“Georgian Legion” left the ranks of the Armed forces of Ukraine. This was announced on Friday evening on the official page of a battalion in the social network. The armed group accused the leadership of the 54th brigade of the armed forces of incompetence, illegal orders and threats against members of the “Legion”.
The division participated in the fighting in the Donbass since the beginning of the civil war, but was made part of the APU only in 2016. Up to this point, in fact, the “Georgian Legion” acted illegally, and their validity has not been controlled. The unit was mainly engaged in reconnaissance and sabotage activities, but sometimes also participated in the fighting. The yield of formation of the Ukrainian army was provoked by the unlawful orders of the commander 54 brigade APU Aleksey, Maystrenko, which he gave during an operation in Donbas on December 16. After 4 days, December 20, the leadership of “Georgian Legion” took the decision to withdraw from the APU, but announced it only now. The higher command of the Ukrainian army and the country’s leaders have allegedly notified of the action Maystrenko. The details of the operation and evidence against the commander of the 54 teams will be notified at the press conference, which will take place in the near future.
In addition, the “Georgian Legion” accuses Mistral in an attempt to “silence” the conflict. So, he fired the commander of the 25th battalion Evgeny Lavrov, who stood on the side of the foreign operation. Moreover, pressure exerted on 11 of the wounded soldiers “of the Legion” who have been injured as a result of the failed operation on December 16. Mistral, together with his Deputy brothers Fedosenko, Deputy commander of the 25th battalion Chelmowski and former member of the “Legion” Zurab, Cecelija wounded soldiers threatened with deportation and denial of treatment. Ukrainian armed forces took the members of “Georgian Legion” all the equipment and personal belongings. The unit has lost thermal imagers, scopes, body armor, helmets, night vision devices and vehicles. Despite the chaos APU battalion refuses allegiance to the Square, signed in the end of the message “Glory to Ukraine”.
In the comments under the post, there were users who were training in the part of 54 brigade of the armed forces under the leadership of Mistral. They noted that one-third of personnel is always in a state of alcoholic intoxication, and as a result begins the assault. However, most commentators sided with the APU, accusing the Legion of desertion.
It is noteworthy that this is not the first conflict in the ranks of the APU for the last time. For example, in December last year during a shootout between the different battalions of the Ukrainian army, 17 soldiers were killed and 11 more got wounds of different severity. In October 2017 the chief military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios presented a shocking report in which it was noted that the outbreak of civil war in the Donbass died 10 130 people, but it’s not combat losses. So many soldiers died as a result of the breach of discipline and outside of statutory relations. The report Matios caused a public outcry in the country. However, according to experts, the output of the “Georgian Legion” of APU is nothing fundamentally will not change.
Political analyst Rostislav ISHCHENKO:
“The Ukrainian army is disintegrating for 4 years. From 2014 they are looting, it is within the boiler, it is losing huge amount of military equipment for the armed miners and tractor drivers. From Ukraine there were continued reports of clashes between battalions of the Ukrainian army. The release of “the Georgian battalion of the APU will not change. It was only 50-100 people. They are friends of the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. When he was friends with Peter Poroshenko – the “Legion” became part of the APU. Ceased to be friends – came out. I do not exclude that they can be part of the Ukrainian army, if Saakashvili and Poroshenko make peace,” – says the analyst.
The Director of the Center for political studies and conflictology Mikhail POGREBINSKY:
“I do not think that the departure of the “Legion” something to change the military situation in the APU or affect morale. However, it is important symbolically to demonstrate that in the moment is the Ukrainian army. If this internal conflict will be illuminated not only in the Russian media, but also the West, wishing to make war on the side of the APU is clearly diminished. I think that Mikheil Saakashvili is imperative to seize this moment, to discredit the Ukrainian military leadership and government in General”, – said Ukrainian political analyst.
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