Writing in Facebook Jan. 9, activist Kostyantyn Zinkevych says the CO of the 14th tank brigade battalion, Lt.- Col. Valery Durikhin refused to assume command of several scores of tanks, saying they hadn’t been repaired properly, ZIK reports Jan. 9.
“I am not going to specify the officer’s grievances as our enemies can learn them. The so-called repair took the form of repainting the tanks,” he wrote.
“The battalion fought courageously in Lisichansk and Savur-Mohyla in Donbas. Despite pressure from his superiors, the CO rejected the tanks, saying they needed good repair,” he wrote.
Hopefully, Ukraine military leaders will heed the incident, expert Yury Butusov writes, commenting the incident in Facebook.
“I fully support the ceremonious transfers of armor to the military the president arranged recently in Lviv and Zhytomyr. It’s a good promotion and booster to Ukrainians. But the equipment must be transferred in the combat-ready condition,” he writes.
The battalion officers should not take the fall for the incident. They honestly did their duty. Those who reported the tanks repaired must be punished,” Yu. Butusov writes.