Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – June 19, 2014

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

Brothers and sisters!

information_resistance_logo_engHere’s the Summary for June 19, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for June 18).

The bad news:

1. Russia is no longer hiding the fact that it’s moving troops to the border with Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry insists that the troops are being moved to Rostov and Belgorod Oblasts [regions] “as part of military exercises” that had been allegedly caused by the activization of NATO.

It’s not enough for the Kremlin to drown Donbas in the blood of its mercenaries. It must put pressure on our brains with the threat of invasion. 

2. A stream of mercenaries and weapons from Russia keeps moving through the border crossing point of “Dolzhansky” into Ukraine. Today another convoy of equipment entered [the territory], in which at least three “Grad” MLRS were identified.

And this is despite the fact that today in the State Duma [Parliament] Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was asked, “Will the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation provide assistance to the Donetsk and Luhansk [People’s] Republics?” To what Shoigu replied, “No.”

What a deceitful creature. Just like his master Putin.

By the way, the Russian State Duma is itself an inveterate bunch of scoundrels too. Today, Viktor Vodolatskiy, a Duma [People’s] Deputy announced that no one counted the number of insurgents among the Russian Cossacks sent from Russia to Ukraine. As in, Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts were “illegally annexed” during the Soviet Union in Ukraine’s favor, and it was time to get them back.

3. Murky stories around the volunteer units continue–now with the Kyiv 12th Battalion of territorial defense. The problems are all the same–no ammunition, equipment, body armor, and helmets.

All these questions should be directed to the Defense Ministry. And they should be addressed promptly.

But let’s remember this, that the position on territorial battalions also provides for some involvement of local authorities in their creation and provision (actually, that’s why battalions are called “territorial”). Whereas the number of Oblasts where local authorities are involved in the process is close to nil.

I’m interested in the following question: why no one asks them [these] questions? Why nobody brings complaints to them? It’s unclear. Maybe if the local authorities engaged in this work for the sake of decency, then there would be immediately less problems ?


The good news:

1. Armed Forces units and the National Guard of Ukraine have freed  the settlements of Yampil and Kirovsk, near Krasny Liman of Donetsk Oblast, from terrorists. They also took control over the bridge across the Seversky Donets river.

Thus, finally (after so many weeks!) Sloviansk is completely blocked.
From small victories, one big one is born.

2. The Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament] decided to give the Armed Forces the money saved on Presidential elections (since the elections were held in one round, there was a remaining 600 million Hryvnias [USD $50.6 million]).

This is pretty cool.

But there is one “but.” Just today, [people’s] deputies listened behind closed doors to our military officials, who tried to explain why additional funds (as well as individual donations) allocated to the Army, were implemented so criminally slowly.

The situation is outrageous. The Ministry of Defense has the money in its accounts, the procurement procedure has been legislatively simplified expressly for the needs of the ATO forces, and the military officials are waiting for something.

The military officials failed to give clear answers. Excuses like “few hands on deck” and “manufacturers can’t cope with the orders,” don’t seem to be a convincing argument to me.

It seems that these citizens, even though they are from the military establishment, have little understanding that every purchased armored vest can mean a life saved. Here, one simply can’t do without some personal (and immediate!) responsibility.

We ask the working group of people’s deputies in charge of this issue to cooperate with the IR [Information Resistance] group, we are ready to provide the military experts from our Center for Military and Political Studies for consultations. The first talks on this subject have taken place today, and we are going to meet. I hope that together we will look at the situation and force the military officials to move faster.

"A government official is a man in a suit and tie. What he does, I don't know." Phоtо:

“A government official is a man in a suit and tie. What he does, I don’t know.” (By 7 year old Artem Borisov)         Phоtо:

3. In Zakarpattia Oblast, the SBU opened a case against a Facebook user for appeals to overthrow the government.

Social networks should have been cleaned up a long time ago. Moreover, Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (for Actions aimed at…seizing state government) has not been canceled by anyone. If the enemy campaign buffs and other vermin bring their business to a clean and cozy [prison] detention center (as a small prototype of the beloved “free” Russia), then they will be more comfortable and society will be cleaner as a result.

In addition, the Rada introduced criminal responsibility for the financing of terrorism. Punishment is imprisonment for up to 10 years with confiscation of property.

Here everything is all clear. A toothless state will never win. And if Ukraine gradually starts to grow its teeth, it is undoubtedly a reason for optimism.

Source: Dmitry Tymchuk FB

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17 Responses to Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – June 19, 2014

  1. chervonaruta says:

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  3. sandy miller says:

    The more yu tell us the less I think too many in Ukraine lack the will. I’m sure Russia must be reading your blogs and laughing. You point out all Ukraine’s weakness.

    • Keith Hetman says:

      so your point? are you blaming and shaming Ukrainians for being thoughtful and less ruthless than Russians? it is what it is, they are learning the language of the jungle while the lions are at their throats. it is a massive cultural adjustment. just think. an entire generation never even considered war, the army was just a job. now they are being attacked by their so-called brethren. it is mind-blowing. we must give them all the support and benefit of the doubt and help those with foresight and courage to succeed. this is my humble opinion

      • sandy miller says:

        I understand what you’re saying but when you broadcast your weakness to the lions they’ll eat you. I think Ukraine should keep these kinds of comments closer to their breast. I’m not blaming and I’m sorry if I sound like I’m shaming. I guess I’m questioning. What do you do if not enough people have the will to fight? Can Ukraine outmanuever Putin…it doesn’t look like it…he’s 3 steps ahead in every way including anti-Ukraine propaganda everywhere…they can’t seem to outmanuver Putin and it doesn’t look like they’re going to get any help from NATO or EU.. I’ve been all over the internet correcting misinformation by Putin propagandists and get very little help from other Ukrainians. That’s frustrating too. I continue to fight in everyway I can including sending money but I’m a 70 year old woman….I can’t do anymore. American’s are totally uninterested in Ukraine and what happens to the people…including my own family members who are American born. They simply don’t understand the bigger picture this issue has on everyone including Americans. Maybe, I’m just being paranoid but, I believe Putin is crazy and will cause huge upheaval all over the world not just in Ukraine and Europe. My own family thinks I’ve turned into a hawk when I’ve always been a dove up until now.

    • Keith Hetman says:

      I understand where you are coming from Sandy but the Russians already know everything anyway since they infiltrated the Ukrainians government. Besides, they are already laughing at Ukraine because they have no respect for them. They still don’t accept Ukraine as a country. So nothing to do for it. Tymchuk has a good message, nothing secret going out. but i understand you, and your heart is certainly in the right place,

  4. Keith Hetman says:

    Oh those Russians….they sure need a lot of exercise. What Ukraine needs is an Exorcist!

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  6. Pit says:

    Sandy Miller. It doesn’t really matter. it is better for them to point the weakness and fix it then hide it from public and let it work for Russians, who probably know about already because Yanukovytch has animated that weakness for them. Moving forward; that’s most important. Well done guys, take care of yourselves.

    • Robert Marchenoir says:

      Exactly. The level of intelligence the Russians have on Ukraine is probably very high. After all, they used to run the show there just a few years ago. And Ukraine is still not independant, it has only decided it wants to become free. So the work lies ahead.

      But a very important step has been taken. The annexation of Crimea might prove to be a blessing in disguise : it has helped Ukraine decide what it wanted. And it wants freedom, the rule of law, honest politicians and prosperity, not the archaïc, autocratic, imperialistic society that many Russians seem to prefer, where death is glorified, the individual is crushed and the collective reigns supreme.

      Samuel Huntington said it, and has been thoroughly lambasted for it : Russia and Europe are tow different, and conflicting, civilisations. Their worldview is different and can’t be reconciled.

      Essential reading :

  7. Tom Hommel says:

    Oh Sandy. I must say, that sometimes your comments looks like you are an employee at RT or as you dont know a bit about democraty. Yes. He is pointing out the weaknesses in the system, but Sandy, this is actually a sign of openness and democraty, not to hide the facts, and also by pointing them out, there is a hope, that someone actually will react on them and get them corrected. So let Russians read and laugh. Maybe they here can learn a little about open discussion and throuth, theugh i dont believe in that.

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  9. sandy miller says:

    I’ve live in America since I was 7 years old. I’m 70 today. I do know what a free press does but they certainly aren’t as vocal about American weakness as much as they are about political parties. If you read American media they’re now spouting the Putin propaganda line. Europe is walking away. What the hell happened? Am I wrong to guestion what’s going on? I come from the old school. I came to America after WW2 as a refugee. I see Ukraine from my parents perspective which was always a desire for a free and independent Ukraine even though my parents come from the Kharkiv area. They lived thru the revolution, WW1 and WW2 in a German concentration camp where I was born into starvation, disease and cruelty. We lost most of our family in the starvation 1932-33 or the wars. I’ve never had a grandmother, grandfather, uncles, cousins. You see I know what hell the Russians have put Ukraine through for centuries and all I see is everytime Ukraine tries to get free of them they can’t because the people internally fight each other..that’s what happened in every war in Ukraine. My parents homes were on all the war fronts. How dare you say that I sound like I’m an employee of RT…I thought it was the other way around. What I hear from Dmitry is help our army is falling apart… Remember the world loves winners not whinners. Like I’ve said I’ve done everything in my power to help Ukraine so I really resent your comments to me. I want Ukraine to stand tough and strong and never lose their identity. Sorry, but I was raised to be a proud Ukrainian!!!

  10. sandy miller says:

    Me thinks you’re having a little fun with me Keith Hetman?????

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