By Rostislav Ishchenko
Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard
Five years have passed since that memorable day when on June 2nd 2014 an attack jet of the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck a blow on the building of the Lugansk regional state administration. It wasn’t the first episode of the use of aviation in the civil war in Donbass. Military jets passed at low heights and broke the sound barrier over the residential quarters of the cities, intimidating the population.
Helicopters gave fire support to the Ukrainian troops during the militia’s first unsuccessful storm of Donetsk airport. But the airstrike on the office building in the city center in broad daylight was an obvious crossing of the “red line”, therefore its emotional influence was also extremely strong.
This case cannot be attributed to excesses that happen during combat operations. It was not an accidental attack on a civil target or a pilot error. The blow was struck purposefully, and it was a terroristic blow. The task of the pilot was to show to the uprising residents of Donbass that on the territories not controlled by the Kiev authorities there are no forbidden targets and that Kiev will use the entire range of arms available to it against Donbass. Precisely against Donbass, and not against the militia; contra the civilians who Ukraine organized a blockade against, trying to starve the rebellious region; against the children who were promised basements by Poroshenko instead of schools; against pensioners whose social payments were blocked.
Kiev “strategists” used aviation, first of all, as a weapon of terror. But its role in combat operations also should not be understated. It’s not a coincidence that in all the civil conflicts of recent times that erupted with the direct support of the US and collective West, Washington sought to deprive the legitimate government of an opportunity to use aviation. Having lost air superiority, the government sooner or later loses the war. Even the persistently resisting Assad was on the verge of defeat before being saved by the Russian aviation group. Having returned to Syrians power over their sky (under the cover of the Russian Aerospace Forces the Air Force of the Syrian Arab Army also renewed its activity), Russia allowed Damascus to break the course of military operations, having turned defeat into a victory.
If the rebels did not manage to break the resistance of government forces, even deprived of aviation support, then the US and their NATO allies started the air offensive against the government, definitively changing the balance of forces in the conflict. It was like this in Yugoslavia and in Libya, and affairs were leading towards this also in Syria, where the direct aggression of the West was prevented by the deployment of the Aerospace Forces.
The Ukrainian army had a too obvious quantitative and technical superiority over the militia, and the conflict itself has been in a frozen state by the Minsk Agreements for a long time. Thanks to this, the short episode of the participation of the Ukrainian aviation in combat operations is now half-forgotten, and its importance is understated. Nevertheless, it is necessary to note that the first victories of the militia supported by Russian volunteers and the freezing of the conflict became possible only after it was succeeded to clean the sky from the Air Force of the UAF.
Moreover, at least one attempt was made to neutralise the action of the air defence systems defending the interests of the militia. I mean the joint provocation of Ukraine and the West that destroyed a Malaysian “Boeing” over Donbass and accused the militia, and indirectly Russia too, of doing it. The downing of the “Boeing” became the reason for introducing anti-Russia sanctions, that’s why the direct task that was in the process of being solved but wasn’t solved by the organisers of the provocation disappeared from the focus of public attention. And it consisted of compromising the air defences of the militia, which were undoubtedly organised not without the help of Russia, and to open the skies for Ukrainian combat aviation.
The downing of the “Boeing” happened on July 17th, exactly at the height of the first active phase of the fighting in Donbass, at the critical moment when the destiny of the entire campaign was being decided. It happened after a series of outstanding successes of the air defences covering the rebels, who shot down about ten warplanes, approximately the same number of helicopters, and the military transport plane transporting a company of paratroopers to the airport of Donetsk. The loss of aviation support predetermined the falling of the Donetsk and Lugansk airports, which for a long time were considered by Kiev as the foundation for the organisation of a storm of the respective cities. While the air bridges still worked, Kiev was able to concentrate at the airports any number of troops and provide them with everything they need for the necessary storm. By the way, it is precisely in this way that the airport of Kramatorsk (which the militia did not manage to capture) was used during the storm of Slavyansk by the UAF. The ability of Kiev to quickly send reinforcements and ammunition depreciated all the tactical successes of the militia at the first stage of the defence.
The organisation of the September and August cauldrons would also be impossible if the aerial domination of the Ukrainian aircraft had remained. Control over the skies would paralyze the movement of forces and the artillery supporting the militia. In turn, the Ukrainian troops would not lose contact with the rear.
Thus, the fight for the sky became the most important stage of the fight for Donbass, although it is still understated today. The Ukrainian authorities, the Ukrainian army, and Ukrainian society covered themselves during this stage of civil war with eternal shame. War criminals in suits were giving orders to carry out terroristic strikes on obviously civil targets, war criminals in uniforms executed these orders, and pilots did not hide that they bombed civil objects for money. They knew that it’s not the Motherland that they were defending. They were performing the role of mercenaries in someone else’s dirty game. But an opportunity to earn a bit of extra money suppressed their conscience. But Ukrainian society hypocritically argued about “exploding air conditioners” and laughed at the footage of women who were ripped into pieces, claiming that the army is fighting against “Russian aggression”.
When inhabited massifs are shelled by artillery, the targeting of guns and mortars can be justified by saying that they don’t know what they are hitting. Like saying: the order with a reference to intelligence data arrived, and it is impossible to check who mixed up the coordinates and how. But the pilot of the combat jet perfectly sees whom he uses unguided missiles and bombs against. He cannot refer to “ignorance” to justify himself. Probably, that’s why artillerists are not paid extra for each shell fired in the same way that pilots were paid for each sortie.
Russia in parallel fought against the West in the political and diplomatic field, neutralising its provocations via transparent hints and demonstrations. The last word in this regard also belonged to Moscow and Donbass. When – after the Malaysian “Boeing” was downed, against the background of the anti-Russia hysterics in the western media – Ukrainian aviation made an attempt to return to the skies of Donbass, the militiamen showed an airfield where among several small aircraft there was also one combat jet (according to the official story – they were repairing a downed Ukrainian one), and the Russian media did not exclude that now the militia, which by this moment had already “repaired” several hundreds of tanks, armoured combat vehicles, and artillery systems, can “repair” several tens of combat jets too. Well, and teaching a miner to fly isn’t at all a problem.
The West understood the hint, and the topic of returning the Air Force of the UAF to the skies of Donbass was closed forever. The lives of the passengers and crew of the Malaysian “Boeing” were sacrificed by the western provokers in vain.
But, although the aviation of the UAF left the skies of Donbass, the war criminals on the land remained. During those five years that passed since the memorable airstrike on Lugansk, their quantity only grew. Among them are not only Generals who planned to use the army against their own people and not only mercenary pilots, who were one of the first to start the war. Among them are artillerists, tankmen, infantrymen, paratroopers, “volunteers”, and “helpers”. And now they are being replenished at the expense of the president Zelensky and his team. It’s not them who started this war, but they are continuing it. Like Poroshenko, they did not stop it, and now they bear responsibility for all bloodshed, and not only the blood that is yet to be spilled, but also the blood that already was spilled. Including responsibility for the airstrike on Lugansk on June 2nd 2014.
The Russian generals on leave (green men) dispatched Surveillance Recon Groups with #ECM devices, depriving #NATO and the #UAF of Donbas air space.
#Russian #ECM in the #Donbas interfered with #UAF command and control comms. #NATO has been a scared pup ever since.
Ukro-Nazis reported the last thing they heard before Hell opened up from rebel artillery was a small drone on the horizon.
Imposing a no-fly zone over the Donbas by the Russians convinced NATO to back off when they came to Syria.
WWIII was fought in Ukraine. NATO lost.
Smart comment :) The Syrian theater was just dotting the ‘i’ when it came to burying NATO.
Thanks. I learned most of it, right here. The Russian MoD’s supercomputer playing RISK is the most important piece of intel I’ve read in a long time. TYVM.
Good point, @Fec, about the ECM.
We don’t see it mentioned much in the news, for two reasons:
1. It is boring. Most readers of news stories don’t know what it is, and “We fkked up their C3I” just does not resonate with them. Eyes glaze over. There isn’t the burning wreckage or territory gained or lost (or only indirectly — after it has done its job).
2. Secrecy. Like stage magic, if you are told the details of how it works, it ceases to work. So those boring details must be closely guarded secrets.
As for the “NATO lost” comment, I think that is not quite true, yet. I’d be more willing to agree if NATO, et al, were completely absent from Kiev. In Syria, NATO seems to be fighting itself, so that may be a sign of something. Turkey is a member of NATO, so do Turkey and NATO agree with each other? That will be an interesting question.
Thanks. We also don’t hear a lot about how John Walker walked into the Russian embassy in 1968 with USN comm secrets and continued to do so for nearly 20 years, impossibly compromising the West with the Soviets.
Where zionazis and nazis merge, literally:
Euromaidan activist with neo-Nazi links joins Facebook as public policy manager
Neoliberalism and neofascism are Siamese Twins, joined in the mind.
Thanks for the analysis Rostislav and thanks for translation Ollie and Angelina.
Strategic importance of air defense can not be overstated in warfare against behemoth.
Vietnam war was decided by venerable S75′ scoring over 1000 kills including some of 100 heavy B52’s. Now conflict in Novorussia is boots on ground only with more equal play fields.
Precedence was affirmed for execution of future aggressions and we see it even in Venezuela where possible conflict is averted.
No one who saw it will ever forget the heartbreaking footage of pedestrian Inna Kukuruza, dying on the sidewalk with her legs blown off, begging passersby for the use of a cell phone so she could tell her daughter goodbye.
If justice prevails, the UkroNazis will have a long, hard, rough road ahead of them.
Justice will prevail.
No one escapes God, not even a Zionist.
Your translations of R. Ishencho’s keen analyses are very much appreciated.
Yes, air war. The first action when Russia decided to help Syria was to set up basically a permission to fly zone over Syria to avoid false flag possibilities and to keep sneaky attacks by Turkey and the Israel at a minimum. One must always set things up so that plausible deniability is denied as much as possible to one’s opponents.
And re fake news about Russia abandoning the Venezuelan air force, this was CIA Media-based wishful thinking or low level psyche op Somehow the currency ( gold, bauxite, rare earths) will be found to keep Venezuelan airspace secure.
from RT–includes statements from Arreaza and Lavrov
My recollection of the MH17 event was that the flight was ordered by the Kiev Air-Traffic Controller to descend 3,000 ft. and to alter course causing MH17 to fly over the war zone. Of course there was no way that Russia could have contrived those moves.
Then there was also reported that two UAF fighter aircraft were also seen trailing MH17. Again, once the wreckage or at least parts of the wreckage were viewed, pilots and ex-servicemen noticed the concentration of round holes beneath the cockpit windows, and stated emphatically that those holes were bullet holes and not shrapnel holes. Had this damage been inflicted by a missile one would expect that the concentration of holes would be more spread out rather than concentrating on the cockpit area.
I believe that I read that the ‘Air-Traffic Controller’ was Spanish and quickly removed from sight. I also believe that the UAF pilot who fired the shots was named and again removed from sight.
But the interesting propaganda that also emanated from this incident was that the aircraft flying V.V. Putin Home from an overseas conference was also flying back to Russia, and it was alleged that the Russians had somehow managed to switch identities of the two aircraft which in itself still states that it was Kiev that had MH17 shot down.
But what was really interesting was that a report from the Australian ABC in regard to the former Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak had received payments of $681Million US from the Saudi Royal Family, but later reports increased those ‘gifts’ to 1 Billion, which I suspect that increase was due to MH17.
And perhaps this is why the present Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir in a statement made yesterday at a Japanese conference stated emphatically that his belief was that Russia had no involvement in the MH17 event.
Some optimism -?- re Minsk…removing economic blockade of Donbass….who on the other hand says they are not optimistic as Ukaine will not discuss special status as laid out in Minsk
KIEV, June 6. /TASS/. Nationalists are picketing the country home of Ukraine’s former president, Pyotr Poroshenko, in support of the demand for his arrest, the television channel 112 Ukraine said on Thursday.
About a hundred activists in front of Poroshenko’s home in the village of Kozin are chanting “Poroshenko – Behind Bars!” and demanding the former president and his close associates, the Gladkovsky family, be brought to justice for corruption in the state-run defense industry concern Ukroboronprom. The protesters carrying flags of Ukraine and nationalist organizations are burning flares and tires. Pickets have placed loudspeakers in front of the central entrance to Poroshenko’s estate. Ukrainian patriotic songs are being played.
The coordinator of the organization Civil Control – Honest Country, Vladislav Litvinchuk, has said the demonstrators will make the protest action open-ended, if the authorities delay the investigation of Poroshenko’s involvement in the embezzlement row in Ukroboronprom.