Dmitry Tymchuk: Military Updates, 11/26

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Throughout the day about 50 attacks by Russian-terrorist troops onto the positions of Ukrainian troops were recorded in the directions of:

• Luhansk – 16;
• Donetsk – 16;
• Debaltsevoe – 15.

In the district of Donetsk the leadership of the insurgents is actively pursuing the reshaping of their tactical groups. Some of the groups are strengthened, some disbanded – with the transfer of “individual personnel” to that of other gangs, causing conflict among the militants from the disbanded groups. To carry out these organizational and staff measures in the enemy’s main forces that operate in the field, they were previously withdrawn from the line of contact with the Ukrainian troops.

In addition, the rearmament and resupply of “DNR” units due to the “aid” that comes from Russia is being actively carried out. And although the bulk of the activities to enhance the combat capability of units was almost completed about 10-11 days ago, during the last 2-3 days “DNR” formations were given a pretty serious updating in both manpower, and equipment and weapons. In particular, a further increase in the number of militant mortars was recorded.

The Command of the Russian-terrorist forces continues to strengthen its formations in the north and north-west of Luhansk region (Pervomaisk, the districts of Trokhizbenka–Slovianoserbsk, as well as in the zone of Shchastya–Stanytsia Luhansk) by resupplying its units with manpower, weapons and military equipment.

In these areas, the appearance of two new companies of Russian troop tactical and artillery groups was recorded. As part of the composition of these RTGs [companies of tactical groups], in total there are about 35 armored vehicles (including – 10 tanks), in the composition of the artillery group – 22 guns (including 8 MLRS). One group arrived in the area of Shchastya–Stanytsia Luhansk, and the other advanced to the flank position of the Ukrainian troops in the district of Verhulivka.

Russian command again actualizes the question of the “conservation” of armaments and equipment transferred to the militants. In particular, there are some problems with the organization of the repair of damaged military equipment, fighters spend too much time on routine maintenance because of problems with regular resupply and spare parts, and the equipment necessary to specific operational areas. There were at least 5 collection points, grading and repair of damaged pieces of weaponry and military equipment were recorded. Russian specialists perform the very final culling. In this regard, on the orders of the Russian command of the command structures of the “DNR” and “LNR,” the most stringent orders were issued on the need to “carefully use heavy weapons and equipment” in battle.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military Updates, 11/25

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

During the past 24 hours, Russian-terrorist troops opened fire about 35 times. The most active fire was led by the enemy in the directions of:
Donetsk – 12 attacks;
• Luhansk -–12 attacks;
• Debaltseve – 7 attacks. 

The fire was mostly mortars (12 attacks) and MLRS (9 attacks). Cannon artillery (7 attacks) and small arms were used less actively.

Russian-terrorist troops are preparing for active operations in the cold season, by applying the tactics of using “small groups.” For this purpose, units from the RF Special Forces enter into the structure of the formed strike groups, as well as launching large-scale training by specialists from among the militant groups (training is conducted on the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as directly in the combat zone). The necessary reserve supplies of material and technical means are being created, bases and strongholds, with efforts directed to centralize the process. In this regard, the presence in the territory of a number of relevant Donbas “trainers” from the Russian special services, who do not only train militants to conduct the “war in small groups,” but also to control the execution of tasks directly in the combat zone, has been observed.

In the area of Donetsk (districts of Pisky–DAP [Donetsk airport]Avdiivka), as well as in the area and Makiivka, Horlivka an increasing number of artillery units of the Russian-terrorist forces (including rocket launchers) were noted. There is a continuing improvement of the fire control system. In the area of Donetsk there is a marked concentration of enemy artillery at 47-50 artillery vehicles (of these, 10-12 are for MLRS).

The insurgents, using Russian specialists, actively carried out arrangements for system recovery and repair of arms and military equipment in the vicinity of the front line. At the same time, in this respect, the enemy is facing serious difficulties (problems with logistics, lack of a sufficient number of specialists, repairmen, etc.). However, the elements of an appropriate repair infrastructure have been created in the districts of Stakhanov–Alchevsk–Perevalsk– Snizhne–Torez, Donetsk, Makiivka, Luhansk.

Active shootouts continue near Trokhizbenka and Shchastya. Both sides have exchanged artillery strikes and are actively using heavy infantry weapons. North of Luhansk (Kamyanobridskiy district) the movement of armored vehicles for insurgents (up to 7 units) was observed.

In the district of the city of Volnovakha, the activity of militants who are trying to conduct ground reconnaissance of the forward positions of Ukrainian troops using intelligence groups as well as using technical reconnaissance, was recorded.

In the zone of Dokuchajevsk–Novotroitske–Hranitne, shelling and clashes continued between militants and advanced units of Ukrainian troops. In the area of Hranitne, the enemy fired onto the positions of Ukrainian troops from mortars and small arms. Ukrainian troops fired on the positions of cannon artillery recorded in the area northeast of Mykolayivka. Militants’ strafing of the residential area of Dokuchajevsk was recorded.

In coastal areas the struggle continues between the counter-battery fire of Ukrainian troop artillery units and Russian-terrorist forces, in order to gain fire superiority. Also, the counter-battery struggle is near the Debaltseve bridgehead in the zone of Pisky–Avdiivka, as well as Trokhizbenka–Shchastya–Stanytsia Luhansk. Insurgents are trying to carry out some fire damage on Ukrainian troop units not only on the frontline positions, but also in the depths of their combat formations.

In order to conduct additional exploration of targets, and adjustments to firing, the insurgents are actively using technical hardware as a means (including UAVs, especially in the direction of Mariupol, radar equipment and opto-electronic intelligence) and specially-trained teams of ground spotters.

In the area of Mariupol, insurgents are trying to operate using DRGs [sabotage and reconnaissance groups] in the direction of Highway H20 (Mariupol–Donetsk), not only for the purpose of exploration, but also to conduct raids and sabotage. Moreover, it was noted that the aspiration of the insurgent groups is to also attack the positions of Ukrainian troops directly along Highway E58 (Novoazovsk–Odesa). On this site, both sides are actively using heavy infantry weapons (mortars, heavy machine guns), as well as long-range sniper weapons.

The maneuvering capabilities of the Russian-terrorist troops along the “line of contact” from Pavlopil and Chermalyk to Telmanove has been noted. We’re currently clarifying the purpose of this maneuver. At the same time, it is necessary to state that the concentration [of groups] in the district of Telmanove and the northernmost enemy task force is clearly gaining strength – due to the transfer of insurgents from other parts of the “front,” and resupply through “mobilized” locals and Russian troops (the latter – from the at least two motorized infantry brigades of the Southern Military District of Russia).

Nov. 25th video from Krymske, Luhansk Oblast by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, The Village on the Ukrainian Front Line:

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military Updates, 11/24

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

On the Russian-occupied territory of Donbas, terrorist forces continue activities to create the so-called “Army of New Russia.” The process of uniting the gangs, which is taking place under the control of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, supported by the FSB, is accompanied by clashes between armed groups. There are cases of arrest of some of the representatives of the terrorist groups. The most active clashes occur in the southern districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where Russian mercenaries (primarily the so-called “Cossacks”) are waging an armed struggle with small groups of local militants who had fled from the districts of Horlivka, Makiivka Yenakiievo, Stakhanov and Donetsk. The command structure of the new “army” is not able to control these terrorist groups in the territory as the “DNR” and “LNR.”

In the district of the Debaltseve bridgehead a further increase in the activation of Russian-terrorist forces is recorded. After the enemy’s unsuccessful attempts to move to the outskirts of Debaltseve on the side of Nikishyne and Chornukhyne by 3 groups of local militant tactical fighters, Russian military were put into “the first line.” In particular, recorded were at least one reinforced company tactical group of Russian troops with armored vehicles (up to 15 units), as well as its 2 supporting artillery units. Also in this sector, about 10 militant mortar counts were recorded.

Recorded earlier in the district of Vuhlehirsk, a new gang is restricting itself to the application of massive strikes from cannon and rocket artillery in an effort to cause the destruction of Ukrainian troops by shelling from a long range. 2 consolidated artillery divisions have been identified, one of which includes at least one battery of MLRS.

In the districts of Donetsk and Avdiivka, after losses incurred, the main forces of the Russian-terrorist troops moved away from the line of contact with Ukrainian troops. At the same time, Russian-terrorist forces did not cease to apply fire strikes on the positions of Ukrainian troops. Enemy artillery positions were recorded in the area of Spartak, the Putilov bridge, Yakovlivka in the Kyivsky and Kuibyshev districts of Donetsk.

In the district of Dokuchajevsk-Novotroitske-Olhynka, there is a further increase in the groupings of Russian-terrorist forces. In particular, the resupply of individual groups and divisions continues.

In the band from Shchastya–Stanytsia Luhansk, the enemy is enhancing its frontal pressure on Ukrainian troops to prevent the transfer of their reserves to the area of the Seversky Donets river crossing, and at the same time is increasing its own force in this region.

Russian-terrorist troops are actively using artillery, including reactive, heavy infantry weapons, and sporadically activating armored vehicles. The enemy is seeking to squeeze Ukrainian troops from the most advantageous positions (height, transport forks, defense units), trying to keep them under constant fire exposure.

Video: What’s left of Donetsk airport today

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Dmitry Tymchuk: About the “independent” and “objective” OSCE observers from Russia

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

About the “independent” and “objective” observers from Russia:

In my last post about the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe], I pointed out that I considered the issue closed at the time – [we] said plenty on the issue, our questions to the OSCE were prepared in a very specific and constructive manner, and I did not plan to return to it. However, in recent days we received mass appeals, primarily from the Western media, who asked to present the facts and explain how this conflict of interest manifests itself. To demonstrate the “strange” behavior of representatives of the mission, I gave a list of facts that repeated with surprising persistence. But the IR [Information Resistance] group also records other instances where questions arise to certain Russian citizens from among the supposedly “independent and objective” OSCE observers.

I will give just one example.

Thus, in June of 2014, representatives of the OSCE monitoring mission visited Sloviansk, which at the time was under the control of [Igor] Girkin’s terrorists. The OSCE came with the goal to “put together an objective picture of the city’s state.” This trip became the informational occasion for most Russian media and was covered in detail.

In particular, on June 27, a quote from one of the representatives of the monitoring mission, a certain Victor Likhachev, appeared on the RIA Novosti website. Likhachev said: “The picture is grim, a lot has been destroyed. Experts see traces of mortar attacks, destroyed homes and infrastructure. I saw Sloviansk a month ago, it was very different.”

The video of this episode has been removed from the RIA Novosti website. However, the identical story also went out on TV’s LifeNews with the commentary by Victor Likhachev. [Editor: the video starts at 6:42].

This information was used by the Russian media to illustrate the version that the Ukrainian army allegedly shells residential neighborhoods on a regular basis. This, in reality, has not happened. In fact, the destruction of Sloviansk was caused by the shelling of terrorists themselves, which is confirmed by numerous facts.

The following facts are interesting.

Victor V. Likhachev (allegedly an “independent observer”) is a senior advisor … at the Russian Embassy in Ukraine. The official Embassy website listed him in this capacity. He “was” listed, because as of November 14, 2014, this page has been blocked (by a strange coincidence, the IR group got interested in Likhachev and was seeking comments from his colleagues at the time); however, it is still visible in the Google search engine cache (see screenshot).

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Numerous facts attest to Likhachev’s affiliation with the Russian Embassy.

For example, in May of 2013, he was summoned to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry expressed its protest regarding improper statements aimed at the Crimean Tatars by Vladimir Andreyev, the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Simferopol. As a result, Andreyev was recalled by the Russian Foreign Ministry from this post.

And in 2006, Likhachev participated in the round table “The Black Sea between Russia and the EU.” The materials of the round table clearly noted his status – Senior Advisor to the Embassy of the Russian Federation (second photo).


Now look further.

On April 21, 2014, a Russian Reporter special correspondent, Dmitry Velikovsky, posted online his article “Everyday work of the OSCE.” [In Russian].

In this article, Velikovsky describes his trip along with other journalists and members of the OSCE mission in the districts of Donetsk. According to Velikovsky, at one of the roadblocks they were detained by insurgents who threatened them with violence if they did not immediately erase their videos and give the insurgents the memory cards from the camcorders.

Velikovsky suggests that in the midst of the conflict, when weapons were directed at the journalists, one man from the OSCE mission by the name of Victor turned to the terrorists (quote):

“Victor looks out from the car – he shows a blue passport: – MY name is Victor Likhachev, I’m a senior adviser of the Russian embassy, a diplomat, a Russian.”

That is, an active employee of the Russian Embassy, simultaneously enjoys all the powers of an international observer of the OSCE! The representative of the country which annexed a part of Ukrainian territory and unleashed a war, [who] can move freely, visit military facilities among others, collect and send information to the enemy.

Tell me, who believes that this “observer” can maintain objectivity? Will he report on armored convoys coming from Russia? Will he truthfully cover the shellings of residential areas by terrorists and the killings of civilians?

Who will dare to call this criticism “unsubstantiated?” And so as to dot the “i,” I will point out another fact.

On August 17, 2007, one of the Ukrainian websites published an article stating that Victor Likhachev is a suspected member of the Russian special services.

It may well turn out that a person disguised by the Ukrainian OSCE mandate is not just a diplomat but an agent of the Russian intelligence services. Do I [really] need to explain how this will affect the credibility of the organization? With his sole presence, he is able to nullify all the efforts of the OSCE to demonstrate [their] objectivity.

I’ll repeat once again. We would like the OSCE mission to work in Donbas, so that they help to establish effective control over the Ukrainian-Russian border. But in this situation, let’s agree that only a very naive person can count on this.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military Updates, 11/21

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Over the past day, ATO forces’ positions were fired on by Russian-terrorist troops about 40 times. There were 18 recorded attacks on the Donetsk direction, 10 each – on Debaltseve and Luhansk. 

The most intense situation remained near the airport in Donetsk, and near the settlements of Avdiivka, Debaltseve, Nikyshyne, Ridkodub, and Shchastya.

Tonight from the locality of Gukovo (RF) a convoy of 3 tanks entered into Ukraine and 5 faulty armored vehicles were taken in the opposite direction.

In the district of Faschivka, in response to insurgent fire, Ukrainian artillery return fire destroyed several insurgent mortar detachments. The terrorists left the dead insurgents in the nearest forest belt, the wounded were taken to Alchevsk and Chervonyi Luch.

In Horlivka, at the firing positions, 1 insurgent SAU [self-propelled artillery unit] detonated (122-mm 2S1 “Carnation”). The cause of the explosion is currently unknown.

Near the settlement of Dokuchaievsk, Russian-terrorist troops launched a new artillery group which is targeting both the positions of Ukrainian troops and residential areas.

About 10 gun mounts were transferred to the terrorist-fortified area near the settlement of Mykolaivka (Stanytsia Luhansk region). The terrorists managed to put a few artillery strikes onto the positions of Ukrainian troops and local settlements. Artillery of the  Armed Forces of Ukraine returned fire on a number of enemy firing points who were silenced.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military Updates, 11/18

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Over the past day, Russian-terrorist forces have carried out more than 30 attacks on the positions of ATO [anti-terrorism operation] forces.

The total number of attacks on Ukrainian units by Russian troops and pro-Russian terrorists from the first announcement of the so-called “temporary ceasefire” has exceeded 3000.

In the past day, the highest insurgent activity was observed in the Debaltseve and Luhansk directions (and 7 shellings, respectively).

4 attacks on the Donetsk airport were recorded. Fire strikes were used 3 times on the positions of ATO forces near the settlements of Avdiivka, and twice each on – Trokhizbenka Sokilnyky, Debaltseve, Orel.

In Donetsk, there is a continued withdrawal of Russian and terrorist forces from the Petrovsky District to other parts of the “front,” and their concentration in the northern and north-western parts of the city. In the Petrovsky District of Donetsk only individual units of the “Oplot” gang were left, with a minimum of heavy equipment, who have the task to “cover the westerly direction.” Simultaneously, the enemy effected an active shelling of the village of Pisky (mostly from mortars) and carried out a relocation of its formations along the “front,” including, in the direction of Avdiivka.

The transfer of a few insurgent groups into the region of Elenovka – Novotroitske continues, as well as in the area of Horlivka and Yenakiieve as a resupply of tactical strike teams is concentrated in these areas.

In the district of the settlement of Vuhlehirsk, the front line is concentrated on the formation of fighters of up to 400 people, with artillery (10-12 pcs.) and armored vehicles (up to 15 units, of which there are up to 5 tanks). In the reserve of this tactical force are the Makiivka gang of up to 300 insurgents who also have available to them armored vehicles (up to 10 units). From the position on the north-east of this settlement, the insurgents regularly shell the Debaltseve bridgehead using artillery.

The siting of the transport of wounded fighters and Russian soldiers into Alchevsk and Perevalsk has been noted.

The brigade “Ghost” continues to maneuver forces and means to the north and north-east of Stakhanov. The fighters move in small groups under cover of armored vehicles, maintaining their disguise.

In the area of Horlivka “wandering” installations of MLRS (3 pcs.) have been recorded. After delivering their fire strikes, these MLRS change positions. Also in the area, insurgents use at minimum 4 tanks in combat (up to 5 units are under repair).

In the district of the settlement of Mariupol, after unsuccessful attempts to detect and suppress Ukrainian artillery units, the militants stopped their fruitless attempts “to force [the river] Kalmius” near Pavlopil. At the same time in the districts of Hranitne, Talakivka, and Kominternove, terrorists continue to carry out mortar shelling.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military Updates, 11/14

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Over the past day, Russian-terrorist troops fired about 50 times at the positions of ATO forces.

The most intense – in the Luhansk, Donetsk and Debaltseve directions (18, 17, and 11 attacks, respectively).

Russian occupants and illegal armed groups applied fire strikes on the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian objectives in the district of the settlements of Stanytsia Luhanska – 7 times, Pisky – 5, Krimske – 4, Krasnohorivka, Nikishyne, Chornukhyne – 3 strikes each.

Russian-terrorist forces strengthened their frontline positions in the Petrovsky, Kyivskyi and Kirovskyi districts of Donetsk, as well as in the area of Spartak. Virtually all of the “internal” checkpoints in these areas are removed and personnel redeployed “to the frontline.”

The same situation is observed in the district of Makiivka. As well, in the north-eastern outskirts of Makiivka, the enemy has equipped its emplacements for artillery, but most of the actual artillery units are located in the heart of enemy defenses and are moved forward only to apply fire strikes, after which they are led back. Involved in the strikes are 2-3 units (batteries) of conventional and rocket artillery.

As a result of the actions of Ukrainian troops, one of the foremost enemy positions in the district of Spartak was destroyed – and one between the settlements of Pisky and Krasnohorivka. After this, the enemy launched a massive bombardment of heavy infantry weapons onto the positions of Ukrainian troops in these areas.

By the left flank of the Debaltseve springboard (District of Chornukhyne), after a failed assault, the enemy brought in fresh formations. From the districts of Stakhanov and Alchevsk, armored vehicles were transferred (up to 6 tanks and 10 other armored vehicles).

In the district of Elenovka [Donetsk, Stanytsia Olenivka], Russian-terrorist troops continue to equip the area of concentration. In the destroyed base camp, they continue to carry out engineering activities.

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Dmitry Tymchuk: A few words on the situation in the ATO zone

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

Over the past few days, we observed the completion of the formation of enemy strike tactical groups in Donbas (strike [groups] in particular–their composition, place of deployment and character of conducted activities do not suggest that the Russian-terrorist troops are preparing for a defense), at the moment they are practically ready for an offensive. At the same time, Russia is intensively moving its units to the state border with Ukraine. Because of this, the question arises whether we should anticipate, firstly, a large-scale offensive by the Russian-terrorist troops in Donbas, and secondly, an open Russian invasion?

Let’s start with the latter. The fact that the Russians are moving, among other things, operational-tactical missile systems to the border, suggests that Putin is considering the option of open aggression against Ukraine (quite obviously, under the guise of “protecting the local population of Donbas that expressed their will in the elections at the DNR and LNR”). However, this scenario is clearly not the primary plan, and its preparation is more like a “safety net,” as well as the way to put pressure on Kyiv and to prevent Kyiv’s active offensive operations against terrorists.

This conclusion can be made based on the fact that:

1) Moscow never officially recognized the “DNR” and “LNR” [Donetsk- and Luhansk People’s Republics] as quasi-state formations – Russia only expressed its “respect for the will of the people in the south-east of Ukraine” in the course of the pseudo-elections (however, this formulation completely allows Putin “to defend ‘this’ will” if necessary).

2) Units of the Russian army that arrive into Donbas change into the uniform of local insurgents, with gang insignia, servicemen’s documents are seized – [these facts] demonstrate Russia’s focus on the continuation of the existing format of covert invasion.

This means that we shouldn’t discount open Russian invasion; it can most likely happen as a result of an offensive by Russian-terrorist forces on Donbas, their defeat, and successful offensives by Ukrainian troops in response.

And now about the preparation of enemy troops for the offensive in Donbas.

First of all, let’s talk about their composition. We, the Information Resistance group, cannot agree with the statements made by representatives of Western agencies and some representatives of the Ukrainian government that it’s only “instructors” from Russia who work in Donbas, training insurgents. The information at our disposal which also gets confirmed practically every hour (by the way, including testimony by captured Russian soldiers), suggests that not only Russian mercenaries are active in Donbas, but also Russian army units–including staff subversive and reconnaissance groups of GRU Spetsnaz, airborne units, and units that are part of Ground Troops brigades of Russian Armed Forces (mostly from Southern and Central Military Districts). Therefore, we urge officials to use caution when making such statements. [We] don’t need to pretend that we are only fighting against local insurgents, and that Russia does not carry out a covert invasion, and that they [Russia] only “help” them [“separatists] out. This is [simply] untrue.

Secondly, let’s talk about the plans of [the Russian] offensive. It’s clear to everyone that since these strike [tactical] groups have been created, then they will soon be used “in accordance with their intended purpose.”

Moreover, the enemy doesn’t believe that the Ukrainian troops will launch an offensive in the nearest future, otherwise [Russia] would engage in at least a semblance of defensive measures. Special thanks to Europe, who insistently forces Kyiv to “fulfill the ceasefire conditions,” although the “ceasefire” is [in itself] constant shellings by insurgents and the Russians. The number of attacks since the beginning of the “truce” is close to 2,500 and as a result we have a permanent expansion of territories controlled by the terrorists, and more than 100 fatalities on our side. 

We are confident that only the show of strength on our part will disrupt the enemy’s offensive plans. And if Kyiv is not ready for offensive actions for political reasons (including because of the threat of open invasion by Russia and the reluctance to upset the pathologically peaceful EU), then at least [we] must significantly enhance our defenses and firmly respond to attacks and any attempts of offensive actions and forcing our troops out from their positions. [We must] also initiate preemptive strikes against concentrations of live enemy troops and equipment near the positions of our troops.

[We] must finally understand that the “peaceful agreements” are the cover that allow the Russian-terrorist forces to spread more across the [Donbas] region, using the passivity of the ATO forces. If someone wants to play “in the peace”–no problem, [they] can conduct negotiations on a daily basis. But in practice, this should not prevent Ukrainian troops from acting appropriately and symmetrically to enemy actions. Unless, of course, we’re not going to meet the occupiers with flowers and songs about “the great friendship of brotherly nations.”

Luhansk graffiti: "Luhansk is Ukraine and Putin is a khuylo."

Luhansk graffiti: “Luhansk is Ukraine and Putin is a khuylo.”

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military Updates, 11/12

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Over the past day, Russian-terrorist forces conducted over 50 shellings of ATO forces’ positions; also, two armed clashes between the Ukrainian units and illegal armed groups were observed.

The insurgents and Russian occupiers are active in the directions of Luhansk, Donetsk, and Debaltseve 21, 14, and 12 attacks respectively.

In particular, the situation was most tense near the settlements of Krymske 8, Stanytsia Luhanska5, Donetsk Airport 4, Chernukhino, Avdiivka, Zaitseve 3, Novomikhaylovka, Shchastya, Nikishyne2 fire strikes each.

On November 11, 2014, the Ukrainian rocket artillery launched a preemptive strike on the accumulation of arms and military equipment of Russian-terrorist troops near the settlement of Mykolayivka (in Dokuchajevsk district [of Donetsk region]). As a result of the strike, destroyed were one of the fire division units of the Russian troops’ consolidated reactive [force] division (whose permanent place of deployment is the Southern Military District), the field ammunition depot of the same division, as well as several vehicles and units of military equipment. Following the strike, Russian command accused local terrorists of allegedly relaying the information about the Russian units’ positions to Ukrainian troops.

A consolidated company tactical group [CTG] of the Northern Fleet of Russia arrived at the district of Novoazovsk (shortly before this, the CTG was observed near the settlement of Kamensk-Shahtinsky, Rostov region of Russia). It is expected that this group will be part of the frontline echelon of the Russian-terrorist troops’ strike group at the maritime sector. The group is formed by marine units of the Northern Fleet.

The enemy’s new strike tactical group is concentrated in the area of Pervomaysk [Luhansk region]. This group consists of several company tactical groups of Russian troops (mainly from mechanized infantry brigades of the Southern Military District, and at least one of them is a consolidated group from airborne troops) and the groups of “people’s militia” headed by A. Mozgovoy, which were joined by a large number of insurgents from former I[gor] Besler’s gang and the Makiivska “militia” detachment.

The so-called “Cossack units” led by N. Kozitsin have allocated a strike armored group. This armored group includes up to 20 tanks and up to 20 other armored vehicles. A consolidated artillery division (up to 10 units of cannon artillery and a battery of 8 MLRS units) provides support to this armored strike group.

A transfer of artillery near the settlement of Yasinovataya [Donetsk region] by the enemy has been observed. [Our sources have] identified two mortar batteries and a consolidated artillery group (up to 6 units of cannon artillery and 4 MLRS units). Artillery works on the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian targets in the area of Avdiivka.

An artillery group of Russian-terrorist troops that were earlier observed during another convoy (“Kamaz” cargo trucks with howitzers in trailers) have split up; some proceeded to Makiivka, and some – to the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

“DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] gang formations organized a centralized training of artillery spotters and gunners. Regular officers of the Russian army conduct the training. In addition, the “DNR” made a decision to “dramatically improve the mobility of units.” To accomplish this, they will “requisition private vehicles” and “distribute the transportation fund of state enterprises.”

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB


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Arestovich: the Ukrainian army reached a turning point

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 10.45.20 PMBy Alexey Arestovich, motivational speaker and army volunteer
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

I happened to drive through the frontlines, and I must say that what I waited for has finally come true.

As they say, it takes at least 6 months to form a subpersonality [Ed. Note: A personality mode that kicks in to assist a person in certain types of psychosocial situations], and now it has developed.

I can’t recognize our law enforcement, from various agencies. They are angry. They are daring. They growl. They demand. They work. They laugh.

And they dream about the notorious Russian offensive, so that they can finally give it to the vatniks [Russians] in a proper way.

They reached a turning point somewhere within two or three extraordinary weeks.

I’ve waited for it for a long time.

Just three weeks ago, many of them had a crease between their eyebrows; you could still frequently hear complaints; you could still observe choppy moves and an uncertain construction of phrasing.

And now – well, [they’re] just handsome men. Calm. Not a shadow of fear – neither while under fire nor when walking across the frontline.

The siloviki [members of the security forces] are pulling forward. They want to fight.

And, they often laugh now. I haven’t heard so much laughter before.

Gradually, the system is built up. Gradually, the flywheel unwinds.

Army, battalions, [National] Guard, Security Service – they are all working to reach the [golden] standard.

A lot of healthy excitement. An impressive pursuit of results is underway.

A competitive spirit and a race for military prowess have arrived.

We have [finally] crossed a very important milestone.

Experience accumulates and affects [them] in leaps and bounds.

I meet those [guys] who [just] three months ago had to have their noses wiped and be comforted.

Now, their shoulders unfurl broadly. They look straight ahead.

Antics and pranks. Jokes. [And their] rather professional demeanor.

Today, I looked toward the East and felt very sorry for the vatniks: with all their tanks, “Smerch” and “Tornado-G’s” [missile launchers].

In my opinion, they have not gotten it yet – what force they’ve awakened.

And it will be very painful for them to finally get it.

For those who will even have the time [to realize it].

Source: Alexey Arestovich FB


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So, “who is financing Voices of Ukraine?”

 “Who is financing your translations in 8 languages?”

“How much money does your organization spend per month?”

Time and again we receive e-mails and comments asking who is financing our translation work. We are regularly being accused of spreading anti-Russian, pro-US propaganda. We usually simply delete such insinuations since we do not have the resources to keep a moderated discussion going in a hostile environment. However, the following comment of a certain Vit Jash, whose IP has been logged, has triggered a spontaneous reply by one of our volunteers. On the off-chance that Vit Jash is not a troll, and considering that there are certainly real people out there who believe what Vit Jash seems to believe, we decided to make an exception to our policy and to publish this reply:

Why is here no information in “about you” who is financing your translations in 8 languages? How much money do your organisation spent per mounth and how many people are working for you? And why Your translations are of extremly propagandistic anti russian and pro-us party side constructins articles? As a samle your translation Das “Massaker” von Odessa – Propaganda gegen Fakten. Thanks a lot, should you really answer it!

Dear Vit Jash, the answer is that nobody is financing us. We are not even a legal entity. We are a group of volunteers, loosely connected via social media. Most of us are Ukrainians, some of us are nationals of other countries who lived in Ukraine or know Ukraine for various reasons. On a personal level, we are not anti-Russian. Some of us ARE Russian! Each of us has lots of Russian friends and we share the idea that people from Russia and Ukraine should live in peace and friendship. However, we have been attacked. Ukraine has been attacked by Russia when it took Crimea and then sent weapons and mercenaries to Eastern Ukraine. On a personal level, almost everyone of us has suffered below-the-waist attacks for no good reason. We have been called fascists or Nazis for “crimes” like wearing a Vyshyvanka or singing the Ukrainian hymn, for insisting – in a discussion – on the fact that Ukraine is a sovereign country, or simply for telling the truth about what we saw with our own eyes in Ukraine on Maidan. Some of us felt treated like outlaws and subhuman persons for the sole reason of our Ukrainian ethnicity.

When injustice happens, human beings try to defend themselves. It is a natural reaction. When an untruth is told about us, we usually insist on the truth (unless we are being severely compromised by speaking the truth and even then brave souls still stand up and insist on what they know is true). We have chosen to defend ourselves by telling what happens to us and by naming things for what they really are. So if anything in our posts that we say about Russia and Russian politics sounds gross, it is not intended as being anti-Russian. It is merely mirroring things that actually happen in Russia. It is not us who are being anti-Russian, it is the Kremlin’s politics that are deeply anti-Russian and we are simply drawing attention to that.

You don’t believe that this amount of translation work can be generated by volunteers? Well, browse our site. Some of our translations are signed individually. You can go to the Facebook profiles of the translators and find out about their lives. Other translations are anonymous, because the respective translator was afraid of attacks on a personal level, like we all had to witness. Or simply because they don’t want it to be about who they are but about the article and what it contains. But many are signed, and what you will see is normal people, students, employees, entrepreneurs, spending a sustainable fraction of their working time for a good cause: we defend Ukraine against injustice, we debunk lies and myths, we report the truth even if it hurts, because we believe that truth and integrity will prevail. We are not professionals, which means we may sometimes fall to unreliable sources or overshoot the mark. But we do believe we are following a far more credible case then any of the paid-for propaganda sites reporting about Ukraine (most of which – but not all, to this we agree – are Russia-sponsored). This is because we are volunteers with first-hand insights and we are free to write what we see and believe. The principle of volunteer collaboration and crowdsourcing is something beyond the comprehension of authoritarian top-down-regimes and their followers, yet we believe it is a means to create a better world in the long term.

This reply was written by Tobias Ernst – one of our volunteers from the German team.

[Editor’s note: In fact, it is our volunteers who pay Voices of Ukraine website hosting fees. And that article you denigrate as propaganda is written by a highly-respected meticulous fact-checking source and a human rights organization, which is why we translate it].


Here’s the text in Ukrainian and Russian:

Тож, “хто фінансує Voices of Ukraine?”

“Хто фінансує ваші переклади на 8 мов?”

“Скільки грошей на місяць витрачає ваша організація?”

Спливає час, і знову ми отримуємо листи та коментарі з питанням, хто фінансує нашу перекладацьку роботу. Нас регулярно звинувачують у розвповсюдженні антиросійської проамериканської пропаганди. Зазвичай ми просто видаляємо такі інсинуації, оскільки в нас недостатньо ресурсів, щоб підтримувати модеровану дискусію, що проходитиме у ворожому оточенні. Однак, наступний коментар від такого собі “Vit Jash” [Віт Джеш], чия IP-адреса була зафіксована, спричинив спонтанну відповідь від одного з наших волонтерів. На той малоймовірний випадок, якщо “Vit Jash” не є троллем, а також враховуючи те, що десь дійсно є реальні люди, які вірять в те, в що, здається, вірить “Vit Jash”, ми вирішили зробити виключення з нашої політики та опублікувати цю відповідь:

Чому немає жодної інформації в розділі “about you” [про вас] стосовно того, кто фінансує ваші переклади на 8 мов? Скільки грошей в місяць витрачає ваша організація і скільки людей на вас працює? І чому Ви перекладаєте надзвичайно пропагандистські антиросійські та проамериканські статті? Як приклад вашого перекладу, стаття “Das “Massaker” von Odessa – Propaganda gegen Fakten”. Буду вдячний, якщо відповісте на це!

Шановний “Vit Jash”, відповідь в тому, що нас ніхто не фінансує. Ми навіть не є юридично оформленою організацією. Ми – це група волонтерів, дещо пов’язаних через соціальні мережі. Більшість з нас є українцями, деякі – громадяни інших країн, які колись жили в Україні або знають Україну з різних причин. На особистому рівні ми не проти Росії чи росіян. Дехто з нас Є росіянами! У кожного з нас багато друзів-росіян, і ми віримо в те, що люди в Росії та Україні повинні жити в мирі та злагоді. Однак, нас атакували. Росія напала на Україну, забравши Крим і потім відправивши зброю та найманців у Східну Україну. На особистому рівні майже кожен з нас пережив безпричинні атаки “нижче пояса”. Нас називали фашистами чи нацистами за такі “злочини”, як одягання вишиванки або співання українського гімну, за наполягання – в дискусії – на тому факті, що Україна є суверенною державою, або просто тому, що казали правду про те, що ми бачили на власні очі на Майдані в Україні. До деяких з нас ставилися, як до злочинців або нелюдей, лише із-за нашого українського походження.

Коли відбувається несправедливість, люди намагаються себе захистити. Це природня реакція. Коли про нас говорять неправду, ми зазвичай наполягаємо на правді (якщо це не ставить нас в дуже небезпечно становище – і навіть тоді знаходяться сміливці і наполягають на тій правді, яку вони знають). Ми вирішили захищатися, розповідаючи про те, що з нами відбувається, і називаючи речі своїми іменами. Тому якщо щось в наших постах з того, що ми кажемо про Росію або російських політиків, здається грубим, це не несе антиросійського контексту. Це чисте віддзеркалення того, що насправді відбувається в Росії. Насправді, це не в нас антиросійські настрої, саме кремлівські політики є глибоко антиросійськими, і ми просто притягуємо увагу до цього факту.

Ви не вірите, що такий об’єм перекладацької роботи може бути виконаний волонтерами? Що ж, прогляньте наш сайт. Деякі з наших перекладів підписані персонально. Ви можете подивитись профілі нашіх перекладачів в мережі Facebook та дізнатися, чим вони живуть. Інші переклади анонімні, бо відповідний перекладач боявся нападів на персональному рівні, які всім нам довелось бачити. Або просто тому що вони хочуть наголосити не на своїй особі, а на статті та на її змісті. Але багато перекладів підписано, і ви можете побачити звичайних людей, студентів, працівників, підприємців, які витрачають значну частку свого робочого часу на добру справу: ми захищаємо Україну від несправедливості, ми спростовуємо брехню та руйнуємо міфи, ми розповідаємо правду, навіть коли воно болить, бо ми віримо, що правда та цілісність переможуть. Ми не є професіоналами, тобто іноді ми можемо покластися на ненадійне джерело або вийти за рамки. Але ми справді віримо, що йдемо шляхом, вартим набагато більшої довіри, ніж будь-який з проплачених пропагандистських сайтів, що розповідають про Україну
(більшість з яких – але не всі, з цим ми згодні – спонсорує Росія). Це тому що ми волонтери з безпосереднім розумінням ситуації і ми вільні писати те, що ми бачимо і в що ми віримо. Принцип волонтерської співпраці та краудсорсінгу – це речі поза розумінням авторитарних режимів з вертикальним управлінням та їхніх послідовників, але це речі, які за нашою вірою є засобом створення кращого світу в довгостроковій перспективі.

Цю відповідь написав Тобіас Ернст – один з наших волонтерів з німецької команди.
Переклад Анни Данилової, редактура Voices of Ukraine.

[Примітка редактора: Насправді, саме наші волонтери сплачують за хостінг вебсайту Voices of Ukraine. А та стаття, яку ви обмовляєте пропагандистстькою, написана високошановним джерелом, а саме організацією з захисту прав людини, яка ретельно перевіряє факти, саме тому ми її переклали.]


Итак, “кто финансирует Voices of Ukraine?”

“Кто финансирует ваши переводы на 8 языков?”

“Сколько денег тратит ваша организация в месяц?”

Время идет, и мы снова получаем письма и комментарии с вопросами о том, кто финансирует нашу переводческую деятельность. Нас регулярно обвиняют в распространении антироссийской проамериканской пропаганды. Обычно мы просто удаляем подобные инсинуации, поскольку у нас недостаточно ресурсов, чтобы поддерживать модерируемую дискуссию, которая будет проходить во враждебной обстановке. Однако, следующий комментарий от некоего “Vit Jash” [Вит Джэш], чей IP-адрес был зафиксирован, спровоцировал спонтанный ответ от одного из наших волонтеров. На тот маловероятный случай, если “Vit Jash” – не тролль, и учитывая то, что наверняка существуют реальные люди, которые верят в то, во что, по видимости, верит “Vit Jash”, мы решили сделать исключение из нашей политики и опубликовать этот ответ:

Почему нет информации в разделе “about you” [о вас] о том, кто финансирует ваши переводы на 8 языков? Сколько денег тратит ваша организация в месяц и сколько людей на вас работает? И почему Вы переводите чрезвычайно пропагандистские антироссийские и проамериканские статьи? Как пример вашего перевода, статья “Das “Massaker” von Odessa – Propaganda gegen Fakten”. Буду благодарен, если вы ответите на это!

Уважаемый “Vit Jash”, ответ таков: нас никто не финансирует. Мы даже не являемся юридически оформленной организацией. Мы – это группа волонтеров, связанных лишь посредством социальных сетей. Большинство из нас – украинцы, некоторые являются гражданами других стран, которые жили какое-то время в Украине или знают Украину по разным причинам. На личном уровне мы не против России или россиян. Некоторые из нас ЯВЛЯЮТСЯ россиянами! У каждого из нас множество друзей-россиян, и мы верим в то, что люди России и Украины должны жить в мире и согласии. Однако, нас атаковали. Россия напала на Украину, отобрав Крым и затем отправив оружие и наемников в Восточную Украину. На личном уровне почти все мы пострадали от беспричинных атак “ниже пояса”. Нас называли фашистами или нацистами за такие “преступления”, как ношение вышиванки или пение украинского гимна, за то что настаивали – в дискуссии – на том факте, что Украина является суверенным государством, или просто за то, что говорили правду о том, что мы видели собственными глазами на Майдане в Украине. К некоторым из нас относились, как к преступникам и нелюдям, только из-за нашего украинского происхождения.

Когда происходит несправедливость, люди пытаются защитить себя. Это естественная реакция. Когда о нас говорят неправду, мы обычно настаиваем на правде (если это не подвергает нас серьезной опасности; хотя даже в таких случаях находятся отчаянные смельчаки, которые настаивают на той правде, которую они знают). Мы решили защищаться, рассказывая о том, что с нами происходит, и называя вещи своими именами. Поэтому если что-либо в наших постах из того, что мы говорим о России и россиянах, звучит грубо, это не несет в себе антироссийской подоплеки. Это простое отображение вещей, в действительности происходящих в России. И не мы несем антироссийские настроения, а кремлевские политики, которые в действительности являются антироссийскими. Мы же просто обращаем на это внимание.

Вы не верите, что такой объем переводческой работы может осуществляться волонтерами? Что ж, пролистайте наш сайт. Некоторые из наших переводов подписаны персонально. Вы можете посмотреть профили переводчиков в сети Facebook и узнать, чем они живут. Другие переводы анонимны, потому что соответствующий переводчик боялся атак на личном уровне, чему мы все были свидетелями. Или просто потому что они хотели подчеркнуть важность статьи и ее содержимого, а не своей личности. Но многие переводы подписаны, и вы можете увидеть обычных людей, студентов, работников, предпринимателей, тратящих значительную часть своего рабочего времени на хорошее дело: мы защищаем Украину от несправедливости, мы разоблачаем ложь и разрушаем мифы, мы рассказываем правду, даже когда больно, потому что мы верим, что правда и целостность возобладают. Мы не профессионалы, а это значит, что иногда мы можем приводить ненадежные источники или “перегнуть палку”. Но мы правда верим, что идем путем, достойным гораздо большего доверия, чем любые проплаченные пропагандистские сайты, рассказывающие об Украине (большинство из которых – но не все, это мы признаем – спонсирует Россия). Это потому что мы волонтеры с непосредственным пониманием ситуации, и мы вольны писать то, что мы видим и во что верим. Принцип волонтерского сотрудничества и краудсорсинг – это вещи, лежащие за гранью понимания авторитарных режимов с вертикальным управлением и их последователей, однако мы верим, что именно эти вещи создадут лучший мир в долгосрочной перспективе.

Этот ответ написал Тобиас Эрнст – один из наших волонтеров из немецкой команды.
Перевод Анны Даниловой; редактура Voices of Ukraine.

[Примечание редактора: В действительности, именно волонтеры оплачивают хостинг вебсайта Voices of Ukraine. А статья, которую вы очерняете и называете пропагандистской, написана очень уважаемым источником, а именно организацией по защите прав человека, которая тщательно проверят факты. Именно поэтому мы ее и перевели.]

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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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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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Babylon’13: To Remain Alive, and the Ukraine Support Foundation

Click on the Closed Caption icon, “CC”, at lower right for English subtitles:

The Ukraine Support Foundation was founded by activists and volunteers who participated in the Maidan movement and support the Ukrainian army. It was founded in June of 2014.

The aim of the Foundation is to implement social and humanitarian projects so as to overcome the consequences of the war. The main spheres are: to support volunteer supplies for the army, psychological support for soldiers, and prosthetics for victims of the war.

Bank details:

Business register code 39221173,
“Raiffeisen Bank AVAL”, bank code 380805.
Acc. # 26008456728 UAH;
Acc. # 26007456729 EUR;
Acc. # 26006456731 USD.

For transferring money, please mark “Prosthetics for ATO veterans” as the purpose of payment.

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Roman Donik: The strategic village of Pisky

By Roman Donik, army volunteer
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

[The village of] Pisky, in my subjective opinion and in terms of equivalent pounds of TNT, has not been inferior to the Donetsk airport for a long time now. I think, in terms of the numbers of mines and shells arriving here virtually around the clock, they top it. It’s just that the density is different and there are some specifics. Pisky equals the airport. If control over Pisky is lost, the ability of our guys to effectively defend the airport will be measured by hours.

And the terrorists know about this. This is exactly why kilotons of explosives fall on our guys’ heads.

The airport is almost in complete isolation. Every second there is preparedness and cold.

In Pisky it is warmer. There are abandoned houses, there are basements. And there is the illusion of safety. The sky can fall on your head at any second with a 30-50 kilogram shell filled with explosives.

There are simply no houses with the glass undamaged. Some streets are open to snipers along their lengths.

Of late, the main way of life has been [living] in the basement. After every humanitarian convoy the activity of enemy artillery increased several times over. But for the past few days, it was something unimaginable.

The day before yesterday, it seemed like the separatists had the task of pummelling the village into the ground. The whole sky really was black from explosions. Yesterday there was half a day of quiet and then shelling resumed. They hit Tonenke too. Why the question of returning fire was being debated until 4 in the morning is for me a mystery.

12 hours of intense artillery fire on our positions, and our commanders are deciding whether to allow return fire or not.

And every incoming shell, rocket, mortar, is maybe someone’s death. And they pour on the full package with small intervals for reloading and correction.

There are many things I do not understand in this war. But when our guys are being shelled for about 12 hours, and we are silent, this one can’t comprehend.

OSCE? Not even funny.

Anyway, all of this is talk. –

In Pisky, because of the active basement life, there is a greatly increased need for diesel generators and battery lanterns and lamps. Everything works from generators, heat too; there is no possibility to go out looking for firewood.

There is also a little-known unit in Kharkiv, the joint supply centre for the ATO. They are our subordinates and great friends. They never ask for anything, refuse help, they say – we are not fighting, let’s drive this down to our guys.

They simply deliver everything that the army needs. From food to fuel and motor oil. Under fire and in any weather. But they believe that they simply drive and deliver all the essentials. It’s that simple.

But they also need help sometimes. And they need help now. Rather, not for them as such, but so that they can deliver the supplies to the front better. They need chains, about 500 metres. To weld snow chains onto the wheels of every vehicle.
And lights. Rechargeable.
Want to help with the victory? It is easy.
And yes, a repost is also help.
Anti-flu, anti-common cold, anti-cough medicines.
Thermal socks, army olive sweaters, long socks to wear around the throat, fleeces. Gore-Tex costumes. Thin wool gloves.
Winter ankle boots.
Electricity generators, chainsaws.
Cigarettes, cigarettes, cigarettes
Looking for them gifted i.e. for free.
SUVs/vans (diesel), can be not customs cleared
For those who want to help with money
Hryvnya Privatank card 4405 8858 2358 0292 Donik Roman
Requisites for transfer via SWIFT (dollars)
ACCOUNT: 5168742016455010
INTERMEDIARY BANK: Commerzbank AG Frankfurt am Main Germany
IBAN: UA723515330005168742016455010
USD Z286721089451
Hryvnya U251163847991
Russian ruble R397802307196
Yandex money 41001554000187
Call 093 487 99 36 Roman.
Parcels can be sent to Kharkiv by new post.
Now they can be paid for by the beneficiary
Up to 30 kg, 15 department
Over 30 kg, 5 department
Shehanin Yuri 0992421321
Lamps and rechargeable torches
28 Brigade (Karlivka)
Diesel generator
Thermal imager

Collection points for aid for the ATO
Kyiv, 19 Myropilska St., (subway station “Chernihivska”) fitness club “Doberman, tel. 093-9025825 Anastasia.
Lviv, 123 Volodymyra Velykoho St., fitness club “Malibu” 0962050487 Alexandra
Odesa, 103-a Levitana St. Tel. 0984387356 fitness club “Malibu”.
New assistance acceptance site, “Prosvita” society, Kharkiv
18 Rymarska St.,  (enter through Prokonsul, 1st floor) 2:00-8:00 pm
0960042404 0990533166 Diana
Hryvnya Privatbank card 4405 8858 2358 0292 Donik Roman
Requisites for transfer via SWIFT (dollars)
ACCOUNT: 5168742013565639
IBAN: UA633515330005168742013565639
Requisites for transfer via SWIFT (euro)
ACCOUNT: 5168742016455010
INTERMEDIARY BANK: Commerzbank AG Frankfurt am Main Germany
IBAN: UA723515330005168742016455010
USD Z286721089451
Hryvnya U251163847991
Russian ruble R397802307196
Yandex money 41001554000187
Call 093 487 99 36 Roman
Parcels can be sent to Kharkiv by new mail.
Now paid for by the beneficiary.
Up to 30 kg 15 department
Over 30 kg 5 department
Shehanin Yuri 0992421321

Source: Roman Donik FB

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Dmitry Kapustin: News about our (Border Guard) “hotel”

By Dmitry Kapustin, Border Guard, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Berdyansk.
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

News about our hotel. ))))

Today the interior of our fireplace room has been updated. In addition to the already present treatment of expensive varieties of wood, upholstered furniture was placed, made by special order.

The general background complements the soft lounge music, a silky overflowing from the premium audio system with two speakers.

It’s now a million times more pleasant since the weather changed (and the weather is worsening) to rest and eat near the fireplace. There was also a refuelling for the fireplace. It should be sufficient for 2 days.

The atmosphere in our hunting grounds is calm, at night the fuel ran out in our generator, so the perimeter did not get illuminated. Aircraft of different classes did not bother us.

Water froze in the barrel, and now we’ll drink medically healing melted water, which we recommend also to you.

See our photo album. All the best to you! Your faithful punishers.
(Send a couple of babies, we really like fresh Russian meat :)
[Click on images to enlarge or for slide show]:

Source: Dmitry Kapustin FB

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