By Eugene Spezhakov, Zaporyzhia, Ukraine
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
My friends: some former residents of Ukraine asked me to relay the good news, bad news, and a word of advice:
Good news. Almost all of them served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), including the women. They could not believe for a very long time that ever since Euromaidan, Jews and Ukrainian nationalists stand together there, that the latter protected synagogues from provocations, that the “Right Sector’s” word, “Zhydo-Banderite” is considered synonymous with a Ukrainian knight that is fighting for a free and independent Ukraine. Finally, they believe it.
Now they are ready at any time, if the Israeli government makes the decision, to pack their suitcases, come to Ukraine and help create a new Ukrainian army. They say: we succeeded in Singapore, the devil only knows where or how. And Ukraine is our homeland after all. There are professional commandos and pilots among them.
Bad news. All of them unanimously recommend that Ukraine prepare to live as a frontline state. It is obvious that under Putin’s rule, Russia will never leave Ukraine alone. In any case, terrorism will be rampant. In the case of occupation, domestic terrorism will be prevalent. In the case of the preservation of Ukrainian independence – international terrorism will take place. Sabotage of strategic facilities and public places, seizures of public transport, buses, trains, and airplanes, kidnappings. Artillery and rocket attacks on the territory [of Ukraine] are unlikely, although even they cannot be excluded. In this regard, it’s impossible to avoid partial militarization of Ukrainian society. But without right-wing radical fanaticism. One of the special ops guys advises to revive basic military training for highschool students. But, first of all, not as a profanity. And secondly, under no circumstances should retired old farts instruct [the students] – only combat officers!
Advice. The same special ops guy urges to shoot absolutely all security forces (police, military, special ops, border guards, Interior Ministry troops) who joined the enemy’s side, on the spot if captured. He says, that’s how the Israeli Army dealt with deserters and traitors, especially in the 1940s to 1960s.