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Vladimir Putin’s bravado with retaliatory sanctions against Europe has failed – some of them are already canceled

August 21, 2014

Upcoming liberation of Donetsk and Luhansk – 2 nails in a lid of a double coffin for the DNR and LNR

Vladimir Putin's bravado with retaliatory sanctions against Europe has failed – some of them are already canceled

Summary of the mos important events for August 20, 2014 by head of Centre of Military and Political Studies Dmytro Tymchuk
1. A significant part of Luhansk is under the control of our forces, the liberation of Donetsk is underway as well.

I distinguish these two red dots on the ATO [anti-terrorist operation] map for one reason: the liberation of these two towns has a huge, so to speak, military and political meaning in the context of the conflict in Donbas. Since their liberation will be a major blow to Putin’s project of “Novorossiya” [New Russia], it’s two nails with one blow in the lid of a double coffin for the DNR and LNR [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics]. I have no doubt about the fact that this will soon happen.

2. In Moscow, the good people repainted in yellow and blue, the star on the steeple of the high-rises built under Stalin on the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment and hung a Ukrainian flag on its steeple.

Russian Polizei immediately began raking the ground. Putin’s bodyguards seized four suspects. A criminal case has been initiated against them.

This is what I think … when the current mayor of Moscow, [Sergey] Sobyanin, is replaced by the commander of the Donbas Battalion, Muscovites will still grieve in lines for Ukrainian flags in an attempt to please the new authorities. For the sale of blue and yellow paint, by the way, coupons will also have to be introduced in Russian cities.

And for now – thank you for your support, courageous local guys. We will not stay indebted to you, we will free you from the dictatorship, just give us time.

3. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev today shortened the list of products that are prohibited for import into Russia from the West. It turned out to be not so easy to hit the West with the vaunted “retaliatory sanctions.”

Here, everything is clear: Vovka’s [slang for Vladimir] bravado has failed. People want to eat, very much so.

4. The National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service has failed to establish the facts of inaction and sabotage by the First Deputy Minister of Defense Bohdan Butsa, accused of disrupting the procurement of the army. According to our data, the Prosecutor’s office previously reached the same conclusion.

Here, it is necessary to clarify some facts. B. Butsa came to the post of Deputy Minister of Defense after Maidan (he held this position during the “Orange [Revolution]” government), essentially ending up in a “hostile” environment. This spring, Butsa proposed not to put the money, allocated towards the ATO, into circulation towards the tenders for the purchase of fuel for the army from commercial enterprises (since it amounted to hundreds of millions of Hryvnias), and instead take the fuel from the state reserve and only transfer the money to restock these reserves. The fact that the defense department officials in this instance were left without the “kickbacks” from the tenders, immediately made Butsa their number one enemy.

Butsa also blocked attempts by some officials to commit fraud with the sale of movable property of the Armed Forces. Which made him more enemies on the level up. After which, he got blamed for all the sins in the supplying of the army.

Honestly, I don’t know how crystally honest this bureaucrat is. However, the recent prosecution against Bohdan Butsa was clearly ordered – it is an obvious fact. Also, I’m confident that the acquittal of the Deputy Defense Minister should be an occasion for more thorough investigations in the abuse of the army supply and the search for true culprits. Moreover, I think that Butsa himself, after all this persecution, could suggest to the law enforcement where they should be “digging.”

Source: Head of Centre of Military and Political studies and coordinator Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk

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