In 2014, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine during an extremely difficult period for the country. After President Yanukovych’s escape and his election and early elections, the state apparatus was virtually blocked, and the Ukrainian army was in a state of despair. The phenomenon of Ukrainian voluntary movement appeared against the advancing aggressor. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers went to the front to fight, hundreds of thousands went to help their country with all they could. Volunteers provided the newly born with everything from food and shoes to camouflage and equipment, salvage, casualty organization and the diaspora, which raised funds for Ukraine’s defenders around the world.
After six years of war, the Ukrainian military became a well-armed, organized and experienced army of combat operations, the Ukrainian defense industry was developing at a rapid pace, and a respectable group of combat generals, heroes, prominent volunteers and activists appeared in Ukrainian society.
Following the presidential election in late April, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky took the power in the country with the slogan “peace with Russia at all costs”. Immediately after the relocation of the new team to Bankova Street, Yanukovych’s friends and associates, oligarchs, Russian adherents began to return to Ukraine, and Ukraine began to recede from the positions achieved on the international arena. Leading figures in the state apparatus and national security services have been replaced, and impersonal and contradictory figures of the comedians of the new president and his diverse Party of Servants party, who came to power with promises of swift improvements, appeared at the site of the government trained in the six-year war for Ukraine. This was a golden rain that would spill on the exhausted Ukrainian people.
Six months after the election of Volodymyr Zelensky, his rating began to plummet, and the 42-year-old president, who has remained out of the patriotic movement of Ukraine for the last 6 years and repeatedly made fun of the army, began to harass this part of society that has gained authority in the difficult years of the struggle for independence and Ukraine’s sovereignty.
Marchenko’s case. Unjustified accusations, inadequate measures and humiliation of Heroes of Ukraine
Dmytro A. Marchenko – Ukrainian military, Major General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Head of the Main Department for Development and Support of the Armed Forces. Participant in the war in eastern Ukraine.
Commander of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky III degree and other combat awards.
Combat General. He served in the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade. In 2014, he joined the ranks of the defenders of Ukraine in the ATO, conducted reconnaissance of the occupied territories by his own car, a participant in the defense of the Donetsk Airport (DAP), a volunteer who saved dozens of lives, was at Savur-Mohyla, in Debaltsevo, Pisky. Injured in ATO, has health problems.
In September 2015, he was appointed Chief of the Main Directorate for Development and Support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He is called a reformer general. The difference in logistics for the Ukrainian army is noticeable after taking office. All participants in the Russian-Ukrainian war know and respect
search and expertise + / –In June 2019, the State Bureau of Investigation of (SBI) Ukraine conducted searches in connection with the investigation of alleged purchases of equipment and equipment for the army. During the search, 11,000 bulletproof vests, documents and other materials were seized.
SBI is headed by Roman Truba. The journalist’s investigations show his close relationship and dependence on those who returned from exile after the election of Yanukovych’s ally, Andriy Portnov, and with the notorious Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
According to the Truba’s statement, 70% of body armor were pierced while tested. On November 5, the SBI reported suspicion to 5 top officials of the Ministry of Defense.
On November 11, the Pechersk District Court issued a warrant for the arrest of General Marchenko for 60 days, with bail of 77 million hryvnias (almost 3 million euros). In the following days, two more Defense Ministry officers, ATO combat officers, received the same warrants.On November 28, SBI also charged Yuriy Yevtushenko, owner of Temp-3000, a Corsair body armor manufacturer. Marchenko’s bail was reduced from a staggering 76 million to an impossible 20 million. Both court sessions were attended by many senior officers, legends of war, MPs, prominent Ukrainian public figures who came to act as Marchenko’s guarantors for his house arrest.According to an APU statement, a ballistic inspection in July 2019 confirmed the quality of the bulletproof vests.On November 14, the Ukrainian Military Portal published data according to which the SBI examination was not conducted in accordance with the state standard (DSTU). According to their data and DSTU B 4103-2002, the ballistic protection tests should be evaluated for the whole vest, and not for each element separately.
On November 23, a bulletproof vest was tested in the laboratory of the Ukrainian Air Force Research Institute in accordance with the technical conditions under which it was accepted and tested by the Ministry of Defense. The tests were conducted in the temperature range from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius and in the rain. In all cases, the samples retained their protective properties and the penetration of the protective layer did not occur. The commission also carried out further tests – after one hour of soaking in water, the vests were tested both with and without armor plates (with Kevlar packs). In the first case, the bulletproof vest retained a level of protection 4, in the second case it turned out that after prolonged soaking Kevlar loses its protective properties. The test shows that all requirements, which could be checked by the inspection headed by Marchenko, meet the requirements of the contract.
Roman Kostenko, a member of the Vakarchuk’s “Voice” party, secretary of the National Security Committee and a member of the committee, posted photos of his body armor tests and their results on his Facebook profile.The open-body armor manufacturer Temp-3000 stated in an open letter that the specifications for body armor and helmets were approved in 2003 and have only been improved since.In court, the experts explained that General Marchenko was not engaged in the purchase of bulletproof vests, but only in technical assessments. All purchases go through the Ministry of Defense’ auction commission, but no one of its members is called as a defendant
Hearing of the Pechersk District Court in the Marchenko case
On November 11, the Pechersk Court of Kyiv applied to General Marchenko, who loves in the rented apartment, precautionary bail of nearly UAH 77 million. During a court hearing in which the court did not consider any of convincing arguments of defense, investigator of the CBI Dmytro Alekseenko was chattered with the Cabinet by phone: “In the court. Ushliopki here are like in an asshole.” “Ushliopki” is a term of Russian bandit slang, synonyms are bastards and devils. He calls ” Ushliopki ” those who came to court to support General Marchenko, veterans, volunteers and community leaders. Among them were Hero of Ukraine Yevhen Mezhevikin, Hero of Ukraine Oleksandr Porkhun, Hero of Ukraine Mykhailo Zabrodsky, Cavalier of the Three Degrees of Courage Order Pavlo Chaika, People’s Deputy and former Kremlin political prisoner Akhtem Chigoyz.
In the following days, the Pechersk Court applied the same measure of restraint and the same amount of bail to two other officers: Colonel Sergiy Pochtarenko, a serviceman of the Armed Forces, a paratrooper, a participant in the war with an impeccable reputation among his soldiers, and Lieutenant Colonel Mykhailo Kamoryansky, a combat officer. A participant in the war, who, when asked by an SBI’s investigator about his exact address, showed his office in the Ministry of Defense and the sofa on which he actually sleeps. Two more officers from Marchenko’s team were subjected to house arrest – to Lieutenant Colonel Vasyl Sakovets, an officer of the AFU, a participant in the war (during a court hearing it turned out that the prosecutor had lost the indictment somewhere), and Captain of the AFU Olha Kapinus
At the same time, the Pechersk District Court granted investigators access to the AFU Strategic Plan, which should be at the highest level of “Special Importance” security
Lieutenant General Mikhail Zabrodsky stated that such actions threaten national security: “I immediately explain that this is a document that has been read to 10, maximum, 20 people in the country.
And this is done at a time when, according to the statements of the SBI, they cannot fully ensure the secrecy and appropriate regime in their department. There is a real risk that this document, in whole or in part, may fall into the hands of Russia, an aggressor country“
Yevhen Zhukov, ATO veteran, Chief of Patrol Police of Ukraine, addressed President Zelensky:
“Three videos. The first is from the spring of 2014. At the time, Major Marchenko was also conducting intelligence in the Crimea and firing bandits with a ringing phone. Then a very important task. The guys are working. The second is from July 2014. Commander of the intelligence company Captain Pochtarenko with call sign Phoenix and a terrorist with call sign Ryazan exchanged the bodies of the dead after long fighting. The guys are working. The third video is today. Although the officers are fully cooperating with the investigation, they are given respect, they do not even think to hide, because have honor and conscience … The guys worked them out.
Colonel Pochtarenko was arrested with a bail of UAH 77 million!!!! $3 million!!! Even if all the airborne forces raise money together – that’s not enough!
The first was the arrested general Marchenko. Then there will be some more officers.
Church Mice! They don’t even have the apartments from the army. They live in rented apartments and are in debt, like many other AFU officers. And for one, they want a $3 million bail.
Without emotion, I turn to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to draw attention to this absurd situation and restore justice in terms of personnel with military experience and combat rewards.
These are not murderers, abusers, thieves, repeat offenders. The court places drug dealers detained with 300 or 600 kg under house arrest.
Let the investigation establish the truth about “defective body armor series”. There is a law and a process for this. But during the investigation, it is unclear what will determine why officers who have served their country all their lives, who have earned the respect of the public with their blood, should be detained.
Adequate people who did not plan to escape (without houses, planes and cars registered with mom, dad and grandmothers) were arrested on $3 million bail.
The boys are going through this and will endure it. But why this humiliation and shame?
With all of them I studied, served, performed combat tasks, searched for the wounded guys. I did my work to protect the country. And I did it right with others. When it was difficult, when the integrity and independence of our country were in jeopardy!”
Reactions and Comments on the Internet + / –Boryslav Bereza, former member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the 8th convocation, member of the Ukrainian PACE delegation
“I write in a restrained manner without cursing. About the trial of General Marchenko. Just for the monkey court. The Pechersk court has pledged him 76 million.
The SBI suspects Marchenko and his colleagues of involvement in the purchase of defective body armor, Marchenko is charged under Article 28 § 2 (a crime committed by a group of persons with prior consent) and Article 426 § 3 (inaction of military authority).
About Marchenko. He is known to have served in the 79th Assault Brigade. Combat officer. Those who fought with him say that he is a fighter and a man fanatically committed to his cause. We know how he personally conducted intelligence and lived in his office for two years. They respond: “Marcello? Officer to the tips of the nails.”
He came to court. He did not get sick, did not mimic dementia, did not try to avoid it. He cooperated with the investigation all the time and provided information to the SBI. Marchenko knew they wanted to arrest him, but he did not try to escape. He hired his lawyer with money borrowed from his relative – allegedly a “noble corrupt”. Moreover, it is not a socially dangerous element and there is no evidence that it could be hidden. But the authorities need imprisonment and arrests – because their ratings are down and work is not done.
Facts. Experts have made it clear that General Marchenko did not purchase but wrote the specifications. All purchases are made through the MoD auction commission. But who knows why they are not defendants? Similarly, those who did the tests on body armor and those who received them were not responsible. It’s weird. They chose Marchenko. It amazes me that they also did not accuse him of rape since he has an organ and can potentially.
Despite the fact that he knew that he had cooperated with the investigation, and knowing that Marchenko had no bail money, Judge Oleh Bilotserkovets from the most honorable court of Pechersk decided to arrest him and set up a huge bail that could not be collected. It really is an alternative solution. And it will bring consequences.
And more. Yesterday, they caught a representative of the SBI, who wrote the message, calling the attendees “Ushliopki.” A public servant, who receives his money from citizens’ taxes, called them “Ushliopki”. The veterans of the ATO and Heroes of Ukraine, present in the hall, are called “Ushliopki”. He called the two deputies “Ushliopki”. The scoundrels who grind their buts in the SBI and play the frameup called “Ushliopki” the people who defended Ukraine. Either Truba will respond or it will become a big problem. I’m not a threat. I predict because I understand what the reaction might be. Hate is easy, but hard to overcome. And now is a spark that triggers uncontrolled processes. True, idiots think otherwise. An idiot who once flooded the blood of Maidan students and is now hiding in Rostov. I wonder where the new idiots will run.
The trial of four more officers from the Marchenko department will continue today. Besides, they already told me that their places in the cells are ready. And this is precisely a sign of frameup work. I recommend stopping dirty games. Want a court? Judge. But do not set up courts with manual judges and controlled SBI. And now for those who have decided to arrest today.
Colonel Serhiy Pochtarenko. Marchenko Deputy. Serviceman,graduated from the OECD. He served in the 79th Brigade. Summer 2014 – Reconnaissance Company Commander. War. In 2015 – Commander of the Fenix Battalion. Then Marchenko took him with him because he knew that he was decent and could trust him. In the photo he is resting after the fight.
.Colonel Mykhailo Kamoryansky. The commander of the chem. company in the 79th Brigade. War – Staff Officer. He is not coward, he is not hiding, and his command post (KP) was always shelled by artillery. In the photo of his KP after the fire. Then the chief of staff of the Fenix battalion. However, when asked by the SBI investigator about his place of residence, he showed his office in the Ministry of Defense and the sofa where he actually lives. Rather, they decided to make them so. If guilty, prove them guilty. And “preventive” imprisonment of military personnel is a demonstrative punishment for intimidation. But the effect will be reversed. Therefore, I advise you not to bring the absurd to the end and to provoke such disturbances of society
Last photo – Marchenko and Mike (Myrhorodsky) in Pisky. This is a place where neither Truba, his subordinates, nor Judge Bilotserkovets will ever go. And Marcello was there and at war. Because he’s a patriot. Thus, personal position and professional suitability must be proven in the case and not by imitation of the activities and organization of the courts. So, don’t wake up a sleeping dog. Just don’t.”
Olena Pidhirna: “All the reforms of the previous years, achieved with blood and sweat, are going to hell.
They turned heroes into criminals. They judge the heroes for their feat. Which saved the country and our lives. They are being judged on the wholly fictitious allegations sucked from their fingers.
Today, not only General Marchenko and his team were tried in the Pechersk Court. Today they have condemned all of us there – all who care about the fate of Ukraine. Volunteers, volunteers, venues. Both the living and the dead.
Today in Pechersk court they gave Russia access to the state secret of Ukraine.
Yuriy Biryukov: “There is such a document“ Strategic plans of the AFU ”. It has a special seal. Only 7-8 people have access to it throughout the MoD and General Staff. Document of the highest degree of state secret.
And the Pechersk court granted SBI investigators access to this document. Some civilians will now have access to it. They will be able to study it, copy it, capture it. In the criminal proceedings instituted by Portnov.
Mason Lemberg: A Tsemakh terrorist who shot down a plane carrying 300 passengers has been released by Zelensky’s court under the personal responsibility of the terrorist.
Cyborg Marchenko, Zelensky’s court arrested in a falsified case on suspicion of malpractice.
Oleksandr Pohrebsky: Marchenko is in custody. Or a bail of 76 million UAH.
If you are a combat officer, protecting your country without sacrificing health, and then going to work to improve supplies for your army, you will be arrested.
Not only did the heroes of Ukraine, MPs and sworn brothers come to vouch for you, as if they were arresting you.
Because such instruction is given. Because an investigator from SBI Alekseenko sneaks in at the beginning of the session, watching you, and calls on everyone who came to support you “Ushliopki”.
They have already shown us their instructions and have begun to condemn all the good deeds done for the country we have defended.
They started judging the most respected people, probably others were scared, but they still didn’t understand anything… ..
No one intends to give up!”
Gleb Babych: Marchenko is in custody. Although the lawyers literally “smeared” the allegations, which could not bind five adequate sentences. Despite all the protection material. Despite the top five most respected people in the country, including two Heroes of Ukraine. Despite common sense.
Looking at the prosecutor and the BGB investigator, he called everyone present in the courtroom “Ushliopki.”
Now they will consider the restraining measures of others. And I’m afraid I know what they will be like.
Because for them we are “Ushliopki.” And enemies. And this is not arbitrary. They just wage war on all available methods.
And this is only the beginning.
Roman Donik: We must assume that there is a battle for Ukraine and there are anti-Ukrainian forces. There will be repression and there will be attempts to suppress the innocent. We will not run away from this. The repressive machine works like this. It knows no other way.
On Marchenko. It is unclear exactly what purpose they are pursuing. The blow to Dima and his team may just be a distraction to gain access to the documents of the Ministry of Defense, which until today used to be “classified”.
Ivan Kostenko: Everyone who has been interested in our war at least once knows who Dmytro Marchenko is, they know who Serhiy Pochtarenko is, they know about Savur Mohyla, Zelenopil, DAP, Debaltseve.
Those who served personally felt a personal difference between 2014 and 2019.
What they are being prosecuted now is not about vests. This is revenge – revenge on those who wanted to sell their garbage in the army and who were not allowed by “Marchenko’s pirates.” This is hatred – hatred to those who defended their country.
And this applies to all of us. If they lock Marchenko now, it will be a sign to everyone that they can already. They can lock any serviceman. Because he is a military man, because he fought for Ukraine. Because they can. Because everyone is silent.
Now it is time when your fate also will be determined.
Tim Zlatkin: Yesterday and today in court (I can’t call it court) I saw many people who had been in serious contradictions for years without greeting themselves. But all, as one, supported the guys. Today everyone stood together in defense of their own. This, perhaps, is what sets us apart from the aggressor – as the enemy tries to destroy and destroy us, we do not yield and stand in the same order.
HEARING IN THE COURT OF APPEAL in the Marchenko case
On November 28, the Court of Appeal in Kyiv left the detainee in custody. Marchenko, by dropping his bail from a fantastic 76 million hryvnia (nearly 3 million euros), set by the Pechersk District Court, to an unrealistic 20 million hryvnia (~ 759,000 euros), leaving the general unlawfully in civilian custody rather than in the military one. The judges did not grant the defense’s request for the general’s release from custody during the case, as well as the bail-out of military officers, Heroes of Ukraine, MPs and prominent public figures who assured Marchenko that he would not hide and cooperate with the investigation. Marchenko himself was forced to attend the video call from the arrest.
The legendary Mike, commander of the 95th Assault Brigade Maksym Myrhorodsky, cavalier of the three degrees of the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, of the Order of Courage III degree, the public award People’s Hero of Ukraine.
Participant in the war in eastern Ukraine. He fought in the battles for Slovyansk, Savur Mohyla, Debaltseve, in defense at the Donetsk Airport (DAP).
Myrhorodsky commented emotionally on the court’s decision, and his words were shared by tens of thousands of Ukrainians:
“In the same way we gathered in court today and offered our guarantees, we, the officers, gather only at the funerals of our comrades. This is important to us.
Today, the defenders of Ukraine have shown us that we are nobody for the state, that our opinion means nothing. Servicemen are under investigation; the court has not yet decided whether they are guilty or not, but they are being held behind bars. People who have spilled their blood, people who have proven they are ready to give their lives for their country, must now prove that they are worthy of respect. No one is released until sentencing. But when it comes to officers, they are given a bail of 20 million hryvnia (~ € 759,000) – an amount they have never seen.
Let the court determine the extent of their guilt – but why are servicemen kept in custody during the trial as criminals, as if they did not trust them and could escape?
I came to guarantee with my honor – Marchenko will not be hiding. It turned out that this was not enough. My word is not enough. The word of other officers and generals.
Our country trusts us to go to battle, and is sure that none of us will escape the battle, believes that we are ready to go to death.
But our country, at the same time, believes that one of us will run away from the investigator.
The judges who decide so will go home and hug their families in peace.
Because in our country the dead heroes are appreciated and the living ones have no job. The commander of the 128th Brigade was killed – who now remembers his family? There was a buzz, and everything was forgotten. The cost of a soldier’s life at war is 1 million and 200,000 compensation for loved ones. The price of freedom and honor – a bail of 20 million.
This is the true attitude of the state today, as demonstrated by the Court of Appeal of Kyiv, which has offended those who defend Ukraine”.
To support Marchenko and to guarantee him with his word and honor, real legends from the war with Russia, Heroes of Ukraine, cavaliers of orders received for merit and victories, respected politicians and public figures appeared in court:
Lieutenant General Mykhailo Zabrodski
The legendary former commander of the 95th Brigade, a participant in the war in eastern Ukraine, since March 2015 – commander of the assault force, commanded the Ukrainian forces in ATO November 2017-March 2018, Member of Parliament in the Verkhovna Rada.
Hero of Ukraine, Cavalier of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky – III degree
Colonel Maksym Myrhorodsky (Mike)
The legendary commander of the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade. Participant in the war in eastern Ukraine. He fought in the battles for Slovyansk, Savur Mohyla, Debaltseve, in defense at the Donetsk Airport (DAP).
The first participant in the ATO, became a full cavalier of the three degrees of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, a cavalier of the Order of Courage of III degree, at the public award People’s Hero of Ukraine.
Lieutenant Pavlo Chaika
Serviceman of the AFU. ATO veteran. Wounded in the fighting for Krasny Liman, he refused rehabilitation and returned to his unit.
He participated in the battles for Maryinka, two rotations at the Donetsk airport, in the battles for Debaltseve.
Full Cavalier of the Three Degrees of the Order of Courage, People’s Hero of Ukraine.
Colonel Yevhen Zhukov (Marshall)
Hero of the Donetsk Airport Defense (DAP), an officer from the 79th Brigade, a participant in the Russian-Ukrainian war, injured in the ATO area. From November 2015 appointed to the National Police of Ukraine. Chief of the Patrol Police of Ukraine.
Cavalier of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky – III degree; People’s Hero of Ukraine
Major General Ihor Hordiychuk
In April 2014, he was assigned to the Chief Command Center of the MoD as Chief of Operations Center. He has led heavy fighting in the last two weeks of Savur’s Mohyla defense. Heavily wounded in the head in the Ilovaisk battle.
Since April 2016, Chief of the Ivan Bohun Military Lyceum in Kyiv.
Hero of Ukraine, Knight of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky – II and III degree
Lieutenant Colonel Roman Kostenko
SBU officer, ATO veteran, cyborg. Former Deputy head of Alpha in the Mykolaiv region. He participated in the battles for the Donetsk airport during his vacation, as his unit did not participate in the battles.
MP in the Verkhovna Rada of the Voice Party, Secretary of the Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence.
Cavalier of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky – III degree, People’s Hero of Ukraine
General Marchenko was also guaranteed by his signature Boryslav Bereza, a Ukrainian politician and public figure, a member of the Verkhovna Rada of the 8th convocation, a former representative of Ukraine in PACE, Semen Koleinyk – a lieutenant colonel of the AFU, a veteran of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky III degree, People’s Hero of Ukraine; Maria Ionova – Member of Parliament of Ukraine from 7,8 and 9 convocation of the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksiy Mochanov – a famous volunteer and activist. And dozens of other servicemen, volunteers, public figures.
Inadequate court decisions, blameless accusations and abusive treatment of officers caused a bitter and sharp reaction:
Posted by Олексій Петров on Thursday, November 28, 2019
“He lives in a rental apartment! You, as hell, want his $ 20 million bail. Combat general, you fool! Who keeps your ass!
You are judging a hero. The chief of the patrol police of Ukraine guarantees for him. Do you understand what that means? This is a person with impeccable honor …
… What provoke you, you idiots?. Do you understand what you are doing?… And it won’t be mine or your problem. This will already be a problem for Ukraine. You will bring chaos to the state when you sue such people.
Marchenko is a flawless officer. Personnel combat officer of the Ukrainian army, who made sure that not to steal hundreds of millions of hryvnia. With an impeccable reputation … If you condemn it, it will be a personal insult to the soldier. Army, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will look at you as enemies of Ukrainian statehood. When you lock Marchenko, who will fight?”
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Boryslav Bereza: Judges of the Court of Appeal turned the court into a monkey’s court, and decided that a combat officer who defended Ukraine and did not hide from the investigation should sit in custody. They did not report that an expert examination was conducted to prove that the accusation was false, that it was clear to all of us, except our judges, that Truba had fabricated the case against the general Marchenko. They did not report that military officers, Heroes of Ukraine, MPs, public figures came to vouch for him. They just spat it out. And the two giggles from the GPU of Ukraine stammered reading the allegation and rattling about “searches.” If there is a war tomorrow, the two will defend Ukraine traditionally in prosecutorial – barricaded at the GPU.
Neither one nor the other understood that if they came with real legends from the war with Russia, Heroes of Ukraine, cavaliers of orders received for merit and victories, then these people with word and honor are guaranteed for their commitments. Or they may have understood, but they just called and told them what decision to make. It’s more like that. Today, we have seen managed justice in action.
Today, we have watched the continuation of technology for the demoralization of the army, when combat officers see the attitude towards themselves and their brothers.
Roman Kostenko: Today, two of my combat companions are in custody, one in the guard house. We once talked about it and we predicted a similar flow. But that didn’t stop us. And it won’t stop us. I remember when Marchenko and I were traveling to DAP (Donetsk airport), I was on vacation. He asks me why I do this. I simply replied, “What about you?”…
Glib Babych: Court of Appeal. Marchenko’s appeal. The hall and lounges are crowded. Hot.
A girl with a red coat got bad. My friend turns to one of the men in black uniform – “Open the door to the terrace to get air.”
He chuckles, “I only have the keys to the bus!”
He’s not making fun – he’s just informing.
So, girls and boys. Air for you now – enjoy.
And the bus – these are arresting cars, which they unobtrusively arranged below.
Get used to it.
And the command was flying through the air, and almost everyone felt it. Even if the accusation had been raised, and he had confessed to the fabrication, and if Apostle Paul had descended from heaven and given evidence, the decision would still have been that way.
And this is only the beginning.
Tetiana Lukashevich: Appeal in the case of General Marchenko. An officer who has gone through all the horrors of war in recent years. Ihor Hordiychuk, Mykhailo Zabrodsky, Yevhen Zhukov, Pavlo Chaika, Maksym Myrhorodsky, the elite of our army are present at the hearing. MPs…
Yefremov and Ruban are under house arrest. Marchenko’s bail was reduced to 20 million.
What other guarantees did they not get to the judges? And after the decision was made, did our warriors look in the eyes?
Yana Zinkevych: General Dmytro Marchenko remains in custody, despite all the evidence and all the expert reports made. Regardless of the sureties paid for it. Despite statements by the General Staff, there is no need for Marchenko to sit in the cell.
The case for “defective body armor” was something that did not fit from the beginning, and investigators changed the charge several times, either for corruption, for overdone, or for inaction.
The Chief of Staff personally reported that there were no complaints in the army of these bulletproof vests.
It is suspected that the expertise provided by the prosecution is false. The Commission’s experiments show that the vests are behaving well.
One gets the impression that the SBI is trying to discredit the security reforms implemented in the army.
We will closely monitor the case so that the people who put so much effort into reforming the army are ignored by those interested in regressing to the 2013s level.
Olha Kyrylyuk: ou all know General Hordiychuk.
He fought for Savur Mohyla. Severely wounded near Ilovaisk – a large amount of shrapnel falls into his head, but he continues to keep leading the fight on until he falls from blood loss.
Captivated unconscious by Russian paratroopers who, upon seeing his condition, leave him, deciding that he will not come to life.
But he came to life! Paralyzed without being able to move, blood contamination and several weeks of fever force doctors to put him in a drug coma. Two months on the border between life and death. And come to life!
We’ve all seen the photos his wife holds his back during photos to make it look like he’s standing upright. I do not know about you, but I roared with pride for this Ukrainian man and for the love of this woman.
For him, the military Valeriy Ananiyev (author of “Follow the Road”) writes: “The only living general to whom I have great respect, and to whom I will be addressed by title even after my dismissal.
Today Ihor Hordeichuk came to support General Marchenko in court. […] […] And today in court, Ihor Hordeychuk said: “Yanukovych’s revenge. And now we, the veterans, suffer most from it. This is a Russian, Moscow rematch. “
And I’m so ashamed of them for what the country is flying to. Because instead of being grateful to their country and their people, they are now being forced to go to court and listen to what they call military “Ushliopky.” I’m ashamed of tears.
I imagine he wants to shout, “We boys and I have kept you safe so that the shrapnel that almost killed me never gets to your heads.”
And he can’t even think that the people he defended are now being shot at in the head by the Medvedchuk’s and Kolomoyskyi’s TV channels, that there is only a sieve left instead of a brain … or a cotton. Only Lord knows.
As Tichin wrote: “To whom shall you speak? The people are busy now – at the end of the age of poverty…”
And Hordeychuk reassures us: “But Ukraine will win!”
And while we have men like that, I’m really calm.
Frontline retreat, attempts to discredit the army and persecute volunteers, the patriots see as a revenge
According to the surveys conducted in Ukraine, the most trusted are the volunteers and veterans of the ATO. Meanwhile the rating of incumbent President Volodymyr Zelensky is beginning to plummet.
The ridiculous staff appointments of the new Ukrainian authorities to key posts in the country’s security and removal of people who have consistently fought for Ukraine’s sovereignty over the past 5 years are not well received by Ukrainian society. The new policy course of Zelensky’s team managed to gather tens of thousands of Ukrainians on the streets of Kyiv in a matter of months, with a warning not to allow capitulation to Moscow.
Zelensky, however, was anxiously preparing for his meeting with Russian President Vl. Putin, scheduled to take place on December 9 as part of a meeting in the Norman format, ignores the voice of Ukrainian patriots.
Despite the on-going firing of a front-line caliber banned by the Minsk Agreements, Ukraine is withdrawing troops into the agreed-upon areas, and the number of shelling in the daily reports of the United Nations (Joint Forces Operation) is decreasing. After an eight-month hiatus, the Russian Federation renewed its “humanitarian” convoys to occupied territories illegally entering Ukraine every two weeks without receiving adequate protest from the Ukrainian MFA.
Attempts continue to be made on all possible ways to discredit the army and remove ATO veterans. Yevhen Mezhevikin – the legendary “Adam” – Hero of Ukraine, People’s Hero of Ukraine, cavalier of numerous orders and honors received a low mark in his new feature. Viktor Shidlyuk has left the army – a spokesman for the General Staff, because of a ban on the newly appointed Chief of Staff, Khomchak, from speaking to the media and other unacceptable actions by the officer. “It hurts me for the future of the Armed Forces and Ukraine – writes Shidlyuk – I can no longer remain silent. Hundreds of officers leave the Armed Forces.” Former Rada MP and ATO veteran Igor Lapin has been prosecuted by the SBU in connection with fighting for the protection of the Luhansk Airport. “This is discrediting the AFU,” Lapin said. “The team of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky considers his enemies Ukraine’s opponents, not Russia’s,” – he said.
Many participants of the volunteer movement in Ukraine have also been subjected to repression. The searches were carried out, for example, at the home of Marusya Zveroboy, from which they seized a child pistol while cars with Alfa riot police were waiting in front of her home. And during a court hearing against the popular ATO veteran – Inna Hryschenko, one of the prosecutors said that “Participation in the ATO is an aggravating circumstance.” In September, Ina’s husband, the DAP cyborg Vladislav Hryschenko, was also arrested.
In the meantime, the command of the JFO ordered the servicemen to return all vehicles delivered to the army by volunteers. The same ones for which the Ukrainian diaspora and Ukrainian residents raised money around the world, and which continue to be donated
On November 29, President V. Zelensky fired from his post Assistant Secretary Serhiy Kryvonos on two committees on the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC). Kryvonos is a general of the Ukrainian Army, a cavalier of the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky – III degree, a veteran of the ATO. In 2014, for 45 days, the unit he commanded defended the Kramatorsk airport in a complete encirclement. Since October 2014 he served as a Head of the Special Operations Division of the General Staff. Kryvonos and his team are developing a strategy for the Ukrainian Special Operations Force, along with NATO representatives. At the beginning of 2016, he was appointed First Deputy Commander of the JFO. On March 12, 2019 he was appointed by President Poroshenko as deputy Secretary of the NSDC.
After the government of the “servants of the people” came to power, people with a bad reputation such as Serhiy Sivokho, a man from Zelensky’s comedy team who at the time of his appointment to the NSDC, worked as a comic and participated in the 2014 Anti-Maidan meetings of the Party of the Regions against the Revolution of Dignity. Now he is on the NSDC table. Under his new position, Sivokho has made several unacceptable calls from Ukrainians to the Ukrainian authorities to ask for forgiveness for the Donbas and to pay pensions in the occupied territories.
Another member of the Council is Natalia Korolevska – an outspoken pro-Russian appointment investigated in 2015 by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office for relations with “Armed Forces” of the self-proclaimed LNR, accused in smuggle through the occupied territories.
And of course – the infamous “right hand” of Volodymyr Zelensky – Andriy Bohdan.
Serhiy Kryvonos comments on the Presidential Decree on his dismissal:
“One thing is clear that certain officials do not want to implement the program for enhancing Ukraine’s defense capability “Five Steps” when it is already finalized.
And in general, they turned the NSDC from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine into a mockery of clowns.
I continue to work for Ukraine.
Ukraine above all!”
Original article in Bulgarian. Translated by Andrii Gryganskyi.
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