Catastrophic Desertions and Losses in the Ukrainian Army - Official Ukrainian Reports, July 19, 2014
Preamble by Gleb Bazov:
It is rare that we report on the workings of the aggressor across the
battle lines. This item is different. Before you is a translation,
kindly prepared by Valentina Lisitsa, of a report from the head of the
Ukrainian Security Service, V.O. Nalyvaichenko, to the President of
Ukraine, P.A. Poroshenko. It is an important document, which, we hope,
you will distribute widely.
further commentary is necessary, other than the following brief
quotation. According to V.O. Nalyvaichenko, "2/3 of the active combat
military units currently participating in the ATO will simply cease to
exist in as little as 4 to 5 days" due to mass desertions and
casualties. To provide context for this letter, provided below is
another document recently publicized as an internal memorandum from the
Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, which details recent casualties of the
Ukrainian army, equally as catastrophic as its desertion rates
Report by Head of SBU, V.O. Nalyvaichenko, to the President of Ukraine, P.A. Poroshenko
Translated by Valentina Lisitsa
Security Service of Ukraine.
16, Malopidvalna St.,
Tel: 226-25-64, 256-97-32, July 19 2014,
Absolutely Confidential (Addendum 1)
Personally to the President of Ukraine, P.A. Poroshenko
Handwritten Across the Top:
"To continue until Victory!"
Signed V.O. Nalyvaichenko 20/7 [July 20]
I am reporting.
In the period from July 14th to 19th, 2014 we
witness a catastrophic increase (of 3473 people, or 47%) in the number
of deserters in the units of the Army and the National Guard – in
comparison with last week’s numbers (1847 people, 25%).
Apart from that,
during the stated period the number of missing in action had increased
as well (1344 people , 47%, last week – 344 people, 10%).
phenomenon is connected to increased activity of the enemy in the
Donetsk and the Lugansk regions as well as to the increase in the number
of casualties in the ranks of the above-mentioned structures.
fact [negatively] influences the combat-worthiness of the personnel and
makes continuation of the ATO impossible. In the event the negative
trend continues at the same level, I estimate that 2/3 of the active
combat military units currently participating in the ATO will simply
cease to exist in as little as 4 to 5 days.
the aim of preserving the combat potential of our military structures, I
am proposing that we perform a withdrawal maneuver of our militarily
units to the area around Dobropil'ya and Smolyaninove. After
replenishment of the ammunition stocks, re-grouping as well as rotation
of the personnel by at least 60%, we can continue the offensive.
The Head of the Ukrainian Security Service of Ukraine,
The head of the Antiterrorist Centre of the Security Service,
Official Ukrainian Military Report of Losses for July 9-15, 2014(Arsen Avakov, Minister of Interior and V. Gritsak, Head of the ATO)
Translated by Gleb Bazov
... We admit the possibility that all the fighters have been purged by the separatists.
In vide of the concentration of a large number of fighters near the
airport, as well as lack of prospects in conducting an evacuation of the
members of the National Guard from the Donetsk airport, I propose to
withdraw the units of the Ukrainian military to the area of Avdeevka in
order to regroup them for a further attack against the forces of the
Accounting of the Losses among Ukrainian Military, the Militants and
the Civilians in the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions (for the period
from July 9-15, 2014)
TOTAL UKRAINIAN LOSSES
- Killed in Action: 1600
- Wounded in Action: 4723
- Tanks: 35
- Armoured Battle Vehicles: 96
- Artillery: 38
- Aircraft: 7
- Helicopters: 2
- Automobiles: 104
TOTAL MILITIA LOSSES
- Killed in Action: 48
Wounded in Action: 64
- Tanks: 2
- Armoured Battle Vehicles: 0
- Artillery: 5
- Automobiles: 8
TOTAL CIVILIAN LOSSES
- Killed: 496
- Wounded: 762
SIGNED & SUBMITTED BY: Arsen Avakov (Minister of Interior) and V. Gritsak (Head of the ATO)