The bad news:
1. NATO commander in Europe, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove thinks that the situation on Russian-Ukrainian border remains very worrisome. “Essentially the force is ready to go. We believe it could accomplish its objective between three to five days,” he said.
NATO sees the following scenario of Putin’s troops: the establishment of a land link to Crimea, and of carrying out a thrust from Crimea to Odesa, or even to Transnistria.
We, the Information Resistance group, highly doubt that Crimea will become a springboard for invasion, but it [our opinion] is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that Brussels confirms our fears: the threat of Russian invasion has not been removed.
2. Today, Russian and some Ukrainian media made waves: supposedly, the flagship of the Ukrainian fleet, “Hetman Sahaidachniy,”unexpectedly left the port of Odesa and went to sea. There, they raised the Russian flag, stopped responding to requests for radio communication, and headed towards Crimea.
It is a rare aberration, but such disinformation still manages to break into our informational field. Some rather serious publications started to rake me on the issue (good thing they didn’t start repeating this nonsense). We had to call our guys who confirmed: everything is fine, they are serving in normal order.
What nonsense, but an unpleasant aftertaste remains.
3. Five days ago, Russian militaries brutally beat our private contractor on the territory of missile and anti-aircraft battalion (base A-3009) in Fiolent. Ukrainian media reported about this event earlier, and we have learned about the rest of the story.
The Russians really beat the serviceman like animals, in a crowd, rejoicing that they had caught a “Banderite.” They caused traumatic brain injuries, and tightened a noose around the guy’s neck. He is currently recovering in Sevastopol – he might lose vision in one eye. He is nursed by the members of the German community.
The fact is the “Banderite” turned out to be an ethnic German. Although by Putin’s will, anyone who is not acceptable to Russia is automatically a “Banderite.” That seems to have been the case in the Third Reich, where Jews and Communists were “assigned” [such labels].
The good news:
1. I was sincerely amused by Yanukovych with his “Dumb and Dumber” show, which is becoming a tradition.
Listening to him moan, as the poor fellow was chased and kicked by “Fascists” all over eastern Ukraine, after which they kicked him out to Russia, becomes ridiculous.
Yanukovych has clearly ceased to be a threat as a cover for Putin’s plans. He is rather becoming a regular clown of the Kremlin. And it seems to me that even the most brainwashed Russians do understand this. Although Russian zombies make for a very complex medical case.
2. The Council of Europe recognized that the Russian language in Ukraine is protected well enough to send Russia, with their ultimatums regarding the language, to we-all-know-where.
In general, we already know this. But it is a good bucket of cold water onto the boiling brains of the Kremlin – or rather, their replacements in Putin’s skull.
3. As of today, over a thousand Ukrainian servicemen and their families have arrived in mainland Ukraine.
A low bow to all of you who have helped our boys get out from the occupied peninsula. If not for you – Ukraine as a state would have experienced another disgrace.
Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine