British military: Ukrainian security forces can neither shoot nor command
Most of the victims among the Ukrainian soldiers are caused either by shooting at their own, or by improper handling of weapons - this, as reported by the Sunday Times, said a former British military man, who was engaged in Ukraine in the training of security forces. In addition, he noted that ineffective command, as well as lack of skills and discipline, were the main reasons for the succession of "bloody" defeats of Kiev supporters. “I tried to teach them something, and they declared:“ Who are you to teach me? I threw Molotov cocktails during the Maidan ”
The military man, who left the ranks of the elite units of the British armed forces to train the Ukrainian security forces fighting the "separatists" of the east of Ukraine, spoke about the true scale of the chaos that is happening in the Ukrainian army, reports the Sunday Times.
According to him, the series of “bloody” defeats to the forces loyal to Kiev, including the recent surrender of Debaltseve, was mostly the result of ineffective command, as well as a lack of skills and discipline.
The 40-year-old naturalized British of Ukrainian origin, who served in Afghanistan and the Middle East, said that the Ukrainian armed forces, which consist mainly of volunteers and draftees, suffer heavy losses because of the frequent incidents of shelling their own troops and because of the wrong handling of weapons, said the publication.
“Six out of 10 victims among Ukrainian volunteers happen because of their own shooting and because of the inability to handle weapons,” said the military man, who called only his military nickname “Saffron”.
As he stressed, "it was clear that Debaltseve would be a disaster for Ukraine, but the military leadership and their political bosses just watched what was happening in slow-motion mode."
The publication notes that in relation to the Ukrainian special forces and paratroopers "Safron" was full of praise, but he spoke about their commanders unflattering.
“The command is so bad that it endangers the lives of the soldiers,” he said, adding that “they confuse tactics with strategy, launch attacks, without warning each other, and without obvious strategic reasons.”
Safron, which, according to the Sunday Times, returned from Ukraine last month, also told how he taught his comrades to use digital radio stations that allow them to encrypt negotiations. However, the fighters still used mobile phones, simply because it was more convenient, and, as noted in the article, despite the fact that such negotiations are easily monitored and tapped by “separatists”.
“They not only use phones, but also tweet and post their photos on Facebook,” Safron said. At the same time, he stressed: "Everything that I saw there went contrary to what I was taught in the British army."
However, according to his confession, the situation with the former Maidan activists was the worst. He had the feeling that many of them were unemployed people with no purpose in life, who joined the security forces, but did not want to learn the discipline.
“I tried to teach them something, and they declared:“ Who are you,to teach me? I threw Molotov cocktails during the Maidan, ”concludes the Sunday Times with the words of the former British military.