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The psychological toll of Ukraine's war

30 September 2017

17 September 2017: Ukrainian tanks in Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting continues. Photo Volodya Senkiv/shutterstock.com

Ukrainian armed forces fire on the civilian population of the Donbass on a daily basis. None of this gets reported in the British media.

But killing civilians is having a serious effect on Ukrainian servicemen’s moral and psychological condition, according to local media. There are frequent reports of soldiers, having returned from the “line of engagement”, committing suicide and of drunken incidents where grenades explode and kill after they have been thrown about by Ukrainian servicemen on leave.

On 23 September a soldier died in Kiev and three more people injured as a result of a live grenade being chucked by the soldier. On 24  September in Kharkov  a 23-year-old serviceman who had just returned from the fighting in zone controlled by pro-Russian forces committed suicide in a stairwell of a block of flats using a grenade.


These incidents and many others prompted the military psychiatrist of the Ukrainian armed forces, Colonel Oleg Druz, to say that 93 per cent of the participants in the Donbass hostilities from the Ukrainian army side “are a potential threat to society and need treatment”. He paid for that comment by being removed from his post. 

A spokesman for the Donbass workers, who do not recognise the EU-led sock puppet administration based in Kiev, says every day they are bombarded every day. After returning home “they continue to see ‘'enemies' in their cities and destroy them ‘along with themselves’.”

Lovers of the EU here in Britain should closely look at what has been happening in the Ukraine since 2012 and then resolve to get out of the EU by all available means, along with demanding EU hands off Ukraine.