The enemy changed and got stronger too due to the staff potential of the Russian Federation.Many subdivisions are headed by professional officers.
You understand that it is difficult to arrange brigades and corps from a scratch. We have reconnaissance, and we know a lot. We know that those brigades and corps are headed by Russian officers.
At some moment, separatists changed their tactics at Donetk airport. If, at the beginning, they attacked like dummies, then they changed. They concentrated a lot of artillery. They surpessed our artillery before attacks. It was felt that the attacks were planned; they used artillery, mortars, tanks, and the attack which was “correct”. We could hear that on air, and the results proved that.
They had a habit: to jump out, to shout “Allahu Akbar” and fired though they had bSlavic faces. There were Chechens among them, and lots of other bastards.
Once the 79th brigade captured a part of a mixed group subordinated to “Givi” and “Motorola”, a mixed group because they had problems with those who could fight.
One captive says, “I am ... from Saint Petersburg. Call my mom”. He had a mobile phone, so we did that and asked her, “Where's your son?” - “He went to the north to earn money”. However, he was badly wounded and died. We give medical treatment to captives. In Shakhtarsk we had a captive with a badly wounded leg. He was sent to hospital together with ours.
Those who were not wounded stayed with us, and we talked to them. They said, “We are told that you ruin towns shelling from artillery”. - “You have been with us for three days. Where is our artillery? Is it working? No. It's you who are shelling”. They seemed to understand who shelled who.
When we were leaving Shakhtarsk, we took the captives with us. They had frifhtened eyes. They thought we would shoot them. We put them in a vehicle together with our wounded, and then we managed to get out of the encirclement. There were with me for, maybe, two weeks. All in all, I had 8 of them. One was Russian, but he tried to hide this fact. He didn't even have papers.
At that time we exchanged prisoners by ourselves. One of a mixed briagade commander was a Kononov. He fought against us, but I was in contact with him in order to take back our soldiers. I said, “Here are 8 of yours. You have three mine and 2 wounded. I'm ready to exchange them, all for all”. He played for time, tried to accuse us in something. At some moment I could not stand that any longer. I called him and made it possible for the captives to hear, “Are you going to exchange? Yours are accompaniying me for 2 weeks!” The enemies played for time again, but I managed to get ours.
SUN TZU SAID THAT THE FIRST TASK OF THE ENEMY IS TO MAKE SOLDIERS NOT TRUST THEIR COMMANDERS
I do not have the list of what we don’t do; we have the list of what we must do.
The place of our permanent deployment is Druzhkivka where we were to pursuade people not to to be afraid of us. I think we fulfilled the task as there were no rebukes on the part of the locals. The main thing is not to do in badly.
I was lucky. I had not problems with recruits.
I understand it like this: soldier, sergeant, officer, general — we are all SOLDIERS, soldiers of our Motherland.
The difference is that a grenage-launcher has a narrower range of duties and his qualification is lower. He does not have to have operative-tactical knowledge and to know equipment. An officer is the same soldier, but with more knowlege and wore responsibilities.
Sun Tzu said that the first task of the enemy to make soldiers not trust their commanders.
That happened during WWI. Soldiers did not believe, and Germans attacked successfully.
I am upset that some programs show that soldiers at the front are without uniform, and with bare feet, but the ministers say that everything is OK. Whose responsibility is that: the minister's or the surgent who is responsible for logistics?
The sergeant is responsible for the people to be dressed, fed, in warmth, and with ammunition. It should not be done by the minister. The sergeant says on TV, “They do not give us anything!”
However, he is the person, who must go, get, bring, and distribute. He did not do that. He slings mud at everyone and everything, and the journalit shoots and thinks that that is normal.
Our uniform is much better now than it was. It is available for everyone, and if there are militaries without it — that is the drawback of the sergeant.
Half a year ago there were problems with the reserves from which uniforms were distributed if they were damaged. Now this exchage fund is being accumulated.
Some soldiers say, “My uniform is in bad condition”. However, there have been no battles. The problem is that one soldier is neat and claean. Another one is lazy, dirty and lazy.
Am I a strict commander?
There are no strict commanders. If the commander is not strict, there is no subunit. It is 100% like that. Only a demanding person is able to be a commander. And, first of all, they shoild be demanding to themselves.
When we train sergeants and platoon commanders, we use the principle: “Do it like me or better”. They train their subordinates the same way. People should be leaders because of their moarl and administrative qualities as well as their experience.
Volunteers to fulfill a mission should not be selected in the armed forces. – There is a unit and a task is set to it. Absolutely everyone risks. Sometimes the risk is very high, but we must do the task, and we serve to do that. If I am appointed to seize Savur-Mohila, I don't have a slightest thought of not doing it.
The most important thing for a commander is never to deceive anyone. If the task is risky or very risky, everyone should know about tha, about what to expect. Our soldiers are the best. They are brave. If they know the degree of risk and how we will do the task, they do it courageously and with initiative.
Oksana Kovalenko, Halyna Tytysh, pravda.com.ua
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