Acting Ukraine’s President Alexander Turchinov has recently called on the people of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics to support the anti-terrorist operation and side with the government to wipe out «terrorists and separatists». Kiev is trying to make others believe that it’s nobody else but Russian soldiers and fictitious terrorists who are involved in combat actions in the south-east. What else can it say? The Kiev interim rulers cannot tell the truth and admit that they are killing their own citizens. It would be tantamount to making an admission to committing war crimes. No matter that, the true facts start to spread around. A Sky News team found no traces of Russian Federal Security Service, Main Intelligence Directorate (military intelligence) or army groups operating on spot, the forces that the United States is so vigorously demanding «to withdraw». The journalists paid attention on the fact that the local people call those who stand up to chasteners «defenders».
The Kharkov aviation facility’s strip has become a transition base for dead and wounded soldiers of Ukrainian army as well as mercenaries taking part in combat actions. A Kharkov-based blogger reported that people looked unfriendly at the group of government forces getting back from Slavyansk. People whispered «Nazi are coming». They had pity even for imprisoned Germans, especially those who were wounded. But these appear to be their «brethren».
No wonder, the combat actions waged by Ukrainian army make civilians suffer more than armed self-defense volunteers. In Kramatorsk the Ukrainian military killed a 21 year old nurse Yulia Izotova and three of her friends who were trying to hide. A 30-year-old civilian woman died after being shot in the head by sniper fire while standing on her balcony in the Slavyansk district of Khimki. Two children were killed in the village of Semeonovka. These are just routine daily reports. The military treat the local population as if they were occupants operating in another country. In Starobelsk of Lugansk region a shop was plundered and a goat stolen from a local woman. They soldiers killed the animal to make a barbecue. Having a drop too much, they organized races of APCs and then started to shoot at each other. 15 people were wounded as a result. In the Donetsk region they made a waitress perform a striptease dance. She had to comply being afraid for her life.
The casualties among Ukrainian military are growing. According to Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the people’s mayor of Slavyansk, in the first 10 days of operation the pro-government forces death toll was 650, including 250 – Pravy Sector extremists, 120 – private military units Dnepr and Azov formed and funded by tycoon Igor Kolomoisky, 90 – special forces of Ukraine’s Security Service, 40 – the 95th airborne army brigade and 20 – Ministry of Internal Affairs operatives. Polish private military company Analizy Systemowe Bartlomiej lost 6, US Greystone и Academi private security services providers – 14 and 50. The US Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Investigations Federal Investigations Bureau casualties were 25 with 13 dead. Since May 2 till May 12 the Donetsk self-defense forces death toll was 8 with 3 – wounded.
The Kiev Times, an established outlet with good reputation, published on May 15 a detailed piece describing in detail how the Kiev interim government concealed the facts about the death toll measured in thousands. According to the newspaper, the official data includes only the servicemen of regular army and Ministry of Internal Affairs which suffer little losses being located at distance from the forward combat area. That’s why the official sources have reported only 21 men dead and 65 wounded since the operation started. They don’t count the losses suffered by National Guard and the chasteners of Kolomoisky armed units. Instead the Kiev officials count the dead mercenaries as missing in action and deserters.
The junta treats those who defend it with little respect. According to the Kiev Times, at first the corpses were taken to a crematorium in Kharkiv, then as the death toll rose in the first days of the operation, excavators came to Slavyansk and dug common graves to fill and level them off afterwards. According to Donbass self-defense forces, the National Guard soldiers kill their own wounded right on the battle field.
The Slavyansk insurgents say the National Guard has mainly used Pravy Sector militants and Maidan self-defense units as the sources for recruitment. It operates the same way as German fascists who occupied Ukraine in 1941-1944. Regular army soldiers refuse to kill their own people; they don’t take aim when shooting. But they are afraid to leave the positions being kept under the guns of national guards. For instance, in Starovarvarka, 30 km from Slavyansk, Ukrainian military were fusilladed by Pravy Sector for refusing to fire at civilians.
No matter huge losses, the National Guard continues recruitment to send reinforcements to Donbass. One of the reasons is armed uncontrolled mobs that appeared in Kiev as a result of the coup. They threaten the power of Timoshenko, Turchinov and Yatsenyuk. The groups possessing weapons continue attempts to storm administrative buildings and are intent to continue the «revolution». Sent to Donbass they die in thousands while also killing the local people in the Donetsk and Lugansk as the resistance of civilians to the Kiev-based regime grows.
The Ukraine’s economy is in doldrums. The junta members are cynical enough to do eerie things – they are reducing the country’s population. The corpses need no working places, salaries, pensions and unemployment benefits. The credits granted by International Monetary Fund could be spent for new military adventures while reducing the number of those who need budget allocations.