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February 5, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus
UKRAINIAN OFFICERS ABANDON THEIR OWN ON AND OFF THE BATTLEFIELD
Reports from Donbass often talk about how Ukrainian officers behave in critical situations. For example:
“UAF officers fled first. Soldiers without the ability to retreat took the fight almost without command. Thanks to intelligence and wide agent network, it is possible to destroy the fire positions of the enemy before them opening fire. To destroy their convoys at the stage of their formation…”
“Threw heavy equipment and reinforcements to the Debaltsevo front. The pot began to boil, UAF commanders are saving themselves…”
“POW’s can not hide the anger and contempt towards their commanders, who threw them into the hands of the militia, and shamelessly ran away…”
“Panic in Kramatorsk. UAF and the Right Sector headquarters are evacuating, as they say, to Krasny Lyman…”
“I think only recruits remain in Uglegorsk. And without the commander rats they will die under strict orders and threats of persecution. Pity for their mothers. Those from UAF who are left in Uglegorsk are cannon fodder. Poroshenko will not pay them 1000 UAH as participants of ATO. The funerals will be more expensive…”
Meanwhile the Ukrainian side said the same thing since the summer defeats the army. On the pages of the weekly “Kraina,” Denis Vorobyov, correspondent of Espresso.TV, who spent 38 days in captivity after Ilovaisk, wrote:
“The entire command got out of this cauldron. Two vans with General Homchak and Dnepr battalion commander Yuri Bereza turned onto a forest lane. No one fired at them. Soldiers do not respect many of the commanders. The guys, who were wounded along with Semen Semenchenko, said: he got into a helicopter and flew to the hospital, and left them behind with broken legs…”
Since then, according to observers, nothing has changed. Ukrainian generals and officers now behave the same; evidence abound.
Columnist Sergey Smirnov says that this behavior – is a historical tradition of warring “svidomites” [Ukrainian nationalists] and offers to remember the battle of Kruty of 1918, repeatedly praised by the Ukrainian propaganda.
At the railway station near the village of Kruty advancing Reds turned to flight the troops of UNR (Ukrainian National Republic – nationalist formation, which briefly seized power in Kiev and the surrounding area).
“When Bolshevik echelons moved from Bakhmach and Chernigov to Kiev, the government could not send a single military unit for defense. Then they hastily gathered a group of students and pupils of senior classes and threw them – literally to slaughter – towards well-armed and numerous forces of the Bolsheviks. The poor youngsters were taken to the station of Kruty and set up on “positions”. While the young men (most never held a rifle) fearlessly marched against the advancing Bolshevik troops, their command, a group of officers, remained on the train, drinking and partying. The Bolsheviks easily defeated a youth detachment and pushed it to the station. Seeing the danger, those on the train hurried to give the signal for departure, while not wasting a minute to wait for the running… the road to Kiev was now completely open,” – recalled the Chairman of the General Secretariat of the Central Rada of UNR, Dmytro Doroshenko.
Political party “Rus” (Ukraine) said on this occasion: “This holiday, like many other Ukrainian holidays does not carry a positive and unifying idea for the population of Ukraine. Emphasis is placed on the sacrificial death of the young guys, while overlooking the fact that the officers who should have fought with the soldiers to the bitter end, despicably fled from the battlefield”.
Pavel Astakhov, the Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation:
“Interesting report which had shocked me last night: “The Council of Europe is offering a three day ceasefire in South-Eastern Ukraine. This was an apotheosis. For what? As representatives of DPR and LPR told me yesterday it is to take out the command staff from Debaltsevo cauldron. Not to take out the children, which I have a list of, not to create a humanitarian corridor – not once had they created a humanitarian corridor, but to help the Ukrainian security forces to evacuate their command staff, which got trapped in the cauldron.”