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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

VSN Advances to Outskirts of Mariupol

00 Mariupol. 10.10.14

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Under bombardment from VSN artillery, the junta occupiers left their positions to the north of Mariupol, and retreated into the city. VSN troops advanced into their abandoned strongpoints, and immediately started digging in. Now, the VSN is on the outskirts of Mariupol. They’re only a few kilometres from the city proper. According to intelligence reports, as well as on information obtained from defectors and locals, the junta bands experience acute shortages of ammunition, food, and warm clothing.

21 January 2015

Novorusinform

http://www.novorosinform.org/news/id/20290

DNR Troops Captured 16 Junta Troops at Airport

00 donetsk 01. 07.06.14

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On Wednesday, DNR Defence Ministry source Eduard Basurin said, “Today, we captured 16 Ukrainian servicemen. We brought them from the airport, where they were under the rubble of the new terminal for three days. At their request, we gave them assistance. We cleared away the rubble so that they could leave. Six prisoners are in hospital and we gave four care at a trauma centre. Two are in critical condition”.

21 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/world/772566

Rewriting History? Polish FM Sez Ukrainians Liberated Auschwitz… Russia Puzzled

00 auschwitz kids. 21.01.15

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The Polish FM’s statement that the Ukrainians liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp puzzled Moscow. V I Churkin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, remarked that the Red Army, which liberated the camp, was multinational. However, on Wednesday, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Grzegorz Juliusz Schetyna, speaking on Polish radio, said, “The 1st Ukrainian front and Ukrainians liberated [the concentration camp], as on that January day there were Ukrainian soldiers, so they opened the gates of the camp”. That was in answer to a question related to invitations to join the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army on 27 January 1945.

Following the comment, Ambassador Churkin pointed up to Schetyna that Red Army liberated the concentration camp, adding that the front had the title “First Ukrainian” “because it liberated the Ukraine from the Nazis before reaching Poland through battles”. on Wednesday, in New York, Churkin told the Polish UN envoy, Bogusław Walenty Winid, speaking at a UN conference commemorating the liberation of the camp, “Like all other parts of the Red Army, [the front] was multinational and consisted of Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Georgians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Central Asians, and many others… from more than 100 Soviet ethnic groups” . Churkin urged Winid to explain the grave mistake to the Polish FM saying, “I’m sure he didn’t intend to offend so many peoples”.

UK-based journalist and writer Neil Clark told RT that interested parties rewrite history for political purposes, saying, “Fact is, the Soviet Red Army liberated that appalling camp Auschwitz. Yet, now, in 2015, we rewrite history to write out the role of the Red army in liberating Auschwitz for political purposes”.

In 2015, the Polish government issued no specific invitations for the commemoration event… the Polish authorities passed this duty to the Auschwitz Museum and the International Auschwitz Council. The organisers of the ceremony stated that they asked all nations who contributed funds to the site to see if they were going to take part, without personal invitations. On Tuesday, Putin’s spokesman D S Peskov said that Putin wouldn’t attend the event, as he hasn’t received any invitation. Meanwhile, S B Ivanov, the Head of the RF Presidential Administration, will represent Russia.

The commemoration of the liberation of the Nazi death camp shall take place on 27 January. It comes 70 years after Soviet troops liberated it in 1945. The Nazis imprisoned about 1.5 million people at Auschwitz, many of them Soviet citizens.

21 January 2015

RT

http://rt.com/news/224891-poland-ukraine-liberated-auschwitz/

21 January 2015. A Trip to the Asylum… A Look at the Junta “Armed Forces”… and Why They’re Not Long for this World

00 Azov Battalion APC. 23.08.14

So-called “troops” of the ragtag “Azov Battalion”… this is typical of junta armed bands… why are the Western media so taken with them?

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There’s much arrant bullshit in the Western media about the notional “Ukrainian armed forces”. Firstly, there’s no such thing as a unified defence force… there’s the regular forces under the Minoborony Ukrainy… there are forces under the MVDU… then, there are units subordinated to the SBU… if that wasn’t all, there are private armed bands financed by this-or-that oligarch… finally, to complete this Jabberwockian mélange, there are PMC mercs (probably, paid by Langley, for sterile ops, for deniability purposes). That ain’t all… most of the units in the Crimea rallied to Russia, along with their equipment… the naval infantry battalion in Kerch rallied to Russia to the last man, the commander to the lowest ranker. The commander of the Ukrainian Navy rallied to Russia… he’s now an assistant commander of the ChF-MF. Why hasn’t the Western media covered this? Why is the Western media silent? Why aren’t they covering the story about the rotting military infrastructure of the junta?

Let’s leave that aside for the moment. Under the MVDU, there are fissures even within the agency… there’s the long-established VV MVDU (Internal Forces of the MVDU) and the newbie “National Guard”. The latter is an untrained and undisciplined rabble… more suited to bullying civilians and guarding blockposts in the rear than actual combat, but they’ve been at the front, with predictable results (high casualties and little results). There’s been four Ministers of Defence since the coup, which means that the agency is for all intents and purposes headless and without direction. The present Minister of Defence is a militarised cop, who served in bodyguard units… he’s an utter incompetent, but he’s politically reliable. There’s no coherent chain of command, and no echelon of command between corps-level and brigade-level. When one considers that many career officers rallied to Russia and that the junta purged many of those left, well, you can see what the leadership situation is. There’s no  professional staff work to speak of, and no one knows who’s giving out the orders.

Take the assault on the Donetsk Airport on Monday. Firstly, they launched it with inadequate forces… it appeared that only a brigade-equivalent attacked hardened positions, when at least a division-equivalent was necessary. No one knows who ordered it. You can’t assume that it happened because of Poroshenko’s orders… it could’ve been Tyagnibok… it could’ve been one of the oligarchs… it could’ve been a local commander, ambitious for glory. C3* is kaput. No one knows who’s in command… there are too many competing agencies controlling too many armed bands. No one knows who’s in control… is it Poroshenko? Is it the Americans? Is it Tyagnibok? Is it the Triumvirate (Turdchinov, Avakov, and the Rabbit)? Is it Kolomoisky? Is it Soros? NO ONE KNOWS. Besides that, everyone asks, “Where is Yuliya? She’s MIA!” However, one can say with certainty that the notional Defence Minister is NOT in control… he’s nothing but a uniformed flunky. Communications are utterly FUBAR… the rolling blackouts and spares shortages don’t help things one bit. On top of that, the junta imposes strict and almost-total media censorship, which the Western media meekly accepts. The Western media obediently reports whatever the junta hands them… even if it’s utterly at variance with reality. If the junta forces had captured the airport, the images would be all over the internet… they’re not there, kids. Draw your own conclusions…

*C3: Command, Control, and Communications

The Western media acts like the junta conscription drives are successes. They’re anything but that… they’re an absolute clusterfuck, with dog log clusters. Draft dodging is endemic. Most conscription commissions shake down potential conscripts, more interested in taking bribes from those desirous of avoiding service than anything else. I’m told by sources that, in Kiev, it costs a thousand clams US to evade service… or 20,000 grivnya (82,650 Roubles. 7,850 Renminbi. 77,725 INR. 1,265 USD. 1,560 CAD. 1,560 AUD. 1,090 Euros. 840 UK Pounds). Note that you get a discount if you pay in US green (are the grafters thinking of a defeat, when they’d need US green to flee?). Prices are lower in the provinces. Draft dodging is widespread, even in Galicia… the men hide in the woods and have their relatives say that they’ve gone abroad to find work. Almost no one shows up in the country districts in Podkarpatskaya… everyone knows where the secret passes into Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia are… but the law doesn’t. In short, the junta forces aren’t as large as they claim that they are… can anyone say “padded rolls to pocket pay and rations?”

Last of all, the morale in the junta forces is in the shitter. The situation is so bad that the junta appoints “morale instructors”… they’re nothing but politruki and zampoliti under a new name. They have the power to shoot anyone out of hand at any time for any reason. Besides that, the junta scatters Galician Uniate hillbillies throughout all units in an attempt to stiffen their resolve. Firstly, there are only so many Uniate fanatics (they’re not even a majority of the Uniate cohort… but they’re the violent sorts, the ones with itchy trigger fingers). Secondly, the other men hate the hillbillies… this causes dissension in the ranks, sending unit unit cohesion all to hell. There isn’t a common language… the troops speak Russian, Surzhik, and “Ukrainian” (the semi-Polish Galician creole)… which means that troops tend to cluster in language groups, which is a further drain on unit integrity. On the other hand, Russian is the lingua franca amongst the patriots… there’s no such divisions amongst them.

I believe that a “1917 Order No 1” situation may be at hand. The majority of the junta troops don’t believe in the war… the level of hostilities belies the heated rhetoric out of Kiev. The troops could decide to go home… if that happens, nothing will save the junta. Remember what happened in Vietnam in 1975… the ARVN simply melted away. The Americans had to rescue their lickspittle clients from the roof of the US Embassy. I’d say bet on “red”… the DNR and LNR are socialist entities. Fancy that…

BMD

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