavlopil line occupied by Ukrainian troops.

Current conditions are ideal for the terrorists and Russian mercenaries to carry out operations of this sort – seeing as a lack of strong response on the part of Ukrainian troops (that observe the truce terms under the Minsk Agreements) makes it easier for the enemy to increase the combat capacity of their units. Any action by Ukrainian troops is purely defensive, and they only open fire in retaliation.

In the Alchevsk – Pervomaisk sector, the enemy is actively accumulating resources and supplies, not even trying to fake “withdrawal of heavy armaments and artillery” as in some other areas. Several Russian-terrorist artillery groups are concentrated in the Stakhanov – Bile [pr. Bee-leh] – Alchevsk area (up to 36 cannon artillery units, 12 multiple rocket launcher systems, and 18 self-propelled artillery guns); they are receiving large supplies of ammunition (a temporary transfer and loading station has been created in Stakhanov for this purpose).

The earlier withdrawal of combat equipment by the ‘Army of the LNR’ [Luhansk People’s Republic] north and east of Luhansk proved to be a feint. The insurgents only withdrew malfunctioning and nonoperational equipment deeper inside the territories under their control (specifically: to repair bases). The rest of the equipment and armaments were moved a short distance away, then carefully scattered and camouflaged.

Two composite Russian-terrorist units (a company tactical group and a reinforced tank battalion) are being withdrawn from the Debaltseve area to the south of the Luhansk oblast, for resupplying. These units sustained heavy losses in the Debaltseve springboard battles (the tank battalion lost at least 8 tanks). The units are being withdrawn in parts, predominantly under cover of dark. The enemy is presenting the withdrawal of these units as their “adherence to the Minsk Agreements.”

At the same time, the terrorists are exerting considerable effort to fully restore operation of the Debaltseve railway junction, to speed up the transfer of supplies through this junction station. The first troop train (6 cars) carrying ammunition from the territory of Russia already arrived in the Debaltseve area.

In Donetsk, the terrorists continue concentrating new units in three city districts (Kuibyshivskyi, Kyivskyi, Petrovskyi districts), and heavily shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops using mortars and heavy infantry weapons, and, on occasion, artillery and tank guns. We also observe significant Russian-terrorist activity on the Krasnohorivka – Shumy stretch; specifically, the enemy made several attempts to attack the advance positions of Ukrainian troops using a tactical insurgent group (up to a reinforced platoon in strength), supported by mortars and artillery.

In the Dokuchajevsk – Novolaspa area, the enemy is regrouping their units, concentrating the main troops and forces on the sector northwest of Volnovakha (village of Stepne), and on the stretch between Hranitne and an area south of Telmanove. We observed movement of 13 tanks, 8 ACVs, and 25 tented army trucks.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

Update on Russian-terrorist regrouping efforts as of 03.03.2015:

According to the Information Resistance group’s operational data, Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas regrouped their forces during the night of 03.03.2015.

Specifically, we have reports of personnel and equipment from the ‘DNR’s ‘Vostok’ gang transferring from the vicinity of Panteleimonivka (Donetsk oblast, Yasynuvata district) to the Mariupol sector.

Additionally, a tactical terrorist group staffed by insurgents from the former Ihor “Bes” Bezler gang is transferred to the Horlivka area.

A convoy of up to 40 Russian-terrorist armored vehicles arrived in the vicinity of Pobjeda (Donetsk oblast, Starobesheve district). The convoy includes tanks, ACVs, and armored personnel carriers. The combat equipment is stationed at farming facilities (in this area, the insurgents gave local farmers an early warning to vacate their warehouses [to make room for combat equipment]).

Terrorists did not comply with removal of heavy weapons from the line of confrontation. Photo from the social networks.

Terrorists did not comply with removal of heavy weapons from the line of confrontation. Photo from the social networks.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Nadiya Savchenko: I will not die until we break the walls of this blood-stained prison of nations #FreeSavchenko

By Nadiya Savchenko, via Mark Feygin (lawyer)
Translated by Maria Stanislav and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Today, 03.03.2015, Mark Feygin, Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyer, tweeted the letter Nadiya wrote after the rallies held in her support.

“I thank the people who, on March 1, 2015, joined the rally of solidarity for justice and against criminal death!

I stand with you!

I will not die until we, together, break the walls of this blood-stained prison of nations known as the Kremlin!

With gratitude and respect,
Nadiya Savchenko

Tens of thousands of people took part in a rally in Moscow, to express outrage at the assassination of Boris Nemtsov and demand freedom of Nadiya Savchenko

Tens of thousands of people took part in a rally in Moscow on 03.01.2015, to express outrage at the assassination of Boris Nemtsov and demand freedom for Nadiya Savchenko

Mark Feygin also tweeted that when asked about the state of her health, and the possibility of ending the hunger strike, Nadiya said she is holding on, and promised to remember that Ukrainians and Russians alike are imploring her not to die.

“One way or another, I got her to promise that should things become too horrible [with her health], she will stop. Those were her words…” – Feygin wrote in his twitter on Tuesday, 03.03.

Mark Feygin also mentioned that tomorrow, 03.04.2015, Nadiya will be taken to another court date, for a hearing of the appeal filed by Feygin concerning Nadiya Savchenko’s immunity as a PACE delegate. “She will be able to give some explanations herself,” he tweeted. The hearing will take place in the Moscow Basmanny District court, at 12:30.

At the last hearing, which took place on February 10, the same court ruled to extend Nadiya Savchenko’s detention until May 13, in spite of her continuation of the hunger strike protesting against her unlawful detention. Nadiya made a speech in court at that time, addressing the Russian people.

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Source: Mark Feygin

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Nadiya Savchenko’s Speech in Moscow’s Basmanny Court – VIDEO w/Eng subtitles #FreeSavchenko

Radio Svoboda
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Video subtitles by Voices of Ukraine

The Basmanny District Court, Moscow (Russia) extended the detention of the Ukrainian military serviceman Nadiya Savchenko until May, 13 [2015]. According to the attorneys, if Savchenko remains in detention, she will not survive until May 13, as the hunger strike declared by the defendant by way of protest has been going on for two months now.

VoU: For the full story of Nadiya’s protest, see: Nadiya Savchenko: Anatomy of a Hunger Strike.

Nadiya shouted “Ukraine will win! Glory to Ukraine!” as she was led to the courtroom. The crowd responded with applause and shouts of “Glory to the heroes!”

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Source: Radio Svoboda

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Hope for Nadiya Savchenko: Global Action January 26 #FreeSavchenko

By Voices of Ukraine

“This is not suicide but the only method of fighting available to me.” –Nadiya Savchenko

Yesterday (Jan. 11), Mark Feygin, the attorney for Nadiya Savchenko–a former Ukrainian pilot and now Member of Parliament who was kidnapped and abducted to Russia and is being illegally held on false charges as a Russian captive (perhaps hostage is closer to it)–tweeted an open call for worldwide participation in the January 26th global campaign to support Savchenko, now on her 31st day of a hunger strike in a Russian prison. 4 days ago she was put into solitary confinement for continuing her hunger strike. She takes only warm water and recently a glucose drip, adding only a cup of tea for Ukrainian Christmas. Today (Jan. 12), her lawyer Mark Feygin finally got a chance to meet with Savchenko with an intention to try to get her to stop the hunger strike, as she’s stated she wants to continue until the 26th. Previously, such entreaties by Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko were not heeded by Savchenko. And today, she reiterated that she will continue her hunger strike until she is on Ukraine’s soil or dies in a Russian prison. “I have given my word that ‘Until the day I return to Ukraine, or until the last day of my life in Russia!’ and I will not back down, otherwise what value would my words have?! - she writes in her letter today. (Full translation of her letter here).

Nadiya Savchenko is an elected member of Parliament (Batkivshchyna Party), the hope is that with full delegate authority in PACE she will gain diplomatic immunity and the government of the Russian Federation should release her from custody. This was announced by her lawyer. However, that immunity may only exist for the delegate’s country of origin and not extend to Russia as Russian authorities are claiming. PACE President Anne Brasseur is visiting Kyiv on January 15-16 and perhaps some possibilities may still be worked out.

Mark Feygin also wrote on his Twitter:
“On January 26, the opening day of the PACE session, [I] call to enter the global rally in support of Savchenko, around the world.”

In a separate tweet he also wrote that for the January 26th action there are “no chiefs, no organizers, and so on.” “Coordinate yourselves, organize yourselves” – the lawyer added.

On January 5, social networks launched an online action in support of Savchenko. Activists created and disseminated materials with information about the Ukrainian pilot/MP in Twitter and Facebook networks, with the hashtag #FreeSavchenko. Actions under this hashtag are initiated by British activist Alex King @Glasnost Gone who’s been working very hard to get the word out and to compile statistics and videos on some key Ukrainian issues, Savchenko’s imprisonment being one of them. He is joined by many others including Voices of Ukraine ( and EuromaidanPress (@EMPR), Digital Maidan was asked by the lawyers to help put a twitter storm together as well, and so on outward through the networks of contacts everyone has, in a rhizomatic fashion. Multitudes of other activists have been working enthusiastically on Twitter and in letter writing to media, politicians and PACE members as well. The idea being that a lot of smaller community organizations are now beginning to unite across borders to combine efforts and speak as one united powerful voice for Ukraine on pressure point issues. Please continue to do so within all of your organizations for this action! As Alex King says:

“I joined twitter to try and unite people; to get us all shouting with one voice. Ukrainians all over the world now feel part of something and can help Ukraine. We fight for Nadiya, but by doing so we fight for Ukraine and keep her in the news.”

Currently, there have been around 150,000 tweets since #FreeSavchenko was started on November 19, 2014 and by the 26th this should increase to 200,000. The goal is to reach 1 million tweets on January 26th. As King states, “Much of the media ignore Twitter, campaigns/trends come and go, but its hard to ignore 1 Million Tweets. Also its impossible for the Kremlin to discredit, as the proof is there for all too see. The aim is to get Nadiya front and center in the world news on Jan 26th.

Other goals are to raise global awareness of her plight as her hunger strike continues, to put pressure on media and politicians to raise their voices in outrage over her continued imprisonment under falsified charges and that of other Ukrainian political prisoners of war being held illegally by Russia (it is said that Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is supposed to be released sometime this month by RF authorities but it is entirely unclear when). The Ukrainian captives are unable to get POW status because they are caught in a loophole without an official declaration of war or invasion by either side in this situation. This would de facto make them hostages, even though they are clearly POWs and political prisoners.

On January 26th:
Please have a selfie image like the ones below holding up the #FreeSavchenko hashtag sign prepared to tweet on or before January 26. Take it to hold near something iconic where you live, use your own language as well as the hashtag, let us know where you’re from in the world! Put it on your puppy or cat. The purpose of this kind of photo is to give the media some human interest images to show if they report on the action (and we want to encourage them to report as much as possible as one of the goals of the Twitter storm), so remember to also tweet it to your local or favorite media people. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FreeSavchenko for every single tweet! We need to take the total tweets to 1 million together! And keep tweeting and retweeting the ones at #FreeSavchenko.

If you don’t use Twitter, please feel free to send your images here or post them to our Voices of Ukraine–Official FB page.

Jarema and Veronica Polataiko. Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Jarema and Veronica Polataiko. Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Ewa Janowicz: Poland is here. I`m with you, I'm with Nadiya. Use my pic if you want

Ewa Janowicz: Poland is here. I`m with you, I’m with Nadiya. Use my pic if you want

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

 “But I want to reassure you that I have never been weak and never will be! They cannot break my spirit, and I’m not going to get into battle with the prison guards!  The main thing is to hold out in spirit, and my physical strength will recover. .. And if God has need for something else, then so be it … the loss of one fighter is a very great loss, but it is in no way a lost war!  Ukraine will win!” –Nadiya Savchenko (January 12 letter from prison)


Kharkiv Human Rights Group: Nadiya Savchenko will not end her hunger strike nor let them break her spirit

Kharkiv Human Rights Group: Write to PACE: Nadiya Savchenko has been on hunger strike for 29 days

Washington Post, UA News: Russia’s illegal prisoners of war 


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Vitaly Portnikov: The murder of Hope #FreeSavchenko

By Vitaly Portnikov
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Putin is not pondering the consequences of Savchenko’s death, not because he does not understand them, but because he does not give a damn about them.

The journalist Elena Masyuk, member of the Russian presidential council on human rights, warned Vladimir Putin that the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, kidnapped by him, may die in the coming days. “In the case of the death of Nadiya Savchenko in a Russian jail – in Ukraine she will become a national hero; a volunteer detachment, a military plane and a square in Kyiv will be named in her honour, while Russia will receive the next sanctions list. There is a list for Magnitsky who perished in a Russian jail, now there will also be a list for Savchenko,” – Masyuk stated in her address. Her words resonate almost identically with those written to Putin by the writer Vladimir Voinovich. Both Masyuk and Voinovich are trying to explain to Vladimir Putin that the murder of a brave pilot is not beneficial for him and that it would have been much better for him to find a preventive measure for Savchenko which would allow the Ukrainian to live.

Masyuk and Voinovich are thinking completely logically – but from the point of view of people who do not understand what pleasure murder can bring. I wonder what they would do if they had to persuade Chikatilo?

After all, the difference between a murderer and a psychologically normal person is exactly in that the murder, as an act, delivers the highest pleasure to him. Putin is not pondering the consequences of Savchenko’s death not because he does not understand them, but because he completely does not give a damn about all of what Masyuk is warning about. All pales in comparison with the very possibility to take away someone’s life with impunity, both political risks and some random sanction lists, and other nonsense which is completely uninteresting to the inhabitant of the Kremlin palaces. The consequences of the sanctions can be dealt with by the government. A Savchenko Square will exist only until the day when he captures the city that allowed such sacrilege and renames the square into the square of Heroes of ‘Berkut,’ or other such trash. A military plane can be shot down. But the pleasure from the murder cannot be compared to anything else.

Any forensic psychiatrist who ever talked to people contemplating a crime – specifically contemplating, and not committing a crime of passion – will tell you about this inhuman, devilish satisfaction. It is specifically Russian literature in the face of Fedor Dostoevsky that planted this insane pleasure onto the pedestal of artistic insight. So why are we still surprised that all of this is again happening in Russia? What do Masyuk and Voinovich want from Putin? That he trade the approval of some rotten West for the pleasure of destruction? That some television viewer from “Uralvagonmashzavod,” who is also secretly dreaming of some savage murder, only who, unlike Putin, did not reach the president’s chair and is thus afraid of punishment, say that his president “bent over”? That, in the dictionary of people who destroy planes with children and rejoice at others’ troubles, the word “compassion” appear? Never!

Let Elena Masyuk be glad that she is living for now in a civilized country and that she herself is not murdered after a meeting of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and is not served for dinner to the Emperor under the cameras of Channel 1 or NTV.

And he will kill Savchenko – no matter what Masyuk explains to him.

Source: NewsRu

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Krieg in der Ukraine – Kapituliert die EU-Politik im Angesicht der Realität?

Ruine des Donetsker Flughafens / Foto «Правда ДНР / Pravda DPR» information portal official Youtube channel

Ruine des Donetsker Flughafens / Foto «Правда ДНР / Pravda DPR» information portal official Youtube channel

Eine wertegeleitete EU-Außenpolitik benötigt einen mächtigen Hebel … nicht die Sanktiönchen, die bisher beschlossen wurden, sondern ernsthafte Sanktionen, die Russlands Führung mehr schmerzen als bisher. Zwar hat es die russische Propagandamaschinerie geschafft, ihrer Bevölkerung Sanktionen gegen einzelne Personen, Banken und Unternehmen als Angriff gegen alle Russen zu verkaufen, doch in diesen sauren Apfel muss Europa nun beißen. Die Geschichte wird die Toten dieses Krieges nicht wiederaufstehen lassen können, doch sie wird diese Verfälschungen gerade rücken. Schuld daran, dass die russische Bevölkerung leidet, trägt nicht Europa, sondern die russische Führung.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 2.28 #FreeSavchenko

information_resistance_logo_engDmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front)
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Operational data from Information Resistance:

In the conflict zone in the Donbas, Russian-terrorist forces continue to grossly violate the ceasefire, firing at the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area ​​of the ATO and attempting offensive actions. In particular, during the past 24 hours (02.27), two tactical units of insurgents and Russian mercenaries attempted to attack the positions of the ATO forces with the support of armored vehicles in the vicinity of Opytne. The attack was repulsed by the concentrated fire of Ukrainian units occupying defensive positions in this section. Also, 4 instances of the use of MLRS against the positions of Ukrainian troops by terrorists have been observed during the past 24 hours in the direction of Donetsk.

Ukrainian soldiers guard a road atop their military vehicle near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

Ukrainian soldiers guard a road atop their military vehicle near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Source

At the same time, Russian-terrorist troops continue to regroup their manpower and equipment, meanwhile actively restoring combat capability of a number of groups that have suffered significant casualties in previous confrontations. Particularly active is the regrouping of terrorist forces conducted in the Alchevsk-Stakhanov stretch, in the Donetsk and seaside (Mariupol) directions.

In particular, movement of 28 vehicles with personnel and ammunition, accompanied by 6 armored vehicles, has been observed towards the line of contact in the vicinity of ​​Alchevsk (the settlement of Perevalsk).

In Donetsk, the transfer of reinforcements for gangs operating in the Petrovskyi and Kuibyshev city districts is observed (up to 20 cars with personnel came from the direction of Snizhne). Also, the movement of several mortar units has been noted towards the Pisky-Avdiivka stretch (a total of 18 mortars). In the Donetsk direction, an increase in the activity of enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups has been observed.

Terrorists are actively disguising the movement of armored vehicles and artillery. In the vicinity of Olenivka-Stepne, the maneuvers of armored vehicle groups have been recorded (8 vehicles, including 4 tanks). In particular, the insurgents are conducting a demonstrative pullback of this equipment from their positions to the rear during daytime, and then return [the equipment] to the positions in the dark.

In the area southeast of Dokuchajevsk, formations of Russian-terrorist forces have actively attacked the advanced positions of Ukrainian troops with mortars and cannon artillery during the last three days. Throughout yesterday, firestrikes intensified, prompting retaliation by the Ukrainian artillery. Ukrainian artillery struck the firing positions of two terrorist firing units (one of them – a mortar battery with 4 mortars).

In the area of Mayorsk, armed confrontations between terorrists and the ATO forces with small arms and grenade launchers continued throughout the day. Despite the ceasefire, insurgents persistently try to oust Ukrainian troops from their current positions.

In the vicinity of Torez, a cargo truck from the ‘DNR’ supply convoy hit a land mine. There are wounded among the individuals who ‘accompanied’ [the convoy] (all –citizens of the Russian Federation).

Wounded insurgents from the ‘LNR’ and ‘DNR,’ who are evacuated from the territory of Donbas, only get admitted to hospitals in Rostov-on-Don (Russia) during after hours, at nighttime.

A tightening of access control by the Russian border units and customs agencies of the Russian Federation has been observed on a stretch on the border with Russia in Luhansk region that is currently not under Ukraine’s control. During inspection and border control, Russian security forces began to demand documents issued by Ukraine, rejecting documents issued by ‘LNR,’ ‘DNR,’ and ‘Novorossiya.’ Vehicle owners are forced to take down ‘Novorossiya’ license plate stickers while crossing the border.

Photo by Gleb Garanich for Reuters

Ukrainian soldier takes a smooth moment for a smoke and reflection. Photo by Gleb Garanich for Reuters. Source

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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