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.
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 carrier BPM-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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.