Skip to comments.UKRAINE Address: Commander of the 18th Special Helicopter Detachment, Colonel Andrew Kohut
Posted on 05/09/2014 3:39:31 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
A statement of the pilot and sniper, Commander of the 18th Special Helicopter Detachment which participated in the United Nations mission to stabilize the Democratic Republic of Congo, Andriy Kohut.
Respected colleagues, brothers in arms!
I am addressing you as the commander of a special air force subdivision, a Colonel and a veteran pilot of Afghanistan who has served in the armed forces of the Soviet Union and of Ukraine for more than thirty-five years.
The events of the last days have changed my attitude toward our neighboring country where many of my friends live. On May 2nd two MI-24 helicopters were shot down killing their crews. The victims were my colleagues, officers with whom we carried out military activities under the aegis of a UN mission, where it was truly dangerous. They survived Africa, but died at the hands of Russian mercenaries. I repeat: foreigners who came to my country and killed my friends!
As a soldier, I know that only a professional would be able to fire from a Mobile Anti-Aircraft Missile Complex (PZRK). And this fact confirms that Ukrainians are not at war with separatists from the Donetsk region, but with trained and prepared soldiers. They are destroying our national symbols and are hoisting the flag of a foreign country, the Russian Federation, onto our national buildings. It is clear that open, brutal and unprincipled aggression is being carried out by our Slavic neighbor.
The fact that the fighters are using the local population as human shields, shooting from behind women and children, reveals the moral tenor of this aggression.
It has been proven that these murderers are being managed by persons in the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation. I am consciously not calling them officers, because those who hide their identifying badges and shoulder straps and have aimed their submachine guns against their brother nation cannot be called officers.
Looking at their faces on television I assume that we served together in the same Soviet army and, as an experienced man, I can assure you that such human garbage was always censured in our officers collective.
It is difficult to understand the position of simple Russians. Their top leadership started a war against its brother nation which drove out its president, the biggest thief in history. We condemned Islamists who carried out terrorist acts in Russias largest cities, shared concern over the tragic events of Nord-Ost and supported the anti-terrorist operations in the Northern Caucasus. And now our brother nation is quietly accepting the Kremlins policy toward Ukraine.
We were once taught that fighting for ones country was sacred. And thats how it is now. We are in our own country, under our own flags, defending our sovereignty and our borders which have been recognized by the whole world. As a pilot who has many times used aerial weapons and who knows the value of life, I declare: the enemies who have killed my colleagues and friends, will die. I, personally, and all Ukrainian pilots will do everything possible to ensure that the enemy will encounter grief in our country. We are proud of our Ukrainian officers, our warrant officers, sergeants and soldiers who are fighting these criminals. Remember: the air force pilots are with you! We possess enough professionalism, skill and moral tenacity to destroy the enemy! Glory to Ukraine!
Even after 20, 30 years, that Mi-24 is still one hell of a beast — even if the U.S. Army now has rotary-wing aircraft that can take its measure.
We have discussions here regarding the merits of Russia’s intervention inside the Ukraine. Much is made of the mindset of the Russian speaking populace. Much is made of the supposed corrupted criminal element in the government of the Ukraine. Sadly lacking is the man on the street angle here.
Imagine people making the case for military action against our nation, the corrupted element within our government. Could such a case be made? Why of course, we make it all the time.
Right now I sit in a pub restaurant in Santa Fe Springs, California. Around me sit the average Joes and Jill’s. Couples, small gatherings of people congregate. Business is discussed, birthdays are celebrated, young people share moments of love. These and others are moments shared by the common people the world over.
Folks, I want to present the common people of the Ukraine to you. Take a good look for they are us. They love their nation as we do our own. They do not wish to have outside meddling. They do not wish to see their homeland carved up by a maniacal strong man. They want to be left alone as a nation to congregate and celebrate their rich heritage. And yes, that heritage does include commonality with Russia. In real terms though, that was then and this is now. For them, it is so been there done that. They are the citizens of the Ukraine as we are citizens of the U.S.
If I cannot stand up for these people, I cannot stand up for my own people, and not be a hypocrite. I either believe in self determination for the common man or I don’t. Well, I do.
I communicate with a number of people in the Ukraine. I talk to them about family life. I am interested in how other people live. What do they enjoy? What do they do for fun?
Listening to what they have to say, I find it remarkable the similarities between us
One individual explained that they celebrated May Day in a park beside a river eating BBQ and more traditional foods. BBQ? That threw me for a loop. And then another person told me the same thing. Folks, the heart and sole of these people is our heart and soul.
I ask you to re-evaluate your perceptions. On Sunday a special election will take place, and the fate of the nation these people live will be decided. Please know the groundwork to steal half of the Ukraine has been laid.
Please do not embarrass freedom loving people with moronic statements to the effect the Ukrainian people have spoken.
While it us true that they have, the truth of it us that they spoke their minds in private, and to a single person, they are us. They love their nation, all of it.
I declare my solidarity with the people of the Ukraine. Long may their flag fly over the whole nation they love.
None of these people hate Russia. They simply love their homeland more.
I join them in that with no qualifications whatsoever.
Care to join me?
Good post. I believe your thoughts on the Ukrainian people are accurate. They don’t hate Russia. They just love their homeland more.
I'll join you FRiend, but prepare for pro-Pootie fire.
This is a strange situation. It seems to me we either agree with the concept of sovereignty and self-determination or we don’t.
You know, my biggest problem with the E.U. was that it usurps the sovereignty of the member nations. I had thought others understood that for themselves, and agreed on that point.
Then this problem in the Ukraine pops up, and some folks have no problem if Russia takes the Ukraine’s sovereignty without the Ukraine’s agreement, but if the Ukraine chooses to give it up to the E.U. by choice, that’s supposed to be wicked.
Very very strange way this is breaking out.
I had really hoped for the Ukrainian people to have an independent country, but after watching some Vice news videos of Ukrainian soldiers surrendering their weapons to the Russians? I don’t think it’s going to happen.
I don’t have a much different view. You’ve got Russia there and there isn’t really anything the Ukraine can do about it, other than ask it’s troops to commit suicide. Russia has vastly superior forces and an inexhaustible back-up.
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