Military Review

Reform of the Ukrainian army or an attempt to maintain power


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Ukraine is waiting for the implementation of the instructions of President Zelensky and the adoption of a law on the abolition of compulsory conscription into the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

At the same time, a lot of questions arise.

For example, how can the transition to a professional army be connected with an increase in the number of personnel?
It is clear that the pros are always better prepared. They are better trained, have more modern weapons and military equipment. Accordingly, the training of a professional requires much more time than a conscript soldier.

Or another topic that has been disturbing society for quite a long time - the military registration of women. Another reform, more like an attempt to maintain power.

At a time when there are simply not enough men for a full-fledged recruitment of the army, such a formulation of the issue with personnel is understandable. But a professional army implies a competition for entry into the service.

Well, the third important aspect is that professionals should receive salaries and social benefits that would compensate for the difficulties and dangers of military service. And this is not only a decent salary, but also various payments and benefits in case of loss of health or death of a serviceman.

Even a simple question about the locations of such units and subunits is almost impossible to solve in modern conditions. Even if the global West floods the country with loans.

“... Among you, I am not the first, and I am not the last ...”

Some readers create the image that Zelensky's decree impressed the Ukrainians.

Alas, in the desire to reform the army, or rather, to win over voters before the next elections, Zelensky is far from the first.

The first decree on preparations for the abolition of military service was signed by ... President Leonid Kuchma 20 years ago.

Then Viktor Yushchenko played on the same in the presidential elections. His pre-election program greatly benefited in comparison with other candidates precisely by the presence of a clause on the abolition of military service.

Even the "enemy of the Ukrainian people" President Viktor Yanukovych planned to cancel the conscription in the spring of 2014.

Fortunately, those who want to serve in the army, a new "people's power" came to the trough after the Maidan, and on May 1, 2014 and. O. President Oleksandr Turchynov restored the draft.

So, the current president is just another entertainer announcing the next number of the program.

But what is the reason for such love of Ukrainian presidents for this track?

Alas, I will not reveal a big secret to you and will not tell you anything new. The reason is exactly the same that was in the Russian army at the end of the last - the beginning of this century. The unpopularity of military service. A complete mess in parts and subdivisions. The last execution in the National Guard is a wonderful illustration.

Zelensky is smoking his own...

In the case of Zelensky, there is another reason that he simply cannot ignore.

This is a horrendous loss of popularity for both the president himself and the “servants of the people” party.

Hence the emergence of the "Problem-2023". In the fall of next year, more precisely, on the last Sunday of October, the 29th, regular elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine should be held.

"Servants of the people" today is not just not popular, they are slipping lower and lower in the rankings.

Today they are supported, according to official figures, only 25 percent of voters.

There are simply no ways to increase the rating now. This means that at least the majority in the next Rada will not be seen by the “servants” as their own ears. That is, the next Rada will be “anti-green”.

Then everything is simple.

The majority will nominate their prime minister, form a government, effectively turning the president into the "Queen of England", minimizing the chances of him being re-elected. And this is a personal danger for Zelensky. The predictions of some of his political opponents about a second term may well come true, but already in prison.

Can Zelensky save his own skin?


But for this it is necessary to change the order of elections. So that first the presidential elections are held, and only then the elections to the Rada. According to the constitution: October 29, 2023 elections to the Verkhovna Rada and March 31, 2024 presidential elections.

Zelensky needs to reschedule the parliamentary elections to October 2024.

To do this, it is enough to add one word to the Constitution of Ukraine. Insert the word "after" before the words "the fifth year of the term of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine". Get "after the fifth year of office."

And that's it!

At the time of the elections in 2023, the Rada will work for 4 years and 2 months. In a year it will be just 5 years and 2 months ...

So, it is not yet clear how the current government in Kiev will act.

Knowing the alignment in the political kitchen of Ukraine, it becomes clear much of what the Ukrainian president and government is doing.

You need to get back the support of the youth. It is necessary that the most active part of society blindly follow Zelensky. Cancellation of the call is the surest remedy for this.

And in addition to this, let me remind you of another promise of the President of Ukraine.

Remember the already announced decision to change the election law and allow citizens to vote from the age of 16?

So Zelensky will get a decent addition to "his" electorate.

You can promise anything and anyone...

And yet, is a transition to a professional army possible in Ukraine today?

Maybe Zelensky sincerely believes in his own words?

“This decree is the start of Ukraine's transition to a professional army. This decree is not because "war is coming soon." This is what I tell everyone. This decree is so that soon and further there will be peace – peace in Ukraine.”

Alas, no matter how much you “pull an owl on the globe”, it is not possible to fulfill what the President so loudly declared.

A professional army is expensive. Therefore, only non-poor countries can afford it. Ukraine, on the other hand, firmly occupies the first place at the end of the list of the richest European countries.

It also fails because few people want to fight in the Donbass.

The senselessness of this war, the lack of understanding of why they are sitting in the trenches, does little to help Kiev maintain the morale of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. All calls to return "their land" stumble upon the soldier's - "my land is at home."

Zelensky proposes to replace military service with an “intensive military training system”, when every 3-4 years a soldier will be called up for 3-4 months and repeat the basics of his military profession. Outwardly, it looks beautiful.

And what about the outflow of the population from the country?

What about demographics?

"Intensively cook" those grannies who are shown today in advertising for territorial defense?

Of course, you can put on rose-colored glasses and dream, like Minister of Defense Oleksandr Reznikov, about turning Ukraine into a Cossacks, and Ukrainians into a parody of the Cossacks. A parody simply because, in addition to wearing forelocks, bloomers and sabers, the Cossacks were also engaged in farming.

“My prediction is that over the course of a decade, Europe will understand that it is better to finance the Ukrainian army as one of the main subjects of European security. And Ukrainians will not pick olives there, but proudly wear military uniforms, and Europeans will pay for it.”

Increase the army by 100 thousand people!

And if not to dissemble?

If you openly declare how many percent of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are equipped even in the east?

Is there at least one with a 100% set of personnel, equipment and weapons?

What an open secret.

Former First Deputy Commander of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) in Donbas, General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Krivonos:

“Over the past five years, 130 people have left the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and units are now staffed by 50-60%.”

Very short at the end

All the initiatives that are being discussed in Ukraine today cannot be taken seriously yet.

Simply because the Ukrainian president does not decide anything at all. All his recent speeches look somewhat chaotic, inadequate.

And add here the pumping of Ukraine weapons and permanent control of Zelensky by US vassals.

Look at Zelensky's work schedule - he simply has no time to work, daily visits, meetings and other protocol events. I get the feeling that it is specially downloaded so that there is not enough time for a sober assessment of the situation.

Everything he proposes and proclaims today is just words.

Cancel call?

Yes, please, even today.

And tomorrow cancel the cancellation - in connection with the aggravation in the Donbass.

Why is Zelensky better than Turchynov?

Once passed, the second will pass.

From this it is easy to conclude that all the projects of Zelensky and his “greens” are nothing more than distracting maneuvers. It is necessary to load information platforms with something in order to distract people from the main thing ...

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  1. mitroha
    mitroha 7 February 2022 11: 16
    It makes no sense to analyze the actions and words of Zelensky, he is a puppet nobody
    1. nnm
      nnm 7 February 2022 11: 32
      In fact, the abolition of conscription is introduced six months before the presidential election. This is the main goal of such a "reform". Everything else is trifles.
    2. knn54
      knn54 7 February 2022 11: 34
      "... the authorities must keep their people in a state of constant amazement." (M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin).
    3. Lord_Bran
      Lord_Bran 8 February 2022 13: 34
      You can chat about anything, but there is one "but" - everyone who wanted to serve is either serving or has served. It is not clear who to lure with gingerbread. Yes, and there are many nuances - one infantry will not be able to solve anything in a major conflict, and Ukraine does not have aviation - as well as a fleet. So this is not a reform, a fiction alone.
      1. Palmyra
        Palmyra 8 February 2022 14: 16
        The country is a fiction, the military is a fiction, the president is a fiction...
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 7 February 2022 11: 20
    Reform of the Ukrainian army or an attempt to maintain power
    . They are trying to understand the people there, relying on logic ... an empty exercise.
    But knowing that they only have their own power, they need to preserve their own, namely, well-being .... for the most part, it explains everything.
  3. yuriy55
    yuriy55 7 February 2022 11: 21
    It becomes especially disgusting when you realize that any step only worsens the situation.
    In chess, this is zugzwang... yes
  4. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 7 February 2022 11: 24
    “My prediction is that over the course of a decade, Europe will understand that it is better to finance the Ukrainian army as one of the main subjects of European security. And Ukrainians will not pick olives there ....

    .... and free fat to burst and drink vodka.
    And as always, the Ukrainian song about "the security of Europe" ends with the words - "we are your security, but the money in advance"!
    1. Andrei Nikolaevich
      Andrei Nikolaevich 8 February 2022 12: 52
      The "Ukrainian army" is ridiculous. Thanks to the war, these homeless people were at least put into a new uniform. Although a new form, not ice .... Only suitable for pig breeding. But they don't need more.
  5. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 7 February 2022 11: 55
    The comedian expects to sit on a horse, not noticing that under him, for a long time, a slowly mincing donkey.
  6. Daniil Konovalenko
    Daniil Konovalenko 7 February 2022 11: 56
    Somehow they don’t care about their problems, from the word at all ..
  7. Nyrobsky
    Nyrobsky 7 February 2022 12: 31
    Now "ZE" party members will repeat the feint with the ears of the United Russia Party and go to the polls not on the party list, but as self-nominated. Everything has been rolled back and tested for a long time. In general, the people in Ukraine no longer influence anything, and the one who is in the nomenclature of positions of the US State Department will win. Zelensky along the way, he still has to manage to sit on the presidential stool until the end of his term.
  8. Basarev
    Basarev 7 February 2022 12: 40
    Today they are supported, according to official figures, only 25 percent of voters.

    Who are the other 75 for? After all, there are always a hundred percent, because such are the laws of the universe.
    1. Drugov
      Drugov 8 February 2022 18: 33
      At least 50 percent will be those who do not go to the polls and all the candidates are there, as in that famous song.
  9. nikvic46
    nikvic46 7 February 2022 13: 25
    When choosing a presidential candidate, people are interested in the personality itself. And the candidate himself is just a chair. We are ruled by armchairs. The exchange of spitting at each other does not say anything good about such people, and even more so about countries. Everyone considers himself the height of perfection, although everyone has this, more than enough. Diplomacy is gone. It's time to blame each other.
  10. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 7 February 2022 13: 38
    25% is "to order", in reality - 15 - 17%.
  11. svp67
    svp67 7 February 2022 14: 45
    What Zelensky announced is hardly feasible in reality. Will this very sharply increase spending on personnel, to the detriment of its equipment? And meaning?