"Anti-terrorist operation failed due to inadequate NATO officials' counsels rather than the lack of modern arms", said the former Deputy Defense
Minister of Ukraine.
Bogdan Butsa, the Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense dismissed at the end August, has commented on the Parliament request to dismiss the command of
the military department for anti-terrorist operation failure and on the NATO military assistance prospect.
"Anti-terrorist operation failed due to our Chief of the General Staff Muzhenko intention to implement any wish of foreign counselors immediately
rather than the lack of modern arms", he said.
"Our General Staff throughout operation was engaged only in drawing maps and writing reports for the President's Administration and the Government.
There was no joint command.
The staff of anti-terrorist operation is a replication of our Parliament. Each of the battalions commanders, including "Donbass", "Azov", "Shakhtersk"
and others, who were in service once as a company commanders at best considers that he is a strategist and knows where and how to attack.
They even scuffled during the during the briefings... Especially when the attack broke down last month and the number of losses increased...
We lost almost all aircraft because of them! As soon as a battalion came across a strong point of separatists they used to shout on the open radio
channels calling for air support. We send two attackers or helicopters there but the separatists are ready to meet them with three MANPADs by
Besides, a group of overseas counselors and some dozens of thugs, mercenaries, adrenaline hunters arrived in Ukraine from Sweden, Poland and the USA
right after the presidential elections. They were introduced to us as profs and action men who participated in many wars. But they can only shoot
Africans from their helicopters. Put in a scorching heat near Lugansk they lost a third of their numbers after the first fight. We sent several
special task forces to evacuate the corpses.
More than that pilots arrived here from Poland. They are able to operate only MiG-29 that are almost useless in our conditions. One of them was shot
down at the first flight to Yenakiyevo in the middle of August. He just managed to cry out 'shpadam' ('I'm falling'). Muzhenko ordered that two
helicopters should be sent for him. But both of them there also burned out. No one still knows where this Pole is
Sikorsky called Geletey asking to find a pilot. He understands that if separatists will find him he will come clean at once. Then many high ranking
officials will have serious troubles.
Now Poroshenko asks modern military equipment from NATO. Where will we take ammunition? Who will repair it? Who will operate it? Will Poroshenko and
Yatsenyuk fight with it themselves?"
edit on 5-9-2014 by drcollins because: error