Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 2.27 #FreeSavchenko

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Statements have been made by terrorist chieftains of the ‘LNR’ [Luhansk People’s Republic] and ‘DNR’ [Donetsk People’s Republic] that a significant portion of heavy armaments has been withdrawn from the line of demarcation in Donbas (as of 02.24, that allegedly includes 156 pieces of cannon artillery and 40 MRLS; as of 02.25, 180 units of cannon artillery and 18 MRLS; and as of yesterday, 02.26, “LNR” declared that 80% of heavy armaments have been withdrawn). These statements are false because, based on the data of the IR group, only 10-15% of the above armament numbers have been withdrawn as of 02.26. Moreover, the  terrorists withdraw the weapons to distances that do not correspond to those established by the Minsk Agreements, but rather, allow for returning the weapons to their original positions within 30-40 minutes.

A hardworking tractor driver brought his tractor T-72b3 directly from Russia to plow in Debaltseve (Source

A hardworking tractor driver brought his tractor T-72b3 directly from Russia to plow in Debaltseve (Source)

Over the last 24 hours, terrorists and Russian troops violated the ceasefire multiple times – we have reports of approximately 30 fire strikes. The enemy is primarily using small arms. Cannon artillery was used against the positions of Ukrainian troops in the vicinity of Opytne, Vodyane, and Pisky.

At the same time, Russian-terrorist troops are restoring their own combat capacity and regrouping them, along the entire line of contact with the Ukrainian forces. In some sections, the enemy is deploying its units closer to the positions of Ukrainian troops.

In particular, ‘LNR’ gangs that had earlier participated in combat on the Debaltseve springboard, have been deployed closer to Shchastya and Stanytsia Luhanska. At least 22 armored vehicles (half of them tanks) are stationed in the area between Vesela Hora and Stanytsia Luhanska.

A new tactical group is being formed in the area of Novoazovsk. It consists of up to 350 insurgents, 8 tanks, 20 armored vehicles, and 15 other vehicles. The other tactical group concentrated in this sector has been recently reinforced with 8 cannon artillery units.

The so-called ‘Ministry of State Security’ of the ‘DNR’ continues clean-ups among gang commanders. Namely, two unit commanders from the ‘Oplot’ and ‘Vostok’ gangs were arrested on charges of organizing mass robberies and looting. The command of illegal armed formations are unable to control the actions of their subordinates; in fact, terrorist commanders participated in ‘trophy hunting and collection’ on multiple occasions themselves. Also, in order to establish a so-called ‘rule of law,’ eight insurgents from the ‘Altai’ gang were detained for looting and robberies in the Debaltseve area.

In Luhansk, two “employees” of the so-called ‘LNR prosecutor’s office’ were eliminated as a result of a conflict between insurgents. The city itself is in a state of infrastructural crisis; all public electrical transport has been stopped.

"Grad-Aid," or Another Russian Humanitarian Convoy

“Grad-Aid,” or Another Russian Humanitarian Convoy

A scandal is sparking up in Slovyanoserbsk, caused by the looting of a humanitarian shipment from Russia by the insurgents. Representatives of the so-called ‘Cossack forces’ are under reasonable and justified suspicion for this crime.

In Kirovsk, the local commandant’s office carried out door-to-door visits to local residents, collecting money for insurgent funerals.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB


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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 2.25 #FreeSavchenko

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Russian-terrorist forces in the conflict zone in Donbas are [currently] regrouping along virtually the entire line of confrontation. The most active regrouping of enemy forces and weapons is observed in two areas: BryankaStakhanov and the “seaside [sector]” (Mariupol). Although the intensity and the number of fire attacks by insurgents and Russian military units have relatively decreased, Russian-terrorist forces continue to grossly violate ceasefire agreements by firing on the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian targets in certain areas. Additionally, terrorists continue an active offensive in several locations (we have reports of small insurgent groups attacking the foremost positions of Ukrainian troops).

In particular, the build-up of Russian-terrorist personnel and equipment continues in the Mariupol sector, near the ​​settlements of Oktyabr, Zaichenko, and Bezimenne. Some of the manpower and equipment are transferred here from areas north of Telmanove, while some are arriving from Russia. In total, the enemy forces concentrated here amount to a reinforced battalion tactical group (BTG) (including up to 550-600 personnel, 15 tanks, about 25 ACVs, and up to 20 vehicles). This BTG is supported by an artillery group operating over 15 units of cannon artillery and 8 roving multiple rocket launcher systems. The main direction of the enemy attacks is the settlement of Shyrokyne; enemy activity is also observed in the direction of Pavlopil.


After recent unsuccessful attempts to force Ukrainian units out from their positions near Shyrokyne, the command of Russian-terrorist forces is regrouping their tactical strike group in the area. Several disparate tactical groups of local insurgents and Russian mercenaries operate north of this area (each numbering 120-150 people, with 2-3 tanks and several AFVs).

The remaining members of the so-called insurgent “mechanized brigade” dubbed “Prizrak” [“Ghost”] were observed moving from the area of Debaltseve towards Stakhanov and Pervomaisk. After firefights on the Debaltseve springboard, all the “brigade” has been reduced to a reinforced battalion, at most. A significant part of the “brigade’s” military equipment (24 tanks and approximately 15 AFVs) has been put out of action on the Troitske – Chornukhyne stretch (some [vehicles] were destroyed completely; those that can be repaired are currently being evacuated to Perevalsk and Alchevsk).

In the Pervomaisk-Alchevsk sector, the enemy concentrated their forces on the stretch adjacent to the Bakhmut highway. Russian-terrorist formations in this area are actively using mortars and small arms; occasionally, cannon artillery is used to fire on the positions of Ukrainian troops. Insurgents are trying to arrange a “carousel” of sorts: they move several armored vehicles demonstratively to the south, while at the same time discreetly moving large amounts of manpower and equipment (including artillery) to the same area. The enemy artillery group (4 firing units, up to 20 pieces of cannon artillery, 12 self-propelled guns, and 12 MLRS units) that previously fired on Debaltseve from positions in Alchevsk and Stakhanov has currently “changed its course” towards Trokhizbenka, Krymske, and Novotoshkivske.

Battalion commander. Photo: Serhiy Takhmazov

Battalion commander. Photo: Serhiy Takhmazov

On the MariinkaAvdiivka stretch, the enemy continues shelling and attack attempts in the vicinity of Mariinka, Pisky, Opytne, and Avdiivka. [The enemy] action follows a certain pattern: fire strikes from mortars, anti-aircraft units and large-caliber machine guns (sometimes joined by cannon artillery and MLRS), followed by the advance of several mobile infantry groups (usually 2-3 [groups], each up to a platoon in size, supported by several armored vehicles – 2-3 tanks, 3-4 BBMs) that attempt to “drive a wedge” in the joints and weak points in the defense lines of Ukrainian troops. Ukrainian artillery creates barrage fire to stop these terrorist attacks.

Insurgents are trying to dramatically increase the mobility level of their firepower, by mounting a large portion of their fire resources on vehicles. These include mortars, heavy machine guns, recoilless guns, automatic grenade launchers, and anti-tank missile systems. These adjustments are carried out on the facilities of several plants in Donetsk, Alchevsk, Horlivka, Snizhne, and Rovenky.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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March 1st Moscow march and Global Day of Action campaigns #FreeSavchenko

By Voices of Ukraine



On March 1st the weather in Moscow is expected to be 1C with plenty of sunshine – a good day for a large show of support at the Moscow anti-crisis march, with or without its Russian opposition figurehead, political activist Alexei Navalny who was jailed on February 19 for 15 days for violating the “procedure for holding assemblies, rallies and demonstrations” while he handed out leaflets in the Moscow metro advertising the demonstration, called simply “Spring.” He tweeted the entire circus, his selfie photos of it showing 15 policemen there to arrest him. The Spring protesters are calling on the Kremlin to revise some of its economic decision making.

Activists from around the world will also be participating in a Global Day of Action to demand that Putin free Ukrainian political prisoner, pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko who is in fact a prisoner of war but is currently being held hostage by the Kremlin without release. March 1st will mark her 79th day on hunger strike to protest her illegal kidnapping into Moscow after her June 18th capture in Luhansk, Ukraine, the false accusations against her despite having a solid alibi, her imprisonment since then without charges, her court date being again delayed recently until May 13, a date she quite certainly can’t last to see.

On the previous January 26th Global Day of Action, 54 cities around the world hit the streets or their local Russian embassies to demonstrate visibly in support of Savchenko’s immediate release.

Please join in fighting for Nadiya’s freedom!

• Tweet #FreeSavchenko
• Stage a demonstration, it doesn’t have to be at a Russian embassy, it could be in a public place where you live
• Contact your media and request to be interviewed or for them to do a story on Nadiya. The more the world speaks out for her, the greater her chances to live!
• Write or tweet to politicians to urge them to speak out for her release.

#FreeSavchenko on March 1st event Facebook page

Time is very seriously running out now.

Please use this video or any of the following posters to print, post, share, and tweet using the hashtag:

#FreeSavchenko   #FreeSavchenko   #FreeSavchenko   #FreeSavchenko

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

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

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

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

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

Please click on “Settings” to enable subtitles.

Source: Radio Svoboda

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Hope for Nadiya Savchenko: Global Action January 26 #FreeSavchenko

By Voices of Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jarema and Veronica Polataiko. Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Jarema and Veronica Polataiko. Chernivtsi, Ukraine

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

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

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

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


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

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

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


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Ein Feldkaplan spricht über seine Kriegserfahrungen: Meine Brüder sind dort geblieben

Eine auszugsweise Übersetzung

Etwa drei Wochen lang hat Pater Fidelis Volnistov als Kaplan beim Rechten Sektor im Dorf Pisky verbracht.

Der Priester spricht über seine Erfahrungen mit Militärangehörigen.

„Ich bat einen griechisch-katholischen Priester, Seelsorger beim Rechten Sektor, darum, dass ich mit ihm fahren darf. Da er sich einen Beinbruch zugezogen hat und in Dnipropetrowsk zurückbleiben musste, ging ich an seiner Stelle für drei Wochen dahin. Ich verrichtete meinen Dienst im Dorf Pisky, 1 km vom Flughafen Donezk entfernt, beim 5. Bataillon des ukrainischen Freiwilligenkorps “Rechter Sektor”, 1. und 2. Sturmkompanien.

Als der Flughafen Donezk fiel, rückten wir ganz vorne, in die vorderste Linie.

Dort ist es schrecklicher als in den Filmen über den Zweiten Weltkrieg. Auf dem Weg nach Pisky stehen verbrannte Panzer und Fahrzeuge in Gräbern. Das Land wurde durch die Panzer drum herum gepflügt. Das Dorf wurde vollständig zerstört. … Die Häuser der Oligarchen haben kleinere Schäden davontragen, weil sie sehr robust sind, aus Beton. Und genau dort haben unsere Jungs ihre Stützpunkte eingerichtet. Es gab auch ein Paar Dorfbewohner, die nicht in der Lage waren, weg zu gehen. Einen solchen Mann hatten wir als Nachbar. Sein Häuschen ist heile geblieben, weil es sehr winzig war. Unsere Jungs geben ihm dort immer was zum Essen. Viele Dorfbewohner flohen so eilig, dass ihre Hunde an der Kette geblieben sind. So ließen unsere Jungs Hunde frei und fütterten sie. Das Dorf Pisky gibt es nicht mehr. Es vollständig ruiniert worden.

Die ganze erste Woche haben wir im Keller verbracht. Denn es tagein tagaus geschossen wurde: Panzer und Raketenwerfer, Panzerfäuste und Scharfschützen. Alle fünf Minuten liefen wir durch den Flur, weil die Soldaten nicht wussten, wann und wohin sie sich verstecken sollen.

Mehrmals war mein Leben wirklich in Gefahr. Ich musste auf den Boden fallen, um mich vor Granaten zu verstecken, Kugel schwirrten um meine Nase herum, GRAD-Geschossen fielen. Gefährlich war sogar der Weg zum Klo, eigentlich etwa 20 Meter lang. Obwohl im Kugelhagel sogar ein solcher Weg zu lang ist.

Dienst als Kaplan ist keine gewöhnliche Diözese. Man muss sich dazu berufen fühlen. Man muss in der Lage sein, Soldaten zu verstehen, sich in ihre Lage versetzen können. Man darf ihnen nicht zu nahe treten, denn beim nächsten Mal werden sie weder dich, noch einen anderen Priester an sich heranlassen wollen. Hier ist ganz anders, nicht wie in der Pfarrei: Du erscheinst und deine Predigt zum Thema Liebe wird aufmerksam gehört, danach deine Hand geküsst. Nein, im Krieg ist es anders. Du musst von Gott reden können und von Liebe zur Heimat. Und das musst du auch so vereinen können, dass man die Logik darin sieht. Denn viele missverstehen Christentum in dem, dass sie denken: Man soll die andere Wange seinem Feind hinhalten, wenn er dich auf eine Wange schlägt. Und du musst unterschiedliche Fragen beantworten können. Die Glaubwürdigkeit muss erst verdient werden. Als allererstes wird es festgestellt, was für einen Mensch du bist, und später – was für einen Priester. Ein echter Kaplan kennt seine Soldaten. Er kennt Charakter jeden einzelnen, er weiß, was jeder durchmacht, was er denkt, zu jedem muss er einen ganz eigenen Zugang finden.

Ich habe sowohl den Orthodoxen als auch den Katholiken die Beichte abgenommen. Es gab auch Heiden in unserer Brigade. Ich bin mit allen gut ausgekommen. Ich wusste, dass sie bereit waren, das Leben für ihre Blutsbruder hinzugeben.

Es gibt viele Protestanten unter Freiwilligen. Sie haben eine sehr positive Lebenseinstellung. Wir beteten zusammen. Kugeln schwirren und wir halten die Hände und beten, preisen Gott, beten um Frieden.

Jeden Tag um 14.00 feierte ich den Gottesdienst, zu dem Freiwilligen kamen. Natürlich nicht alle, aber mehrere Personen gab es schon immer. Oft wollte man auch eine Beichte abzulegen oder bat ums Gespräch. Außerdem arbeitete ich wie jeder andere auch, … Jeder weiß, was er zu tun hat. Und alle arbeiten. Es herrscht Ordnung. Hätten alle ukrainischen Streitkräfte die gleiche Disziplin wie beim Rechten Sektor, wäre dann alles anders.

Menschen im freiwilligen Bataillon sind ausgesprochen pflichtbewusst. Es gibt keinen Alkohol hier. Es ist ja allgemein bekannt, dass die ukrainischen Streitkräfte ein Problem damit haben. Aber der Rechte Sektor trinkt kein Alkohol, es herrscht Disziplin, Befehle werden genau und effizient ausgeführt. Im Allgemeinen dauert der Einsatz hier einen Monat lang. Falls jemand sich daneben benimmt, wird er beim nächsten Mal einfach nicht aufgenommen.

Hier kommt man, um den freiwilligen Dienst zu leisten. Und das ist sehr wichtig. Hier dienen Menschen unterschiedlichen Alters, unterschiedlichen sozialen Status, Jungen und Mädchen. Mädels und Jungen mit 20+ Jahren kämpfen wie jeder andere. Sie haben ihre Häuser, Familien zurückgelassen, um ihre Heimat zu verteidigen. Und sie werden dafür nicht bezahlt. Versorgt sie nur durch die Freiwilligen. Lebensmittel, Kleidung und Ausrüstungen – all das wird durch die Volontärs geleistet.

Alle nennen sich untereinander „mein Freund“, ungeachtet dessen alt oder jung, Männlein oder Weiblein. Alle verhalten sich untereinander wie Brüder. Ich wurde auch als „mein Freund“ angesprochen. … Und in der Tat, all diese Menschen wurden zu meinen Brüdern. Ich ging und meine Brüder sind dort geblieben.

Ich wurde dazu angehalten, um unseren Sieg zu beten. Nicht für den Frieden. Die Soldaten sagten mir: „Bitte nicht darum beten, dass wir heile nach Hause zurückkehren. Wir wollen als Sieger nach Hause kommen“. Sie wollen auch keinen Frieden um jeden Preis. Wegen der sogenannten Waffenruhe haben wir mehr Menschen verloren, als während der Kampfhandlungen. Jetzt wollen sie das Wort „Frieden“ nicht mehr hören“.

Militärangehörige haben mich danach gefragt, ob Rache eine Sünde ist. Ich erklärte, dass die christliche Moral die Rache als etwas verwerfliches betrachtet. Sie erwiderten jedoch:“Bei allem gebührenden Respekt, Ihnen und Christentum gegenüber, werde ich jetzt meine Rache doch nehmen“. Ich kann sie verstehen, denn viele von ihnen in diesem Krieg ihre Blutsbruder verloren haben.

Beim Rechten Sektor spielt dein Nationalität oder Religion keine Rolle. … In unserer Brigade gab es auch Freiwillige aus Georgien und Kanada. Jeder hatte seinen Kampfname. Der Brüder aus Georgien erzählte, dass er für die Ukraine kämpft, weil er so all denen Ukrainern bedanken möchte, die damals für Georgien gegen Russland kämpften.

Einmal wurden wir eingekesselt. Die Jungs erwiderten das Feuer. Dann kommt zu mir ein Blutsbruder, Kampfname Dobermann, gibt mir eine Handgranate und sagt: „Falls sie hierher kommen sollen, ist es besser, sich in die Luft zu sprengen, als zu denen in Gefangenschaft zu geraten“. Und weg ist er. Ich halte diese Handgranate in den Händen und denke: Ja, ist es auch, denn in Gefangenschaft werden die Freiwilligen bestialisch behandelt …

Weiter so zu leben, als ob wir keinen Krieg haben, ist die Sünde der Indolenz …

Jeder muss Militärangehörigen helfen, so wie er kann. … Sie kämpfen für uns. Falls sie die Aggressoren nicht aufhalten, kommen jene zu uns nachhause. Es gibt auch das Vierte Gebot, das Vater und Mutter zu ehren vorschreibt.

Heimat ist unsere Mutter, ihr gegenüber sind wir verpflichtet. Wir haben zwei Heimaten: Himmelsreich und unsere Heimat hier auf der Erde. Wir dürfen doch nicht schweigen, wenn unsere Mutter verhöhnt wird. …

Manche Frauen sagen: “Mein Kind würde ich in den Krieg nie lassen.” Dies ist auch eine schwere Sünde. Sind andere Mütter etwa dümmer dumm, oder sie haben schlechtere Kinder? … Oder denkt ihr, dass diejenigen die kämpfen, sterben und nach Hause mit Verletzungen zurückkehren, keine Angst haben? Sie sind allerdings nicht zuhause sitzen geblieben.

Wir müssen die Rehabilitation von Soldaten, die nach dem Krieg nach Hause kommen, vorbereiten. … Obwohl ich sagen muss, dass die Menschen bei den freiwilligen Bataillonen psychisch stabiler sind, sie wissen, was sie tun, sie trinken keinen Alkohol im Dienst. Sie werden psychisch nicht so traumatisiert, wie diejenigen, die einberufen wurden und zwar gegen ihren Willen. … Aber im Großen und Ganzen werden wir alle nach diesem Krieg eine Rehabilitation brauchen. Aber was können wir tun? Nicht wir sind in ein fremdes Land eingefallen. Wir verteidigen unser Land.

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‘Sokil’ special forces officer gives his life to avert act of terrorism in Mariupol

By Anton Gerashchenko, Advisor to Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Vitaly Mandrik


Yesterday in Mariupol, at the cost of [the life of] a police officer from the ‘Sokil’ [Falcon] special forces subdivision [of HUBOZ], an act of terrorism was averted.

A car with tinted windows was stopped at a checkpoint. After the [driver was] required to produce documents and exit the car for inspection, there were muffled shots from a pistol silencer that came from the interior.

The shooter was a professional. Three shots and three hits to the head of the police employees.

One of the ‘Sokil’ officers, who later died in the hospital, fell unconscious at the site of this terrorist act. The other two policemen, despite wounds to the jaw and cheek, painfully opened fire on the car and continued pursuit of the terrorists, killing one of them.

Pursuit of the second [terrorist] was terminated due to the significant loss of blood and loss of consciousness in one of the two wounded policemen.

To intercept the terrorists, an alarm was raised in the Mariupol militia garrison.

Explosives and detonator sets were found in the car abandoned by the terrorists.

This is the second in 2 days a policeman has died at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.

The deceased policeman is Vitaly Mandrik. He was a native of Donetsk Oblast. He was 27 years old.

Prior to its capture by Donetsk terrorists [the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’], he served in the Donetsk ‘Sokil.’ He remained faithful to the oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine. He left [Donetsk] on his own, bringing his wife and one-year-old child from Donetsk.

He lived in a rented apartment on the outskirts of Mariupol on his modest police salary.

He performed combat missions at the front lines in Debaltseve, Mariinka, Pisky.

Today I want, once again, to appeal to the entire Facebook community and to call for an end to the opposition of police in society, and to hanging of labels of thieves and extortionists on the police.

Yes, some villains in the police have remained and they are not few. But overall, the vector of reforming the police chosen by Arsen Avakov is right!

Only brave people, ready to stop criminals and prevent a terrorist act with their lives and health, will remain in the police.

I also want to ask everyone who reads me, please explain to all your friends and acquaintances that when passing through the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] police checkpoint, especially in the ATO [anti-terrorism operation zone], it’s not necessary to engage in verbal battles with police officers on the subject – to put your documents in their hands or show them at a distance, to refuse to have them carry out inspections on vehicles on the grounds that you heard some wise guy say on TV that screening should only be in the presence of an investigator and two witnesses.

You need only to politely bring your documents and immediately comply with all the requirements of police officers aimed at the inspection of your vehicle and verifying your identity.

And even if you have a “Press” sticker stuck on your car and you have press credentials and a video camera with you, it does not give you the right not to undergo a vehicle inspection.

There are no police “Mielofons” like in Alice Selezneva and Koli Gerasimov. They do not know what you have in mind. Whether you are a famous Ukrainian journalist or human rights defender. Or if you are a terrorist taught in special forces school in Russia, where you were taught to pass through Ukrainian militia checkpoints rudely attacking policemen wagging your mustache.

I am preparing a proposal to the Minister of the Ministry of Interior about consciously rigid instructions for the actions of police officers to stop, check documents, and examine the contents of the trunk and passenger compartments of vehicles.

You will not like all of my proposal, but I will offer instruction for how to proceed through a checkpoint, the right guarding of checkpoints, of keeping the car when coming into a checkpoint at “gunpoint,” until one has passed the document check and vehicle inspection.

This is the only way we can reduce the risk of police officer deaths and military personnel who are deployed for the protection of checkpoints and the inspection of vehicle transports leaving Mordor.

In the photo – police officer Vitaly Mandrik died yesterday, who gave his life to stop the terrorists and prevent another terrorist act in Mariupol.

Source: Anton Gerashchenko FB

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Dmitry Tymchuk: Military update 2.24 #FreeSavchenko

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

Operational data from Information Resistance:

Over the last twenty-four hours, massive shelling continued on Ukrainian troop positions and civilian targets in the area of Shyrokyne. Russian-terrorist troops made two attempts to break through the defense lines of Ukrainian units; the attempted assaults were supported by armored vehicles (including at least 6 tanks). The enemy also delivered massive MRLS and cannon artillery fire around the settlements of Oktyabr and Zaichenko. The enemy is pulling up armored vehicles in the Novoazovsk sector (four tanks were spotted moving along the T0508 motorway).

After the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the Debaltseve springboard, Russian-terrorist troops continue attempting an offensive in this area. In particular, two Russian-terrorist tactical groups (each one up to a reinforced company in strength, and supported by 5 units of combat equipment) attempted to attach the front positions of Ukrainian troops in the area of the Luhanske – Svitlodarsk separation line. These groups were supported by a terrorist mortar unit. Ukrainian units fired on the enemy groups, forcing them to stop and retreat to their initial lines.

Azov Battalion selfies

Azov Battalion selfies near Shyrokyne

Firefights between individual ‘DNR’ [Donetsk People’s Republic] and ‘LNR’ [Luhansk People’s Republic] gangs are taking place in the area of Debaltseve.

The terrorists continue shelling the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant, purposefully striving to shut the plant down (part of this facility has already stopped operations).

On the Yasynuvata – Panteleimonivka stretch, the enemy continues concentrating a tactical strike group (at least 35 armored vehicles spread out in groups of 5-7 units). This area is also expecting arrival of mortar units and the artillery group (in part or in full) from Yenakijeve. The artillery group in question, which had supported the “Horlivka DNR Brigade” during the Debaltseve offensive, includes 26 units of cannon artillery and self-propelled guns, and five multiple rocket launcher systems.

The concentration of Russian-terrorist combat formations continues on the Stepne – Dokuchajevsk stretch. However, the enemy’s heavy armaments in this area currently remain withdrawn deeper behind the lines, and the Russian-artillery group deployed in this area does not open fire at this time. In this area, the enemy is using mortars and small arms, and scouting out the positions of Ukrainian troops, including through aerial reconnaissance (we observe 12-15 Russian-terrorist drone flights per day in this sector).

In the territory controlled by the ‘LNR’ [Luhansk People’s Republic], the Russian-terrorist command continues presenting a picture of the “withdrawal of heavy armaments.” In reality, the combat equipment is only being slightly withdrawn from the front line and concentrated in many well-camouflaged “storages.” Civilian settlements (with private housing) are primarily used for this purpose.

A transfer point of Russian-terrorist troops has been set up south of Luhansk. Equipment and armaments arriving from Russia are being transported here; as is some of the heavy weaponry withdrawn from the front line.

Shipments of supplies, equipment and ammunition from Russia to Donbas continue. Over the last twenty-four hours, we observed at least three supply convoys, one of which (consisting of 22 vehicles) proceeded to Donetsk.

The share of various models of T-72 tanks is increasing among the heavy weaponry being transported from Russia to Donbas. Such tanks are not in the service of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (previously, Russians mainly transferred various models of T-64 tanks, also employed by the Ukrainian army).

Photo: A comparison of T-62 and T-72 tank models. Despite the similarities in the two tanks’ silhouettes, T-72 has larger, characteristically shaped wheels and a number of other differences visible upon inspection.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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