Volunteer Mariya Berlinska’s outraged cry: “And when they come for us…

Amina Okueva

Amina Okueva  

Analysis & Opinion, Russia, Ukraine, War in the Donbas

Article by: Mariya Berlinska

The recent assassination of Chechen sniper Amina Okueva in Kyiv is proof that Ukrainian volunteers are in danger, and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) cannot provide them with security or guarantees, claims Mariya Berlinska, head of the volunteer organization – Centre for the Support of Aerial Reconnaissance, and aerial reconnaissance specialist in the war zone (ATO).

MariaBerlinska… Everything’s very clear… we all know what really happened. (On June 1, 2017, Amina Okueva and her husband, Adam Osmayev, narrowly escaped death when Osmayev was shot  by a man who identified himself as a journalist of the French newspaper Le Monde in Kyiv. The attacker had a Ukrainian passport in the name of Oleksandr Dakar, but was later identified by journalists as Artur Denisultanov-Kurmakaev, a Chechen-born Russian citizen and notorious St. Petersburg gangster who was linked to Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. The assassination attempt did not succeed, and the attacker was shot and killed by Okueva-Ed) Everyone knew they’d plan another attack… Our special services are a sad pot-pourri of the worst Soviet-KGB traditions, an infiltrated network of Russian agents and simplistic security measures.”

Ukrainian special services will now start telling us sad stories and try to put the blame on someone else… Why? Because they’re too busy wheeling and dealing and pressuring political opponents. They didn’t care about Amina. The officers of the State Defense Department chauffeur Heletey’s children to school (Valeriy Heletey is a Ukrainian Colonel General who served as Minister of Defense from July 3 to October 14, 2014, currently head of the State Guard of Ukraine -Ed), stand guard over his lavish birthday celebration, and enforce extreme security measures around the wedding of the prosecutor’s son (reference to general prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko and his son’s wedding on September 15, 2017-Ed).

We must understand two things:

ONE…The war’s not only in the Donbas. The war’s on the whole territory of Ukraine. Any one of us can be kidnapped, tortured, killed or abducted anytime and anywhere. Russian special services are hard at work; they’re professionals and plan their operations rigorously… sometimes from within our own special services. If you’re an activist or a volunteer, a person who publicly talks about Russian agents, corruption, political manipulation, announces names and facts, if you really start bothering them, you may as well be living your life as a “suicide bomber”.

It really doesn’t matter where or when they come for us – whether they’re strangers or “one of our own” – but they will!

We all know that sooner or later they’ll come…

Reference to the famous text written by Martin Niemoller (1892–1984), a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Reference to the famous text written by Martin Niemoller (1892–1984), a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

TWO… No one will protect us. In a country where soldiers die every day, our death will hit the headlines for about half a day. Our politicians are focused on retaining or gaining power, and getting as much money as they can from the state. Special services linger like little lap dogs all around them, from time to time snatching a small bone from the political table. No one cares or gives a damn about us. If you’re a public figure, important or not, and something happens to you, they’ll just jump at the chance to blow their own horn, so they’ll write a sad post and a tearful tweet, like your picture on social networks, and that’s about it!

Seeing what happened with Amina and Adam, I demand that two actions be immediately implementsd by the heads of our law enforcement agencies, namely Hrytsak (Vasyl Hrytsak, head of the Security Service of Ukraine-Ed), Avakov (Arsen Avakov, Minister of Internal Affairs-Ed), Poltorak (Stepan Poltorak, Minister of Defence-Ed), Heletey and Lutsenko.

1. Transparency of investigation. We demand absolute transparency, and not your press secretaries throwing dust in our eyes. Who ordered the killing? Who executed it? A public hearing must be held.  Who, among all the representatives of Ukrainian special services, will answer for this “F*** up”?

2. You’re not willing or not able to protect us… that’s all very clear now. I demand that weapons be handed out to activists and volunteers who might be threatened by Putin’s agents here in Ukraine. First, to those who’ve already been threatened. So that we can protect ourselves… I support the legalization of firearms, but we’ll all be dead and gone by the time and if this happens. All of you have weapons, and you hand them out to your relatives, cronies, drivers, prosecutors and judges. In a country where there are more and more terrorist acts, civilian activists must be prepared for everything and anything. If you’re threatened, you can only rely on yourself.

This is all I have to say about our f****** system in general. I said it a year ago, but it’s still very true now… even more so.

Mariya Berlinska speaks out during a Ukrainian talk-show on November 25, 2016 (in Ukrainian, 6 min)

The Russian Trail: List of murders and assassination attempts allegedly committed by Russian special services in Ukraine

By an explosive device:

  1. Ihor Mosiychuk, Deputy of Ukraine, wounded in Kyiv on October 25, 2017, two people killed
  2. Timur Makhawri, native of Chechnya, Kadyrov’s personal enemy, assassinated in Kyiv on September 8, 2017
  3. Yuriy Vozny, colonel, SBU counterintelligence officer, assassinated in the village of Illinivka, Konstantynivsky Raion, Donetsk Oblast on June 28, 2017
  4. Maksym Shapoval, Head of Intelligence and Special Operations, assassinated in Kyiv on June 27, 2017
  5. Oleksandr Kharaberyush, Colonel of SBU Counterintelligence, assassinated in Mariupol on March 31, 2017
  6. Pavlo Sheremet, Belarusian-Russian-Ukrainian journalist, assassinated in Kyiv on July 7, 2017

By a firearm:

  1. Adam Osmayev, Amina Okueva, Chechen volunteer. Okueva was killed in Kyiv on October 30, 2017
  2. Adam Osmayev, Amina Okueva, Chechen volunteers. Osmayev and the attacker were wounded, in Kyiv on June 1, 2017
  3. Denis Voronenkov, Russian politician, ex-deputy of Russian State Duma, killed in Kyiv on March 23, 2017
  4. Yevhen Sukhoveyev, former gunner, seriously wounded in Kharkiv on May 10, 2016
  5. Ivan Mamchur, former commander of special forces of the Main Directorate of Intelligence, Major in the Internal Service of Rivne prison, killed in Rivne on September 16, 2016

By a grenade:

  1. Family of paratrooper Valeriy Chybinyev and his friend wounded and hospitalized in Kyiv on August 24, 2014
  2. Andriy Parubiy, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv on 24 December, 2014; one policeman wounded


  1. Illya Bogdanov, ex-officer of FSB border troops, but joined the Ukrainian Army. Abducted in Kyiv on November 12, 2016, and freed by SBU specialops forces near Russian border
  2. Vitaliy Rehor, OUN activist, war volunteer, attacked and suffered knife wounds, in Kyiv on September 5, 2016

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Censor.net
Source: Gazeta.ua

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  • Screwdriver

    Nazis grabbed power in Kiev, and they really thought they can get away with the murder of innocent people of Odessa, Lugansk and Donetsk ?
    “Whoever will come to us with a sword, from a sword will perish” – Alexander Nevsky

    • focusser

      Name the Nazzis, Russian trash.

      • Screwdriver

        That would be YOU. “Russian trash” is a typical Nazi slogan.

        • focusser

          That means everyone outside of Russia is a Nazi

    • svend

      Well, well, well. You litle Russian Teens still use the word Nazi about Ukraine. I thought you stopped that after a former Russian Troll some month ago told the world, that Russian Trolls have to use it everytime they wrote any nonsens. And still you use it, that is a kind of stupidity, dont you think??

    • Murf

      Alexander Nevsky
      He was that Mongolian puppet wasn’t he?
      Evidently not everyone who came to them with a sword perished?

      • Screwdriver

        Dudaev and Maskhadov did not want to be Russian puppets, so they were killed, Chechnya destroyed. Now Kadyrov is a Russian puppet, Chechnya rebuild, chechens are happy.

        • Murf

          Is that why they are still having terrorist attacks and Russians are the largest group of volunteers for ISIS?

          • Screwdriver

            largest group of volunteers for ISIS are Sunni Arabs from different Middle East countries and N. Africa .

          • Murf


            “Russian President Vladimir Putin himself estimates that between 5,000 and 7,000 people from Russia and other former Soviet republics have traveled to Syria to take up arms with ISIS and other militants.”

            Bt contrast
            “The Saudi kingdom, an active promoter and sponsor of Wahhabism, the fundamentalist strain of Islam that serves as the backbone of modern Islamic extremism, is the second largest source of foreign fighters for ISIS — roughly 2,500 have joined. It’s also a terrorist target itself.”

            So much for your theory.

          • Screwdriver

            You so funny.
            You overlooked one simple thing “from Russia and other former Soviet republics”
            Ukraine was also former Soviet Republic. LOL :-)
            Now give me a breakdown smart rs , how many of those 5-7000 ISIS fighters originated from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and how many from Russian Federation.
            And then we will continue our fruitful conversation, based on your ridiculous claim “Russians are the largest group of volunteers for ISIS”.

    • zorbatheturk

      Farkov with your Nazi boolsheeit.

  • http://maidanpress.com/ Poposhenko

    I remember the reactions here when Motorola and Givi were killed. Why do this people whine now when it is time for payback?

    • focusser

      Difference is, those two were killed by Russians, dumbass. Not Ukrainians.

      • focusser

        Why are you on Euromaidan world then, is this the only assignment they would give you?

        • svend

          He is payed for it. He is just a little Russian Teen aerning toiletpaper.

          • veth

            Paid in toiletpaper, really

      • Fortranz

        1. I’m not ‘Euromaidan-World’. And in the reality that I’m in, you don’t know who killed these people any more than anyone else.
        2. And you have no proof and won’t give any that the Russians were not behind these killings.
        3. You are the dumbass because, you like to believe in Russian fairy tails that Russians are not bombing [killing] people in the Donbass and in the rest of Ukraine as well.

        Open your eyes Poposhenko and look at the true reality or stay a blind ignorant and dumb useful-idiot of Russian slave masters.

      • Murf

        I wish SBU was that good.
        Yanguvitch and Putin would have something new to keep them up at night

      • veth

        Russians love to kill, see MH17

    • svend

      A new Russian Troll, or an old one with a new name. You are so easy to spot.

    • veth

      These nazzies were killed. Good!

  • zorbatheturk

    Sounds like you need to travel there carrying a loaded Glock, a H&K submachine gun, a tactical semi-auto 12 gauge pistol grip shotgun with a drum magazine, plus a few throwing knives. Keeping a rocket launcher in the trunk would be useful, too.

  • Tony

    Admitting that the SBU failed is the first step towards fixing it, too often have they allowed russian assassins to do as they like in Ukraine. This has to stop!
    Then there’s the issue of revenge, this can can be implemented with hired hitmen. The names of the 150 mercenaries who fought in Ukraine and Syria are known, kgb leaders in moscow are known, put the hit out on them and let them know that they arent safe anywhere, that two can play the assassination game.

    • veth

      Putin called Donbass………………….

      Oleksandr Zakharchenko, the leader of the Russian-backed separatist in eastern Ukraine and the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic or DPR, stated that joining Russia was not among the goals pursued by the people he represented.

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      Besides the old proverb that “revenge is a dish best served cold”, there could also be other immediate and motivating factors or combination of factors that prevent Ukrainian authorities from taking swift retaliatory actions against Russia and/or from revealing the full identities of all of the perpetrators involved in the assassinations. Some of the possibilities include; 1) The SBU and/or other investigatory bodies simply lack sufficient evidence, 2) The Ukrainian authorities must be careful not to mimic the Russian reprobates and their proxies. Why? Because the putinistas thrive in a totalitiarian dictatorship where “law” is dictated by the Kremlin and their assassination bureau is both highly secretive and is protected by the Kremlin from internal and external interference. Ukraine on the other hand is striving for true justice within the social framework of the European Family of Nations. Therefore, acting like a neanderthal to defeat another neanderthal could prove to be counter-productive as it would not solicit much needed international support which is vital for Ukraine. As such, deadly retaliation can still be achieved in various different formats but it will require sophistication and some measure of patience. 3) It is also quite possible that Ukrainian authorities (and/or their allies) may have more than enough information on some or all of the perpetrators but revealing this information to the general public or to the loved ones of the victims could potentially compromise their sources of information (for e.g. if the information came from a significant mole or informer within the Kremlin and if exposing the malefactors might also expose the mole or informer who may in turn be needed for further espionage, then secrecy would be paramount). Finally there is No. 4) Enacting revenge or retaliation without proper planning or not having the ability to counter any further reaction from the initial aggressor (for e.g. a full out war) would amount to poor decision making. In any case, Putin’s (or his possible successor’s) time will come. It is inevitable. All that is needed is some patience, sophistication and the ability to move when the time is right.