Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
9th February, 2016
The Governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, believes that Ukrainian soldiers allegedly could “conquer all of Russia”, if they are given modern American weapons. Especially, the Georgian politician said, anti-tank weapons. He complained on a broadcast on television about the Ukrainian army having only obsolete Soviet technology, and almost directly appealed to Washington with a request to increase military aid to Kiev, and for the Pentagon to give Ukraine real help.
“The main disadvantage in Ukraine is the outdated anti-tank weapons. But there are newer weapons in the US, and if they will provide them, Ukraine will destory the first 50 Russian tanks, everything will be different, — said Saakashvili.
He spoke about the officers who were previously trained by instructors from the USA, who are now prepared for the Ukrainian military, and noted that soldiers of the APU are ready to defend American values.
“They saw the great struggle of the Ukrainian people. They saw that Ukraine is ready to defend the democratic values that are of importance to the U.S, he said. “The Ukrainian soldiers are the best in the world, and, if they are given the necessary knowledge, skills and weapons, they will be able to capture all of Russia.
By the way, Saakashvili himself is clearly not a distinguished military strategist. Proof of this was displayed when the Odessa Governor himself leaked to the world the positions of the secret checkpoints of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbass.
The video was recorded during Saakashvili’s visit to positions of the Odessa “Storm” battalion, who from December 2015, were stationed in Mariupol. Also in the video were secret posts for observation, and the faces of the Ukrainian military, including commanders, and an operational map.
The Ukrainian General staff was quoted by journalists describing the incident as “political PR, which borders on sabotage”.