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    January 26, 2015

    Azov Commander Freaks Out, Calls the War "Lost", Blames Everybody


    Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

    Ukrainian politicians and generals “already lost the war,” and “West did not help.” That’s the core of the statement by Azov punitive battalion commander’s, and currently also Rada Deputy’s Andrey Biletsky in his “Address to the Nation” which he published on his official Facebook page.

    He dismissed as forlorn hope the notion that “Russia will calm down,” but he still called on Ukrainians to mobilize, become “cannon fodder”, and go off to die in the East.

    “The situation at the front is critical. The wake-up can be very painful. We have to look the truth in the eye.”

    According to Biletsky, Ukraine failed to prepare for the confrontation. He is certain that Kiev did nothing “during the four months of ‘ceasefire’ to strengthen its defenses.”

    “I don’t want to imitate the tens and hundreds of propagandists and home-front heroes who are trying to calm the Nation down. They are spinning tales of “heroism”, “stabilization” of the front, thousands of supposedly killed enemies and burned out tanks. The wake-up can be very painful. We need to look the truth in the eye. We face a powerful and craven enemy. Who has been long preparing to commit aggression. We have to admit that we used to embarrassingly call the enemy our friend and strategic partner. That we found ourselves unprepared for the confrontation. And even with four months of ‘ceasefire’, did nothing to strengthen own defenses. That during all this time we put our hopes in an abstract ‘maybe’: maybe Russia will calm down if we forget about Crimea; maybe the West will help us, and so on. Russia did not calm down and the West did not help,” notes Biletsky.

    “Time has come to make the most important of decisions, both as individuals and as a people, decision whether to live or to die. If the decision is to die, then everything is clear and simple. But if to live, it means to fight! To fight cruelly, painfully, for a long time and with complete selflessness. This war cannot be a war of generals and politicians. They already lost their war. This is a war of an armed people. Here, at the front, there are plenty of weapons and of determination. We need men, fighters, volunteers. We need everyone for whom Ukraine and its will are real things for which one is willing to die. Come! The frontline brotherhood is saying its welcome to you! Glory to Ukraine!” concludes the neo-Nazi.

    Translator’s Note: Everybody on the Ukrainian far-right is saying these things. The war is going badly, the generals and the politicians have lost it, now is our turn. It would seem that, like Grishin/Semenchenko and Yarosh, Biletsky is positioning himself for the inevitable post-campaign recriminations toward, well, everybody within the current Ukrainian political elite. Even though his own military accomplishments are nil, it will not prevent him from establishing himself as the frontline soldier-cum-politician who had saved Ukraine. He has an advantage in that most politicians have not served at the front, and most actual military commanders don’t play at politics.

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