The bad news:
1. Russian Prime Minister [Dmitry] Medvedev prophesizes civil war in Ukraine. “Blood was shed in Ukraine again. The country is in anticipation of a civil war. It’s very sad,” he spoke pompously before the proactive operation by Ukrainian security forces which took place in Donbas.
In fact, it is sad, Mr. Medvedev, that you are a hypocrite, and very narrow-minded at that. If you were smarter – you would have waited until the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation, and then started crying about the beginning of “civil war” in Ukraine. By doing this [before the operation], you have handed over the plans of your boss in the Kremlin to drown Ukraine in the blood of her own citizens.
2. The Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov called allegations about the presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine “absurd.”
We remember how just a few weeks ago, the Kremlin vehemently denied the presence of Russian troops in Crimea. Then, it turned out there were 22,000 of them in Crimea.
Now we, the Information Resistance group, strongly recommend to the Kremlin that they recount their soldiers, for example, at the 2nd Separate Spetznaz Brigade of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, in Pskov oblast [region]. Since we are in the possession of rather bad information that not all of these soldiers are sitting at home in Russia. And we take responsibility for our information, unlike Mr. Peskov.
The good news:
1. The anti-terrorist operation (ATO). The whole day was spent in anticipation of beginning it.
The Russian media have even begun to get properly hysterical, reminiscent of the mad Cassandra: “I see Troy in flames!” [Greek mythology]. It was as if Sloviansk had already disappeared under mountains of civilian corpses, shot by the Banderite army.
In fact, the whole day was spent in preparations for the ATO events. Active steps were carried out in a highly confined way – and with success. In particular, the airfield in Kramatorsk was liberated. Whereas in Sloviansk, separatists who tried to attack the military airfield were driven away like a pack of stray dogs.
However, the lack of action throughout the entirety of Donbas should not elicit pessimism. A balanced and thorough preparation is underway. We should remember that the leaders of the operation were appointed only very recently.
I really hope that we’ll see further positive results throughout the region very soon.
2. According to the reports received by Information Resistance group, in Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, law enforcement and miners worked closely together to shut down any outbursts of separatism on behalf of local Putin fans.
Joint patrols were organized in both cities. Entrances are controlled to prevent visits of any “guest performers.”
These examples vividly demonstrate that in absence of the “little green men” from Russia, extremists have no chance to destabilize the situation. A handful of village idiots cannot impose their will on the rest of the community.
The strength of current terrorist acts lies in the support of trained professionals from the Russian special forces. Without the Kremlin’s help, all efforts to plunge the [Donbas] region into the blaze of civil war are doomed to fail.
3. In Donetsk, governor Taruta held a working meeting. His report said: city heads and heads of district state administrations in the region “condemned separatism and spoke for national unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” Taruta went on to say that “the central government has heard the regions” and is ready for decentralization. But that is a secondary concern. The most important thing right now is to preserve the country.
This is simple enough. If you’re a Ukrainian under Ukraine’s banner – you’re a friend. If you’re a Ukrainian under a Russian flag – you’re an enemy and will be treated as such. À la guerre comme à la guerre.
Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine