The bad news:
1. If Putin gives the command to his occupiers to enter Ukraine under the guise of “peacekeepers” (and such a probability is rather high), then initially it will be an option for a Russian military escort of Moscow’s so-called “humanitarian aid” for Donbas, which will be brought in through the border corridor controlled by the insurgents. Accordingly, the “aid” will exclusively target the residents of districts controlled by pro-Russian terrorists only.
The intention is clear: if at least one Russian “peacekeeper” dies, the Kremlin will start yelling about the “junta’s” shooting at the humanitarian mission, which may be a cause for open aggression by Russia. If Ukraine does not react to this provocation, it might become an excuse to introduce a fully-fledged “peacekeeping contingent” to participate in bringing Donbas under control.
The political measures to disrupt this plan have already been undertaken–in particular, the Kyiv has officially made it clear that any “peacekeepers” from Russia will be considered direct military aggression by Moscow. Meanwhile, the West has fully supported such an assessment.
We are waiting for [further] developments–or better, the lack thereof. The wasteheaps of Donbas, although not the paradise island of Kauai’s Glass Beach, are still hardly worth profaning them with the fraternal graves of Putin’s fighters.
2. Today we received data from the military doctors. They confirmed that during the ATO, no more than seven Ukrainian servicemen died during transport [from the battlefield to a medical facility] (earlier, as of August 5th, the National Security and Defense Council [NSDC] talked about five deceased during transit, i.e. the data are approximately the same).
[I am] infinitely sorry for every one of our soldiers and officers who died on the battlefield or from their wounds. But it is impossible to understand the speculation on these deaths.
We checked the information about those who died in transport because a few days ago–not anonymous social networks users–but certain Ukrainian politicians, reported [there were] hundreds of such deaths. Where they get their information from is unknown. As is the reason as to why they spread this around, causing panic.
3. Russia’s Investigative Committee filed a petition for the arrest of five servicemen from the Ukrainian 72nd Brigade, and of course the Russian court arrested them. Russian investigators say that our military used “phosphorous” ammunition.
It is necessary to carefully consider the official announcement of the Russian Investigative Committee, “…It is unlikely that the detained Ukrainian servicemen, who, in the nationalist frenzy, were heading out for a punitive operation could imagine that sooner or later they would have to answer for all their crimes. And now, instead of gallant marches in their honor on Maidan, as they probably imagined, instead of the promised awards, a banal court awaits them…”
Good people, and the investigator says this? This is the lawyer’s [speaking] style? I read [it], and I see the nonsense of a loudmouth and propagandist or a prostituting journalist from a little yellow rag, but not an officer of the Law.
The fact of the matter is that Putin not just turned the Russian Themis into his personal whore. All of Russia today is a cheap farce that has a “Freak show” performance as its permanent fixture.
Mykolayiv Regional Council photo of a 79th Airborne Brigade returned paratrooper.
The good news:
1. After an operational pause, the ATO forces began to operate in a significantly more powerful and efficient manner.
In fact, today they finally figured out how to block the “Donetsk” group of insurgents. A serious “splitting” of the other formations and their blocking has begun.
The situation remains difficult in the liberated areas–time and again, unfinished terrorists and subversive groups “keep emerging.” The question of the border with Russia remains open. That is, the ATO has plently of problems. But our troops are moving forward, and this is important.
2. By the way, about the liberated cities. The special working groups of the Interior Ministry work in them, which determine [who the] terrorists are and [who] actively worked with them. As reported by the Interior Ministry, a detention phase of these individuals has begun already.
Meanwhile, according to our data, there is an acute problem with classifying the actions of local government officials who had collaborated with the terrorists. We observe that many of these gentlemen now come back to their offices, in which they sat under terrorists and did not hide their sympathies and connections with them [the terrorists]. I’m afraid there are still a lot of questions to the same Interior Ministry about this unhealthy phenomenon.
3. The Mejlis head, Refat Chubarov, announced that the Crimean Tatar Peoples are planning to nominate their candidates for early elections to the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament].
We must remember that it is the Crimean Tatar people who remain one of the few thin connections that bind Crimea with Ukraine today. We must cherish and nurse this relationship. Because only by strengthening it and integrating the population of Crimea into the common Ukrainian space in every possible way, will we be able to return Crimea from Putin the thief.
Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine