Dmitry Tymchuk: Operational data regarding Russian “PSY OPS”

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

According to operational data from Information Resistance:

Agencies of the informational-psychological operations (IPSYOPS) of the GRU of the General Staff and the Russian Federal Security Service [FSB] were tasked to carry out a large-scale information campaign to disrupt or substantially obstruct preparations for the 4th round of mobilization in Ukraine.

The operation is planned in conjunction with the structures of the “information war” of the Russian-terrorist forces, created in the occupied areas of Donbas by GRU experts of the RF General Staff.

The main purpose of the operation is to disrupt or ultimately hinder the mobilization [in Ukraine] through a large-scale disinformation campaign, thereby preventing the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations to increase the number of operating reserves, or to significantly slow down and complicate the process.

The Ukrainian reservists and their family members are the designated target groups and objects of this campaign. The task – is to create a negative context around the ongoing so-called anti-terrorist operation (the unbearable living conditions of Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO zone; a representation of the ATO forces as “cannon fodder;” the presentation of terrorism in Donbas as a “national liberation movement,” etc.).

During the operation, there are plans to make extensive use of the formation of “properly
structured public opinion on social networks” with the assistance of video and audio materials and various “eyewitness statements.” In addition, IPSYOPS agencies in Russia and Donbas are tasked with establishing “a direct or indirect impact” on the audience through some Ukrainian mass media to create so-called “secondary credibility,” primarily through the publication of “credible materials for investigative journalism.”

At least two organizational and administrative meetings took place to discuss the coordination of activies under this operation by the Russian IPSYOPS agencies and the relevant institutions created on the occupied territory of Donbas.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military updates, 12/19 (10th “Day of Silence”)

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist forces continue to fire at the positions of Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport in an effort to provoke the Ukrainian military into return fire. The attacks were carried out mainly with the use of small arms.

Also over the past 24 hours, insurgents carried out intensive gunfire with small arms in short intervals near Pisky and south of this settlement (in the area of Krasnohorivka). In these areas, shots were fired at empty buildings and ruins unoccupied by Ukrainian servicemen and located either in the “neutral zone,” or directly at the positions of the insurgents. The purpose of conducting this prolonged intense fire is unknown.

In the Petrovskyi district of Donetsk, after a significant increase in the number of “legitimate insurgents” of the “DNR” (who are subordinate to the terrorist leaders, led by Oleksandr Zakharchenko), there is a sharp decrease in the activity of the other gangs. Local insurgents who were not previously subordinate to the “DNR,” either join the terrorist groups “under the jurisdiction” of Zakharchenko or leave Donetsk. Units of Russian “Cossacks,” who previously operated in this city district, have moved towards Shakhtarsk.

South of Donetsk, the rearrangement of gang formations and Russian insurgents concentrated on the flank positions of the Starohnativka springboard continues. At the moment, the enemy has declined taking any actions on the offense in this area, and the most combat-ready units were withdrawn deep inside their operational formations. Tactical groups of local terrorists are left on the “forefront” – they are poorly trained, equipped, and armed. Nonetheless, these groups are shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops (although not very effectively). The enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups [DRG] on this site are also the result of some kind of improvisation rather than an effectively organized form of intelligence activities (earlier, during the period of units of the regular Russian army being deployed to the front line, tactical reconnaissance in the area was organized according to the rules).

On the Debaltseve bridgehead near Nikishyne, the enemy stopped trying to conduct offensive operations and limited itself to occasional firing of infantry weapons. The same situation is observed in the vicinity of Chornukhyne. Near Vuhlehirsk, the transfer southward of a tactical group of Russian-terrorist forces (up to 15 pieces of equipment – trucks, armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), three tanks) has been observed.

In the area of Stanytsia Luhanska and Shchastya, the opponent continues to fire from small arms at the positions of the Ukrainian troops, and occasionally uses mortars and grenade launchers. The maneuvering of insurgent armored vehicles along the contact line, which changes their position, was recorded. The “battalion of the Army of Novorossiya” manned by Russian mercenaries (as previously reported by the IR group) that approached this area, moved its separate divisions to advanced positions at the front. Armored vehicles of the battalion are distributed among the units, although the battalion command has reserves at its disposal as well (4 AFVs and 3 tanks). The enemy controls and disguises the firepower (mortars, anti-tank weapons, barrel artillery) along the line of contact with Ukrainian troops in the area.

Russian military command has instructed the leadership of Aleksey Mozgovoy’s gang to organize the “adequate nutrition” of the so-called “militia” (local terrorists and mercenaries that arrived from Russia), operating in the area of PervomaiskAlchevskPerevalsk, as well as the local population. In response, Mozgovoy requested additional “assistance” from Russia, but was refused; instead he was instructed to find “local sources.”

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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Appeal to the media and government – Save the Schools for Gifted Students!

By Valentyn Sherstiuk, Director, Kyiv Lysenko Specialized Boarding School of Music [KLSBSM]
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Friends and Colleagues,

I ask you to support and disseminate this (REPOST it with the comment – “I support it!”), an appeal by activists of the movement “Save the Schools for Gifted Students” to draw the attention of the media and government to an important issue for us, especially [in Parliament]: the Deputy Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, the Minister of Culture of Ukraine V. A. Kirilenko, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, S. M. Kvit, Minister of Finance of Ukraine N. I. Yaresko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Budgetary Issues A. V. Pavelko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Culture and Spirituality M. L. Knyazhytsky, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Science and Education L. M. Hrynevych.

Contact information for the media:
“Save the Art Schools!” Group:;
Chairman of the Board of Art School Directors, Director of KLSBSM, Valentyn Panasovych Sherstiuk:, phone +38 (044) 456-1446, 456-6089. (Lysenko Music School: in English; in Ukrainian)

Message from artists and art workers from the Culture and Arts of Ukraine

Save the Schools for Gifted Students!

Our grave concern is caused by the Ukrainian draft law, which was submitted by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, entitled: “On Amendments to the Budget Code of Ukraine” (concerning the reform of intergovernmental fiscal relations) (#5078, from 09.15.2014).

In paragraph 7 of Article 87 of the bill that specifies the expenditures covered by the State Budget of Ukraine, some agencies [were] removed and [instead] placed under regional budgets (Article 90. Expenditures funded from the budget of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and regional budgets of the project).

If passed, this bill will transfer the following six specialized arts schools from under the management of the Ministry of Culture to the local level:

Kyiv Lysenko State Secondary Specialized Boarding School of Music (founded in 1934)
• Shevchenko State Secondary Art School, Kyiv (founded in 1937)
• Lviv Krushelnytska State Secondary Specialized Music Boarding School (founded in 1940),
• Odesa Stolyarskyi State Secondary Specialized Music Boarding School (founded in 1933),
• Kharkiv State Secondary Specialized Music Boarding school (founded in 1933),
• Krichevsky State Specialized Arts Boarding School I-III degree “The Collegium of arts in Opishnya” (founded in 1997).

The new subordination of such schools to the bodies of local government at the district level may result in their loss of exclusive status as [magnet] schools which enroll children on the competitive basis of their creative possibilities, and not just because of their locale, but from every corner of Ukraine. The very teachers who prepare the future cultural elite of the country teach at these schools. The unique combination of highly specialized art and general education was and remains the indisputable advantage of such schools.

Despite chronic underfunding, the graduates of music and art boarding schools were and are the outstanding artists of the XX and XXI centuries: Volodymyr Kozhukhar, Levko Kolodub, Myroslav Skoryk, Vladimir Shainsky, David Oistrakh, Emil Hilels, Ihor Shamo, Vladimir Krainev, Bogodar Kotorovych, Alexander Zlotnik, Vladimir Bystryakov, Yuri Kot, Lesia Dychko and many others, have created a golden treasury of Ukrainian and world art.

The students of these schools annually receive hundreds of prestigious honors and awards at Ukrainian and international competitions. They are the pride of the country!

They – are the citizens of the new Ukraine – a free, democratic and self-sufficient [country]. Culture – is the water of a nation, if it does not have its own water – it will have to take someone else’s, because life is impossible without water.

These are future artists, architects, musicians, composers, filmmakers, actors, politicians, and writers. They will be watched and they will be listened to – if we take care for them now.

The positive experience of the European Union shows that the network of art schools needs to be supported and developed. For example, in Poland, 250 art schools and 23 universities of culture and arts are subordinate to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and financed from the state budget.

At a time of rapid changes, many things are exposed to destruction. But, obviously, you need to destroy that which is ineffective, and that cannot be said in this case. And what is mistakenly destroyed is often difficult and sometimes impossible to repair.

We are certain, that what cannot be allowed – and not out of negligence, and not out of ignorance – is for these unique schools to be turned from specialized arts boarding schools into general ed district schools.

We demand to leave the state budget funding available for these specialized arts boarding schools while preserving their status.

Source: Alla Prelovska FB
Source: Original letter

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Russian soldiers were seen at the railway station in Minsk

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

A group of eight soldiers in the uniforms of the Army of the Russian Federation were noticed today, December 18th, in the waiting room located in an above-ground concourse for the railway station – Minsk Passazhirsky [Minsk Pass, the primary passenger railway station in Belarus]. A correspondent from Belsat TV channel managed to take their photos.

According to an eyewitness, the military servicemen were not hiding the fact that they are from Russia. However, this was not hard to guess from the distinctive signs on their uniforms. Also, they had knapsacks and metal boxes labeled “military” and these also still carried luggage stickers from the Pulkovo Airport, located in St. Petersburg, Russia on them.

© Photos: Belsat TV channel

Green men in Minsk

Green men in Minsk

In addition, one of the military servicemen was spotted with a black leather folder. It had a sticker with the colors of the Russian flag and the words “I’m just a polite person.” It is worth recalling that it was these same “polite people” that Russian propagandists called the Russian military with unmarked uniforms who took part in the armed seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. The appearance of these soldiers with similar slogans on the sovereign territory of Belarus cannot but alarm the local population.

The military refused to answer questions about the purpose for which they had arrived in Belarus and where they were being sent to. Soon they left the waiting room of the Minsk railway station.

A chevron on the sleeve of one of the men caught on photo, is recognizable as the emblem of the Land Forces of the Russian Federation. This completely refutes the version that any soldiers seen in Minsk are being sent to one of two Russian military bases on the territory of Belarus because the early warning radar station “Volha,” in the Brest region, is subordinated to the forces of the the Russian Air Defense, and the 43rd Communications Unit located in the city of Vileika in Minsk region, transmits commands to the nuclear submarines – [under the command of] the Navy. However, neither Air Defense patches nor Navy symbols were seen on the uniforms of these military men. And the Belarusian Defense Ministry did not recently report on any joint activities with members of the Russian Ground Forces.


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von Vitali Portnikow

kartinki24_cartoons_masha_0005In seinen kindischen Fantasien stellt sich Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Putin als ein trauriges Bärchen vor, das phlegmatisch Himbeeren vertilgt und sich in einem Bärentanz dreht, während die unverschämten Wilderer nur auf den Moment warten, das arme Bärchen zu schnappen und anzuketten, um dann über ihn herzufallen und ihm das Wertvollste wegzunehmen, was ein Bär haben kann, nämlich seine Krallen mit Nuklearladung. Was für ein Alptraum! Da kann man echt durchdrehen, ohne vom Kranken-, sorry, vom Kremlsessel aufzustehen …

Wenn nur das Bärchen sich mit den Augen der Wilderer betrachten könnte, dann würde es sofort gesund werden. Es würde sehen, dass es kein phlegmatisches Tier ist, das versucht, die letzte Beere zu fressen, bevor es angekettet wird, sondern ein tollwütiger Bär, der jeden auf seinem Weg mit Fragen überfällt: „Hast du mich lieb? Hast du wenigstens Respekt vor mir?“ Und wenn er, das kranke Wesen, keine Antworten bekommt, wird er wütend und fängt an, mit allem, was gerade greifbar ist, zu drohen und erinnert zudem an das jene Wertvollste, was jeden, der die Kraft seiner Liebe nicht zu verstehen weiß, in radioaktive Asche verwandeln kann.

So bringen sich alle vor ihm in Sicherheit – jeder rennt weg, wohin er nur kann. Alle – sowohl die großen als auch die mittleren und die kleinen Tiere, die Wilderer, die Tierärzte. Sogar die Psychiater sind alle geflüchtet. Ja, die Tatsache ist, dass die Ukrainer als Erste geflohen sind und jetzt einen Sicherheitsgraben graben, während sie mit großem Erstaunen den furchterregenden Bärenwalzer beobachten. Aber ihrem Beispiel sind auch andere gefolgt. Barack verzichtete als Erster sowohl auf das Bärengeld als auch auf die Besucher aus dem Wald. Angela riss sich zusammen und versuchte bis zuletzt den Sturkopf zu überreden, dass alle ihm nur Gutes wollen, aber der Bär hat sie so angebrüllt, zwar auf Deutsch, aber so stark, dass die Arme ihre Fassung doch verloren hat. Nun sucht auch der um seine „Mistrals“ besorgte François sein Versteck. Sogar die unbiegsamen Gebrüder Castro bevorzugen nach dem jüngsten Bärengastspiel die Nähe zu Barack. Sie haben verstanden, dass der Bär gar keine Himbeeren mehr hat, er hat das gesamte Gebüsch bereits plattgestapft. Sogar Lukaschenko, der immer versicherte, er würde allerlei Wild aus der Taiga mögen, ergriff die Flucht.

Es gibt also ganz und gar niemanden, der den Bären anketten könnte. Alle Geflohenen haben sich zusammengehäuft und diskutieren nicht darüber, wie man das Tier in den Käfig bekommt. Sie interessieren sich ausschließlich für die Größe der Mauer, die er nicht überwinden kann, um alle Versammelten mit seinen lächerlichen Fragen und Forderungen zu belästigen. Den Bärenkapriolen länger zuzusehen, das will ganz und gar niemand.

Die Taiga ist leer.

Übersetzung: Lesya Yurchenko
Lektorat: Tobias Ernst

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