Brothers and sisters!
Here’s the Summary for August 4, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for August 1).
The bad news:
1. Over the past 24 hours, the intensity of terrorist attacks on the positions of the ATO [anti-terrorism operation] forces increased sharply–there were more than 40 attacks recorded. We do not know what operational plans have emerged for Girkin and his accomplices, but they represent an escalation of activity. The Russian army is helping them intensively, firing at Ukrainian security forces from its territory. Obviously, in the next two days the plans of the insurgents will become apparent.
The headquarters of the ATO have been developing the possible options for terrorist counterattacks. Hopefully, any attempts by the cornered terrorists (or more precisely–tri-cornered) to take revenge in any area will meet with a worthy rebuff.
2. Part of the servicemen of the 72nd mechanized brigade, who were covering the area of the border in the Chervonopartyzansk Raion [district], as well as some of our border control guards, were forced to retreat to Russian territory.
Hysterics immediately arose in the Russian media, as in: Look–400 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered to Russia all at once! They are seeking asylum! Hurry and see this!
The behind-the-scenes question remains–how does one “surrender” to Russia, if it is not at war (according to Putin)? Russian propaganda is not responding to such questions.
In fact, as we know, our guys–311 people–unwillingly entered onto Russian territory. Three-and-a-half hours of nonstop shelling from tanks, artillery, mortars and “Grads” (including the Russian army) forced a part of the brigade to break through to their fellow [Ukrainian soldiers] and others could only go in the direction of Russia. Which was immediately used in Putin’s propaganda.
3. The State Fiscal Service announced today that Ukraine “has not yet formed” a list of Russian companies and facilities on whom sanctions may be imposed. However, “the relevant question is being discussed”–which, of course, immediately comforted [everyone].
I am thrilled with our officials. There should have been five consecutive months in which to shake the West by it throat, knocking the imposition of sanctions against Putin out of it, without even getting scratched themselves–at least for the sake of form. It looks like a bad anecdote from Ukrainian bureaucracy.
Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine