Statements of the CACDS

Real Army Building vs. NATO Standards

Why build the Armed Forces without looking at NATO standards?

Because every day we receive signals of the Kremlin's intention to uproot Ukrainian from our territory, to destroy Ukraine as a state.

On December 19, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin declared that all the Black Sea and eastern part of Ukraine are Russian territories and now Russia is “understanding” this. Adding to this the notion that "Ukrainian" was "invented" by Count Pototsky ", in fact territorial claims to all Ukraine. I would like to remind that 11 years ago, during the Bucharest summit, the Kremlin owner called Crimea Russian and made territorial claims ("South of Ukraine is totally - only some Russians are there ... Crimea was simply obtained by Ukraine by the decision of the Political Bureau of the CPSU Central Committee. Who can tell us that we have there is no interest there? ”). Where is Crimea now ?!

This New Year's gift from the main Ukrainophob was preceded by appropriate "developments".

On the one hand, Valeriy Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, has recently offered to resume contacts with NATO. By the way, Putin also raised the topic, noting that Russia is interested in developing relations with the United States and is ready to work with Washington, regardless of who is in the White House or in control of Congress. It seems like an "outstretched hand of friendship" to the exhausted West - with the thought of peace. Of course, with the condition to forget about the conquered Crimea and the destroyed Donbass.

On the other hand, not only the population of Russia, but also the whole world, are carefully impelled by the idea that Ukraine may be absorbed, or at least governed by Kiev. Interesting trend of the end of 2019: everyone who is ready to defend Ukrainian with and without weapons; all who are ready to defend their home, their land, in Russia are openly called punishment and Nazis. Why so? Quite a simple explanation: the Russian establishment is well aware that the only real force (and therefore a threat) is to increase the national dignity of Ukrainians and the readiness of the people for armed struggle.

That is why the "generals of television careers" (nightingales, scabies and priests) have launched a powerful multi-level information war, the key thesis of which is: "In Ukraine, the Civil War is ongoing"; "Ukrainian war participants are Nazis and dangerous to society, potential or actual criminals"; "The only formula for the" survival "of Ukrainian statehood is union with Russia."

What is the Ukrainian government doing? He continues, following the tradition of Petro Poroshenko, to lose motivated people to the army. He still has no idea what the new Ukrainian army should be like. Does not create motivation, does not develop new contracts at least for the core of the Armed Forces. Instead of rearmament, it slowed down almost 9 billion UAH of unused state defense order. On the dry end, only talk about Alliance standards. By the way, weakened, exhausted and unwilling to introduce realistic support for Ukraine (at least in the form of consolidated military-technical assistance).

Meanwhile, the SBU has already signaled that the terrorist structures of the LNR and the DNR are being recruited by Russia to recruit Ukrainian youth through social networks. This is just one of the signs that the struggle for consciousness is gaining momentum.

The only conclusion is: act immediately! NATO standards are needed, but they cannot be a top priority for building defense capabilities. There is a need to fight for the motivation of the soldiers of the future army, because the vacuum of action will fill. Just like for the development of domestic weapons - the West will choose the first thing between reconciliation with Moscow or the arms of Ukraine first!

Valentin Badrak

Director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Research (CDACR)