“All efforts for the Front; Everything for Victory”


At the end of August, 2014, Dmytro Yarosh gave an interview for a group of journalists:

“Through the experience of front line battles, a new Ukrainian identity is being forged,” stated Yarosh. “From this group of men a new political culture will also emerge after the war, and they will be the ones who will spearhead the (Ukrainian) revolution.” They will be the post-war core for a renaissance of Ukrainian society.

His policy is to fight on one front at a time, first Donbas, then through political reform in Kyiv, and finally to work for the return of Crimea. “There can be no compromise with the terrorists,” he said, and joked that by the time the war is over and Crimea is liberated, and perhaps even the collapse of the Putin’s Russia will follow as well, then he will be ready to retire. He hopes for such a collapse of the empire so that Ukrainians and Russians can return to being the brothers they showed themselves to be in 1991, after the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

He was asked for his assessment of President Poroshenko, to which he replied that “his success depends on him… Ukrainians have shown that they can change a situation; they can also change the president.” Yarosh indicated his surprise that as Commander in Chief, Poroshenko has not declared Ukraine to be in a state of war. “Then we would see concrete results and successes,” he explained. “Under the banner of one call to unity, ‘All efforts for the Front, everything for Victory,’” the entire country would become united.” Such as declaration would correspond to the reality on the ground. “We have ceased to be an Anti-Terrorist Operation a long time ago.”

He made a comment about the approach of Semen Semenchenko, leader of the volunteer battalion, Donbas, who is combining political activism with military involvement. “He is going about it the right way.”

Yarosh spoke of three surreal experiences of Ukraine at war: the first is leadership role shown by volunteer soldiers who have been teaching the regular army the Ukrainian fighting spirit; the second is the unnatural world of war, which is flawed as a form of justice “because it demands the shedding of human blood”; the third is “Putin’s illogical actions,” from the demand that Ukraine doesn’t and never existed, to the illusion of the Yanukovych government, because “while Yanukovych was in power, Putin was making all plans behind the scenes for Crimea and Donbas.”

A fourth surprise could be added, what Yarosh describes as the “strangely optimistic mentality of the Ukrainian nation” in spite of a shocking and brutal war. Such a positive character should have its military spirit fostered, “just like in the Kozak era,” through which Ukrainians learn what it means to be independent, to rely on themselves, and not on others, including organizations such as NATO. “We must find our own way,” he said, “because we are our own country with Europe on one side and Asia on the other.” Then he made a remark he has made in other interviews before the war started, namely that “Ukraine should be the subject of geo-politics, not a mere object.”

He was asked about the mentality of those who have been parading Ukrainian prisoners of war before the cameras. “It took ten years to get Yanukovych into power,” he answered, “by placing the right communists in position in Donbas,” so now it takes time to change the thinking of the people. “The idea of being a ‘5th column’ for Russia is changing. When we liberate villages, people now bring us lists of who the separatists are.” On a related theme, he indicated that “the young men from the east who are now hiding in the west need to do the right thing, come out, train, and for fight.”

As for the prisoners of war captured by Ukrainian armed forces, Yarosh commented that now there are fewer separatists and more regular Russian military. “They expect to be in for harsh punishment,” from what they have been told about Pravyi Sektor. “But it is not like that at all.”

Other topics discussed in the interview included prospects for the upcoming parliamentary elections, set for the autumn of 2014. “Unfortunately the timing of this election won’t result in a very great change in the composition of parliament,” he said, “because those who would make really good candidates are at war,” while those who are not fighting aren’t the best candidates. Nonetheless, Yarosh is a big proponent, even if the war means that not all regions will be able to get to the polls.

Asked if he himself will come to vote, his understated reply was yes, “I’ll leave the war zone to come and vote. The war will still be there when I get back.”

By Jeffrey Stephaniuk

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  • Jacks Channel

    This guy is not a facist. Hes a nationalist. Right Sector released a statement on their website some time ago stating what they believed in, and it wasn’t facism.

    • disqus60

      Can you give their website link?

  • Kruton

    Destroy the mutant Bolshevik child raping savages!Glory to Right Sector!!

    • sandy miller

      Kruton…it’s time to act with honor and make peace with Russians. Tell them that Putin has dishonored them with his lies against his neighbors and brothers and sisters. Many people are intermarried. How hard this situation must be for them. Russians have been brainwashed by Putin.

      • Kruton

        The brainwashed must be killed.

  • albertphd

    The key problems in Ukraine related to the current Russian campaign to take over the country are clearly outlined in this brief but well-articulated article.

    Yes, to change the Parliament this time round appears to have a cynical outlook: “nothing will change” is the feedback we continually hear. And this comment hits at the center of the problems facing Ukraine–that the political system that has the power to change Ukraine for the better is itself bogged down in pro-Russian pro-Yanukovyck members of Parliament.

    Corruption stems throughout the country both in the political, economic and even the military sectors. Military supplies are not moving on time to assist the fighting troops at the front lines of battle. Bureaucracy and lustration still rule the day, it seems.

    Why are there not more stringent measures taken against Russian invaders? The 10 Russian paratroopers (who inadvertently became ‘lost’, according to Putin, while on patrol in Ukraine) are now released to return to Russia so that they can return to fight against Ukraine, while the 50 Ukrainian wounded soldiers and all their medical staff in a medical hospital near Mariupol are ruthlessly gunned down by armed Russian invaders only today?! Where is the logic in all of these contrasts?!

    Poroshenko refuses to declare martial law to the Donbas with the hopes that the reality of real war will not surface to the rest of the Ukrainian population, but as this article points out, if WAR would be declared, Ukraine could rise to arms and stamp out these Russian invaders (whom Putin and the Kremlin still publicly insist are not at all in Ukraine!).

    And because Russia insists that it is not breaking any International infractions but even posts leaflets throughout the Russian occupied territory of Ukraine that it observes the 1949 Geneva Convention rules of war, so Germany and the rest of NATO, the USA, and other countries simply step back and say they will not supply any weapons of war to Ukraine because the diplomatic approach has yet not been exhausted?!

    All of this double-talk double-think and double-cross approach towards the needs of the Ukrainian military appear to be taking its toll. At a certain point, the critical point of win-or-lose, the Ukrainian military may have to decide on its own what to do: if the political will is too weak to give it the power it needs to oust out the enemy at the front lines, then perhaps the enemy behind its back may need to be dealt with first and foremost?!

    Why not allow leaflets and a propaganda campaign by the Ukrainian military to ensure that the pro-Russian and Russian loyalists in Donbas can clearly see that they will be dealt with harshly if they continue to murder wounded Ukrainian soldiers in medical hospitals as well as reveal Ukrainian military positions to Russian artillery in Russia who fire from Russia into Ukraine to destroy Ukrainian military bases?! But today Ukraine simply releases all Russian hostages well-fed and well-treated back to Russia without negotiating for the 400 Ukrainian hostages who are still being tortured, abused and even murdered right under their noses in the Donbas area?! Such behavior shows to the enemy a fundamental weakness.

    France still wishes to sell the Mistral ships to Russia. The USA still wishes to continue working with Russia on the Space-Missile project. Italy still sends ships to the Crimea. Germany still has plans in place to work with Russia for military installations in Russia (for a later date, as soon as this little conflict in Ukraine is over, one way or the other?!), and all countries of the West refuse to supply the much-needed military weaponry to Ukraine to level the odds against the ruthless Russian regime that is invading Ukrainian territory.

    No one has done anything significant to oppose Russia in the take-over of the Ukrainian Crimea, and so–no surprise–no one is doing anything significant it appears (sanctions included?!) to stop Russia from likewise taking over the Ukrainian Donbas region?!

    The reason is obvious and apparent to all: no one including the USA (as President Obama clearly worded only a few days ago) wishes to be at war with Russia!

    So, now that Ukraine is at war with Russia, everyone offers sweet words but total inaction. Diplomacy has become a euphemism for ‘double-talk’! Ukraine has become the sacrificial lamb, it would appear. As NATO intends to fortify the NATO members who border Ukraine but not Ukraine itself with additional NATO bases.

    Alas, the old adage remains true: “Of what use is it if the sheep pass a resolution in favor of vegetarianism if the Russian Bear remains of a different opinion?!”.

    • AnObserver

      The corruption/bureaucracy that is interfering with the effective supply to combat forces is, obviously, a result of decades of post-Soviet cancer; yes, it must be dealt with, post-haste.
      Perhaps if it were to be understood that such interference could be construed as sabotage or subversion would change the prevailing nature of the system; Who would have the authority to make such assertions is the critical question.
      Russian soldiers that were captured, treated in a manner that directly conflicts with the horror stories propagated throughout Russian society (i.e. surprisingly well treated, by reasonable Ukrainian individuals), and then subsequently returned home relatively unharmed, can have a significant value; both within Russia and for Ukrainian troops still in captivity (I emphasize CAN; as has already been witnessed, treatment by Russian regulars and that by pro-Russian terrorists is radically different… and the latter cannot be reasoned with). Furthermore, given an almost genetic paranoia that pervades the Kremlin system, it is questionable that these specific Russian troops would be considered “reliable” enough to be returned to Russian combat units. (Consider, among myriad examples, Polish AK that returned to communist Poland at the close of WWII.)
      Alternatively, they may be paraded as heroes, decorated, and told to be very, very quiet… along with their mothers.
      While seeming to be a minor technicality, a formal declaration war by the government of Ukraine can and will have far-reaching international consequences; not the least of which would be the elimination of any remaining inhibitions by the Kremlin (i.e. discarding the tactic of “mission creep” behind a smokescreen of external obfuscation and internal outright lies). Additionally, it could very well obliterate any chances of a recently blossoming anti-war movement within Russia… and, obviously feed directly into a decades-old narrative of “Festung Russia” that has kept so many within the Russian empire in power for so long.
      This last concept, the “marketing” of a Russia under the threat of assault, is also a good reason why a far more proactive militarizedWestern response would play directly into Vlad’s hands… for now, he doesn’t have that “ace” to play.
      In essence, this is Ukraine’s victory to win; the goal, at this time, and as cold-blooded as it sounds, is for the conflict to be contained to a limited area and, hopefully, “burn out”… hopefully soon than later.
      The grumblings within Russia of comparisons with the Russian fiasco in Afghanistan are getting louder. Russian mother’s sons coming home in boxes are awakening strong objections. (Perhaps even the American experience in Iraq can lend credence to suppressing an appetite for “imperialistic” war)
      If, and I stress “if”, the will or appetite for war can be removed, that could be a far greater (and longer-term) victory that any amount of massive destruction on the battlefield could achieve.
      Consider the possibilities: A Western diplomatic method of (finally) bringing a corrupt oligarchy to its knees, while showing the Kremlin to all the world for the fools, liars, thieves and criminals that they are… along with a burgeoning
      anti-(imperialist?) war movement within the Russian Federation… along with a
      navel-pondering EU that has awakened to the responsibilities that they bear for
      their immediate neighbors… and, in a certain sense, the Americans sitting this
      one out.
      And Ukraine is the catalyst, the center of this sea-change; it will be their victory… their claim to fame, if you will (a bit of positive national pride can be unifyingly(?)
      helpful in times of difficulty).
      I do not fear a Russian victory; their demise began with the collapse of the last czar… 70 years of Soviet empire is but a blip on the radar screen of history… they have just been a little slower in understanding that.
      Finally, this is not purely academic for me. I am familiar with the field of combat; while I do not fear it, I would prefer not to go there again.
      Also, and for what it’s worth, I have relatives in Horlivka and Rivne; and am
      watching this intently.
      All of this, of course, is qualified by “as things appear right now”. This could get ugly very quickly; “vigilance” (and not panic) is the word of the day.

  • disqus60

    Very insightful and interestingly articulate assessment and analysis of reality, most of which i have to agree

  • disqus60

    I wish, but unfortunately not. This is regarding a rapid deployment force for future situations involving Nato member nations, not for ukraine, although Putin is playing it up as though it were

  • Conan Edogawa SCL

    Simply to say:
    For a right state, a right path, a right destiny, a right identity……a Right Sector.

  • Kruton

    Kill the Russians! Kill them all!

  • Kruton

    The war is differant now . No more towns and cities.The target is the Russian soldier,kill him without mercy!