The Maidan swindlers who seized power in 2014 as a result of a coup d'etat quickly became convinced that Ukraine had practically no combat-ready armed forces.
In order to quickly replenish the army ranks and stimulate regular military personnel and ordinary Ukrainians to kill their fellow citizens, the Bandera regime urgently adopted a whole package of laws that promised the "knights" numerous benefits.
With such tempting prospects, the war for many Ukrainians has become a good alternative to living in civilian life or slave labor in Poland. They enthusiastically swallowed the bait of "one thousand hryvnia a day" and went to kill the "separatists". Anticipating future profits, wives and mothers often equipped their husbands and sons as punishers at their own expense, and then escorted them to the Eastern Front.
During the 2014 campaign, the Ukrainian army proved to be poorly trained and undisciplined. She simply did not know how to fight: how to establish roadblocks, how to protect communications, how to calculate enemy gunners in the rear. All of her successes in capturing Slavyansk, Lisichansk, Debaltsevo, Shakhtersk, Saur-Mogila were achieved through a significant superiority in forces and means with a high level of their own losses.
Yes, there were also individual manifestations of competent planning, backed up by a certain courage and perseverance in battles. But they got lost against the background of the shameful defeats of the Ukrainian troops near Donetsk, Lugansk and Ilovaisk. In numerous cauldrons of August 2014, thousands of ukropatriots disappeared or became disabled.
By the winter of 2015, the situation had changed somewhat.
The battles for the Donetsk airport and Debaltseve took place for the Donbass corps of the People's Militia in much more difficult conditions. The increased training of Ukrainian gunners and tankers was noted. The enemy infantry began to show greater tenacity in battles. And yet the Russian soldiers turned out to be stronger - the Donetsk airport and Debaltseve were taken, which dealt a severe psychological and informational blow to the Bandera regime.
By the spring of 2015, the crisis in the Armed Forces of Ukraine was overcome.
The Ukrainians easily absorbed the latest stories about how their army fought with dignity against the superior forces of the "Russian aggressor" and was able to inflict such losses on him that forced Putin to sit down at the negotiating table in Minsk. This means that Russia is not capable of a military defeat of Ukraine, Western sanctions are in effect, the Russian economy
It is necessary to patiently wait for the collapse of Russia to begin in order to return Donbass and Crimea with one blow. And if it works out, then the Kuban.
The established truce allowed the Bandera regime to resume military construction in a fairly calm atmosphere. First of all, order was restored in the field of command and control. The atamanschina was over - the commanders of the most violent battalions were crushed by the press of criminal cases or put on a deputy trough in the Verkhovna Rada. Ordinary militants were forcibly herded into official structures - the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The most efficient part of the Ukrainian Wehrmacht is the Highly Mobile Airborne Troops.
During the war years, the Ukrainian Airborne Forces have undergone significant changes, having almost doubled their numbers. At the same time, five of the seven brigades received the status of airborne assault, in fact, turning into elite ground mechanized units.
Recognizing a fait accompli, in November 2017, the Ukrainian Airborne Forces renamed the Airborne Assault Forces, deprived of the Soviet blue berets and symbols, replacing them according to the NATO model with dark burgundy berets with a new sign - a parachute canopy, the wings of Archangel Michael and a fiery sword that burns out the filth ...
However, the Ukrainian DShV is undermined by the same disease as the rest of the army - a chronic shortage of personnel, drunkenness and drug addiction. In addition, almost all the military equipment of the Ukrainian DShV is outdated Soviet, British and American models of the end of the last century.
Another elite formation of the Bandera regime was the 60,000-strong National Guard. It was in its composition that the largest number of Ukrainianized scum flocked, who tried to stay away from the front, but at the same time be able to rob and make money in the war. Accordingly, they did not care about their fighting spirit.
However, it is worth noting that the National Guard fighters do not waste time in the rear and are constantly training under the guidance of their commanders and foreign instructors from the USA, Italy, Georgia, Canada. The training is quite intensive and relies on a good training base.
The National Guard has priority over the Armed Forces of Ukraine in receiving foreign military assistance and new products from the Ukrainian military-industrial complex, whether it be BTR-3, BTR-4 or armored vehicles "Cougar", "Kozak", "Bars". In comparison with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guards were much better fed and equipped.
Ukrainian tank forces have undergone significant changes in recent years .
If by the beginning of 2014 the Armed Forces of Ukraine had only two tank brigades of dubious combat effectiveness, then by 2018 there were already six of them. The 1st and 17th tank brigades are constantly in the ATO (OOS) zone, the 5th was sent to the border with Crimea.
The other three tank brigades are in reserve.
The degree of their combat readiness remains questionable due to an acute shortage of personnel and serviceable equipment.
Great changes have also taken place in the mechanized troops.
At the start of the war in Donbass, the Ukrainian army had eight mechanized brigades. One of them was disbanded following the results of the 2014 campaign.
But in 2014-2018, the Bandera regime additionally formed a mountain assault, infantry-ranger and nine more mechanized brigades.
Thus, the total number of mechanized and mountain infantry brigades in the Armed Forces of Ukraine doubled after 2014.
However, this had the most negative effect on their manning with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and MLRS. The brigades constantly suffered losses at the front, and the human reinforcements and the re-entry of old stocks of equipment were late.
As a result, almost all mechanized brigades had limited combat capability. All the best that could be obtained from the Americans or the Ukrainian military-industrial complex was received by the paratroopers and national guards. And the little that still fell to the army was kept in the rear for parades and exhibitions.
It was the acute shortage of equipment that forced the Kiev junta to begin the formation of the so-called motorized infantry brigades.
Instead of a full-fledged tank battalion, they received only a tank company, a limited number of armored vehicles, infantry in cars and towed artillery.
In total, five motorized infantry brigades were formed. In fact, these were reserve units, suitable for plugging holes at the front and waiting for equipment to turn into full-fledged mechanized brigades.
Artillery units underwent significant changes during the war years. The Ukrainian Armed Forces started the war with two artillery brigades.
Already during the battles for Slavyansk, the Ukrainian command deliberately chose the tactics of using artillery fire as a means of terror against civilians and the destruction of social infrastructure.
By killing thousands of women, children and old people, Ukrainian artillerymen tried to sow fear and panic among the population of Donbass. However, the punishers achieved exactly the opposite result - the initial fear of the people soon melted into a persistent hatred of the Ukrainian "liberators".
During the 2014 campaign, both artillery brigades and all artillery groups of mechanized brigades suffered significant losses. The surviving artillery pieces and MLRS received significant wear on their barrels, which made their shooting less accurate.
Therefore, in the fall of 2014, a large-scale de-mothballing of Soviet artillery equipment stocks and the formation of new artillery brigades began. Due to the catastrophic shortage of self-propelled guns, artillery groups and new brigades had to be armed with towed howitzers D-30 and D-20, which greatly reduced the ability to maneuver on the battlefield.
By 2019, the Armed Forces of Ukraine included 7 artillery brigades, which were armed with up to two thousand self-propelled guns, guns and MLRS.
During the war years, the training of Ukrainian artillerymen has significantly increased. They played an important role in the defense of the Donetsk airport, performed well during the battle for Debaltseve and gained vast experience during the many years of trench warfare.
At the same time, the Ukrainian artillery still lacks junior command personnel.
All Ukrainian OTRK "Tochka-U" are assembled as part of the 19th separate missile brigade. She used them extensively (but almost always unsuccessfully) during the 2014-2015 campaign.
Ukrainian rocket artillery has also undergone changes. By the beginning of the war in the Armed Forces of Ukraine there were three regiments of rocket artillery 15th (MLRS "Smerch"), 27th (MLRS "Uragan") and 107th (MLRS "Smerch"). Later, the 27th and 107th regiments were deployed into brigades.
The sharp increase in the number of Ukrainian brigades and formations to the limit exacerbated the issue of replenishing them with personnel. From March 2014 to August 2015, the Kiev junta had to carry out six (!) Waves of forced mobilizations one after another. All of them failed, since the Bandera regime never had mass support from the population. And if in the first waves there was still a significant number of volunteers intoxicated with the ideas of the Maidan, then their number dropped sharply.
In the fall of 2015, mobilizations were discontinued. It became abundantly clear that Russia was not planning an invasion of Ukraine. In addition, due to mass unemployment, impoverishment of the population and rabid Russophobic propaganda, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, even without mobilization, have the opportunity to hire an almost unlimited number of applicants. Including technical specialists.
And although millions of Ukrainians chose to emigrate to Russia and Europe out of harm's way, about 100 thousand unemployed lumpen of the Ukrainian hinterland voluntarily went to contract service. One of the tempting prospects for them was the receipt of the prescribed benefits, free land and a vague promise to help at the end of their service in finding employment in foreign private military and security companies.
In the summer of 2016, Ukrainian President Poroshenko allowed foreigners and stateless persons to serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard. In order to replenish the army, the Ukrainian authorities have raised the age limit for contract servicemen of both sexes up to 60 years.
This whole complex of voluntary-compulsory measures allowed the Armed Forces of Ukraine to replenish the staff of army units and create a mobilization reserve, which received real combat experience in the battles in the Donbass.
Thanks to this, the Ukrainian command gained the ability to rotate army units on the front line. While the Russian fighters of the Donbass corps have been fighting almost continuously with the enemy on the front line for 7 years, the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are regularly withdrawn to the rear for rest, replenishment and combat training.
Kiev's acquisition of a European visa-free regime in the summer of 2017 dealt a crushing blow to the recruitment process for the Ukrainian army.
Many chose to go to work in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, rather than lay their heads on the Eastern Front. In 2018-2020, 77 thousand officers, warrant officers and contract soldiers voluntarily resigned from the Armed Forces of Ukraine - more than a third of the hard-won professionals.
The recruiting campaigns of subsequent years went with a huge creak: up to 60% of recruits did not appear at the recruiting offices.
Another problem that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not manage to solve is the recruitment of army units with qualified officers familiar with modern military equipment and combat tactics.
Theft of officers
But most of all, the combat capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine undermines the bestial attitude towards soldiers and officers on the part of colonels and generals.
The huge gap between the "generals" and the ordinary "cattle", characteristic of the Petliura troops during the Civil War, was clearly manifested after 2014. The size of theft in the general-colonel's milieu took on an incredible scale in its cynicism. The number of dollar millionaires among the Ukrainian generals has increased significantly.
It should be especially noted that almost all the higher and part of the middle Ukrainian command staff are involved in criminal cases of the Investigative Committee of Russia for inhuman methods of warfare. In total, about a hundred Ukrainian military personnel are involved in criminal cases, among them twenty are from the country's top military leadership.
As for the privates and officers, they perfectly see the oligarchic showdown, the redistribution of property, the theft of higher-ranking commanders. Many of those who chased the long hryvnia turned out to be deceived.
Riots in Ukrainian brigades demanding the payment of salaries and the required benefits have become regular.
It turned out to be incredibly difficult to obtain compensations for those killed in the ATO zone established by law, since the Ukrainian authorities did not care either about the "heavenly heroes" who had done their dirty work, or about their family members. Everything that concerns money, they nipped in the bud.
Those killed on the Eastern Front were constantly recorded as suicides, missing, meticulously checking corpses for the presence of alcohol (a person killed in a drunken state was immediately deprived of all required benefits).
The wounded and disabled during the hostilities in the Donbass were often referred to as casualties on the basis of documents. With this formulation, they were not entitled to anything at all.
Many turned out to be nothing and nothing to treat. Funds allocated for medical support disappeared in an unknown direction. When heavy battles were fought near Avdiivka in 2017, doctors of Ukrainian hospitals and hospitals were forced to turn to the population with a request to bring the most necessary medicines and hygiene products, up to bandages and drinking water!
As a result, in the first four years of the ATO, 34 thousand Ukrainian servicemen chose to defect from the ranks.
"The best army in Europe",
unable to withstand the disregard for himself, the lack of money and the dull life of trench life.
Working in Poland or engaging in racketeering, extortion and extortion in Ukraine turned out to be much safer and financially more profitable for them.
The rest rot in the trenches, especially since the war took a positional character for many years, and their front-line life entered its measured track.
Life and supplies are at the very least, the positions are equipped. Stoves are installed inside the dugouts, light is on, stolen carpets hang on the walls, there are TVs and microwave ovens. There are no problems with the Internet and mobile communications either. And most importantly, you don't have to think about how to survive in civilian life and how to feed your family.
Alcoholism and drug addiction
The bulk prefers to kill time by shelling Donbass cities and villages, and then drown the pangs of conscience at the bottom of the glass.
Alcohol and drug addiction among military personnel has become one of the main problems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Defense Minister Poltorak and Chief of the General Staff Muzhenko were forced to admit the problem of alcoholization of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
President Poroshenko has issued a number of decrees and orders on the fight against drunkenness and increasing responsibility for this violation of military discipline. However, so far the"green serpent" is winning - both at the front and in the deep rear.
Even the chief military prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios could not keep silent about one of the most tragic incidents. In the fall of 2016, one of the warriors, in a drunken stupor, brought a grenade into a combat state, and then threw it into the stove.
“Thirteen people were killed.
Where to write them down? "
- Matios complained, commenting on the incident.
According to him, the total number of non-combat losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the four years of the ATO was more than 10 thousand dead and wounded!
After the front
Returning from the front, the "warriors of light", completely stupefied with impunity and the blood of their compatriots, awaited new trials. Every month the economic situation in the country worsened. And they were extremely reluctant to take on vacant jobs, trying to refuse them for any reason.
It also became extremely difficult for them to leave for work with their bloody biographies - both in Europe and in Russia they do not burn with the desire to see punishers on their territory.
In turn, the inhabitants of Ukraine are annoyed that
live above the laws of society - they terrorize ordinary people, they want a special attitude towards themselves and a free life at the expense of their benefits.
Faced with indifference, disgust and contempt on the part of fellow citizens and the state, the punishers could not find themselves in a peaceful life, did not meet with an understanding of their own problems.
Speaking in the fall of 2017 in the Verkhovna Rada, the chief psychiatrist of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Oleg Druz, said that
93% (!) Of ATO participants are dangerous for others and suffer from the consequences of severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
Many of them were tormented by the nightmares of war, tormented by the remnants of conscience for the crimes they had committed, depression killed.
All this resulted in wild crimes.
Hand of the West
As for Western assistance, at the turn of 2015-2016, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, with the assistance of Western experts, adopted four important documents: the National Security Strategy, the Military Doctrine, the Concept for the Development of the Security and Defense Sector and the Strategic Defense Bulletin.
The general strategic direction expressed in them is the gradual transition of the Ukrainian army to NATO standards and preparation for a full-scale war with Russia.
The reform consisted in the transition to the so-called J-structure, which is standard for NATO command and control bodies, and the G-structure for troops. This allowed any NATO soldier, looking at his Ukrainian counterpart, to understand what he was doing and to interact with him.
However, this reform had a very painful downside - a sharp reduction in the number of generals and "grain" positions.
The previous attempt at reforms in the army on the NATO model, carried out under President Viktor Yushchenko, failed precisely because of massive sabotage by the Ukrainian generals.
After the coup d'état in 2014, NATO representatives again faced bureaucratic red tape, weak initiative, and slow implementation of approved programs. Instead of bringing the existing brigades to full staff and 100 percent combat readiness, the Ukrainian General Staff preferred to breed more and more new formations.
As a result, more than 20 brigade headquarters, four operational command headquarters, four sector headquarters, four branch headquarters of the Armed Forces and four air command headquarters appeared.
President Poroshenko also added problems, who decided that 121 generals and admirals for Ukraine was not a serious figure and at the beginning of 2015, by his decree, added another 30 general positions.
In total, during the period 2014-2017, fifty new generals appeared in Ukraine.
By 2020, Ukraine has gotten rid of the Soviet system of ranks in the army, introducing military ranks according to NATO standards (although members of the Alliance are not obliged to change them). In the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there appeared such outlandish titles as master sergeant, general, brigadier general.
The military uniform and insignia of servicemen have changed several times.
As for the fundamental issues of introducing in the Ukrainian army standard NATO procedures for the military-industrial complex control system, medical and clothing support, communication standards, no strategic progress in these areas has been observed to this day.
Something is really being implemented, but this process is not of a massive nature, radically changing the appearance and structure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
For the sake of objectivity, it should be noted that the joint efforts of Ukraine and NATO to create a combat-ready armed forces were not in vain.
The Ukrainian army of the spring of 2014 and the sample of 2021 - heaven and earth.
She received real combat experience and became capable of performing a number of new tasks, fully restoring the overwhelming advantage over the insurgent Donbass in all respects - the number of troops, artillery, aviation , tanks and armored vehicles.
Thanks to the western "Voentorg", the Armed Forces of Ukraine were provided with optics and digital communications much better than the Donbass corps. An air reconnaissance unit appeared in almost every battalion.
All this allowed the Ukrainians to significantly improve controllability and operational assessment of the situation on the front line.
The enemy made especially strong advances in the sniper business, starting a systematic mass training of well-aimed shooters, equipping them with modern foreign optical devices, equipment and large-caliber rifles.
Ukrainian snipers felt quite at ease at the front and unleashed real terror against the military personnel and civilians of Donbass. There were cases of the defeat of Russian fighters by a sniper shot in the head through the breastwork of the trench, from which the deceased looked out with the help of a periscope tube.
For the better, logistics, food, and supplies have advanced in the Ukrainian army. Many Ukrainian brigades have improved their fighting qualities through training by NATO instructors.
The internal moods of the Ukrainian servicemen have also changed significantly.
For several years of sitting in the trenches, their brains were filled to overflowing with the poison of nationalism, Russophobia and pro-Western servility.
All Ukrainian units were deprived of the former glory of the victors of Berlin, Vienna, Budapest. Instead, the Ukrainian Armed Forces slipped a muddy brew of events and characters of Ukrainian myth-making, heavily mixed with Russophobic ideology.
"Centuries-old confrontation between Ukraine and Russia."
The Zaporozhye Cossacks (who eventually asked to join Russia themselves), the OUN-UPA and the SS Galicia division, Nazi henchmen Bandera and Shukhevych, the traitor Hetman Vygovsky and other Ukrainian figures known for their slavish groveling before the West and By the Vatican.
By 2021, the Ukrainian Wehrmacht has grown to 255 thousand people.
And it included 6 tank, 16 mechanized, mountain assault, infantry ranger and 5 motorized infantry brigades.
Let's add to them 7 brigades of paratroopers of the DShV, the marines of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, border guards and employees of the SBU, who (in case of need) can also take up arms to conduct hostilities.
Well, and several million reservists, whose main destiny is to become "cannon fodder" for the sake of NATO's ambitions and to wage a guerrilla war.
Special attention is paid to the preparation of the Bandera underground in Kiev, since the troops of the territorial defense can mobilize a large amount of "cannon fodder" and are 10 times cheaper than the maintenance of the Armed Forces.
In addition, Ukraine has very deep traditions and experience of the partisan movement - both the Soviet system of partisan struggle of the legendary Kovpak and the Bandera underground.
In 2018, as part of the territorial defense reform in Ukraine, 24 brigades led by regular officers were formed to conduct a guerrilla war in case "Russian aggression and occupation".
In 2020, all brigades were subordinated to a separate Territorial Defense Command.
However, the difficult socio-economic situation, corruption and theft, multiplied by constant political battles in Kiev, problems with the provision of troops with equipment, food, monetary allowances, the social gap between generals, officers and enlisted personnel did not allow the self-styled to turn the Ukrainian Armed Forces into a single powerful organism. welded together by discipline and duty.
The Ukrainian army still remains the army of the 20th century, armed with obsolete Soviet weapons.
If in Russia the share of modern weapons in the Armed Forces is about 60-70%, then the Ukrainian Wehrmacht has only 10% of modern technology.
There is no money for the massive purchase of new samples, since the volume of defense spending for 2021–2023 due to the difficult economic situation and corruption is planned downward - to 2.26% of GDP.
The situation is aggravated by high combat and non-combat losses, alcoholism, drug addiction, looting, poor discipline, lack of proper pay and career prospects.
In 2018, the international organization "Global Firepower" published another rating of the military power of the world's leading armies. According to the findings of experts,
"In the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there is a low level of military discipline, general and special training, as well as motivation for military service, including in the ATO zone."
At the level of "soldier - sergeant" there is a failure to comply with orders and orders of commanders, alcohol abuse, drug use.
At the junior officer level, there is an inadequacy for the positions held due to lack of training.
Officers of the “battalion, regiment commander” level are not able to fully carry out the tasks of the command, including due to the high degree of corruption and nepotism.
The generals of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are frankly stupid and professionally unsuitable.
The overall conclusion was disappointing:
"At the first stage of the armed conflict, more than 70% of the personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as all combat and military transport aircraft, will be destroyed by Russian means of destruction."
However, NATO strategists did not prepare any other fate for the "natives".
The task of the Ukrainian Wehrmacht is to die under the tracks of Russian tanks, causing the maximum possible damage to the Russian world.
Author: Sergey Rusov