The former commander of the Ukrainian Aidar Battalion (one of the “Volunteer Battalions” consisting of various radicals, including Nazis) Sergey Melnychuk boasted that he, personally “handled” and then captured 55 Russian paratroopers, including “two senior officers.”
He made the outrageous claim in an interview with channel NewsOne, aired on July 23rd.
He further claimed that Russian aviation was hunting specifically him under the cover of an early warning and control aircraft A-50 aircraft:
“They [the Donetsk People’s Republic fighters], together with Russian aviation, personally, I tell you personally, I was personally bombed. It’s not someone who sat in Kiev on the couch telling you. .. There were attack aircraft under the cover of an A-50 aircraft, aviation cover, electronic warfare. “
Melnichuk achieved a sort of fame, after in 2017 he opened fire towards residents who were protesting against the demolition of a kindergarten in Troyeshchyna, Kyiv. At that point he was holding a public office.
Melnychuk, appears to be trying to stay relevant, as in February 2019 he threatened Transcarpathia (a geographical area in Ukraine) with a massacre if there was a referendum on joining Hungary.
The interview took place on NewsOne again.
Mariya, a resident of Transcarpathia who phoned in to the studio, asked if Melnichuk thinks that Hungary will be able to offer the residents of Transcarpathia living conditions that they cannot refuse and will hold a referendum on joining Hungary.
“Ukraine has already lost Crimea, it lost several districts of the Donbass [sic – ed] and Lugansk region. Do you not think that this scenario can be repeated in Transcarpathia? Here Hungarian pensions are given to our Transcarpathian Hungarians in large quantities. Do you not think that their pension, which is ten times more than ours, can tempt our people to hold a referendum and vote for Hungary?” she asked.
In response Melnychuk said:
“It takes two hours for the 128th brigade to reach Lake Balaton, and the Hungarians will not do anything. There is a sufficient military force to deter aggression. This will not happen. There will be nothing there.”
Democracy in Ukraine is in safe hands. After all, Melnychuk was a member of Ukrainian Parliament when he made the statement.
The Aidar battalion also entered the news due to incidents of banditry and looting in the region of Donbass. On June 22nd, residents of the village of Novosvetlovka in Luhansk province spoke about the undertakings of the nationalists in the village. According to them, members of the battalion, and Melnychuk personally, organized mass looting of houses in 2014. According to Vladimir Vinnik Andrey Sukharev 95 percent of the houses were looted, and as a result of the fighting more than 200 locals were killed.
“People were herded into the Church, and while they were gathered there, the battalion robbed their homes,” he said.
In other absurd news, the Ukrainian Coast Guard alleged that the Russian security service – the FSB were trying to “irradiate” them.
In the Sea of Azov, near Mariupol, for two days, in the evening, the lights of the marine guards of the Ukrainian Coast guard were fixated on with a green beam, the United Forces Operation headquarters reported.
“From the direction where one of the Coast Guard Ships of the FSB is located, and it is located at quite the distance, as soon as it gets dark the boats of the Ukrainian Coast Guard are illuminated with a green beam.”
The so-called lighting sessions last for several minutes. And the Ukrainian side believes that the FSB is attempting to attack them via some radiation weapon. Quite worrisome.
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