Andrey Biletsky Age: 35 years Education: historical faculty, the Kharkiv National University named after Karazin The commander of regiment of special purpose “Azov” Candidate for district #217 From school years Andrey Biletsky was interested in the idea of Ukrainian nationalism. Graduated with honors the historical faculty of KhNU and had dedicated his thesis to the […]
Age: 35 years
Education: historical faculty, the Kharkiv National University named after Karazin
The commander of regiment of special purpose “Azov”
Candidate for district #217
From school years Andrey Biletsky was interested in the idea of Ukrainian nationalism. Graduated with honors the historical faculty of KhNU and had dedicated his thesis to the history of the Ukrainian rebel army.
From his students days he had taken an active part in nationalist movement. In his 23 an “academic” nationalist Biletsky became a leader of Kharkiv branch of the “Trident” named after Stepan Bandera, collaborated with Social nationalist party (later IN “Freedom”), “UNA-UNSO”.
In 2006 he registered the “Patriot of Ukraine” as an independent public organization. In August 2011 on the ground of ideological differences in the organization there was a conflict with journalist Sergey Kolesnik, in which the latter was severely beaten, and two members of the organization were injured.
In December 2011 Andrey Biletsky, Vitaliy Knyazhytsky and Igor Mikhaylenko were arrested on a charge of the attack on Sergey Kolesnik. Earlier, in Vasylkiv were arrested members of local branch of “Patriot of Ukraine” – “Vasylkiv’s terrorists”, who, allegedly, were preparing a terrorist act.
The nationalists considered those arrests as political repressions.
February 24, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the resolution “About releasing of political prisoners”.
The next day Biletsky and his comrades went out of jail. And on the same day the “Chief” (as they call Biletsky) had already organized resistance to pro-Russian forces in Kharkiv.
In May, Andrey Biletsky headed the battalion “Azov”; members of “Patriot of Ukraine”, Automaidan, football fans became its basis. The battalion is deployed in Mariupol, on the base in Urzuph. “Azov” is considered to be one of the most disciplined and effective battalions.
I never planned to go into politics. But I was pressed by the guys from battalion. The front is now an important part of Ukrainian society. And it must have its own voice, it must be heard, because there much depends on the situation.
Why did I choose district #217? We proceeded from simple mathematics. We found out how many inhabitants of Kyiv are in companies, looked, in which district they lived. It appeared that most of the guys are from Obolon.
I don’t need advices and assistance on the battle field, but I have a huge problem, when it comes to national security strategy. We and the front don’t affect on it – either from the level of commanders of brigades, or from the level of commanders of sectors. As a deputy I can convey important things, can influence.
The country doesn’t prepare professional politics. Therefore, our policy is a purely amateur; I don’t see the point to make a sacred ordinance from legislative activity.
Five months ago I was a military historian and had a vague idea of the real fighting. But now I have become a professional military. If I have to deal with the policy competences, I will deal.
I understand why I go into politics. It is necessary to create a network of laws about new combat training, about volunteer recruiting principle not only in battalions but in the army.
We need to create a new army of experimental sample. I see it like this: a few well motivated and actively engaged teams are taken; they are trained by west instructors. Thus, an experimental modernized division is created, which works of new methods of warfare. If the project is successful, it will be introduced to the whole army.
There are many standards and orders of the sample 1985 in our army. With this “quiet Soviet horror”, we can’t win the war. Because Russia began reform their army before. They are working on new tactics, introduce more modern weapons.
The situation in Ukraine reminds me the times of Ukrainian National Republic. There were the same Russian aggression with the support of “fifth column”, with the same gutlessness and lack of character of our leaders. God grant that this wouldn’t lead to a loss of independence. Though, it is quiet real.
Today is the time of responsibility. It is possible to take and do, and nobody will say a word.
Volunteers are the most passionate part of society. Now the all energy of this layer goes to war. If this energy had been launched in February in a constructive direction, now we would have another country.
We must understand that we are alone. We shouldn’t rely on the West; from there will be no assistance. Europe doesn’t ready to fight for its values and ideals, but we show now our will in the struggle for European values – and it doesn’t matter whether it is in the front or in the rear as volunteers.
My battalion has released five Ukrainian cities. “Azov” has the most minimal loss in the ATO’s zone: 12 dead, 60 wounded, 1 captured – it is 11% of the total number of fighters, 660 volunteers. Though, if you look at any modern army on the West sample, you will see that there unacceptable losses even at the level of 2-3%. We have a lot to learn.
We have reorganized into regiment, we have artillery division now. And besides, some of the artillery we captured, and some were given to us from a long-forgotten factory. However, everything works.
I am a Darwinist. War – is continuous terror and pain, but, on the other hand – I think it is not bad. If for decades we were not able to shake ourselves; whether we will fall in this struggle (in the struggle with ourselves, with our weaknesses) or will become the other people. I believe in our chances.
And now there is a natural selection; an express course on survival.
Our victory will give us a boost. The country definitely will become much better. We will stop to look to the West and the East.