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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Please support the heroic efforts of Patriot Defence volunteers working to get Improved First Aid Kits and professional NATO combat medical training into the hands of Ukrainian soldiers to save lives. It’s needed now more urgently than ever.

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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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Arzt aus Odessa: „Ich sah die Augen eines russischen Kommandeurs voller Tränen…“

Ein Arzt aus Odessa leitete die Operation zur Rettung der Soldaten, die bei Starobeschewo unter Beschuss geraten waren. Er war direkt in der Hölle und brachte über 700 Verwundete heraus.

Anatoli Sadownik mit Krankenschwestern, Quelle:

Anatoli Sadownik mit Krankenschwestern, Quelle:

Militärärzte konnten innerhalb von vier Tagen über 700 Verletzte und Gefangene aus Starobeschewo herausholen, wo am 29. August Freischärler ukrainische Soldaten beschossen hatten, die nach einer Vereinbarung mit der russischen Partei den Kessel von Ilowajsk verließen.

Journalisten von sprachen mit Anatoli Sadownik, einem Arzt aus Odessa, dem Chef des medizinischen Diensts, der bei der Rettungsaktion unserer Verwundeten dabei war.

In Friedenszeiten leitet er das Kindersanatorium „Lustdorf“. Nach seiner Einberufung begann er, das Leben unserer Soldaten in einem Feldlazarett im Gebiet von Saporoschje zu retten. Nach dem Beschuss einer Kolonne kam Sadownik vier Tage lang nicht zum Schlafen, er musste sich mit den DNRlern und Russen einigen, auf Grausamkeit und Barmherzigkeit stoßem, dem Tod in die Augen sehen und er rettete Hunderten das Leben.

Anatoli Sadownik, wieso rief man Sie an, wenn Sie doch Chefarzt eines Kindersanatoriums sind?

Ich bin Chirurg, aber arbeitete lange Zeit nicht als solcher, und trotzdem blieben die Fähigkeiten erhalten. Ich ging ins Lazarett und versuchte es. Ich führte eine Operation durch und so ergab es sich. Ich versuchte erst gar nicht, mich der Vorladung zu entziehen, obwohl ich es aus medizinischer Sicht hätte tun können. Ein Psychiater wunderte sich darüber am meisten. „Ich versteh das nicht? Ein Chefarzt mit drei Kindern. Warum brauchst Du das?“ Nun, wir verstanden einander. Ich erklärte ihm, dass es meine Bürgerpflicht sei. Es ist so, wie Makarewitsch in seinem neuen Lied singt: „Statt sich einen Heiligenschein aufzusetzen, ist es besser, nicht schlecht zu sein.“ Ich wurde aufgefordert, am 18. August ins Feldlazarett zu gehen und sofort gab es harte Arbeit. Der allererste Fall war eine Wunde, die ein großkalibriges Maschinengewehr verursacht hatte. Der Brustkasten des Verletzten war buchstäblich nach Außen gedreht und zusätzlich war sein rechter Arm praktisch abgerissen worden. Ich setzte ihn in 3-4 Stunden wieder zusammen und rettete ihn. Dann riefen wir das Lazarett in Dnepropetrowsk an, wohin man ihn später brachte. Er lebt. Er ist gesund. Sein Arm ist noch dran. Und dann ging es weiter. Einer nach dem anderen.

Wie kamen Sie in die Region von Starobeschewo?

Am 26./27. August kam der Befehl, in die Region von Starobeschewo zu fahren. Uns war ein Sanitärbataillon aus Poltawa zugewiesen. Man sagte, dass wir Verwundete abholen sollen, aber der Platz reichte nicht. Tatsächlich war es eine Militäroperation. Über die Soldaten, die uns begleiteten, möchte ich etwas hervorheben. Dort war ein Oberst Alexander Nikolajewitsch (bis zum Abschluss der ATO ziehen es die Soldaten vor, keine Nachnamen zu nennen – der Artikelautor), ein echter Oberst. Ich hatte noch nie solche Menschen getroffen. Wie er mit den DNRlern und Russen verhandelte, wie er ohne kugelsichere Weste ging. Diesen Heldenmut muss man sehen. Wir waren in zwei Kolonnen. Meine fuhr bis Starobeschewo, aber die zweite ließ man an der Straßensperre der DNR nicht durch. In meiner Kolonne war nur ich Arzt.

Sie mussten sich mit den Freischärlern einigen, damit diese die Verwundeten freigeben?

Ja. Wir waren gar nicht darauf gefasst, dass man solche Verhandlungen führen muss. Man hielt uns an der Straßensperre an und alle wurden gefragt, woher wer kommt. Alle waren aus Poltawa, und dann ich – aus Odessa. Und mir wurde daraufhin gesagt, dass ich jetzt für den 2. Mai büßen müsse. Alles sehr emotional, aber ich konnte ihnen meine Position und Aufgabe erklären. Danach wussten bereits alle, dass ein Arzt aus Odessa mitfährt und man ließ uns ohne Probleme durch. Zur Ausfuhr der Verwundeten und Gefangenen einigten wir uns mit Russen. Ich lernte einen russischen Bataillonskommandeur kennen. Wir standen bereits in der Sowjetunion zur gleichen Zeit im Dienst. Ich sah seine Augen. Er hatte sie voller Tränen. Er sagte: „Kollege, ich wollte sie doch nicht erschießen. Ich erhielt den Befehl drei Minuten bevor die Kolonne auftauchte. Ich verstand, dass sie auf offenem Feld sind, von zwei Seiten – direkt im Visier, das ist ein Todesurteil. Aber ich hatte den Befehl.“

Ich sage jetzt nichts über die Anzahl der Toten. Wir sahen schreckliche Dinge. Der Bataillonskommandeur bedauerte sein Tun. Er half uns und gab uns eine Begleitung. Hier noch ein weiterer Fall: Es war der letzte Tag – ich, Oberst Alexander Nikolajewitsch und ein weiterer Oberoffizier, Michail. Wir sprachen mit dem russischen Offizier. Da kamen sieben Autos mit DNRlern und benahmen sich insgesamt sehr auffällig. „Sergej, für wen kämpfen Sie? Gegen wen kämpfen Sie?“ fragte ich den russischen Bataillonskommandeur, nachdem sie wieder weg waren. Er antwortete nicht, aber ich verstand alles ohne Worte. Das ist die allgemeine Stimmung in der russischen Armee. Wenigstens bei denen, die wir trafen. Und viele wollen diesen Krieg nicht. „Wir kämpften, aber wir wollen nicht gegen Euch kämpfen,“ sagen sie.

Wie brachten Sie die Verwundeten heraus?

Wir brachten sie alle in den Bezirk von Starobeschewo. Die Verwundeten lagen direkt auf dem Boden. Sowohl sie, als auch die Gefangenen, verstanden, dass wir nicht alle mitnehmen würden, weil der Platz einfach nicht reichte. Ich trat vor eine Gruppe Leute, die sich abseits hielt – sie unterschieden sich von den anderen, diszipliniert und gefasst. Ich fragte, ob es Verwundete gibt. „Ja, ich habe hier einen Durchschuss; ja, ich habe eine Quetschung; ja, bei mir an der Schulter, aber ein Arzt hat es verbunden, danke.“ „Dann setzt Euch ins Fahrzeug,“ sagte ich. „Nein, andere brauchen das vielmehr,“ antworteten sie. Stellen Sie sich das vor! Sie wussten sehr wohl, dass wir nicht mehr zurückkommen. Und sie sagten, dass andere eher Hilfe brauchen. Das war das Bataillon „Switjas“ – Jungs aus der Westukraine, die man die schrecklichen Bandera-Anhänger nennt. Was für ein Mensch muss man sein, um sich so zu verhalten? Letztlich fanden wir Platz und nahmen alle mit. Aus ihrem Bataillon überlebten nur 11 Leute. Heute sind sie zu Hause, wir telefonieren regelmäßig.

Wissen Sie, welche Bataillone unter Beschuss gerieten?

Ich sah, wie ein Zug des Bataillons „Dnepr“ unter Beschuss geriet. Von ihm blieb nichts übrig. Er wurde klassisch beschossen, wie in Afghanistan. Sie kamen auf der Zentralstraße ins Dorf. Das erste und letzte Fahrzeug wurde in Brand gesetzt und der Rest einfach beschossen. Es war zu sehen, wie die Jungs starben – eine Spezialeinheit. An den Uniformen und der Ausrüstung konnte man erkennen, dass es Offiziere waren. Es war ein fürchterlicher Anblick. Es waren 40 oder 50 Mann und keiner überlebte. Das waren Spezialeinheiten aus Kirowograd und Winniza. Alle suchten nach ihnen, und wir sahen sie. Das war kein Schlachtfeld, sondern ein Gemetzel.

Wurde Ihnen von dem Sanitätsbataillon geholfen?

Ja, natürlich. Die Jungs heulten. Vielen wurde schlecht. Sie hatten so etwas noch nie gesehen. Aber obwohl sie weinten, weigerte sich niemand, die Soldaten auf Tragen zu bringen. Ich war als Arzt vorbereitet und an offene Wunden gewohnt, aber die Jungs – nein. Und was wir sahen, solche Verwundungen, das war schrecklich. Etwas später lernten sie, wie man einen Verband anlegt und Präparate vorbereitet. Einfach super Jungs. Die Soldaten zeigten sich von ihrer allerbesten Seite. Das beweist ihren unerhörten Mut und ehrt sie.

Quelle: Jewgenia Genowa,, 10. September 2014

Übersetzung: VoU / JD, 22. September 2014

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Updates from the “ceasefire zone,” 9/20

information_resistance_logo_engBy Dmitry 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 conflict zone in the Donbas Russian-terrorist forces continue to conduct active offensive operations and shelling on the positions of Ukrainian troops. The most difficult situation is in the area of ​​Donetsk, Debaltseve, Mariupol.

Conflict News ‏@rConflictNews  6h Incredible image of the chemical plant explosion in #Donetsk this morning. via @MarQs__

Conflict News ‏@rConflictNews 6h
Incredible image of the chemical plant explosion in #Donetsk this morning.
via @MarQs__

The enemy does not stop trying to seize the airport in Donetsk, it is under continued attacks and attempts to storm it. Russian troops are pulling tube artillery [mortars] and MLRS to the airport.

The rotation of troops has been observed in the area of the Spartak Airport, while in the Spartak Sports Center there is active equipment going into hidden positions, an expected arrival of new units, including units of the Russian army.

Near Donetsk, 2 batteries of the Russian 240-mm mortar 2S4 Tyulpan, or “Tulip” have been recorded being moved.

By Panteleymonivka (Donetsk region), a maneuverable armored group of Russian troops has been transferred.

Russian-terrorist troops are being trained to centralized counter-battery battle against the artillery units of Ukrainian troops. Russian experts have arrived to organize this type of action.

In the DNR [Donetsk People's Republic] the decision to mine “dangerous” sites (in terms of a possible Ukrainian offensive) was accepted. At the moment, they have created a centralized reserve of mines transported from Russia for various purposes, including to conduct sabotage and guerrilla warfare.

Active shelling on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area of Mariupol and also civilian targets have been observed. There is an accumulation of Russian-terrorist forces in the coastal sector. Russian troops are massively disguised amongst the “militia.” Near Novoazovsk a “training center” has been created for the training of local “militant” groups which operate in conjunction with the Russian army units.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Semyon Semyonchenko: The Foreign Affairs Committee of the [US] Senate unanimously approved the “The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014″ today

Photo source: interview , Sept. 13th.

Photo: 09/13/2014.

By Semyon Semyonchenko, Commander, Donbas Battalion
09.18.2014 – 9:24pm
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Washington, DC – The Foreign Affairs Committee of the [US] Senate unanimously approved the “The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014” by a vote today (18 – for, 0 – against).

…. The law requires that the president apply sanctions against:

  • Rosoboronexport and other Russian firms in the defense industry, who contribute to instability in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Syria;
  • Companies worldwide that make significant investments in Russian crude oil and, in particular, alternative energy projects;
  • Gazprom, if the President determines that Gazprom is deliberately withholding a significant supply of natural gas from member countries of NATO or further withholds such supplies from countries such as Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

The law also authorizes imposing restrictions on transactions of foreign financial institutions in the banking system of the United States, if it is determined that the financial institution has engaged in significant sanctionable transactions related to Russia’s defense and energy sectors, or significant transactions on behalf of any Russian individual or entity, which has been sanctioned in connection with the crisis in Ukraine.

This legislation authorizes the President of the United States to provide military assistance to Ukraine, including:

  • Provision of defense articles, defense services and training to the Government of Ukraine for the purpose of countering offensive weapons and the reestablishing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including anti-tank and anti-tank armor weapons; weapons and ammunition for the crews; anti-artillery radars to identify and target artillery batteries; fire control, range finders, optical equipment; guidance and control equipment; surveillance drones for tactical forces, and secure command and communications equipment.

This law authorizes the allocation of $ 350 million in the 2015 fiscal year to carry out these activities.

P.S. now we need them to vote for this bill in the Senate and Congress.

PS2. Tomorrow I will sit down write a post on the preliminary results of our trip, we really did a lot. More can be done. I hope those guys with whom I met in the diaspora, will keep on trying.

PS3. about having fun. Today friends sent the link to the next opus of Rashistic tv. NTV yesterday, today, even Channel 1 gets stars. NTV was philosophizing, saying that the CIA is preparing a new military coup in Ukraine, and they say I should do it. The reality of the other channels is as simple as an axe. We are meeting in Washington with old Nazis who lurk here … Against the backdrop of the childlike simplicity of Russian media the efforts of our domestic “Internet killers” seem like the height of deceit. Apparently the audiences are different nonetheless …

I know back home it’s 4 in the morning, here, only half past nine. I want to go home already … Goodnight

Glory to Ukraine.

Source: Semyon Semyonchenko FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Updates from the #WhatCeasefire ceasefire zone, 9/19

information_resistance_logo_engBy Dmitry 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 Donbas the tensest situation persists in the areas of Donetsk, Horlivka, Debaltseve. Russian-terrorist forces continue active operations to oust the Ukrainian troops from their present positions, accompanied by shelling, including the use of heavy weapons.

In the direction of Telmanove-Starobesheve a replacement of the units of the regular Russian army with units from the local terrorists has been observed, their level of training and discipline are significantly lower. At the same time the Russian army units are being transferred to Debaltseve and Donetsk.

On the seaside there is a rotation of Russian-terrorist forces, in which Russian conscripts are being replaced by contract soldiers. The conscript soldiers are being sent to Russia.

Also in the last 2 days the arrival from Russia to Donbas of 2 new companies of tactical groups and units of the spetsnaz GRU Armed Forces was observed. The Russian Battery 240-mm mortar 2S4 “Tulip” (4 pcs.) has also been identified.

There is marked activation of sabotage and reconnaissance groups of enemy troops on territories controlled by Ukraine primarily in the Luhansk region and in the coastal direction (in the direction of the areas of Volnovaha-Mariupol).

At night, grenade launchers were fired at the house of the head of the rayon [district] state administration of Markivka township (territory controlled by the Ukrainian military). Two people were wounded, including the head of the administration.

Members of the FSB [Security Service] of the Russian Federation working in the “governing structures” of the DPR [Donetsk People's Republic] and LPR [Luhansk People's Republic] terrorist organizations are being replaced by representatives of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces General Staff of the Russian Federation. In Stakhaniv and Antratsyt, local insurgents are growing increasingly disgruntled with the Russian command of the terrorist organizations, and discussing the possibility of creating their own “republics.” Because of this, we observe increasingly frequent shoot-outs between representatives of local gangs.

In Novoazovsk, the command of the Russian terrorist forces attempted to organize a rally “in support of novorossiya,” for the benefit of the Russian TV camera crews. The headcount of this forced rally did not exceed 200 people.

In Snizhne, a “repair base” is reportedly being created to repair damaged military equipment and arm the Russian terrorist forces. Mobile repair equipment complexes have been deployed to this area from Russia.

Alex Panchenko ‏@AlexPanchenko2  Sep 18 An SS-21 ballistic missile fell on this #Snizhne yard (app. #UXO ). Beside that, "ceasefire holds" (C). #Ukraine

Alex Panchenko ‏@AlexPanchenko2  Sep 18
An SS-21 ballistic missile fell on this #Snizhne yard (app. #UXO ). Beside that, “ceasefire holds” (C). #Ukraine

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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