This video shows the military ground of 11th territorial defense battalion of Ukraine. Our organization is helping this battalion since December 2014. Below the video you can read its transcript.
To find out what exactly you can learn at the military training the crew of “The Sekryetnye Materialy” “Secret Footage” decided to participate in an experiment and sign up as volunteers for such training.
Here at the Marusin military ground volunteers are willing to teach anyone who would like to be useful to their country.
Combat training instructor goes by “Hobgoblin”
“Here at the Marusin military ground we teach the civilians the elementary use of arms.”
Graduates of this type of training state that several days of such practice are significantly more valuable than a month of training at the Ministry of Defense military grounds.
Today in our schedule there are lessons on the combat tactics, medical training, obstacle course, and tactical marksmanship.
Right after the formation we are not wasting any time and jump straight into learning the tactics of combat.
First we are getting instructed on change of combat positions.
“If there is an order “On the right” for example. We don’t get up, we take AK then we roll back onto our left shoulder, keeping our legs spread on the ground with the right leg on top for better stability and to avoid involuntary rocking, then we point our weapon to the right. It is important not to lift your right knee like so, as it gets exposed.”
Then we get our first combat assignment – we work as a group.
“Contact to the right. Contact to the left. Center yourself as you laying down”
We imitate the movement of our unit.
“Captain, there is a land mine ahead”
“Roger that. Can you disable/remove it?”
“Disable/remove the land mind. The unit is waiting.”
“Continue your advance.”
“There is a land elevation. There might be snipers.”
“Respond with a hand grenade”
The result of the tactical medical training our reporter got to experience herself. According to the legend, she was dangerously wounded in combat. She required medical help and urgent evacuation from the battlefield.
“Everyone down on the ground. The reporter is wounded. Cover your head (talking to the wounded reporter)”
“Talk to her”
“Open the first outer compartment of the tactical backpack – get the IV.”
“Be situationally aware of the surrounding space”
“Medic, is your wounded soldier ready for evacuation?”
Instructor to the rest of the unit of trainees
“Quickly come over and check how the wounded get transported”
“One, two, three. Let’s carry”
“I start undressing her. First you check out her ribs. Her breathing is normal. There is no shortness of breath, which means there is no pneumothorax.”
“Let’s continue. For example, we have a wound here. We ran out of saline solution. Here’s what we do.”
After the medical training newcomers get familiarized with weaponry and gun safety rules, which everyone who attended this training at least once knows.
“The rules of gun safety. (inaudible) number two. What is the rule of gun safety number one?”
“Treat every weapon as military grade and assume that it’s loaded.”
“Correct. Rule number two?”
“Do not point the gun in any direction you are not going to shoot.”
“Rule number three?”
“Finger on the trigger only at the moment of shooting.”
“Rule number four?”
“Stay situationally aware of what’s in front and behind of your target.”
After the rules were learnt, we start familiarizing ourselves with AK47. First assembly and disassembly.
“Why do we learn assembly and disassembly? If some was to happen to you AK. For example, we were shooting. Click, click — nothing is happening. We check — magazine is not empty. Click, click – still nothing. We need to know what to do with it.”
Then there was the most interesting part — an obstacle course. Trenches, assault course, barbed wire, tons of ladders, manholes and hand grenade throwing. All of this requires huge strength and stamina. When there was nothing left – tactical shooting was the concluding part of the training.
“Bend your leg a little in the knee. The other one is straight. Lean the torso forward, the chest is in front of your gut and raise you weapon.”
Today our visit is coming to an end. We have gained more skills now than after some of the Armed Forces’ military grounds training.
Meanwhile the mighty state official apparatus reports that the Army is properly prepared, and the casualties are minimal.
Military expert Aleksey Arestovich
“You see, the Army is a huge cesspool. The War budget is a huge cesspool. Our government is used to profiteer off that budget. They actively milk it.”
That’s why the financing of the military is the second thought after the diversion of funds. Also, that’s the reason for poor industrial infrastructure and military training in deployed personnel, as well as a very high number of casualties.
In general our military experts graded Ukrainian military training as unsatisfactory.
Military expert Aleksey Arestovich
“The training of the newly drafted soldiers are at a very low level. Naturally, it doesn’t prepare them for combat properly.”
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