The bad news:
1. From the Russian territory, not only trucks and APCs invade Ukraine from the border but also tanks. According to the latest data, the convoy that includes the tanks from Russia is heading to Donetsk.
The Kremlin removes its mask. If anyone still has any doubts that this is a blatant invasion by Russia, I would like to see this individual. It would be interesting to see what the embodiment of naiveté looks like.
2. Incidentally, here he is himself. OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier arrived in Russia’s, Rostov Oblast [region] to visit with the refugees from Ukraine. And he began to say very strange things. He was saying, there should be a cease fire in eastern Ukraine, and this should be done through political means, at the negotiation table through Ukrainian authorities with the eastern regions. Zannier also promised to visit Sloviansk as part of the “peaceful settlement.”
One gets the impression that the OSCE (even though their missions work all over Donbas) fail to notice the obvious point blank. Namely, that for a “peaceful settlement” [they] shouldn’t go to Sloviansk, but straight to Moscow. And for a start, [they should] ask Putin–how long will he throw at Donbas legions of his mercenaries, heaps of weapons and millions of dollars to support the terrorists?
The OSCE is reiterating the recent UN exploit. As recently as March of this year, the United Nations, instead of condemning Russia, prophesied to Kyiv that it should focus on “political dialogue” among all political forces. As a result while the UN clicked its beak [continued to miss the point] and engaged in moralizing, Ukraine lost Crimea.
OSCE now declares the same nonsense while Russia tries to chop off the Donbas.
Good gentlemen, representatives of the West, open your eyes already. A full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by Russia is underway. If you are so blissfully [ignorant] that you can’t notice this, then you’d better get involved in the cultivation of eco-friendly tomatoes in the EU. And don’t meddle in international politics. Since your help is not worth a penny, which makes it [so much] worse.
3. Today, 25 children, inlcuding orphans and the children from family style orphan care facilities left the city of Snizhne [Donetsk Oblast] on the bus for rehabilitation at Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. They were intercepted by the “DPR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] terrorists and their bus was sent over to Russia, across the state border through the checkpoint captured by insurgents.
This incident is child abduction, kidnapping in its purest form. To a word, Russian border control guards took the most active part in this crime.
An unexpected question to Mr. Poroshenko: do you still intend to come to an agreement with this scum–who steal children and essentially make hostages out of them–at the negotiating table? Maybe we should even pick up a group of serial killers and sexual predators? That is to say, for the sake of a complete picture. This discussion promises to be an exciting and fruitful one.
The good news:
1. Fortunately, our allies in the West are not solely represented by the spellbound OSCE Secretary General. Vice-president of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Damon Wilson has already announced that if the fact of Ukrainian border crossing by Russian tanks is confirmed, the West should introduce the third level of sanctions against the Russian Federation and launch military assistance to Ukraine.
Yes, the Atlantic Council is not the biggest and highest in aerobatics [player in international politics]. But these structures form both public and political opinion. We are looking forward to relevant statements by top Western officials and politicians.
By the way, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today that Spain offered [fighter] aircraft and “a number of ships to different maritime groups, responding to the crisis in Ukraine.”
This is very handy. Because it looks like a war with Russia is just beginning. Or at least the actions by the Russians we’ve been seeing lately and today impel us to this disappointing conclusion.
2. The Press Service of the President of Ukraine announced that “as a result of a well-prepared operation, Ukrainian military and border control servicemen regained control over a portion of the state border over 100 km [62 miles] long.”
According to our data, the result is not as optimistic. In addition, it is not clear whether there will be enough resources to retain that control.
But the fact that after many weeks (even months) the border problem is finally being resolved is a huge, and once again, an enormously positive sign.
3. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported, the servicemen of the Armed Forces, who are part of the anti-terrorist operation [ATO], will receive a 100-percent bonus.
Next come the figures that bring tears. For example, a private contractor will receive 5,400 Hryvnias [USD $463] (an “average” salary is 2,700 Hryvnias [USD $231.6]), and the commander of the airborne unit will get 8,200 Hryvnias [USD $703] (respectively, 4,100 Hryvnias [USD $351.7]).
The bonuses are great. Supporting the military during a de facto undeclared war is wonderful. But, good people, a man can’t defend his Motherland for USD $250. We can talk about patriotism now, because we are talking about the fate of our country. But if in peacetime, we continue to pay such money to a person in uniform, we cannot expect him/her to be a professional.
Since the beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine, we are constantly reaping the bitter fruit of saving [money] on the Army. And this is a big lesson for the future, to all of us. Let’s hope that it will prove useful in that future.
Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine