Petr Poroshenko received the report of resignation of Defense Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Geletey, actually recognizing the failure of the entire summer military campaign.
Geletey got his current position on July 2, replacing his predecessors Igor Tenukh and Michael Koval in this position. During the work of the first of them Ukraine lost Crimea and Navy, during the work of the second — the so-called anti-terrorist operation (ATO) from blitzkrieg turned into positional warfare.
Assumption of the command of Geletey was marked by the retreat of Strelkov from Slavyansk and Mozgovoy from Severodonetsk. It seemed that the Ukrainian army was about to «win» the rebelling Donbass: Gorlovka and Lugansk were in the siege and was and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) were almost divided into isolated formations.
There was not far off the moment when the promised by Geletey parades of Ukrainian troops on the streets of Donetsk and Lugansk will become a reality, not mere words. And then yellow — blue flag had to flutter over Sevastopol. Did Geletey promise that? Yes, he did!
But the miracle did not happen. Junta’s mistake which was discussed by all military analysts, became evident when the militias near Saur-Mogila «slammed» several thousands of Ukrainian soldiers in the southern bowl. Then there were the Krasny Lutch, Lutugino, Rodakovo and Ilovaisk. That is the same Ilovaisk for which Geletey has got his «title» (Geletey Ilovaisky), after which the army of Novorossia came to Azov and Ukrainian cemeteries were filled with thousands of unmarked graves: families are still searching in the mountains of the Donetsk chain of hills for missing soldiers.
One of the reasons of everything that has happened to castigators is that they were in charge of the swivel-chair warrior, who is only able to descend marching orders from Washington and Brussels to the lowest levels of command. Is it possible to expect self-commanding thinking of the courtier, a former security guard who manipulates and intrigues against his opponents? Of course, it’s not.
Who will replace Geletey? Another temporary worker. According to the law the elections to the Verkhovna Rada automatically complete the cadence of the Cabinet of Ministers. In other words, the current Minister of Defence would have resigned in three weeks all the same.
What for they would change horses in midstream? To cover things up: when retired you can leave to another country and you may as well look for a needle in a haystack…
No wonder that Valery Geletey signed his Ministerial oath with the closed pen. He hasn’t indulged in illusions.