Word of mouth

There are many little groups of soldiers in Lviv — a troop rotation. A narrative I’ve been hearing for a while seems to have more evidence supporting it.

In recent weeks I heard both Donbas Battalion Commander Semon Semchenko, and maidan hero turned volunteer fighter Volodymyr Parasiuk talk about the reluctance of the Russian soldiers & mercenaries to fight. Semchenko in particular talked about the cognitive dissonance they face when they go from the venomous incessant propaganda of Russian news about all Ukrainians being rabid Nazis and then see the reality of a population that supports Ukraine and an army led by dedicated, professional officers. I had assumed this was propaganda, but the stories circulating around Lviv seem to confirm this.

1. “When we shoot at them, they run away,” one soldier said. They don’t stand and fight.

2. There’s a story about a poor Ukrainian block post that had one old T-64 tank and some number of dismounts. They were attacked by four modern T-72B tanks, who were, perhaps, confident the Ukrainians wouldn’t hold their ground. They were wrong. The first shot from the T-64 destroyed the lead Russian tank. The others turned and fled. One sunk in a swamp, its crew barely escaping. The other got stuck in a swamp and was abandoned then captured by the Ukrainians.

It seems the only thing the Ukrainians lack are better weapons. They are still outgunned, but that’s it.

3. All of eastern Ukraine is painted blue and yellow. Not just municipal buildings, but private fences, displays in stores, everything.

4. The roads in eastern Ukraine are crowded with private cars, mini buses, and military vehicles, all transporting supplies, soldiers and volunteers to the front.

5. A gruesome story: I heard this rumor independently from two separate sources. A Ukrainian “deversina hrupa” operating behind enemy lines murdered an entire Russian artillery unit one night . . . . with knives. 50-60 of them.

From here on in, every step the Russians take eastward will be into territory even more pro-Ukrainian than Donbass.

These rumors and stories which come from the groups of soldiers returned from the front are much more optimistic than the headlines. I assumed they were Ukrainian propaganda when I only heard them from the military leaders, but the message is persistent. I hope it’s true. It’s understandable that Russia would be better at controlling the message in the media. Demoralization has always been the central strategy of their propaganda.

That’s why journalists who attempt to investigate Russian KIA get assaulted. The result is that Russian soldiers get treated like cannon fodder. They get lied to about going to war, and their burials are closely guarded secrets.

7 Comments

  1. walt

    Thanks for a very detailed report, I too only have media information, nice to hear this from the soldeirs doing the fighting.

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  2. beauregard

    And tell us about PUTIN…

    How are your reader hits doing?

    Has FSB paid you a visit?

    What ever happened to the James A. Michener, Jr.?
    How many books did senior write?

    Think productivity, leadership, persistence

    “Truth will ultimately prevail when there is pains to bring it to light.” George Washington

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  3. Roman Korol

    Roman, thank you kindly for your very uplifting report. As to V. Parasiuk, I have had a soft spot in my heart for that young feller ever since that February night, on Maidan, when he tore a strip off Klichko & others which led, probably, to Yanuk’s flight. Curiosity: have you seen, lately, that abominable turd Max Kaiser on RT TV? If yes, is he still brownnosing Putin? What an odious dickhead, I stopped watching him & unfollowed him on Twitter last November. I envy your being able to be in Lviv! Regards,
    –Roman

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        1. walt

          Here is headline from link below,

          Koch Brothers Promote
          Senator
          Rand Paul for President in 2016

          Koch sponsored libertarianism means open borders, legal dope and prostitution,
          abortion and gay rights,
          extreme pornography,
          an American military withdrawal
          from the rest of the world
          , and “free trade” with Russia and China.

          http://americasurvival.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/World-Revolution-Report-Special-ASI-Report-on-Kochs-PDF.pdf

          video, one of 4 videos on Koch brothers and libertarians
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uJU-GfW8Wc&list=UUukW9fbX4m5MpOmQ2M5isVg

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  4. beauregard

    I see the pictures of a march honoring those who fought
    the Soviets. I had relatives who fought the soviets.

    The Soviets were/are a Marxist dictatorship. Ukraine has
    a history of a people wanting freedom not serfdom.

    Why did so many ethnicities go to Ukraine? Freedom.

    Moscow wants to reintroduce serfdom to Ukraine.

    Addendum:

    Yes, global warming is probably happening at present time.
    Just go to Greenland. There was a recent article about
    visiting old Viking ruins from about 900 A.D. This past
    summer has been the first time since then that an old
    farmhouse that was built by the Vikings circa 900 A.D.
    was out from under a retreating Glacier.
    Observation: The Vikings caused a 1000 year ice age.
    Just read history.

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