Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – July 21, 2014

Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military Blog: Summary – July 21, 2014

Brothers and sisters!

Here’s the Summary for July 21, 2014 (for previous summary, please see Summary for July 18).

The bad news:

1. In the case of the downed Boeing, Moscow and its domesticated little fighters continue to behave like petty pickpockets, caught by their hand and delivered to the police department. Resourcefulness, deceit and villainy are the Kremlin’s business card.

Putin is hysterically calling for an “international investigation,” and at this time the terrorists managed by him won’t let the international experts onto the scene [of the accident], interfering with their work in every possible way, stealing the evidence, and they are not inclined to give over the “black boxes” – not until the specialists from the Russian intelligence services do their magic over them. [Editor’s update: since this was written the terrorists have agreed to hand the black boxes over to the Malaysian authorities].

Simultaneously, the Russian Defense Ministry keeps making up its usual nonsense. Supposedly, the Boeing was being chased by a Ukrainian fighter jet, but at the same time on the ground (on the territory controlled by insurgents) there was not even an empty spot for an apple to fall [to avoid] the Ukrainian Buk missile systems. And so the goddamn Ukrainian military destroyed the passenger plane, they fired volleys from the ground and finished off the plane in the air. Why they needed [to do so] remains a great mystery.

If Russia had just said that it had not handed over the SAM [surface-to-air missile] to the terrorists, one could argue it. But the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces announced, “we did not pass on the SAM Buk nor other weapons and military equipment.” But here, everything is clear, taking into account the fact that Donbas is stuffed to the eyeballs with weapons that came from Russia.

… I’m confident that if Moscow had not lied so famously and explicitly, maybe someone in an African savannah or a Papuan village in New Guinea would believe in her [Moscow’s] innocence. But Putin is doing everything possible and impossible so that no one is left in doubt about who exactly killed 300 civilians in the sky over Donbas.

2. An increasing number of countries connect the attack in the Donbas skies with Russia and [its] insurgents. Let’s hope that Kyiv’s appeal will be heard in the world, and that the DNR and LNR [Donetsk- and Luhansk People’s Republics] are recognized as terrorist organizations far beyond our country’s borders, and Russia as a sponsor of terrorism (although it is in fact a terrorist country).

The bad news is that this insight was given to the world at the price of so many innocent victims…

3. Under unrelenting pressure from the ATO forces, terrorists stop at nothing just to keep up the initiative. Civilian casualties don’t confuse them at all–on the contrary, it is the [civilian] population that becomes a hostage of this agony.

Today, the Russian media broadcast a statement by insurgent “commander” Girkin-Strelkov: “In Dzerzhynsk, the battle continues. The city center is destroyed by volleys of Grads and Uragans, there are continuous fires there (it seems that Tymchuk is already writing about how ‘the city is being shelled by terrorists’).”

But Girkin guessed it wrong: I did not have to write anything. A video surfaced online, in which Girkin’s own little fighters were shelling a peaceful town on the territory under their control with Grads–although it’s not Dzerzhynsk with a population of 87,000 but Donetsk with its million inhabitants.

An uneasy conscience betrays itself. But this doesn’t make it any easier on civilians.

read more


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

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts