The bad news:
1. All day long, terrorists have been firing at the Luhansk Border Control unit. We haven’t yet seen effective actions by ATO forces that would silence the insurgents. It’s true that the ATO’s aviation target designation by the Border Control Service “combed through” terrorist positions outside residential areas, but this only resulted in a short-term effect. According to our data, today, those at the very “top” sanctioned the involvement of the ATO’s troops in Luhansk’s with other major forces. However, at the moment we only see “point” usage of air assets. Therefore, there is nothing to comment on yet. And in the meantime the border control servicemen are guarding their post. The day is almost over.
2. Meanwhile, Russia does everything possible to use the events in Luhansk with a vengeance to produce another series of avalanches of its permanent lies.
According to Moscow’s version, the terrorists who attacked the border control service were in fact “the National Guard” who suddenly started “sweeping” the city. Of course, with the assistance of the “Right Sector,” what would they do without it? Someone must still finish drinking the blood of the Russian babies that the Guardsmen were unable to.
Well, then there’s the usual Kremlin snot about “crimes by Ukrainian authorities against their own people.” It’s interesting, do Putin’s bloody boys from the Caucasus stand in his eyes when he ascribes to Ukraine what he himself is doing to the Caucasus?
3. Today, the press service of the Ministry of Defense once again stated what money collected by citizens for army needs will go to. And it’s hard not to become bewildered.
The fact that people feed the army with their taxes and in addition collect money in the form of donations–it’s difficult to call this normal. But as I look at the list of purchases, courtesy of the Ministry of Defense, vague doubts bite at me.
I, for example, cannot fathom how buying “naval uniforms in an amount of 3,500 sets” will help solve the main problem we are now waiting for the Armed Forces to solve, namely, to defeat the terrorists in Donbas.
Maybe the Defense Ministry is hiding something, and our Navy, headed by the “Hetman Sahaidachnyi” frigate, are sneaking towards the slagheap of Donbas through rivulets and streams at night to assist the ATO forces? If not, then the logic of such purchases is not entirely clear.
The good news:
1. Indictments against 63 people suspected of seizing the building of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration have been sent to court by the Prosecutor’s office.
This is a very timely message. Where possible, all those fans of the split up of the country should be imprisoned, and preferably as part of public court trials. Public flogging is a good example for those who haven’t yet been caught.
2. Today Mykolaiv quietly and peacefully showed the fans of running-under-the-Russian-flag their place.
Ukrainian patriots gathered in the main square of the city to prevent separatists from holding their rally calling for the end to the ATO. Patriots came to the square in vyshyvankas [traditional embroidered shirts] and wrapped in national flags of Ukraine. In their hands were posters saying “Mykolaiv is for the ATO,” “Mykolaiv is for an independent Ukraine,” “We are against Rusian occupation.”
Their opponents, in the face of Putins followers (by the way, there were only about 30 people) within a few minutes of dialogue with the patriots began to disperse quickly.
So, it would seem, no massacre but very convincing.
3. The General Directorate of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast [region] started forming Luhansk and Artemivsk Battalions, numbering up to 200 people.
The Battalion names speak for themselves. If Luhansk residents are unable to organize themselves–the nearby Oblast will help them do that. There have been whispered complaints that the Governor of Dnipropetrovsk, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, has set his sights on Donbas, where he gradually constricts [oligarch Rinat] Akhmetov. But if Kolomoyskyi’s activity is in the interests of the country, albeit in a tactical plan but at such a difficult time, we agree, it’s difficult to blame him for anything.
By the way, volunteers from all Oblasts of Ukraine can join these battalions. Saving the country is a common task.
Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine