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‘Today Ukraine is taking an examination on survival as a sovereign nation’, – D. Tymchuk

August 7, 2014

Residents of Donbas give up terrorists and their accomplices to Ukrainian security forces.

The summary of the most important events for August 6, 2014 by Dmytro Tymchuk

'Today Ukraine is taking an examination on survival as a sovereign nation', - D. Tymchuk

‘It would be better for you [dishonourable Mr. Putin] to keep your humanitarian assistance for the Russians. And Ukraine, if you finally leave her alone, will both feed herself and feed others’.


The bad news:

1. Recently, we have observed the quite effective efforts by terrorists to counteract the ATO forces’ raid operations.

It is difficult to judge whether it is an “outpouring” of information to insurgents about the upcoming action of our units (hopefully military counterintelligence will [be able to] answer this question). But the fact that the planning and conducting of operations now requires effort and professionalism from the ATO leadership, and the initiative and ability to take personal responsibility from the unit commanders – many times over than [was required] even a couple of weeks ago – is an indisputable fact.

2. In Mykolaiv a rally was held “against the tariff increase.” It would seem nothing to worry about, the more so since [the rally] came down to a very small number of participants, but the organizer of the rally, “The Institute of International Influence,” as reported by the media earlier demanded from Yanukovych [the ousted Ukrainian President] along with the parliamentarian-separatist Oleh Tsaryov, to reward Berkut fighters for the dispersal of Maidan.

Characteristically, yesterday the same rally took place in Kherson. Journalists recorded how, afterwards, the organizers handed out money to its participants. The requirements are the same – on the pretext of solving social problems, require the local authority not to comply with Kyiv in its “anti-people politics.” For a better [TV screen] image, protesters were waving banners in English, yet to a request to read what they had written on them, they grunted something unintelligible.

… It is no secret that today Ukraine is taking an examination on survival as a sovereign nation. We are dealing with a cunning and insidious enemy. And if we do not learn to protect ourselves from the Moscow hydra in any of its appearances – whether in the form of a terrorist armed by Putin in the East or a “peaceful protester” in the South paid off by the FSB – then our independence isn’t worth a dime. And do not reassure yourself at the paucity of “protesters” – the picture changes very quickly, when Moscow pays lavishly.

3. From the same opera about a fifth column…Kharkiv City Council awarded the title of “Honorary Kharkivian” to a member of the Federation Council of Russia, Alexander Shishkin. The official wording says that this “Russian philanthropist” initiated the building of temples.

We are [already] aware of what an important role the temples of the UOC [Ukrainian Orthodox Church] of the Moscow Patriarchate [MP] play in the anti-Ukrainian propaganda in eastern Ukraine. The fact is, that the monasteries of the UOC MP very often [served] as the transshipment bases for terrorists too. And we are also well aware of the fact that the very Federation Council represented by Shishkin gave Putin the right to enter the Russian troops into Ukraine.

It remains to be understood what role is played by the members of the Kharkiv City Council and the City authorities in a system of Ukrainian collapse, carefully constructed by the Russian special services.

… By the way, the Prosecutor’s Office immediately appealed the assignment of Shishkin as an honorary Kharkivian. Applause to the prosecutors.

The good news:

1. Residents of Donbas actively give up terrorists and their accomplices to [Ukrainian] security forces.

The National Security and Defense Council [NSDC] said that over the past 24 hours, the ATO Staff telephone hotline in Mariupol received 45 messages about individuals participating in terrorist activity. The residents also report about terrorists’ firing positions.

We no longer deal with crucial and necessary work performed by a powerful network of patriots in Donbas since the beginning of the ATO, who worked to obtain such information. This is a truly large-scale civil movement. We can call it the Information Militia of Donbas.

2. The President of Ukraine has instructed the Defense Minister to dismiss the two department heads in the Ministry of Defense responsible for the procurement of arms, for the inefficient use of budget funds. The President referred to a corresponding investigation by the Prosecutor General’s Office.

No one has any doubts that it’s high time to arrange for a staff purgatory for military officials. The problem lies elsewhere. In past years, we have repeatedly witnessed loud dismissals of top officials (including the Ministry of Defense) for various ugly acts. But we are also aware of numerous cases, when these officials eventually sued and got successfully reinstated in their positions, although without advertising. I want to believe that the present case is a different matter, and that the dismissals are completely justified from the legal point of view.

Once again, it is unclear whether one should wait for the continuation of the banquet. In terms of – is the dismissal really a self-sufficient punishment for “inefficient use of budgetary funds?” This is a question for the Prosecutor [General’s] Office.

And one more comment on the matter. It’s not just important to know who was fired, but also who will be appointed in their place. For example, according to our data, currently one of the faithful companions of Salamatin – one of Yanukovych’s “strategists” – is being pushed for a very high-ranking position in the Ministry of Defense. If he and others like him do emerge, then such an exchange of six of one, and half dozen of another, will, shall we say, cause some questions.

3. And about our successes on the diplomatic front: the past meeting of the UN Security Council became an excellent gag into the insatiable throat of Putin. In particular, the Security Council did not support Russia’s proposal to send over the convoys of Russian “humanitarian aid” to Donbass, shot at with Russian weapons by Russian mercenaries.

Dear dishonorable Mr. Putin. Call your lackey, who suggested the idea of humanitarian aid, and remove his scalp as a warning to other Russian bureaucrats. For Russia itself depends on food deliveries from abroad for main groups of foodstuffs from 20 to 60%. This significantly exceeds the threshold of food security. It would be better for you to keep your humanitarian assistance for the Russians. And Ukraine, if you finally leave her alone, will both feed herself and feed others.

Instead, Putin signed a decree to terminate the purchase of food in countries that have adopted sanctions against Russia. But what a humorist he is. Russians, prepare for frequent trips to neighboring countries – for food tours. From now on, your president yearns for the Russian tourists to be called “locusts” from now on.


Source: head of centre of military and political studies Dmytro Tymchuk

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