You’re being shelled while sitting in a trench and thinking “Will I get out of this alive?” – Mykyta, soldier of the 72nd brigade



2014/08/08 • War in the Donbas

Very bitter story by a young guy who just came from the war zone at the Ukrainian-Russian border.

“The Russians showered us with artillery shells, using Grad systems that were stationed on their territory. There was a time when artillery shells flew at us from four different directions. The toughest day was when the shelling lasted for 5 or 6 hours, with intervals between rounds of artillery fire lasting only 30-40 seconds, maybe some up to 1 minute, but not longer.

When it’s that bad, imagine – a soldier cannot even have a bathroom break outside of his trench, because splinters from exploding shells fly all around. And we could not do anything – we had no artillery of our own. I am a professional grenade launcher, and I probably launched something like 24 grenades, but I doubt whether it was useful. Before this shelling would start, a Russian scout plane flew over our heads, correcting the Russian artillery, giving directions, where exactly to fire.

I saw a shell knocking out a post that held wires – a nearby village was immediately deprived of electricity. I also saw wounded, many wounded, some with their feet torn off. Something must be done differently, or we all will be slaughtered. Supplies were meager, too. There were days when we were fed only once a day, each soldier given a plate with watery soup, and that was all. Once, they brought us some cans with condensed milk, and that was a real feast, we felt like we were stuffing ourselves full with this milk.

Also, one of our soldiers would run, under fire, to the nearby village, and buy cigarettes there; we could exchange cigarettes for some food during short moments of our communication with a neighboring army unit, if they were lucky and had any surplus. We drank water from metal buckets and it was like this (shows a puddle of water on the ground). So, I don’t know how we survived. All we thought about was only to survive. When these Grads are firing and you are in your trench, all you can do is hope that you will survive, and pray. Personally, I sometimes recited a prayer something like 30 times.”

translated by George V. Pinchuk 

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  • evanlarkspur

    Where the fuck are the MREs we sent? Where the fuck is the leadership in this army? Why the fuck haven’t the people in procurement who are stealing and defrauding the poor boys in the trenches not been demoted to private and sent to the front. It is time for the US to send real arms with real advisors on the ground to make sure of their proper use and deployment. Period. Forgive my language.

    • Jacks Channel

      MREs are good. I ate them in the Army. Canada just sent something so thats good. Hopefully there was some food in the aid package.

      Good job Canada.

    • Murf

      Nobody has said directly but I get the feeling that the MREs went missing in action. Stealing,or as it is known in the military as “reallowcating resources” happens and is semi ok. Stealing food from soldiers in war is a small step below treasion.
      There should be heads mounted on pikes in the town square, and no, I am not talking metaphorcialy. A public trial and humiliation would go a long way towards knocking that nonsense out. It would also have encouraged more aid from the US.

  • Murf

    Though little SOB! That situation would have stressed anyone. I worried about the units manning the border getting cut off but I never imagined the level of direct Russian involvment, or the apathetic western response. Sanctions should have started weeks ago. If the DPR clowns hadn’t shoot down the passenger plane, they still would not have done anything.
    Violence unchallenged is violence rewarded.
    Which pretty much sums up this whole business from Criema on onward.