“No resources left for offensive operations”–Poroshenko Advisor Biryukov

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2/16/2015

“Nothing left for offensive operations, must dig in instead”—Poroshenko’s Advisor Biryukov

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

[This is an excerpt from an interview on Hromadske TV]

Biryukov: “At the moment we don’t have a Ukrainian version
of the Mannerheim Line”

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Q: “Do we need one?”

Biryukov: “People are saying we’re going to win, forward, we’ll
reach the border and fully liberate [sic] the Donbass from the militants [sic]—right
now it’s impossible, we don’t have the resources. We have to get used to the
fact that we don’t have the resources for large-scale offensive operations, but
we need defensive lines in any event so we should dig them.”

J.Hawk’s Comment: The Mannerheim Line was a Finnish
fortified defensive line on the Karelian Isthmus—which, in any event, was successfully
breached by the Red Army during the Winter War, forcing Finland to sue for
peace. So it’s a rather inapt comparison, but an example of how incoherent
Ukrainian national identity becomes as soon as it tries to deny its shared
history with Russia. I mean, seriously, you have to seek out examples from
Finnish military history? Which, incidentally, are not even remotely applicable
to Ukraine, which is too large and too sparsely populated for any defensive
line to be practicable in the long term.

Aside from that, Biryukov was one of the most ardent
propagandists of, and advocates for, the “counter-terrorist operation” on the
Donbass, so it’s rather gratifying that he has now switched gears. The UAF must
really be at the end of its tether if even Biryukov recognizes the obvious.

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