Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – August 12, 2014


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Here’s the Summary for August 12, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for August 11).

The bad news:

1. The Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament] approved, in the first reading, a draft law introducing the institution of sanctions, by the decision of the President and the NSDC [National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine]. That’s all. At this [effort], the Verkhovna Rada was exhausted, and the law was not conclusively adopted.

As is known, the sanctions (there are 29 types of them) are expected to be applicable to virtually all aspects of both the domestic and foreign policy of Ukraine. They stipulate suspension of mail service, switching off TV channels, closure of all media types, including Internet-based media, prohibition of radio frequencies use, etc.

Were they smart, that kind of law should have been adopted in March, together with the military state of emergency. That might have prevented the situation in Donbas from drifting into the current bloodbath.

But now, we nevertheless have to put the horse in front of the cart. The mechanism of sanctions prescribed by the draft law would work ideally in wartime or a state of emergency. Whereas, in peacetime, to give authorities such powers, I think [we] should be extremely cautious.

Here it is necessary to look at the text of the bill–paragraph 1 of Article 3: “Grounds and principles for the application of sanctions.” There are too many of these grounds. If they were limited to anti-Ukrainian “acts of a foreign power, a foreign legal entity or individual,” there would be no problem. Otherwise one may apply this provision in an arbitrary manner under the pretext of “fighting against terrorism.”

That is, on the one hand, this law is vital. On the other, it clearly should contain more understandable and specific enforcement mechanisms to prevent it from becoming an instrument of oppression against the dissenters. If we want to be a democratic state, let’s respect the rules then.

2. The Head of the Military–Medical Department of the Ministry of Defense, Colonel Vitaly Andronatiy, claimed that terrorists in the ATO zone are deliberately shooting at medical vehicles. “Of all the problems, what we lack most is armored medical vehicles,” he noted.

What a shame: a country, which used to have the most powerful tank-building industry in the USSR (as a reminder, the now-famous Uralvagonzavod facilities in Russia, producing T-72 and T-90 tanks, were established on the basis of Kharkiv factory capacities evacuated to the Urals during World War II), is unable after half a year of hostilities to arrange the production of common gun trucks, i.e. armored cargo trucks!

In addition to Kharkiv, we have plenty of both tank-repair plants in different Oblasts [regions] of Ukraine, and civil [repair] enterprises. The Ministry of Defense has enough funds for armoring [the vehicles]. There is also a [repair/production] base, too; for example, the domestic Kremenchuk Automotive Plant (KrAZ) [Poltava Oblast] (there are thousands of army vehicles as well that can also be armored). I don’t get where the problem is.

3. The problem “of refugees from Donbas” urgently needs to be addressed. Throughout the other regions of Ukraine which hospitably sheltered them, a rising tide of discontent is growing. The calling card of a large part of the refugees–is a pathological reluctance to work, alcohol and drug abuse, ostentatious hate and profanation of Ukrainian symbols.

By the way, about the latter. Local law enforcement officers often turn a blind eye to these egregious incidents, especially when it comes to children of refugees who are doing what they want–from tearing down Ukrainian flags to the vandalism of Ukrainian monuments. As if you cannot punish them. It’s right, it’s not the children who should be punished. Punish their parents in the only way which works on these creatures–with fines. They often do not understand (or rather, are pretending they do not understand) the Ukrainian language, but they understand the language of money very well.

Moreover, it is worth providing such Ukrainophobic parasites an opportunity (or even strongly recommend [for them]) to head for Russia, it is understood, at their own expense. And there’s no need to fear some kind of loss of reputation for Ukraine–we will outlive them, and Ukrainian land will become the cleaner for it.

We must understand that indulgence in this case could be extremely dangerous. Moreover, that in this way confidence in the Ukrainian government and the ATO are being undermined (local people can legitimately ask why do these sturdy blokes from Donbas get drunk at the expense of other regions, while the guys from these other regions are losing their blood [fighting] for Donbas?). The inaction of law enforcement staff is pushing locals to apply mob law. And, let’s be honest, from a moral point of view to condemn such lynchings would be impossible.

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Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine


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  • Karsten de Ponte

    “Moreover, it is worth providing such Ukrainophobic parasites an
    opportunity (or even strongly recommend [for them]) to head for Russia,
    it is understood, at their own expense. And there’s no need to fear some
    kind of loss of reputation for Ukraine–we will outlive them, and
    Ukrainian land will become the cleaner for it.”

    You don’t fear some kind of loss of reputation für Ukraine??? Well by using such racist and even fascist langauge (“parasites”; “become cleaner”) I as a German supporter of the Ukrainian cause am shocked. I often defend Ukrainians against all the smears that are levied against Ukraine by Russian propaganda and by the European right wing of the political spectrum and many others. Yet how can I defend you if you use such completely unacceptabel language? Worse than the language: what if you actually feel that way about Ukrainians whose allegiance is more with Russia and less with the EU? These are political differences which must be attacked politically and within the rule of law. If you instead want to deal with parasites and not people than you are working AGAINST the goal of a democratic Ukraine within a free and democratic Europe.

    • caap02

      The question is not of allegiance to Russia vs allegiance to the EU. It is between allegiance to Russia vs allegiance to UKRAINE, while there is a war going on between Russia and Ukraine, and after Russia has already invaded, occupied and annexed a part of Ukraine. People living in Ukraine who do not wish to live in Ukraine, but rather want to live in Russia, should move to Russia, rather than assist Russia to invade, occupy and annex parts of Ukraine. The people Tymchuk is referring to are traitors. They do not want a Ukraine allied with Russia, they want Russia to succeed in its invasion of Ukraine and the creation of “Novorossiya” from the Donbass right up to the Moldovan border.

      • Karsten de Ponte

        OK, you are right that the EU is not important here. And I understand why you call these people traitors. I can even understand if you want to put them in jail or want them to leave the country.
        But that is not what Tymchuk said. He used clearly fascist language (“parasites” and “cleaning” Ukraine). Why is this fascist language? Because if you place your enemies on the level of unclean animals you are saying that it is all right to treat them like animals. So it is completely logical that he finds it morally OK for a mob to lynch them without trial. Ukrainians are fighting for a good cause. So I hope. Don’t stoop so low that you take on the ideology of your enemies.

    • LorCanada

      If anyone is born in Ukraine they are Ukrainians and reside within the sovereign nation of Ukraine. Simple. If they are not happy with that then they can move elsewhere.

      When Russia invaded and illegally annexed Crimea, there were Ukrainian residents who had lived as families, with jobs, homes, memories linked there to Crimea, but they left it all behind and moved to west Ukraine because they did not want to live under Russian domination. The same applied to the Tatars. So, thousands of Ukrainians in Crimea were uprooted as a result. Since Putin caused this mess in Crimea which borders on ethnic cleansing, the east Ukraines can also be uprooted and moved to where they are happier.

      • Karsten de Ponte

        I understand all that. But if you want to be better than your enemies than there has to be a legal process to go through. Do you want to be like Putin? Is that what Ukrainians are fighting for?

        Do you notice that you are not really defending Tymchuk’s terrible words? They are indefensible. He must retract them. If he doesn’t then Putin has already won an important part of the war by making his enemies think like he does.

  • Karsten de Ponte

    I hadn’t read your last sentence yet: “The inaction of law enforcement staff is pushing locals to apply mob
    law. And, let’s be honest, from a moral point of view to condemn such
    lynchings would be impossible.”
    This is even worse than the rest. You are basically saying that you find it morally acceptable to lynch pro-Russian refugees from the eastern part of Ukraine if they act inappropriately and local law enforcement officals don’t do anything. You are not just saying that mobs can then punish people. Not you accept murder. This type of thinking is what your worst enemies are accusing you of. So you are proving them correct.
    Mr. Tymchuk! Stop this immediately! Retract these terrible statements and offer an apology!