Gunmen dressed in Ukrainian Armed Forces uniforms have appeared in Chervonopartyzansk, Luhansk Oblast. They appear to be posing as National Guard members who have defected to the Russian side, as reported by Volodymyr Chepoviy, spokesman for the Information Center of the National Security Council of Ukraine (NSC). “We wish to officially state that no units of Ukraine’s National Guard are stationed in or near Chervonopartyzansk,” he said. Chepoviy called on local residents to remain alert to possible provocations by terrorists in the region.
As Ukrinform reported, citing InfoResist’s Dmytro Tymchuk, Russian militants Ukrainian uniforms keep moving in on Ukraine’s eastern borders and are prepared for provocations. Continue reading →
Many social initiatives that emerged on Maidan are now successfully engaging in help for the Ukrainian army and the National Guard.
There are dozens, hundreds, and even thousands – within the scope of the country, – such groups. “UP.Life” chose several of the most well-known initiatives. Having made a joint effort – hundreds of volunteers and thousands of benefactors – they managed to transfer financial aid on a sum of more than 13 million Hryvnia.
The National Guard of Ukraine was created on a special order of March 13th, 2014 – after the escalation of the situation in the Crimea. As of today, two volunteer battalions of the National Guard have already undergone training. Correspondent of the Russian BBC service Temur Kiguradze tried to find out what this structure is.
According to the Ukrainian law enforcement, the National Guard may have several tens of thousands of soldiers. One of the battalions of this department is already participating in the anti-terrorist operation, which the Ukrainian government is carrying out in the East. Continue reading →
National Guard conscripts in the zone of the Anti-terrorist operation have addressed Ukrainians. Their goal is to protect residents of the Eastern towns from danger, to bring the peace and order that all Ukrainians dream about. This is stated in the video message of the National Guard, reports TSN.
Special tactical exercises have been planned in Kyiv for the night of April 30 to May 1 Columns of military equipment will move in city as part of the exercise. Please be informed that the deployment of personnel and equipment will start in the city center, said the press service of Kyiv City State Administration.
As previously reported, Acting President Oleksander Turchynov said the Armed Forces of Ukraine are on full combat alert in response to the threat of a Russian attack.
Ukraine has started forming territorial defense units
Presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko has refuted the mass media’s claims about National Guard fighters handing in their weapons at the demand of the terrorists seizing the Luhansk Regional Administration in a facebook post.
Some mass media have spread not accurate information about the National Guard fighters from Vinnitsya handing in their weapons during the attack of separatists on the Luhansk Regional Administration. Indeed, 150 National Guards were blocked inside the building.
I contacted the commander by phone. It turns out that under pressure of physical violence the separatists demanded the guards give in their weapons. But NOT ONE guard had accepted the terrorists’ demands and DID NOT HAND IN THEIR ARMS!
Having received an order to retreat, they had broken through the encirclement and now are situated in one of the zones of the Luhansk Oblast under National Guard control.
Fifteen thousand National Guard troops are being mobilized. Money is being raised for their provisions.
In the next 15 days, approximately 10 to 15 thousand National Guard troops will be mobilized.
Arseniy Avakov, Interior Minister of Ukraine, announced the move during a special cabinet meeting.
“We announced the mobilization of twenty thousand people and submitted the relevant calculations, and have prepared suitable locations for deployment. One of the centers is in Kyiv (Nova Petrovka). About 600 have already been mobilized,” he said. Continue reading →