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Summary – June 11, 2014

The bad news:

1. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia is providing humanitarian assistance to Donbas through the “militias because of Kyiv’s refusal to work together on this issue.”

Sure, after the events in eastern Ukraine wind down, our country must take on support for and humanitarian assistance to the national militias of the Caucasus, who have long been leading the deadly battle against Putin’s genocide.

Although it’s impossible to compare Donbas and the Caucasus. Donbas terrorists are criminals and Russian mercenaries. Whereas in the Caucasus, a struggle for liberation and an opposition to Moscow’s genocide is underway.

Also, it’s abundantly clear that it’s possible to divert Putin’s attention from aggression against Ukraine only by diverting his attention to the hot spots in Russia itself. It sounds cynical but this is the instinct of Ukrainian self-preservation.

2. The leader of the terrorist organization “DPR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] Denis Pushilin freely crossed the Russian border. Another runaway rogue, Oleg Tsaryov, suddenly surfaced in Luhansk.

Whoever is not lazy can drag themselves across the border.

Our guards explain: but the closed checkpoints were captured by terrorists!

This, we somehow guessed without the State Border Control Service. The question is why, when the checkpoints were captured back God-knows-when, Ukrainian law enforcement didn’t care one bit about it.

3. The situation with the ‘provision of status of combat participant (CP)’ to the guys who are now fighting terrorists as part of the ATO forces, smacks of some phantasmagoria.

The situation is more or less clear with the National Guard. Here’s how the picture comes together. The National Guard command quickly reported that it created the First Battalion from volunteers. However, de jure [legally] it doesn’t exist–the servicemen in the Battalion are officially registered in positions at completely different units, which don’t participate in the ATO. Accordingly, they won’t be awarded the CP status.

This is one of the wildest instances of bureaucratic marasmus in this undeclared war. There is only one solution–to urgently register these battalions (it’s well known that there are two more National Guard battalions “on the way”) as full-fledged combat personnel units. Why this isn’t being done is totally unclear.

The CP status of the military units of the Armed Forces that participate in the ATO is more complicated. The Defense Ministry representatives give us the most conflicting information. I promise that as soon as we clarify this issue, we will immediately report on it.

However, the Defense Minister claims that the CP IDs will be handed out after the ATO, but here it is impossible to agree with him. The issues with the [CP] status must be addressed now–later, to prove anything to bureaucrats will be useless.

In any case, it wouldn’t hurt some military officials to spend a week or two at a checkpoint near Sloviansk. You’d see, [their] brains would work faster when they need to solve such problems [urgently].

The good news:

1. Petro Poroshenko doesn’t exclude the possibility of conducting a round table in Donetsk “with the participation of those parties to the conflict that support a peaceful plan for its resolution.”

A peace plan, as I said earlier, is always positive.

I honestly can’t understand what the round table can discuss with murderers and rapists. After all, the proclaimed format obviously doesn’t exclude the participation of terrorists–who suddenly decided to support peaceful dialogue. I would hope that Poroshenko has his own higher considerations, beyond my understanding, in mind. Because, for now, all this still doesn’t look all that clear.

2. The Ministry of Defense promises complete filtration of everyone leaving the ATO zone.

Quite a timely move. As soon as Poroshenko announced the creation of corridors for refugees, the question of filtering arose immediately. We don’t need the terrorists to spread out across the country under the guise of being refugees from Donbas.

However, we are very hopeful that said filtering is not organized akin to border control or [troop] mobilization, i.e. not through one unmentionable place.

3. The Governor of Luhansk Oblast [region] Iryna Verygina announced that the Party of Regions [PR] faction Leader Oleksandr Yefremov and other PR members, as well as members of the Communist Party, supported terrorism.

It would seem only the laziest haven’t yet talked about this. One wants to hope that at least this statement by the Governor of the Luhansk Oblast, about Luhansk”native” Yefremov, would make both the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament], and law enforcement act. It’s impossible to fight terrorism in the country when the main organizers and sponsors of terrorism sit in Parliament.

Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine


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