Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – August 26, 2014

Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for August 26, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for August 20).

The bad news:

1. Russia has lost its remaining shreds of decency. The lying, conniving and treachery of the Kremlin leadership goes beyond any limits imaginable. The undeclared war against Ukraine is becoming more and more obvious, even to the most naive of outsider observers.

Yesterday, units of the Russian army were fighting their way into the Donbas by breaking through into Ukrainian territory in two directions at once. The Ukrainian army punched them in the teeth. Russian paratroopers were taken prisoner. The Russian Ministry of Defense declared that the Russian soldiers ended up on the Ukrainian territory “by accident.”

It gets worse. Russian MI-24 helicopters fired unguided missiles at Ukrainian border guards stationed on Ukrainian territory. Four of our border guards were killed, three more wounded.

To say that Moscow’s cynicism is astounding–is to say nothing. For months on end, Russians have been “accidentally” killing Ukrainians on Ukrainian soil and “accidentally” supplying arms to terrorists; they also “accidentally” downed a Malaysian Boeing [MH-17] (while trying to “accidentally” shoot down a Ukrainian AN-26). I think it would only be logical if during Putin’s next visit to any civilized country, he would be accidentally arrested, accidentally tried and accidentally hanged (true, most civilized countries eschew the death penalty … but accidents happen).

In reality, Putin did not invent any “hybrid war” (African countries fought in this war format for half of the 20th century). His accomplishment is that he invented a “war for cowards.” Its essence lies in the fact that, before Putin, even the most cunning and treacherous dictator would somehow be responsible for the aggression he started. Putin is the first to come up with a way to use overwhelming lies and disingenuity to drown the neighboring country in blood, while bearing no responsibility for the slaughter. There is neither intelligence nor strategic brilliance here–only ingrained villainy.

2. Moscow is going to push another “humanitarian convoy” into Ukraine.

With his little eyes gleaming like a seasoned kleptomaniac, Sergey Lavrov, head of the Russian MFA and a professional propagandist declared, “Yesterday, we sent an official note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, informing [them] of our intention to prepare the next convoy of humanitarian aid.”

So, these bastards no longer bother to get permission to bring cargo into a foreign country. They simply “inform” of it. Then again, after the first “humanitarian aid” illegally entered into the Donbas, it would have been hard to expect otherwise.

3. Ukrainian media spread some sad news–at the current “Customs Union–Ukraine–European Union” meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Putin dedicated “less than 3% of his speech” to the armed conflict in Ukraine.

I’m a bit confused–what is so strange about that? Do you often see a maniac and a murderer flaunting his deeds in public? Like any criminal, VVP [Putin] will savor the details of his self-made Donbas massacre later, in a close circle of henchmen, with his sidekick [Sergey] Shoygu pouring prison chifir, the slag [Dmitry] Kiselyov huddling by the marble Kremlin toilet, and the merry jokester [Vladimir] Zhirinovsky beating on a guitar and singing The Folsom Prison Blues.

In public, Putin cannot afford such luxury.

The good news:

1. The situation in the ATO area, unfortunately, gives no cause to launch celebratory fireworks, but neither is there reason to panic and shout ‘all is lost.’

According to our information, adequate measures are being used in the Ilovaisk area–we cannot give out the details (and hope it isn’t a false start). Troubling messages arrive from the south, but we found no confirmation to the reports of some wide-scale “advance” of Russian troops on Novoazovsk (our data shows that clashes are happening in this area, but those involve enemy forces that broke through earlier that have not been destroyed yet–we are currently confirming this information).

At the same time, the ATO forces are carrying out raids, and simultaneously regrouping in several areas of the operation. We hope to see these actions followed by more optimistic reports.

AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service

2. President Poroshenko, in the meeting with the heads of the Eurasian troika and EU representatives in Minsk, suggested that all parties in the conflict in Ukraine exit from it “while saving face.”

How the current negotiations in Minsk will end, and what result they will give today, if any–that we don’t know. At least, for now. But it is clear that Putin has two options–to leave the situation now, with his hands bloody to the elbows, or to drown in that blood entirely. Hopefully, he understands that in the history of the world, such blood baths have ended well for no one.

3. Today, at an urgent meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, it was decided that–security forces will buyout all military equipment produced by Ukroboronprom [Ukrainian Defense Industry] State Enterprise and immediately ship it off to the combat action area. Repair of military equipment from now on will be carried out without delays, and armaments promptly issued from the MOD warehouses on requisition of the ATO forces.

I think that if such a decision had taken place two months ago, the ATO would have gone much better thus far. However, military officials still have a chance to sabotage this useful initiative even now. Let’s hope that will not be the case.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB
Image sources 1, 2.

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Combat Lifesaver training Doctor on the NATO-level combat medical training organized for Ukrainian troops by diaspora volunteers

By Dr. Ulana N. Suprun, MD, Patriot Defence Instructor, and Director of Humanitarian Initiatives at the Ukrainian World Congress
07.28.2014  Kyiv
Edited by Voices of Ukraine

“Every day we get reports from the front line that the training provided through CLS and the IFAKs are saving soldiers’ lives.”

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) project, Patriot Defence, was initiated in mid-May of 2014 in response to the urgent need for training in first aid on the battlefield, and providing individual first aid kits for Ukrainian soldiers. The soldiers had either no first aid kits at all, or were given an old Soviet rubber tourniquet and a bandage as their “kit.” Little if any medical training had been provided to them during their preparation for deployment. UWC began working with local Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) instructors from the Red Cross and the Ukrainian Center for Special Training, providing courses for Ukrainian soldiers in TCCC. However, the courses were geared more towards civilians and Law Enforcement, so we decided to bring in professional instructors to provide Combat Lifesaver courses for the soldiers, as well as to further train the local TCCC instructors.

Training on how to perform a pneumothorax procedure on a collapsed lung.

Combat Lifesaver (CLS) is a course taught to US and NATO soldiers in which they learn to treat the three main killers on the battlefield–catastrophic bleeding, blockage of the airway, and tension pneumothorax. CLS training takes into account the unique conditions of the battlefield and the primary responsibility of the soldier to first and foremost complete his combat mission. The Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK) given to each soldier provides the tools with which they can save their own (self-aid) and their fellow soldiers’ (buddy-aid) lives. UWC began providing this kind of training and IFAKs to Ukrainian soldiers beginning in June of 2014.



Once the professional trainers from ParamedCZ ran several courses in Ukraine and word got around, requests for more courses and IFAKs began pouring in. To date we have trained over 2000 soldiers, including those from the Armed Forces of Ukraine 25th Battalion, National Guard Second Battalion, SBU Alpha, Battalions Donbas, Myrotvorets, Kyiv II, Lviv, Zoloti Vorota, Ukrainian National Security Forces, Ukrainian Army Special Forces, and others in places ranging from the training base for the Armed Forces in Desna, for the National Guard and Battalions at Nova Petrivka, SBU Alpha base, Obukhiv, Vita Poshtova, Yavorivsky Polygon, to areas where soldiers are currently deployed in the ATO zone. After completion of training, the soldiers receive IFAKs.

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun training in the field

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun training in the field

The training course ideally spans two days-the first day in which the soldiers are taught the theory behind CLS and learn how to treat injuries using the CABC algorithm-Catastrophic bleed, Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. The second day is filled with simulations of battle conditions, where the skills learned on the first day are carried over into real life battle scenarios, with the students wearing full battle gear, performing the life-saving techniques under fire, surrounded by smoke and exploding grenades, so that they experience the true nature of “tactical combat first aid.” There is usually one trainer for 25 students, and a coordinator for the length of the training course.

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun handing out IFAKs at the completion of a training program

Dr. Ulana N. Suprun handing out IFAKs at the completion of a training program

Currently donations are coming in from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, the US, Austria, Germany, Great Britain and Ukraine.  We have provided 1250 IFAKs to the soldiers trained, and have 500 on the way.  We plan on reaching a goal of training 10,000 soldiers and providing each of them with an IFAK. There are 2-3 training courses happening every week, with a total of 25 Ukrainian instructors and visiting professional instructors from the US, Great Britain, Scotland, Czech Republic and Ireland, all with many years of experience as soldiers first, and combat medics second. Every day we get reports from the front line that the training provided through CLS and the IFAKs are saving soldiers’ lives. At the end of every training we hand an IFAK to each soldier-patriot, thanking them for their defence of Ukrainian independence and territorial integrity, and pass along the heartfelt support of the Ukrainian Diaspora, who through this program hope to give the soldiers the opportunity to save their own or their buddy’s life if injured in defense of Ukraine.

Patriot Defence Simulation video:

From the Staff of Voices of Ukraine: Please consider donating to Patriot Defence as a reliable, trusted and safe means for supporting Ukrainian troops with urgently needed, higher-tech Improved First Aid Kits and top level professionally certified combat medical trainers to help save lives now. Help them reach their goal of delivering 10,000 IFAKs to Ukrainian soldiers who are in trenches fighting daily to protect Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Army Fundraising: ONE CELOX EQUALS ONE LIFE

Edited by Voices of Ukraine

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Please, repost this information to save lives of Ukrainian soldiers.

“Dear Friends, THIS IS AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION. ONE CELOX EQUALS ONE LIFE!! The Ukrainian Army and Hospitals are in desperate need of our help. Unfortunately, Ukrainian soldiers lack many life saving supplies in the ongoing military conflict in the Eastern part of the country. One of the greatest needs is CELOX which is not available in Ukraine. CELOX STOPS BLEEDING AND SAVES LIVES!!!

Solomiya Vitvitska
Iryna Pylypenko
Tonya Levchuk
Dana Yarovaya

Today, so many Ukrainians are HEROES are fighting for our freedom! Please don’t give up on our guys!!! With our help, we can bring a father, son, friend, or loved one back home!!! Many thanks to everyone for reposts, financial support and help!!! TOGETHER – WE CAN HELP!!! Thank you!!!”

Source: YouCaring

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Attention readers! You can now donate to Ukrainian army via PayPal!

Translated by Voices of Ukraine and edited by Alex Howard

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 6.58.14 PMYuriy Biryukov, who goes by Wings Phoenix on Facebook, is a volunteer for the Ukrainian army.  His initiative collects almost 2 million Hryvnias a month, which goes to Ukrainian airborne troops, naval aviation, artillery brigades, the National Guard, the border control troops, and others.

For his April 28 delivery, Yuriy collected tons of food, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, medications, dozens of portable radios, hundreds of sets of body armor for airborne troops, and two hundred helmets. Thousands of people transferred the money. Hundreds of concerned individuals who are drawn in to search for all necessities.

Also, Yuriy is helping the naval aviation brigade to build the modular headquarters for their engineers and technicians. Naval aviation conducts aerial reconnaissance, transports cargo for military sailors, and performs search and rescue operations. To conduct the flights, it’s necessary to provide headquarters for technical staff who prepare aviation equipment for flying.

Wings Phoenix volunteers 18 hours a day. He says that he is sleep deprived, but someone has to take care of the business. Despite lacking rest, however, Yuriy Biryukov is happy to be the army’s volunteer quartermaster.

Here’s the long-awaited financial information for those willing to donate to the Ukrainian army:

M A X I M U M   R E P O S T !

PAYPAL Account – [updated on July 22]*
Purpose: transfer to friends or relatives
Message to the recipient: ArmyUA
After transferring the money – write a message here on Facebook, saying which unit to spend it on.

* Please check the original Wings Phoenix FB page in case the Paypal account has changed.

The servicemen will get the money promptly and definitely use them as intended: Yuriy provides all reports on his Facebook page. Here’re some links for your review:

Consolidated financial report:

Consolidated photo report:


Wings Phoenix confirmation from May 6, 2014:

Ah! Aha! Reporting: PayPal works. The first tranche from the account has already reached my PrivatBank card, and has been converted into Hryvnias and sent tax-free to the suppliers. Ha! In the evening, I will put everything in the reports.

So please, a big request to share this post, we need to get the news to our foreign patriots that there is a quick way to directly help our military units. There are still 2 working days until the 9th and I will try to do my best to supply our units with bulletproof vests and radios.

I will most definitely be able to deliver the vests on time to:

- Berdyansk border guards

- 72nd Guards mechanised brigade

Plus there are orders from:

- 1st Battallion of the National Guard

- 25nd Dnipropetrovsk Airborne

And the 79th of course.

They are bogged down, but they are trying.


All other transfers and financial accounts [in Russian] -

Sources: Wings Phoenix FB, ICTV

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Voices Editors: Slava! and Bravo! to all of our civilian and military heroes and to our brave Ukrainian spirit of generosity and love for our people. With deep thanks to Yuriy Biryukov for all you do for so many! And to the diaspora and concerned individuals who help in many little ways that add up – we are all connected and united by caring and doing what needs doing. That Phoenix will rise from the ashes on renewed wings! 

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Letters from Nadiya Savchenko to her sister Vira

By Vira Savchenko, Nadiya Savchenko’s sister
Translated by Julia Khodor Beloborodov and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Nadiya sent me another letter through Ilya Novikov [one of her lawyers]. I want to share some details of her life as she describes them (I’m happy! Nadiya’s at her best!):

“Another time I asked them why they don’t have coffee (at the pre-trial detention center/remand prison). They said that ‘prison is used to tea,’ and then added that ‘Coffee is more of your Western thing, in Russia people like tea.’ So I said: ‘Your whole Russia is a prison.’

A conflict arose between me and prison guards (that work at the facility), in general they are regular people and nice, and don’t treat me badly. But they have this one way of reporting that goes like this: ‘Citizen superior, there’s one prisoner in cell #60. On watch for the cell of Savchenko, N.V. reporting.’ And one conscientious first lieutenant (prison guard) is demanding that I say it at check-in time. I always refuse to have this stupidity pass my lips, and explain that he is a citizen of Russia, but I am a citizen of Ukraine, and not a ‘prisoner,’ but an illegally-kidnapped person from Ukraine, he’s not my superior (I have my own superiors), and to me he’s the same kind of criminal as they hold in their facility. We argue about this every morning, and they are already promising to put me in the hole for this.

When they put me in here, I started cleaning up the cell right away and started chasing a small spider to kill it, but then I thought what am I doing? That’s the only friend I have here, a living creature. Ever since, the spider lives with me and sometimes climbs on the table and takes a walk while I have lunch.”

Source: Vira Savchenko FB
Translation: Julia Khodor Beloborodov FB

Read more:
Captured Ukrainian Officer Nadiya Savchenko: Your Russiah authorities will kill me. All of Ukraine is behind me. 

Kidnapped Pilot Nadiya Savchenko’s letter to Ukrainian President

A first-hand experience of Nadiya Savchenko’s court hearing


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Poroshenko and Putin shook hands (PHOTO + VIDEO)

By Ukrainska Pravda
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands before a meeting in Minsk, as was reported by Reuters correspondent Jack in his microblog on Twitter, reports Ukrainian Pravda.

What they talked about or if they talked among themselves at all, was not reported.

“#Putin and #Poroshenko have shaken hands. The festivities in #Minsk are underway!” –wrote Stubbs.

In addition, as noted by the press secretary of the president of Ukraine Svyatoslav Tsegolko, Poroshenko is the only one here who does not use a translator: neither English, nor Russian.

Source: Ukrainska Pravda



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Celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day around the world (photos & videos)

Celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day
(August 24th) around the world!

Simferopol, occupied Crimea

Simferopol, occupied Crimea



Dressing the statue of Duc de Richelieu, the main symbol of Odessa, in a traditional Ukrainian vyshyvanka [embroidered shirt]

Dressing the statue of Duc de Richelieu, the main symbol of Odessa, in a traditional Ukrainian vyshyvanka [embroidered shirt]

Moskovsky Prospekt in Petersburg, Russia

Moskovsky Prospekt in Petersburg, Russia

Mykolayiv celebrates

Mykolayiv celebrates





Kremlin, Moscow

Kremlin, Moscow: “Hands off Ukraine!”

Detained Moscow activists singing the Ukrainian national anthem in the paddy wagon to keep their spirits up. Heroyam Slava! Facebook video:

Moscow State University

Our beloved Mustang Wanted celebrates with us from atop Moscow State University!



In Dnipropetrovsk, Maidan's Piano Extremist plays again

In Dnipropetrovsk, Maidan’s Piano Extremist plays again

Okean Elzy concert in Lviv

Okean Elzy concert in Lviv

40,000 sing the national anthem at the concert (video):

The organizer of the rally in occupied Sevastopol was detained

The organizer of the rally in occupied Sevastopol was detained

Kramatorsk (Facebook video):

Sloviansk celebrates independence!!!!

Sloviansk celebrates independence!!!!



Rally in Montréal, Canada

Rally in Montréal, Canada

Parade at Toronto, Canada's lakeside waterfront with CN Tower in the background

Parade at Toronto, Canada’s lakeside waterfront with CN Tower in the background

More Toronto, CTV News (video):

Paris, France

Paris, France

Ukrainian students sing the national anthem in the airport after having arrived in Estonia

Ukrainian students sing the national anthem in the airport after having arrived in Estonia

Chechens in Vienna celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day

Chechens in Vienna celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day


Somewhere in Israel

Shanghai, China celebrates!

Celebrating in Portugal

Celebrating in Portugal


Bandurists Kobzarska Sich in the village of Emlenton, Pennsylvania State, USA, perform a patriotic song “For Ukraine” to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine. Members of the choir came together from different parts of North America, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York, Hartford, Toronto, etc. (video):

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada celebrates Ukrainian Independence Day

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada celebrates Ukrainian Independence Day

And the lights on Niagara Falls are turned yellow and blue in honor of Ukrainian Independence Day

And the lights on Niagara Falls are turned yellow and blue in honor of Ukrainian Independence Day

Warsaw, Poland (video):

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue in the colors of the Ukrainian flag (video):

and Curitiba, which has the largest diaspora in Brazil (video):

The Pope led a Hail Mary for peace in Ukraine on its Independence Day. “My thoughts go in a particular way to the beloved land of Ukraine…” the Pope said, “to all its sons and daughters, to their yearning for peace and tranquility, threatened by a situation of tension and conflict that continues unabated, causing so much suffering among the population.”

The Holy Father also appealed for prayer for Ukraine: “Let us entrust the whole nation to the Lord Jesus and to the Madonna, and let us pray together above all for the victims, their families, and all those who suffer.”

Departing from his prepared remarks, Pope Francis spoke of a letter he received from a Ukrainian bishop, recounting the sufferings of the people of Ukraine. “Let us pray together to the Madonna for this beloved land of Ukraine, on its Independence Day,” he said, and lead the faithful in praying the “Hail Mary,” concluding, “Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.”

Pope Francis is pictured during his weekly Angelus prayer Aug. 24 from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS/EPA)

Pope Francis is pictured during his weekly Angelus prayer Aug. 24 from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (CNS/EPA)

 The Military Parade in Kyiv on Independence Day in Ukraine (full video):

(abridged video):

If we missed your Ukrainian Independence Day celebration photos, wherever you are in the world, send them to us with info on the event and where it took place and we will add to this post!

Sources:, Euromaidan News in English, Gazeta.uaCTV News Toronto, Slavyanskman, Ukraine Today, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

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Dmitry Tymchuk: A column of Russian military vehicles tried to make a breakthrough into Ukraine this morning

By Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

According to the operational data of Information Resistance, this morning a column of Russian military vehicles tried to make a breakthrough from Russia into Ukraine in the area of  Novoazovsk.

Thanks to the rapid response of Ukrainian units, the column was dismembered. The main part of the column was stopped by our forces.

Part of the column (previously–10 APCs [armored personnel carriers], 2 tanks and 2 Kamaz) continued its movement into the territory of Ukraine. ATO [anti-terrorist operation] forces have taken action for its destruction.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB




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