Participation in the ATO "Berkut" from the western regions: reckoning or reward
This is despite the fact that Yanukovych’s regime didn’t trust “Berkut” from the western regions and didn’t entrust him with any serious tasks. However, the Maidan and the current government believe that in January-February, the 2014 of the officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs should have gone over to the side of the protesters.
Here’s how this was recalled by General Sergei Kulchitsky, who fell under the Slavic, who commanded soldiers-conscripts of the internal troops in Kiev: “When they came to me and said:“ Go to the barricades and say that you quit, throw a cry so that other officers will join you ", I replied:" So you want to make a traitor out of me? And then what will you do with me - with such a good one? ”
But Sergei Kulchytsky was born in Ternopil, after Ukraine proclaimed independence, returned to serve here, commanded units of the National Guard in Ivano-Frankivsk and Internal Troops in Lviv (where he will remain forever - in the field of honorary burials of the Lychakiv cemetery). After the fall of the Yanukovych regime, Kulchitsky was sent to train the first battalion of the National Guard, recruited from the Maidan Self Defense.
The division refused to obey the general, according to Kulchytsky himself, the Maydanovites hated him and considered him an enemy. The general bought his own money for chevrons and insignia for the fighters, and trained them, no matter what.
And despite the fact that Sergei Kulchitsky was supposed to start training the next battalion of the National Guard, the general was still sent to the combat zone. It is difficult for me to say whether all of his subordinates were from the western regions.
However, even biased Ukrainian journalists are forced to notice a split between different parts of Ukraine during the ATO in the Donbas. Among those killed along with Kulchitsky in a downed helicopter are six former "Berkutovtsy" from Ivano-Frankivsk and the same number of servicemen of a separate special forces regiment of the Western operational command of the National Guard from the Vinnitsa region.
The latter has its own name - “Jaguar”, and is known for the fact that it was his fighters who mocked Mikhail Gavrilyuk in Kiev. It turns out that the two people convicted of it to the suspended sentences got off much easier than their colleagues — they were first sent to “clean up” Kharkov, and then - under Slavyansk and Kramatorsk ...
They also planned to send the former "Berkutovtsy" from Lviv there - but the 31 employee from 40 refused to go. They were first threatened with dismissal, but then only imposed disciplinary action - 27 May announced incomplete official compliance.
Less fortunate for the traffic police from Volyn, who also refused to serve in the ATO zone. 30 May on its Facebook page, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote: “The 12 traffic cops refused to go on a business trip to serve in the ATO zone. All 12 are fired. ” The website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, however, does not use the term “traffic cops”, but reports already about 13 dismissed employees of the State Traffic Inspectorate.
Obviously, this is not the last such protests and dismissals. It is known from the media that the former “berkutovtsy” from the Ternopil region and the police unit from the Lviv region are exactly in the ATO zone. Both Lviv and Ternopolyans bring equipment and food from their native lands, where businessmen and activists collect money for these needs. Fortunately, there are no victims among them, however, as Lviv journalists note, “at night the whole checkpoint can be tritely surrounded and destroyed - weapon among the separatists of the highest grade, and ours - not the newest 5,45 for close combat. ”
Actually, this is exactly what happened on 22 in May with the 51 subdivision of a separate mechanized brigade, when in the Donetsk region 17 soldiers of the armed forces of Ukraine were killed - from Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Vinnitsa, Khmelnitsky regions, and Volyn and Rovenshchyna. Protests against mobilization in the Donbass began in Volhynia, where most coffins arrived, where the mothers and wives of the servicemen blocked, first, the Kiev-Warsaw highway, then the railway tracks in the direction of Lviv.
Picketts of the military unit in Vladimir-Volynsky almost always take place (by the way, the same thing happened in April under the checkpoint of the landing battalion in Chernivtsi). And on May 31, the international highway Kyiv - Chop was blocked by the mothers and wives of the military in Rivne region. There is one requirement: to return the mobilized home, especially since according to official army documents they are not at Donetsk checkpoints, but are guarding the Belarusian border.
The authorities did not hesitate to wait for the answer: the prosecutor’s office officially warned the protesters, among whom was the chairman of one of the Volyn regional councils, about criminal responsibility for blocking transport communications - up to three years in prison.
A few months ago, Western Ukrainian prosecutors sent out such warnings to Avtomaidan activists. True, then the prosecutors were helped by “Berkutovtsy”, who now either quit or “redeem themselves” in the ATO in the Donbas. I wonder what the reaction of these fighters will be if tomorrow their relatives hear from the authorities the same thing that the mayor of Vladimir-Volynsky Peter Saganyuk said to the picketers the other day: “I didn’t send them there”?
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