Last night border guards of “Tryokhizbenka” unit in Lugansk Region spotted terrorists saboteur group. This happened on the demarcation line between ATO forces and illegal armed groups. 6 terrorist were located with the help of thermal imager, they were moving in the direction to Tryokhizbenka village.
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
In order to stop saboteurs border guards together with Ukrainian military opened fire using automatic weapon and automatic grenade launcher AGS-17 at the positions of armed terrorists. Terrorists had to retreat behind the demarcation line in the direction of Krasniy Liman town. The demarcation line in that area goes along Siverskiy Donetsk River.
On May 26 International Committee of Red Cross delivered 116 tons of humanitarian aid to Stakhanov, the city is under control of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic and located 63 km from Lugansk. That aid will be distributed among over 5500 people who need it.
ICRC arrived to Stakhanov with humanitarian aid
People got food packages that should be enough for one month. Each package contains flour, cereals, canned foods, salt, sugar, tea and sunflower oil. 70 children of local boarding school also received this humanitarian aid.
Unloading humanitarian aid from ICRC in Stakhanov
Distribution of humanitarian aid by ICRC in Stakhanov
Yesterday, May 28 2015, a terrorist attack was prevented in Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone, Sector A. Russian mercenaries tried to commit mass murder of civilian people in Stanytsia Luhanska that borders with the territory of Lugansk Region controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
Bomb found in Stanytsia Luhanska
Military counter-intelligence unit of Security Service of Ukraine got information that terrorists were planning to blow up a bomb near the building of Pension Fund in Stanytsia Luhanska. They planned to do it during the meeting of people who wanted to protest against the order to close the traffic via destroyed bridge that connects Ukraine controlled territory and the territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. The passage was closed by the order of Hennadiy Moskal, the head of Civil-Military Administration of Lugansk Region. Dozens of civilian people could be killed in that terrorists attack and that would destabilize situation in the region and would spread separatist ideas among the population.
120 mm artillery shell connected to radiodetonator
Military counter-intelligence unit together with military special forces unit “Zahid” located the bomb and neutralized it. Military who took part in the operation said that the bomb was made by professionals, artillery shell 120 mm caliber was connected to radio-detonator that could be activated remotely at any moment.
We were aware of the danger of this bomb and were not wasting time. So we demined the artillery shell right at the spot taking all security measures. We took under control the territory around and did our job. Luckily there were no civilians nearby. We hope that this event will show to people of Lugansk Region what is the real position of followers of “Russian world”
– Special Forces officer, who took part in the operation.
Military counter-intelligence service reported that they started criminal investigation according to “Terrorism” article.
At the end of January Ukrainian investigative team of InformNapalm.org found profile of a Russian soldier who was fighting in Ukraine on the side of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. His name is Krivko. That guy really gave us all possible proofs of Russian aggression against Ukraine posting photos of all his steps in Ukraine.
Russian Special Forces soldier Krivko in Sochi, photo added on Dec 4 2014
Here is a brief summary of what that guy showed us, so everybody can see who is really fighting against Ukrainian Army.
1. He is Russian citizen.
2. He is a soldier of 3rd Brigade of Special Forces of Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, aka Spetsnaz GRU. He is exactly from the same 3rd Brigade of Special Forces as Russian POW Aleksadr Aleksandrov and Evgeniy Erofeev captured by Ukrainian Army on May 16 2015 near Lugansk. See Aleksandrov’s 1st interview here “I am a soldier of Russian Federation”
3. He took part in attack on Lugansk Airport on August 31 2014 when Russian Army totally destroyed and captured the airport. He was on a training camp inside Ukraine on the territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic just 8km away from Lugansk Airport and posted photos from there.
4. He got AS “Val” assault rifle, manufactured in Russia only and used by Russian Special Forces unit. And he was wounded in a battle against Ukrainian Army near Sanzharivka on Jan 28 2015.
5. He is driving armored personnel carrierBPM-97 “Vystrel” manufactured only in Russia and used only by Russian Special Forces units.
IMPORTANT UPDATE. We found video with this Russian soldier Krivko made by Graham Phillips, he uploaded that video to his Youtube channel on September 5 2014. In the video he interviews people who he calls Novorossiya militia. The location where he takes video is the territory of Lugansk Airpot (see out post about that video dated September 6 2014 http://lugansk-news.com/video-of-russian-soldiers-fighting-in-lugansk-ukraine/). The airport was lost on August 31 2014. Krivko is the guy in tactical glasses.
Here is screenshot from the video and another photo he posted on his page later. You can see that he wears same hat, and other things like radio and bags are adjusted identically on him in both photos.
Krivko on a video from Lugansk Airport and from village 8 km from the airport
The photo was taken in Pershozvanivka village (it has geo-location mark), at that time it was on terrorists controlled part of Lugansk Region. The village is locate about 8 km from Lugansk Airport and obviously it was used as some kind of training camp by Russian units when they prepared attack on the airport.
Pershozvanivka village, 8 km from Lugansk Airport
Photo of Krivko in Ukraine with geo-location
Here is a link to Krivko’s profile https://vk.com/hakir79 (UPDATE on May 29 2015, Krivko changed his profile name to https://vk.com/shura_osechkin79 and somebody else created VK profile with the profile name he used before). The irony is that he deactivated his profile after it became public and just re-activated it today. His details were also added to Security Service of Ukraine list of terrorists fighting in Ukraine, he was listed as mercenary and instructor, here is a link https://psb4ukr.org/criminal/master-yoda-krivko/ Initially he used nickname “Master Yoda”. The interisting fact is that Alexey Mozgovoy, the leader of pro-Russian terrorists who controlled Alchevsk and was killed on May 23 2015, is in his friends list, link to Mozgovoy page https://vk.com/id265927036
On the same day when he posted a photo from Pershozvanivka village (added on September 22, but obviously taken earlier) he posted photos of Ukrainian and USA MRE packages that his group obviously got from the positions of Ukrainian army they took or from Ukrainian POW they captured. It’s not a secret that Ukrainian soldiers who defended Lugansk Airport had USA MRE.
USA MRE, Ukrainian MRE, photo posted by Krivko on September 22 2014
Ukrainian MRE, photo posted by Krivko on September 22 2014
Other photos from the same location were posted on October 3 and October 9 2014. Some photos had interesting comments, but Krivko closed them for public. Still the screenshot of some of his photos before he changed security settings of his profile are available here www.psb4ukr.org On a screenshot taken on November 1 2014 you can see his comment added on October 3 when the photo was uploaded “Half an hour before storming Lugansk Airport”.
“Half an hour before storming Lugansk Airport” – screenshot taken on November 1 2014, photo added on October 3 2014
Russian military training camp in Pershozvanivka, Lugansk Region, Ukraine.
Russian soldiers on a training camp in Pershozvanivka, Ukraine
After the battle for Lugansk Airport it looks like he took some time of. He posts a lot of photos from Sochi, Russian Federation at the end of November and beginning of December.
Krivko in Sochi, added on Nov 28 2014
On January 2015 28 at about 3:30pm Krivko aka “Master Yoda” was wounded in a battle against Ukrainian Army near Sanzharivka, he was taken to the hospital in Stakhanov and posted few photos from there. The photos below were taken just before the battle at 13:34 on Jan 28, and in those photos you can see AS Val assault riffle used only by Russian Special Forces units.
Russian Special Forces soldier Krivko with AS Val riffle in Ukraine
Russian Special Forces soldier Krivko with AS Val riffle in Ukraine
Earlier that day Krivko was in Bryanka. He posted a photo taken there at 02:17am. In the photo is a plate from “Ukraine presidential elections” voting office number #30 of Bryanka city.
“Ukraine presidential elections” voting office number #30 of Bryanka city
In the evening the day he was wounded he posted a photo of the wounds. The time stamp in the photo is Jan 28 2015 20:40.
Russian soldier wounded in a battle near Sanzharivka
Next day early in the morning he posted history written by his doctor in Stakhanov hospital. The document says that he was wounded near Sanzharivka during military actions at 15:30 on Jan 28 2015. The medical form is printed in Ukrainian language.
Wounded near Sanzharivka during military actions at 15:30 on Jan 28 2015.
Earlier on January 13 2015 Krivko posted a photo of himself on an armored personnel carried BPM-97 “Vystrel” used only by Russian Special Forces, but still those vehicles were reported being used by pro-Russian separatists on the territory of Ukraine. 1st time that vehicle was seen in Lugansk on Jan 1 2015, same day when one of the separatist leader’s Bednov aka “Batman” was killed. On January 10 2015 military convoy with heavily armed men arrived to Kransodon controlled by local pro-Russian separatists. They came on same BPM-97 APCs. Blocked separatists base and disarmed them. Read our report with photos and video here Russian Army clean Krasnodon from local separatists – Report 1 and here Russian Army clean Krasnodon from local separatists – Report 2
Russian soldier on BPM-97 “Vystel” in Ukraine
This guy has a lot of photos that identifies him as a soldier of Russian Army special forces unit. The photos below were taken in Samara, Russian Federation. The sign on the background says “Samara’s Regional Civic Organization – Union of Veterans of Airborne Troops and Special Forces Troops” (in Russian “Самарская Региональная Общественная Организация Союз Ветеранов Воздушно-Десантных войск и войск специального назначения”). Here is a link to this Airborne Veterans Organization website http://sonko.samregion.ru/sonko/catalog/272
Krivko in Samara.
Samara’s Regional Civic Organization – Union of Veterans of Airborne Troops and Special Forces Troops
There is also a photo that identifies him as a soldier of 3rd Brigade of Special Forces of Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, aka Spetsnaz GRU. In the photo with his friends they are holding a flag, the letters on the flag is abbreviation of the full name of 3rd Brigade of Spetsnaz GRU.
Krivko with a flag of the 3rd Brigade of Special Forces of Russian Federarion
Obviously they had some kind of meeting in Samara, the soldiers who served in the same unit. And more likely they were recruited during that meeting and went to Ukraine to fight against Ukrainian Army on the side of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. Here is a link to Google Map of the location where the photo was take that match the map behind the guys in the photo.
Meeting of soldiers of 3rd Brigade of Special Forces in Samara
After two Russian Special Forces soldiers were wounded and captured alive near Lugansk, the number of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions dramatically increased along the front line. Civilians and military from Ukrainian side continue to die everyday.
Map of attacks on Ukrainian Army positions in the last 24 hours.
Yesterday, starting from the noon and till today morning, cities and villages on Ukraine controlled territory located on demarcation line were intensively shelled with the use of different type of weapon.
In Stanytsia Luhanska a private house on Lermontova street got destroyed and burnt after it got hit. Luckily nobody got hurt. The suburbs of Stakhanivets village, where Ukrainian fortifications are located, were shelled starting from 4am to 5:30am by 80 and 120 mm caliber mortars and also from a tank. The fire was opened from occupied Pervomaisk located 3km away from Stakhanivets. Just in 1 and a half hours about 460-480 mines exploded. No soldier got killed or wounded during that attack, residential area wasn’t damaged.
Also yesterday at about 4pm Ukrainian checkpoint in Rodyna village was attacked with the use of automatic grenade launchers. 27 y.o. soldier from “Aidar” battalion was heavily wounded, he was taken to the hospital, but fortunately died after 2 hours after that.
Also yesterday at about 9pm Popasna city was shelled by mortars. Today at about 4am residential area was shelled by mortars again. One of the mines hit residential building on Vorovskogo St. The house got on fire, the owner, 55 y.o. who was hiding in the basement died.
Russian investigative reporter Ruslan Leviev found 3 graves of Russian Special forces soldiers who were contract servicemen of Russian Army. All of them were close friends and died same day on May 5 2015. Kremlin continues to deny the presence of regular Russian Army in Ukraine even after 2 Special forces soldiers were recently wounded and captured near Shchastya city in Lugansk Region on May 16 2015. Read our report here “I am a soldier of Russian Federation”
Grave of Russian soldier Timur Mamayusupov killed in Ukraine
All three Russian soldiers found by Ruslan Leviev were in Ukraine. Their names are Timur Mamayusupov aka “Mamai”, Ivan Kardapolov aka “Kardan” and Anton Saveliev aka “Sava”. They were soldiers of the 16th Brigade of Special Forces of Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, their military unit #54607 is stationed in Tambov city.
1st photo of Russian Army base in Lugansk posted on December 21 2014
There is a photo of Timur Mamayusupov taken exactly at the same location in front of APC with symbolic of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic.
Russian soldier Timur Mamayusupov in Lugansk
Here is a photo of the same APC also know as “Zubastik” (means Nibbler in Russian). You can easily see that all the photos are taken at same location… same tree, same metal fence, same beige color building.
“Zubastik” APC on Russian base in Lugansk
Here is another photo from the same place posted by us on April 8.
Russian Army base located on April 8 2015
Timur Mamayusupov with AK gun used by Russian Special Forces only.
The photos that we already have and investigation by Ruslan Leviev had proved that Russian Special Forces units are in Lugansk. They take part in military operations against Ukrainian Army on the side of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. They get killed, their bodies get transported to Russia and who knows how many graves are out there. Relatives refuse to talk about it.
Below is a photo of Anton Saveliev aka “Sava” and Timur Mamayusupov aka “Mamai” taken somewhere in Ukraine. You can see white stripes that are used by Russian units in Ukraine as identification.
Anton Saveliev aka “Sava” (on the left) and Timur Mamayusupov aka “Mamai” (on the right) somewhere in Ukraine.
On May 8 2015 the mother of Timur Mamayusupov posted a photo of a medal that her son got for “Crimean operation”. She put a tittle for the photo “Memory of Timur…”. After the investigation of her son’s death became public, she deleted her social profile. The words on the medal say “Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation. For return of the Crimea. February 20 2014 – March 18 2014″. Obviously Timur Mamayusupov was one of those “green men” who Kremlin called “local militia” and denied they were regular Russian Army.
Timur Mamayusupov medal “For the return of the Crimea”
Below are other two graves found by Ruslan Leviev team.
Grave of Russian Special Forces soldier Ivan Kardapolov aka “Kardan”
Grave of Russian Special Forces soldier Anton Saveliev aka “Sava”
On May 22 2015 Security Service of Ukraine posted detailed report in English regarding 2 Russian Special Forces soldiers captured alive in Lugansk Region near Shchastya. In that report they also mention that on May 5 2015 six soldiers of Special Forces of Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were killed near Volnovakha in Donetsk Region. If 3 killed soldiers reported by Ruslan Leviev were not among those 6, it means that Russia lost 9 elite soldiers in one day on the territory of Ukraine. See complete report here https://www.facebook.com/SecurSerUkraine/posts/1642438469319485
6 Russian Special Forces soldiers killed near Volnovakha in Donetsk Region of Ukraine
Last night and tonight Shchastya was heavily shelled by mortars and grenade launchers. Terrorists opened fire from the side of occupied Vesela Hora village and hit the area near the bridge over Siverskiy Donets River where Ukrainian Army fortifications are located.
According to the information we have now, at least one armored personnel carrier (APC) was hit and one soldier was seriously wounded. Few country houses burnt out after the mines and grenades hit them.
Power line was damaged, so the electric supply was switched to reserve line. One of the mine damaged gas pipe line, but repair team managed to fix it before the morning. Residential areas of the city was out of the zone that was under fire, all city infrastructure works.
Press-Center of “DNIPRO-1″ Ukrainian Army Regiment has reported today that their soldiers managed to shoot down Russian UAV near Avdiivka in Donetsk Region. That was joint operation of their soldiers and the Center of Special Operations. “FORPOST” UAV is one of the most expensive. It’s price is 6 million USD.
Remains of Russian Army FORPOST UAV shot down in Ukraine
Later today Security Service of Ukraine posted a video of remains of this Russian drone shot down on the territory of Ukraine by Ukrainian soldiers.
Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation had only 11 “FORPOST” Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. But after the successful operation of “DNIPRO-1″ Regiment they have less now.
Label of Russian JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” on the UAV
Right now the drone is located at the headwaters of Anti-terrorist Center. Specialists who deal with UAVs are working with it. Russian “FORPOST” was shot down in the area of Avdiivka close to Vodyane village in Donetsk Region. In the last 12 months of resistance to Russian occupation of Donbass this is the 2nd UAV that was shot down. This UAV can observe enemy positions and it can also coordinate artillery fire in real time.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) label on Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine
FORPOST UAV are manufactured by Russian company JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” uwca.ru. That company is part of “Oboronprom” Russian Industrial Corporation which is the biggest aerospace company of Russian Federation, see details at www.oboronprom.ru
FORPOST UAV (IAI Searcher Mk II) manufactured on JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” in Russia
The FORPOST UAV is actually Searcher Mk II UAV designed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). On October 12 2012 they signed contract with “Oboronprom” to start production of that type of UAV in Russian Federation.
In the presence of the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia, Mr. Viktor Khristenko, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) CEO, Mr. Itzhak Nissan, and the Director-General of the Oboronprom Russian Industrial Corporation, Mr. Andrey Reus, signed an agreement yesterday afternoon, 12 October 2010, to sell UAV assembly elements and services to Oboronprom.
See details posted by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) here.
Test flight of FORPOST (IAI Searcher Mk II) UAV manufactured for Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation on Dec 25 2012
Ironically, the photos of the same FORPOST (IAI Searcher Mk II) UAV were posted on November 11 2013 by Denis Fedutinov from the Russian factory where it was just manufactured. See original post here http://bmpd.livejournal.com/658798.html As you can see from the number 923 this is the same UAV.
Russian FORPOST UAV #923 at JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” factory in 2013
Russian FORPOST UAV #923 at JSC “Ural Works of Civil Aviation” factory in 2013
According to Markian Lubkivskyi Russian UAV got hit in the area of Pisky (controlled by Ukrainian Army) and it started to go down in the area of Avdiivka and crashed North from Vodyane. Avdiivka and Vodyane are also controlled by Ukrainian Army.
Russian UAV FORPOST crash site
Russian UAV got hit 70 km from the Russian border. According to technical details of this type of UAV, it’s max range is 250 km. See full tech details and description at www.deagel.com
Markian Lubkivskyi also said that Russia manufactured only 10 UAV FORPOST during 2011-2013 and the approximate price of the head optics with infrared camera is about 1 million US dollars. Markian Lubkivskyi also posted additional photos of the UAV.
Optics of Russian UAV FORPOST that crashed in Ukraine
Elements of Russian UAV FORPOST shot down in Ukraine
Yesterday Ukrainian soldier Leonid Maslov (here is his Facebook page) posted a video of Russian Special Forces soldier who was captured in Ukraine near Shchastya town located about 20 km from Lugansk city on May 16 2015. Below is the original video and full translation of the conversation between 2 Ukrainian soldiers and Russian POW Aleksandr Aleksandrov.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Your last name, first name, patronymic name?
Russian POW: Aleksandrov Aleksandr Anatolievich.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Military rank?
Russian POW: Sergeant.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Unit?
Russian POW: 3rd Brigade.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Louder!
Russian POW: 3rd Brigade of Special Forces
Ukrainian soldier #1: Go on, city?
Russian POW: Togliatti.
Ukrainian soldier #2: 3rd Brigade of Special Forces?
Russian POW: … (nodding “yes” and looks at the Ukrainian soldier #2)
Ukrainian soldier #2: Say it loud.
Russian POW: 3rd Brigade of Special Forces, Togliatti city.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Starting from what date you are in the “zone” (means Anti-Terrorist Operation zone)?
Russian POW: Since March 26.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Last name of your commander?
Russian POW: Yarofeev Yevgeniy Vladimirovich.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Military rank?
Russian POW: Captain.
Ukrainian soldier #1: What area you worked in?
Russian POW: Area of Shchastya, city of Shchastya.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Group structure? Number of people?
Russian POW: 14 men.
Ukrainian soldier #1: Last names?
Russian POW: … (makes deep breath and closes his eyes)
Ukrainian soldier #1: Military rank and last name?
Ukrainian soldier #2: Tasks and under what circumstances you were captured?
Russian POW: Commander of the group, captain Yarofeev. Deputy commander of the group, praporshchik Azimov (“praporshchik” is a rank in the Russian military). Commander of 1st squad… I don’t know… don’t remember his name…
Border Guard Service of Ukraine posted a message on their website today that their border guard unit was attacked by unknown people while patrolling the area 200 meters from Russian border. After the fight armed men retreat to Russia. One border guard was wounded.
Ukrainian border guards attacked
Below we translated the information from Border Guard Service, the original report in Ukrainian is here.
Yesterday border guard patrol of Stanytsia Luhanska got in a fight with a group of unidentified armed men.
The border guard unit was monitoring the State Border in the direction of Mozhaevka (Russian Federation) and Harasymivka (Ukraine). 200 meters from the State Border they saw unknown person. When border guards tried to follow that person in order to stop, 100 meters from the State Border they saw several people dressed in camouflage who opened fire when they saw border guards. The fight started. As a result of border guards well coordinated actions the saboteur group had to retreat. Terrorists who attempted to make diversion retreated to the territory of Russian Federation. One border guard got shrapnel wounds when one of the saboteur threw a grenade that exploded.
We analyzed this information and put some marks on the map.
Ukraine border guards attacked near Russian border
As you can see the positions of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic are at least 23 km away from the location where the fight took place. So if those men were from LPR group, they would have to walk that distance off-road close to the border hiding from Ukrainian and Russian border guard patrols. But we know that terrorists retreated to Russian Federation, so they were sure they were going to be safe there and most likely they actually arrived from Russia. As you can see there is a road to Russian town Mozhaevka going inside Russian territory, terrorist could use that road to get to the location from their base located in Russia.