Putin’s hybrid force in Donbas accepting a large delivery of fake Ukrainian combat uniforms

The Russian occupation force in the Donbas ordered a large supply of fake Ukrainian uniforms (Image: Ukrayinska Pravda)

The Russian occupation force in the Donbas ordered a large supply of fake Ukrainian uniforms (Image: Ukrayinska Pravda) 

2016/05/05 • War in the Donbas

On a procurement order from the Russian hybrid military force in the Donbas, a garment factory in Donetsk [in Russia-occupied territory of Ukraine] has delivered a large supply of Ukrainian Armed Forces-style combat uniforms with fake Ukrainian insignia, according to the Information Resistance (IR) group, as reported by Dmytro Tymchuk, the IR coordinator and head of the Center for Military-Political Studies.

“Part of the order – with the insignia of Aidar battalion – has already been manufactured and delivered to the mercenaries, the other part of the order – with the insignia of the Ukrainian Armed Forces brigades [is incomplete yet],” – the statement says.

It reports that patches with “Mykolaiv” and “79” were observed, which are symbols of Ukraine’s 79th Separate Airmobile Brigade based in Mykolaiv.

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Translated by: A. N.
Source: Ukrayinska Pravda

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  • Terry Washington

    My guess is that these fake Ukrainian army uniforms are going to be used in “false flag”(ie disinformation) operations to discredit the Ukrainian army by engaging in atrocities against Russian speakers(whether Ukrainian or Russian by ethnicity is irrelevant) in order to bolster the Kremlin’s case that the”anti-fascist resistance”(aka the “little green men”) is fighting a “fascist” Ukrainian government!

    • Quartermaster

      Any Russian captured in those uniforms is subject to summary execution under the Geneva conventions.

      • Terry Washington

        Does Ukraine even have the death penalty? Rather than summary execution it would be better off(and infinitely more embarrassing for Putin and his Kremlin cronies) to turn these “Ukrainian” troops over to the ICC at the Hague on war crimes charges?!

        • Quartermaster

          I’m not saying they should do kill them. I am saying that under international law, they are subject to it. Giving them to the ICC would be OK, if there is sufficient publicity to make sure it gets before the rest of the world. Anything that can be done to make Russia a pariah is to the good.

          • Terry Washington

            Ukraine should develop special”snatch squads” to seize these “little green men” and deliver them to the Hague on war crimes charges in addition to signing and ratifying the Rome Statute Of The ICC

          • Quartermaster

            That would be a good move, I think. The only thing that bothers me is that as Europe has moved more to the left, they did away with death sentences entirely. Those guilty of crimes against humanity should still be subject to execution. The men that Ukraine would snatch are good candidates for such given they participated in the theft of Crimea and the deaths of thousands in the Donbas.

          • Terry Washington

            Nobody has been executed on war crimes charges since the days of Nuremburg(and its Japanese counterpart, the IMTFE-International Military Tribunal Far East) and given that even Putin’s Russia is de facto abolitionist, I think a life sentence would be more than adequate!

          • Robert

            Yes, however, it’s SO un-economical. A single bullet or a re-useable length of rope vs. a lifetime of feeding and housing the guilty criminals? Do the math…

    • Lev Havryliv

      In Soviet times the Russian NKVD used false flag operations against the Ukrainian underground UPA forces. NKVD operatives dressed up in UPA uniforms and committed atrocities against the local population. Russian propaganda then spread stories about “UPA crimes”.

      • Terry Washington

        All the more reason to deliver these “false flag” troops to the Hague!

        • Lev Havryliv

          Exactly.

    • MichaelA

      Is it true they also ordered womens lingerie to wear underneath?

      • Terry Washington

        Don’t know-don’t care! Just want to see them in the dock at The Hague!

  • Alex George

    Looks like the separatists need to work a bit harder on the “covert” side of their operations!