Parliamentary report blames Ukrainian Defence Ministry, General Staff for horrific losses in August in Ilovaisk at hands of Russian forces

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2014/10/20 • War in the Donbas

Article by: Peter Dutczyn

The main reasons that led to the defeat of Ukrainian‬ troops near Ilovaisk tragedy within the fundamental problems in the organization of the country’s defence, and a significant share of responsibility belongs to top officials of the Defence Ministry and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine‬, news agency UNIAN reported at 16:00 Kyiv time on 20 October, quoting the interim report of the temporary parliamentary investigation commission for investigating the circumstances of the tragic events that led to killing and capturing of soldiers of volunteer battalions and the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the town of Ilovaisk, Donetsk Oblast.

The report published by the TIS head, Andriy Senchenko, said that eight out of 11 TIS members, had signed the interim report.

The report said that “The non-introduction of martial law led to disorganization in control over military operations, which largely caused events in Ilovaшsk.”
“Erroneous personnel decisions gravely complicated the situation and non-sensical actions on the part of Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey and the head of the General Staff, Viktor Muzhenko, led to the Ilovaisk tragedy,” the report said.

“At all stages of the events connected with the Ilovaik tragedy, the aforementioned commanders demonstrated inability to organize the country’s defence,” the TIS report said.

“The size of our forces in the D sector at the beginning of the mass invasion of the Russian forces was such that the Russian military convoys could have simply not noticed our military,” Senchenko was quoted as saying.

Senchenko said that “according to all indicators, the overall number of killed, wounded and those who died from wounds is around 1,000 people in all episodes of the Ilovaisk tragedy.” He added that that “up till now, neither the Defence Ministry, nor the General Staff have answered the questions of the investigation commission sent to them on 10 September 2014 regarding the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine sustained during the attempt by our units to get out of the Ilovaisk encirclement,” the report was quoted as saying.

The TIS report also said that “unlike other institutions, the Defence Ministry and the General Staff have been systematically hindering the commission’s work”.

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  • Paul P. Valtos

    Well as with other bureaucracies the military has is share. Now is not the time to beat them up though but to clean out the paper pushers and put in those who can lead or have proven leadership power.

    • Milton Devonair

      the disease of russia, being a criminal state, infects every institution of the countries it invaded and occupied, so right down to the local policeman, everything will have to be cleaned up of all stink of russia.

  • Milton Devonair

    russia’s military has always been incompetent amateurs at best, legions of rabid baboons at the worst. So why would a country dominated and ran by russia for so long have good military leadership and professionalism in their ranks? It takes time to weed out the stench of russia in institutions of newly freed countries.

    So get busy Ukraine, clean out your government and civil institutions of all traces of the plague called russia.

    • Mykola Banderachuk

      you are 100% correct but in time (hopefully sooner rather than later) the Ukrainian military rise like a phoenix to do Ukraine proud and defeat the enemy. This is inevitable especially with all the new equipment being brought into service, Ukraine will prevail, the katsaps will continue to die at a rate of four to one. This defeat and deaths will not be in vain.

      • Milton Devonair

        Very much so agree. That’s one of the reason’s why russians have always feard Ukrainians and Ukraine. They are everything russia can never be, ever.

        This is an excellent example of why countries that wish to be free need to have an armed population. In the instance of this video, the russian and chechen apes firing rockets by people’s homes could easily be shot and killed by Ukrainian civilians.

  • Murf

    One of the most important aspects of the operational arts is Unity of Command.
    One commander, a clear chain of command, everybody focused on one mission.
    Even across the pond I could tell this was NOT happening.
    The assaults depended on the volunteer battalions. but they were lightly armed.and ill supplied. and untrained in urban assult. in several battles a well planned assault quickly accomplished their missions with a minimum of loss.
    The artillery seemed haphazard. Standing back and blasting randomly until the enemy withdrawal is weak tactic. Ukraine had two months were Russian could do nothing but send thugs and circus freaks. Time is the one resource in war you never get enough of Ukraine squandered it.
    Units If GARDS are to be used they MUST be in mass. They blast a thousand square meters in to dust in one massive volley. Regardless of the what is in the kill zone.
    Strekalov’s retreat should have been a death march. Ukraines highway of death. The gods of war rarely give you an opportunity to rout an enemy so completely and break him.
    All theses incidents indicate a lack of a unified command structure that can plan and execute a war.
    Ukraine is going to have to purse this war with the same ruthless determination of their enemy.
    Now is the time to gather your wits. Take a sobering and honest look in the mirror. See the enhanced the strengths, address the weakness’
    Most importantly develop a comprehensive strategy to crush these barbaric thugs. Fast and hard before the Russian can react.
    As always; Glory to Ukraine.

    • Don Casavant

      Go get’em Murf! You sound a little fired up!! I agree 100 % with your post!!

  • W8post

    One doesn’t need a ‘Parliamentary Report’ to understand this. It’s obvious that the ‘Command’ ??? In Kyiv is/was aware of the -artificially- weakness of their troops. Years of stealing the budget intended for the army/defense by the same ‘Command’, they knew what slaughter they send their troops in. With the difference that the ‘command’ (or at least some of them) had their eyes on puppeteer Puto and the troops had their eyes on an Independent and free (of Russian influence) Ukraine. May the 26th.elections be on the side of the troops/soldiers and voluntary defenders of their Country, and that all those who fell for this real independence didn’t die in vane!