Donetsk is blocked and Luhansk is almost blocked. Liberation of these cities is a matter of time
Summary of the most important events for August 14, 2014 by Dmytro Tymchuk
1. The past 24 hours were marked by combat activities for the ATO forces in very difficult circumstances, but they have led to positive results, and this is important.
Our troops have entered the area of the settlement of Novosvitlivka and Khryashchuvate and got entrenched here. According to our information it would be premature to talk about the full control of these settlements, unfortunately.
But fire control is established over a portion of the M-04 highway, which connects Luhansk with the rest of the area, where the “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic] insurgents are still frolicking around, as well as through Krasnodon and Izvaryne, leading to Russia. Previously, the section of the route N21, which connects Donetsk with Luhansk Oblast, was taken under control.
Therefore, Donetsk is blocked and Luhansk is almost blocked. Liberation of these cities is a matter of time. After which, the kids from the “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] and “LNR” [Luhansk People’s Republic] will obviously have to change their names – for example, to the “Zuivka People’s Republic” in Donetsk Oblast, and the “Empire of the Village of Yashchykove” in Luhansk Oblast. For that very short period of time they will still exist.
2. The Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine’s Parliament] adopted the bill on sanctions and, in its first reading – the bill on the “cleansing” of government, i.e. lustration.
The law on sanctions was considerably amended, by deleting the resonating provisions (e.g., on ending TV coverage and closing of the media, leaving these powers to the courts). If this law is to work (and this depends on the NSDC [National Security and Defense Council]), it has the capacity to become a good tool in the national security system, which we will have to build, if not from scratch, then somewhere close to it.
The lustration law is what Ukraine has been waiting for ever since Maidan. However, it is necessary to study the text of the bill (it is located at this address on the Parliament’s website [in Ukrainian]) – a considerable responsibility for lustration is put on the shoulders of the officials themselves, who must check on each other. I am sure that if the public doesn’t get actively involved in this process, we can get, to put it mildly, not exactly the results that we are hoping for. However, civilian control over lustration is included into the bill – the only question is what it will look like in practice.
3. Convoys of trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Luhansk Oblast left from Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk. There, the cargo will be distributed to the Red Cross representatives for delivery to the recipients – the local population, who have become hostages on the territory controlled by terrorists.
Will the insurgents give them an opportunity to help the civilian population – this is unknown. But the fact is that Ukraine remembers its citizens and tries to help as it can.
4. In Kyiv, the military parade rehearsals in honor of Independence Day, August 24, are underway.
There is a debate: who needs a parade, when Ukraine is de facto at war? I am personally convinced that it is needed. A parade during such a time is a powerful message to our own people, who see a force capable of protecting them. It is also a message to the main enemy, who is still secretly trampling our land in Donbas, but is ready for an open jump, that is, to Russia.
For example, the air defense systems that will be used at the parade – are a message clearly not intended for the terrorists, who have no aircraft. They are a message to Putin. Whether or not it will work – is certainly a good question. But for a country that is ready to defend itself, a demonstration of this readiness will definitely not be superfluous.
Source: Head of Centre of military and political studies and coordinator of Information resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk