Volunteers announce basic needs for frontline troops

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2014/11/04 • War in the Donbas

Representatives of three Lviv volunteer organizations – Lvivsky Lytsar, Dopomoha Frontu and Park – declared that the truce had not been observed, so the boys stationed in eastern Ukraine require more assistance and support.

However, the needs and “requests” of the soldiers have changed. Food products, bulletproof vests or helmets are no longer needed; commanders and officers are now asking for thermal imagers, night vision devices, binoculars, etc. Volunteers say that servicemen on the front lines are requesting equipment that is not provided for by the charter of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Oleksandr Molody, member of the Park volunteer group said that “the Ministry of Defence doesn’t deliver equipment that is not listed in the charter. And really, that charter doesn’t provide for tactical goggles or tactical gloves or thermal imagers or night vision devices or laser rangefinders.”

The 18th Brigade has already asked for white camouflage suits for the winter. Uliana Didych pointed out that the soldiers also need warm and long military socks and winter boots as nothing of the kind has been provided.

“Moreover, there’s a huge problem with radios. Soldiers are assigned tanks or self-propelled artillery where only one radio can be used to communicate with the battalion; the SP artillery units are given poor quality volunteer radios. For information, just one stationary radio device is worth up to 20,000 hryvnias.”

With the onset of cold weather, the servicemen have started coming down with various illnesses. So, the men require medication to fight off colds and the flu, like Fervex and Theraflu. They also need tourniquets and hemostatic agents to stop bleeding.

However, volunteers ask people not to buy drugs and medicine on their own, but to ask for professional advice. The volunteers are ready to provide information on places where medicine can be purchased cheaply, and will advise people on what servicemen really need.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: zaxid.net

  • W8post

    It seems that ‘the Charter’ needs adjustments, and PRONTO!!! (for the winter camo one can ask the Swedes – and they have plenty of it)

  • Michel Cloarec

    The guys on the front lines know what they need. The commander in chief has to see that they get it !

  • Murf

    Well it’s good to hear that such basic items such as helmets and body armor are not an issue any more.
    It’s progress.

  • Pazorec

    Basic medications like Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and cough syrup are always in need our in the field. I encourage everyone to make an effort.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Well I would hope that the Ukrainian ambassador hits up John Mc Cain as to their needs and makes sure that they get what they need directly, not through any crooked distribution system. Until the corruption business is cleaned up I would not trust the boys on top. If I had Bill Gates money Ukraine would be surprised. I thought that night vision glasses were supposed to be furnished by the US and Germany. Where did all that go? I still feel that Americans should give the Poles a gift of at least 22 A-10’s (squadron size) and train the Ukrainians. That method would clean up any pro Russian personnel and put the fear of God in them.