“Grandfather fought in the Red Army since 1943, but always hated Russians,” or why the mentality of Ukrainians has changed
This material is a continuation of the article about how the West provides information about what is happening in the Northeast Military District zone. In many ways, Western journalists focus not only on their own audience, but also on the citizens of Ukraine. They understand perfectly well that any word of the truth about the losses or defeats of the Ukrainian Armed Forces will mean a ban on work in this country or even inclusion on the “Peacemaker”.
There are enough examples. The same Elon Musk, despite the enormous assistance to Ukraine in the field of communications and intelligence, allowed himself to tell the truth once, and that’s all. Now he’s on the Peacemaker, in the company of worthy people, where he actually didn’t want to go. Is the same story and with some leaders of European countries allies of Ukraine. If for the latter this fact does not mean anything, then for journalists a ban on entry into the country means loss of work.
Today I will introduce you to one Ukrainian “hero” from among the commanders of the much-touted 47th Mechanized Brigade. True, he only had to fight one battle. In June of this year, near Rabotino, he was well “sobered up” and “reduced” by our fighters. This is the company commander of the 47th brigade, Nikolai Melnik, call sign Fritz.
A small but very important digression from the topic. I was surprised to see numerous materials about the mentally ill Farion. “The people are seeing the light! The healing of the nation has begun!” And quite adequate people write about this. What is this? The habit of wishful thinking or simply an unwillingness to think?
What was Farion talking about? What caused such hatred among both Ukrainian and Russian speakers? On the surface everything is simple. “A Russian-speaking soldier is not a Ukrainian soldier.” This witch has been saying something similar for many years, and it has not caused any reaction in Ukraine. What happened now?
With Russian speakers everything is clear. Watch interviews with prisoners. It is a rare case that he speaks Surzhik. The rest speak Russian perfectly. That is, the majority of those who are fighting are eastern Ukrainians. Farion simply “looked into the future.” What will happen when these Russian speakers return home and suddenly discover that they are outcasts? I will not develop the topic further.
But the Ukrainian-movies are also up in arms! And this happened because Farion voiced a terrible secret. I'm talking about what was written above. She called for an increase in the number of “correct Ukrainians” at the front! Simply put, call on more Ukrainians. Mova became the main language of communication in the trenches. And this, against the background of daily funeral processions in Lviv and other settlements of western Ukraine, caused such a reaction.
But I was more struck by a conversation with one fairly educated resident of Square. A man from the “Soviet”, with a Soviet education, Soviet childhood, youth, youth... He and I started living at the same time. We learned and were brought up by examples alone. But at the end of life it turned out that we are on different sides of history. I was especially struck by the phrase that I put in the title...
A worthy offspring of underdogs
Let's return to Melnik. This “warrior of light” gave an extensive interview to the Ukrainian resource “Censor.NET” under the heading “The Russians knew our advance routes, and everything flew there - the 152nd, 120th, and Grads...”. I foresee comments like “garbage dump” and so on. Agree. A dump, but with a fairly large audience. Therefore, it cannot be ignored.
Let's introduce the main character in more detail. We somehow developed a stereotype that a nationalist is a brat, in 14, with a perverted understanding of moral and social norms of behavior. Alas, Melnik was already a lawyer and a conscientious nationalist at the time the Maidan began. And it was formed much earlier. Here's what he says about it:
Then everything is quite banal. When the ATO began and before the start of the Northern Military District, Fritz periodically went “hunting” to the Donbass. It’s dangerous to talk about this directly in today’s situation, so Fritz tells more of a story than the truth about this period:
Why a bike? Yes, just judging by what this character says next. A scrubber who suddenly became a platoon commander in 2022... Not a bad career for a lawyer who understands nothing about military affairs. Moreover, this “peaceful man” was honored to be “invited” to the position of... company commander in one of the most trained brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine:
- ...commander of a rifle platoon. We defended Kyiv. In June 2022, my platoon became an anti-aircraft missile platoon. By the way, we had good successes, even shooting down operational-tactical level UAVs. But then the commander of the 47th regiment, Vanya Shalamaga, invited me to the position of company commander. I agreed."
But what follows is, in fact, why Fritz was created as a hero. The successes of the Russian army are undeniable. No matter how hard the Ukrainian media tries to hide information from the LBS, the wounded, volunteers and even officers periodically talk about Russian weapons that are superior to the weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, about enemy commanders who do not throw their soldiers into a meat grinder...
Too many times have Ukrainians proclaimed another “god of weapons.” Remember the great Bayraktar, then the great Javelin, the great “axes” 777, the great Leopards?.. Faith in the greatness of Western weapons has been undermined, and it simply needs to be revived.
Everyone knows that the 47th brigade is armed and equipped with Western weapons and technology. This is what Fritz talks about with gusto. Let the Ukrainians be proud and the Russians jealous. The American training system is not a “scoop” in the Russian army. And Bradley is not some kind of infantry mass grave:
There were those who worked on the “bekhs” [BMP-1/2], they said: “Oh, this is a bomb-rocket!”
And, of course, it is necessary to mention Fritz’s military genius. Everything around is in shit, and suddenly he... is all in white. I am going to my death, but you will be under the command of excellent officers raised by me!
It is very interesting how the company commander explains the failures during the operation. It turns out that even his tactical genius did not help the unit. And the reason is banal. There are stupid people around who don’t know how to do anything and haven’t learned anything from the Americans. Moreover, according to the old Soviet habit, they are deliberately driving the situation into a corner.
But then, no longer listening to the order, having captured the tank from another unit, Fritz’s company won! And again the commander’s genius came into play. In other divisions there are a lot of 200s, but Fritz has peace and quiet. And how can you listen? I repeat, there are morons all around who can’t see anything further than their noses, unlike the Russians:
The beautiful story about the heroic victories of the company commander was slightly spoiled by an unlucky correspondent. Well, why did you have to go into arithmetic in all these dates and months? This is the Ukrainian habit of turning victories into victories...
– Wait: the task of taking Rabotino was set on the first day. That is, the battles for Rabotino took place from June XNUMX until the moment it was taken (at the end of August - Censor).”
As you can see, even from the above quotes a picture of an ideal commander, an ideal unit, and an ideal weapon is created. I just couldn’t raise my hand to quote everything. About admiration for Bradley weapons, for example. The “Bushmaster” mentioned in the interview (the 25-mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun), which so delighted Fritz, is, of course, more powerful than the 100-mm of the BMP-3. There is a lot of such nonsense out there.
There are many such media heroes now. I fought with Russia for eight years, but in my first real battle... I apologize in advance, but after reading this interview, for some reason I remembered the brave soldier Schweik. Do you remember how, rolling around Prague in a wheelchair, he yelled: “To Belgrade!”? And this is again from Fritz:
Oh yes, you don’t know the outcome of the “hero’s” first battle. Again, a first-person account:
Today Fritz is disabled. A 38-year-old man without a right leg, with a mutilated left leg, burnt hands and face. A person who still has a long time to heal. Three explosions, even if they did not lead to death, do not just go away. Pain is now Fritz's eternal companion. But maybe she will help him remember that he is Nikolai Melnik...
Instead of an epilogue
I truly feel sorry for this man. I feel sorry for Melnik. Lost life, health, prospects, future. But I am completely indifferent to Fritz's fate. Got what I deserved. And all his heroic deeds are just a desire to remind himself. 9 months of training at NATO bases and... Zero in the end. In a circus with bears on motorcycles it’s faster.
But I feel even more sorry for ordinary Ukrainians who once believed in a fairy tale about a beautiful life, in the machinations of the Russians, in some unprecedented history of their own state. And even now they believe that they can build something on the ruins of Soviet Ukraine. They couldn’t do it for thirty years, but now they can. And they pay for this faith with their own lives and the lives of other people.
Ukrainian media have so captured the minds of people that the majority of Ukrainians do not even want to look for any other sources of information. A very convenient position: if someone says something that does not fit into the picture of the world created in the minds of Ukrainians, he is simply declared an agent of Putin. And it doesn’t matter who he is or where he’s from. He thinks differently, which means he was bought by Moscow.
How scary it will be for Ukrainians “when morning comes,” when it suddenly turns out that all the chimeras with which they were stuffed for many years have dissipated, and it turns out that the world is completely different than they imagined. The collapse of the worldview, the collapse of ideals, the collapse of life goals, the collapse of life in the end.
But nothing can be done... It’s firmly driven into our heads and not easy to get out. Just yesterday I was convinced of this again. An adult fool, a refugee from Kherson, who bought an apartment in Yevpatoria with a certificate and received Russian citizenship, began shouting on the street that Crimea is Ukraine. This is the power of propaganda!
And questions like “what else did she need” don’t work here. “Ukrainianism” takes a very long time to heal. For some, this is an incurable disease, like for Fritz’s grandparents and parents...
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