There are too many specialist nowadays who all think they know “how it should be done”: it should be done with helicopters, with specialists, with contractors…

Dear “specialists”! Ukraine has the army that it has. An army that wasn’t properly dressed, trained or equiped for 23 years. An army that wasn’t paid and that was unconscionably demolished by all presidents and premiers for all those years!

Just last Sunday we were with the 51st brigade.

We need specialists, you say? Some of the servicemen only took their oath of loyalty there, in the Mizhevsk region! For the first time!!

Experienced officers, you say?  Some of the lieutenants, graduates of Lviv universities, were also taking their oath of loyalty in front of us!

Formidable weapons? The residents of all the Volodymyr-Volynskiy area were restoring 140 units of military equipment, which couldn’t even get out of the hangar, with their own money and their own forces!

Despite all this, I will never let anyone speak disparagingly about Ukraine’s army! About those people who, knowing how things really are, despite the wails of their wives and tears of their mothers, despite the fear, in spite of everything, have gone to fight! Have gone to protect all of us! Have gone to protect their homeland!

We have a very tough opponent: a crazed symbiosis of Russian professionals and Donbas ghouls. Some of our people are happily pushing a knife into the backs of our sleeping soldiers!

To my greatest regret, further casualties are inevitable and there will be many. But we will surely win! Because, in the end, victory is not just because of the weapon, but because of the man! Glory to Ukraine! Death to our enemies! Glory to our army!


Translated by Dasha Darchuk, edited by Lidia Wolanskyj

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