August 21, 2014
The territories controlled by the insurgents in Donbas finally plunged into an abyss of lawlessness
Summary of the mos important events for August 20, 2014 by head of Centre of Military and Political Studies Dmytro Tymchuk
1. “Humanitarian aid” from Russia is nonetheless entering into Ukraine – the last report was that the first group of trucks have entered into the transit zone of the Russian checkpoint of “Donetsk.” The National Security and Defense Council [NSDC] reported that Ukrainian customs and border control guards will start inspection and clearance of cargo “not earlier than Thursday.”
What abomination to expect from this special operation of the Kremlin’s – is anyone’s guess. Moscow still failed to explain any “water-salt” contents of the cargo and the method of withdrawal of its transport back to Russia. Nor have we heard any clear commentary on this “aid” from the Red Cross. What we have is a lot of questions and bad forebodings.
2. The Adviser to the Interior Minister A. [Anton] Gerashchenko said that the Ministry of Defense delays the issuing of heavy weapons for the Specialized Battalions of the Ministry of the Interior, whereas the latter “take the fight to the terrorists armed with Grads, canons, armored vehicles, thus assisting our Armed Forces.”
We clarified this situation for ourselves back in June. The Defense Ministry explained to us that there is a statutory procedure for arms transfers to another agency and such issues are not resolved in only two days. In what kind of time period is it possible to resolve this issue – we were unable to find out.
At the same time, the General Staff, in informal conversations, are of the opinion that the Specialized Battalions of the Ministry for the Interior should not operate as assault units by definition, because that’s what the army is for. And the Interior Ministry units must comply with the relevant tasks – to carry out the clearing of settlements and restore law and order in the liberated territories.
This may well be so, but it is necessary to ensure an ideal interaction between the divisions and the units of the Interior Ministry and the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] so that every man does only his job – in particular, so that the army can promptly destroy any heavy equipment in the path of these same Specialized Battalions. Which, unfortunately, we do not see. So, there is one of two things remaining – either solve the problem with interaction or arm the Specialized Battalions with heavy weapons.
3. The territories controlled by the insurgents in Donbas finally plunged into an abyss of lawlessness – terrorists are thriving by looting.
According to our data in cities occupied by terrorists residents are trying to sell movable property for a pittance, which the fighters for Putin’s idea did not have time to “squeeze out” [from them]. A decent car can be bought from the owner for 1-2,000 Hryvnias [USD $75.50–151]. However, for a “squeezed” auto, terrorists can give a couple of cartons of cigarettes. What a sad picture of the “Russian world”.
Source: Head of Centre of Military and Political studies and coordinator Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk