Arkadyi Babchenko, translated by Arminas Rasickas

The main military aid that Russia is supplying to Donetsk and Luhansk is Goebbelsship*. If Russia would not have exported so much lies and hatred, there would be no war in the East. Militia and weapons are certainly an important part, but not the most important.

The main is Goebelsship. Strelkov and Bes were able to rise and take over the administrative buildings only because the television was flooded with “Right Sector” which, after Maidan, was supposed to come and slaughter all russians. No “green men” would have been possible without this.

If it were not for this flow, would the people of Donetsk have done that? Would they have started creating military groups, taken over administrative buildings with machine guns in their hands, raided police and army, taken weapons from there and then storm the border crossings and airports?

The answer is obvious – no. Airports and border crossings do not even fit the pattern of logic of defense from the “Right sector”. Obviously, this is very distorted.

Yes, fear and discontent with the West has sprung in the East, and it was quite strong, however chanting “Russia, Russia” and waving a flag is one thing, but taking a grenade launcher, setting a BTR on fire and dying amid is quire the other.

This war is caused exclusively by the Russian Goebbelsship, nothing else. And it would be possible to cut it, the war would wind itself down. By the way, the war did not even start in those places where the Goebbelsship was successfully blocked. Dnipropetrovsk is the most russian-speaking city in Ukraine. Almost nobody speaks Ukrainian there, hearing it two or three times a day is a notable event. It is a completely Russian region. And how they were screaming about the damned “Banderovtsy”, how they beat the activists, dispersed the Maidan supporters.

And now?

Now you will hardly find a more patriotic region in Ukraine that the one of Dnipropetrovsk. Every second car there drives with a Ukrainian flag. Why is that so? Because they did not allow the russian propaganda and military groups.

At the end of April it was scary to go to Izyum. It was on the death row, everybody was supporting Russia and Igor Strelkov. I spent two hours there and understood that I have to run. And at the end of May, only one month after, it was completely different city. I was walking there safely at night. And it is only 40 km away from Slovyansk. The same is Barbenkov (20 km from Slovyansk), Krestishche (it is very near Slovyansk).

The same goes for other places.

Where Russia had no access, everything is peaceful.

The shitstorm only started and is ARTIFICIALLY MAINTAINED only where Russia managed to get its hands on.

That is all.

* – title assigned by the translator
** – Joseph Goebbels – propaganda minister of the Nazi Germany. This name is a synonym for the most brutal, inhumane, yet the most efficient propaganda.

Aidar batallion’s statement regarding the ambush

Via Batallion Aidar FB and Reddit (translation by Samarras).

The two fronts of Aidar

You have to know how to fight a war. Especially when the war takes place on two fronts. “Aidar” batallion can handle that too. We consciously took a break in the information space, waiting for official commentary concerning the events of 17-06-2014. Our prediction came true. The commentary is as far from the truth as the leadership’s wish to complete the ATO quickly. Let’s start.

First front

With great pomp and noise the generals were going to take over Metallist (a village adjacent to Lugansk). Into which as recently as three days ago entered our paratroopers and found nothing. Separatists, tortured by Aidar’s activity in Schastie, just ran away. Instead of the order to “gain foothold, dig in, defend, wait for reinforcement” they got a rude order to retreat. Paratroopers’ commander looked like… when he was telling me about it. And now the uniformed eggheads(i.e. generals) were going to earn great bonuses and fame for their considerable military talents in wasting a sizable amount of ammunition and their skills of shooting at hummingbirds (spoiler: it worked really well).

So, one quiet Ukrainian night, a mortar battery dug in for dealing a decisive morning blow to Metallist. Nobody bothered to set up guards(“Why?”). From the golf club’s direction, a group of about 30 “colorados” started to move closer in order to take over the battery(“How did they find out about it?”). The adjacent checkpoint, housing Aidar’s patrol unit, decided to check the movements in the neutral area inside its responsibility zone. It met resistance, and the situation ended up as Aidar fighting while surrounded. They had 3 times more people than us and the battle lasted for 2.5 hours till sunrise, until the armored infantry unit (regular army) started to execute the generals’ plan and moved towards Metallist. The terrorists retreated and the mortar battery was saved. Armored infantry continued its victorious march until strengthened block-post of the separatists and got into a well-prepared ambush (“Who told them the plans?”).

ATO bottom line (from the generals)

One tank burned and deserted. One APC burned, second APC with a jammed clutch. Two BMPs deserted under battle circumstances.

The ATO HQ summoned an Aidar sotnya(century) for help, as it was the only nearby reserve force. Quick march by crawling (literally) under sniper and machine gun fire on an open terrain (all our losses came from this) was completed in a shortest time, and the batallion engaged the enemy as soon as it could take positions in the wheat fields and the forest.

Thanks for help to the helicopter pilots, tank and artillery personnel. Everything worked well. They didn’t let them to hit us from mobile mortars. We don’t know whom to “thank” for the lack of communication equipment and the lack of coordination with other units. Special thanks to L’vov paratroopers, that had arrived when we already on the edge of exhaustion, to precise anti-aircraft gunners and RPG men and all brothers in arms, who helped to finally repeal the bandits. And also thanks to the population, that has been texting us all night about the enemy locations and movements.

ATO bottom line (from Aidar).

Mortar battery saved. Both APCs and both BMPs, “lost” by the generals, were taken back (separatists managed to take away the tank). AGS, recoilless gun, anti-aircraft gun, a variety of RPGs, small arms and ammunition: taken. (Photos will be published. After all we are in a battle, not in a studio). Under 30 terrorists were terminated. Metallist was taken. Our batallion lost 4 dead and twelve wounded (three of them are heavily wounded, life not threatened), a few people taken prisoners. Aidar has won again. Despite…

The price of one Aidar fighter for one armored unit we consider too high. Our fallen ones are worth more. And we will charge this price!

Second front

Aidar suffered no losses, until called into battle by the generals… (To be continued)

P.S. This post was written by a man who participated in this battle. On the various videos it’s not Aidar. Aidar still has no armored cars of its own.