“Death to the Banderlogs!” “Banderlog” comes from a Hindi word for Rhesus macaque monkeys, characterising junta supporters as vacuous chattering dweebs (Banderlogs are also gross humanoids in role-playing games… I just thought that you’d like to know that).
Aleksandr Potapenko, a soldier of the 40 Territorial Defence Battalion Krivbass from Krivoy Rog, said that a group of soldiers from his battalion, along with the commander, Aleksandr Motril, withdrew to the border of the DNR with Zaporozhe Oblast. They retreated there on the orders of the battalion commander, leaving positions near Pokrovka near Ilovaisk. The battalion’s situation had become untenable, so, the commander decided to pull some of his soldiers back. Potapenko said, “About a hundred men left, but half are already in hospital in Krivoy Rog. We also wanted to go home, to have a real sleep, and get some rest. We were under heavy artillery fire. We only had buses for transport, and they only gave us small arms, machine guns, and one grenade per man”.
Potapenko pointed up that one of the reasons that his commander decided to withdraw was that he lacked confidence in the competence and professionalism of the Sector B commander, Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak, who led the operation in Ilovaisk. Now, the men claim that they’re ready to return to the front, but they’re afraid that the higher command would shoot them as separatists. The soldiers also are afraid of going to Krivoy Rog. Potapenko noted, “Today, I got a phone call from family, and they told me that the president called us deserters. They told us that the military Prokuratura is watching the house to take us to court. Frankly, we’ve all lost the desire to do anything. Everything’s sordid. The president accused us of desertion. For what? We want to come home and lay down our weapons; we don’t want to carry out mindless orders”.
On 28 August, junta strongman Poroshenko claimed that the responsibility for the situation in Ilovaisk is due to the actions of the leaders of two battalions who withdrew from their positions. On 27 August, units of the 30 Mechanised Brigade and the 5 Territorial Defence Battalion Podkarpatskaya withdrew from position in Sector B of the junta forces.
29 August 2014
To speak frankly, to send troops into battle without training and without some shakedown as a unit is criminal, irresponsible, and stupid. On top of that, we’re speaking of a unit raised from scratch, not a unit with a formed “reserve” command structure. Such units need at least 6-12 weeks of preparation to be minimally effective, and 9-12 months to be optimally effective. Besides which, these units lacked even basic “battle taxi” wheeled APCs and any form of heavy weapons (RPGs, mortars, ATGMs, automatic grenade launchers, and even a credible stash of hand grenades). It doesn’t speak highly of the Galician Uniates that the junta placed in command positions. Besides which, the junta placed “morale instructors” (commissars) in every unit to shoot all those who don’t show the requisite “motivation”. These commissars are Euromaidantsy terrorists without any military training whatsoever, but they’re good at bullying (and at theft, too, I’m told).
In the present case, the battalion commander had a company that was under intense fire, and which didn’t have any heavy weapons of its own to reply, nor did the battalion have any heavy weapons to support it. The implication is that the sector commander refused to release assets from higher formations to aid the hard-pressed grunts. This company suffered 50 percent casualties! The commander decided to pull the unit back to save what was left of it. No doubt, the Galician incompetents have a “no step back” order… this commander decided to ignore it, as his men would’ve been annihilated if he didn’t. What happened to his “morale instructors?” I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that they all “died in action”… from bullets from their own troops.
As for the battalion from Podkarpatskaya, well, the junta just sent 1,500 VV MVDU troops to Užgorod. The Rusin soldiers may very well have gone home to raise the banner of rebellion. In some ways, the Rusins are MORE restive than the folks in Novorossiya are. In some ways, they’re feistier and more ornery… they do have some heavy-duty mountains to hide in…