In November, Ukrainian military TV started airing a second season of its “РЕКРУТ.UA” series. The so-called ‘reality show’ is backed by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and is designed show an alleged “reality” of the service with the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces (UAAF).
The UAAF was created from the Ukrainian Airmobile Forces (more commonly referred as VDV) in November 2017 as a part of the general effort of the current Kiev regime to abandon Russian and Soviet terms to show its independence from Moscow.
“РЕКРУТ.UA” videos are interesting because even this stiffly censored content created in order to inspire Ukrainian citizens to service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) allows to see the real level of combat training, the quality of weapon inventory and the morale of UAF troops.
An interesting fact is that most of professional servicemen in these videos actively use Russian language and use term VDV instead of the UAAF. The sad open secret is that most of motivated, well-trained and combat-experienced servicemen of the UAF are ethnic Russians or Russian-speaking Ukrainians. At the same time, Ukrainian nationalists mostly serve in retreat-blocking “volunteer battalions”, which are a part of the Ukrainian National Guard and provide police and political pressure “services” in the Kiev-controlled part of the combat zone in eastern Ukraine.
Thus, ethnic Russian and Russian speaking servicemen of the UAF are in fact fighting against other ethnic Russians and Russian speaking population leaving in eastern Ukraine. This situation is an apparent success of Washington strategists.